Week 4 – Eliminating Unknowns

During this week, we’ll be conducting the shoots with your subjects if you haven’t already produced these. You will be bringing in a selection of images from the shoot. As well as the favorite images, I’d like to see others which can give us a sense of the feel of the shoot and what you were able to draw out of your subject. You’ll be revising the production book, based on the critiques from Assignment 1. You need only bring a single bound copy of the production book to class.

You will not be doing your presentations during the next class session, but will do so on the following week. Take the time to practice this as you will have less time for this than previously.

Continue to work on your personal project and upload them for me by the deadline. Not submitting images to me each week is no longer an option. 


Here are some personal projects to take a look at for inspiration.

Due Next Week

  • A selection of images in your shoot. No more than 15. Upload 72dpi jpegs at a resolution of than 1500dpi on the long end . Upload them using a Dropbox folder no later than October 5th at 9 p.m.
  • A completed bound production book signed by the DRM
  • The group self assessment with the teams list of best practices culled from the self-evaluation.
  • E-mail or send me a link to your personal project. If you have missed this week, please make up for it with a larger number of images.  Images should be received by October 5th at 9 p.m.

Video Shoot

  • I’ll be sending a production book for next week’s shoot as well as some follow-up emails before the class session.

Week 3 – Author Editorial Shoot

You are being commissioned to photograph an author for a magazine cover and editorial spread. The author is being profiled and the images will be used in the main spread that will run 5-6 pages. The editor is calling for at least two setups, preferably 3. This concept-driven shoot will be based on an idea that is developed by the photographer in collaboration with the author and should reflect not only some of the author’s personality, work and personal style. An image that would be suitable for a cover would be culled from the shoot and the image should be composed to accommodate the banner and slugs.

The editor is looking for images that move beyond the cliche author photograph. They want something special that reveals the personality of the author. “Make photographs that would inspire the viewer to pick up the authors book” Again. no cliche – e.g. writing at a desk or a computer, reading a book, etc. 

Find out as much as you can about the author and see how you can come up with a concept that is reflective of that knowledge. You don’t just have to photograph them at their home, it could be at a location which fits your vision.

Each team will be provided contact information with each author to coordinate the details of the shoot and the concept. The photographer will need to negotiate the terms of usage of the images both for the photographer and the author. The author may desire some restrictions. These terms should be reflected in the model release. In consideration of the time that each author is providing the team, the author should receive a selection of images for use for their self promotion.

The production might include a stylist, hair and make-up person depending on the concept of the shoot.

If the team is unable to coordinate with the author that they are initially connected with, the DRM should contact the instructor to arrange for another subject to be provided for them.

The budget for the shoot is $750 plus $250 for production expenses. The license is first time usage right for print and web with a 1 year embargo. JPEGs should be delivered via Dropbox by October 6th at 6pm.

Due Next Week:

  • Draft of production book
  • Presentation by team on the editorial shoot.
  • 2 or more images from the personal project (send to instructor by September 28th at 6pm).


Personal Project Inspirations

Week #2 – Leadership

Good progress on the production book and the first assignment. I am every excited about seeing the final results next week.

If you have any issues, concerns or just desire some clarification on some point please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.

Due Next Week:

  • Be prepared as a team to present your images and give a presentation on your work on the project.
  • Bring a complete and bound copy of your production book for the instructor. The production book should include a delivery memo, final invoice, copies of the model releases and a written assessment by the DRM on the overall performance of the team and individuals on the assignment. (I will send you a format for the eval in a couple of days).
  • Upload the images for the assignment by September 21 at 8  pm. The images should be jpegs. No Tiffs or PSD files.
  • Personal Project – if your project has been approved send me images via e-mail, dropbox or FTP by September 21 at 8  pm.
  • Carefully review the criteria for the assignment from the previous post to ensure that you have met all the demands of the assignment.


Week #1 – Welcome and Introductions

Welcome to the Working Photographer II course. This webpage will be your main resource page for the class. It will contain all the details for your group and personal assignments. Make sure to read these carefully before beginning and submitting an assignment for the class.

This site will also contain other resources such as tutorials, reading materials which may be assigned to you in class to serve as a point of discussion.

Team Assignment #1 – Street Fashion Portraits

This assignment calls on you to produce 20 photographs of strangers who exhibit a sense of unique style and sensibility. Targeting a specific community is strongly suggested (e.g. a specific music scene, activity or profession) The images will be shot at a location of the team’s choosing in the Los Angeles area which they believe will provide them access to a quantity and a diversity of people to fulfill the requirements of the shoot. (If you believe a permit is required for this assignment, you should apply for one thru the FilmLA office.

The photographs can be produced using any medium (HDSLR, Medium Format, film). However the image must be presented as digital files and delivered to the instructor using a Dropbox account.

The image must use a combination of ambient light and strobe/flash with the artificial light serving as the keylight rather than simply a fill. The images also have to show a strong awareness and control of the background either by the choice of placement of the subject or use of a backdrop.

The requirement to fulfill the assignment will be as follows:

  • 20 photographs of subject who are unknown to the photographic team at a location somewhere in Los Angeles county.
    The budget for the assignment is $700. That is the flat rate that you are being paid for the production and the use of the images.
  • The usage and license for first time editorial use for both print and web. There is a 6-month embargo and the secondary sales and use of the images. 
  • Use name name and the school address for the contact information for the client.
    The images should fall in line with the photographer’s unique style and vision and should not just mimic other photographer’s work or style.
  • The subjects should be chosen not only on personal style but a sensibility that exists within a certain community of people (e.g. K-Pop, skaters, punks, seniors, etc) Be prepared to explain this during the initial and final presentation.
  • Model releases must be obtained for each subject. The model releases should include some identifier to indicate which photo is associated with what model release.
  • Each images must be lit using a combination of ambient light and strobe/flash using whatever light modifiers deemed appropriate.
  • Images must be delivered to the instructor via a Dropbox account by Sunday, September 21sh at 8 pm. If images are submitted after this deadline the assignment will be downgraded one full grade point.
  • A production book will include all the items detailed during Day 1 of the course which include the cover sheet, call sheet, estimate, etc. (copies of the Model releases, permits that may be required for the complete assignment can be presented with the final production book with 2 weeks).
  • The licensing terms for the use of the images should be stipulated in the estimate and invoice. For this assignment, you will be providing my license for the use of the images for 1 year for web use.
  • The production book should be bound in a sleeve or folder. Submitting loose leaf pages which are not bound will result in a decrease of 1/2 grade on the 1st presentation and 1 full grade on the final presentation of the assignment.
    All team members must participate in all phases of the shoot, which includes being present on the day of production.

Personal Project

Submit a written proposal on a personal project that you want to work on through the term which directly answers the questions posed to you in class. It needs to bea photo project in which you can produce images in a regular schedule of once a week. Provide me at least two pitches and explain the concept behind it, the work involved in producing those images, how you would be challenged by the assignment and what stands in your away to successfully achieve it and how do you intend to overcome those obstacles. For your pitch be prepared to provide the following:

  • Written response to the 4 questions
  • A brief oral pitch which addresses the 4 questions.
  • Examples of the kinds of images you intend to produce that have been created by others or yourself.

Reading Material

Street Portrait Examples

Personal Projects Examples

  • Due Next Week:
  • 2 proposals for your personal project (explain the idea/concept, why you are passionate about it and how you intend to produce images for it on a weekly basis.
  • A draft of the production book with copies for the instructor and the 3 other teams.
  • A team presentation of the overall vision of the shoot with each individual describing their duties and roles for the team assignment. 
  • Test shots of that represents the look and feel of the images you intend to produce for the assignment.

Due in 2 Weeks:

  • Be prepared as a team to present your images and give a presentation on your work on the project.
  • Bring a complete and bound copy of your production book for the instructor. The production book should include a delivery memo, final invoice, and a written assessment by the DRM on the overall performance of the team and individuals on the assignment.
  • Upload the images for the assignment by September 21 at 8  pm.