Week #7 – Audio Recording and Interview Prep

For your multimedia project make sure you have secured a subject and scheduled a shoot this week. By doing so, you’ll provide yourselves enough time to edit the multimedia piece.

I will e-mail you the user name and password for the Vimeo account. So, you should have uploaded your finished multimedia piece which will be due a week from this coming Sunday.

To improve the quality of the audio, you might consider using and Audacity program below. I have included tutorials to use these applications to improve your audio with little fuss. I have included some links regarding video editing as well as resources from Alas Media that you may find helpful.

Video Resources

Audio Resources

Due Next Week

  • Update on multimedia piece
  • 3 proposals for your personal project (email this to me by Sunday at 6pm.)

Week #6 – Multimedia

Part I. Multimedia Assignment  – Active Senior & Working with their Hands

  • Find subject and location for interview & shoot based on the focus a subject over the age of 65 who uses their hands in a creative or athletic way.
  • Besides the story arc of what serves as their passion, work on finding a story of how they experience their art, craft or sport.
  • Conduct a pre-interview and create a rough outline of the 3 key points of interest that you wish to make the focus of your 2-minute multimedia piece.
  • Compile and complete production docs (schedule, crew roster, estimate, shot list, equipment inventory)
  • The license should include first time use for web
  • The budget you have to work with on this assignment is just $600 + expenses
  • The deadline for this is March 8th at 6pm.

Part II. Personal Project

  • Answer the following questions
    • What do you photograph?
    • Why do you photograph what you do?
    • What do you feel what you are making photographs of the type you are passionate about?
    • What do you want people to feel about your best work?

What is due next week:

  • A draft of the production book
  • A presentation on the subject for the multimedia piece.


Week #5 – Identifying Challenges/Finding Solutions

During this week, we’ll be conducting the shoots with your subjects. 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.


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 72 dpi jpegs at a resolution of than 150o dpi on the long end . Upload them using a Dropbox folder no later than Feb 15th 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.
  • The three volunteers will bring their printed portfolio + a USB disk of other images that are not in their book.

Week #4 – Making the Exceptional Portrait

You are being commissioned to photograph creative for a magazine cover and editorial spread. The subject is being profiled and the images will be used in the main spread that will run 3-4 pages. The editor is calling for a submission of 10-12 images including a vertical portrait for a possible cover. This concept-driven shoot will be based on an idea that is developed by the photographer in collaboration with the subject and should reflect not only some of the person’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 images can capture some aspect of the person’s work, but also aspects of the home life, family, pets, or other interests. An image that showcases their workspace and home space are ideal.

The editor is looking for images that move beyond the cliche  photograph, especially for the cover. They want something special that reveals the personality of the subject. “Make photographs that would inspire the viewer to pick up the magazine”

Find out as much as you can about the artist 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.

For the cover, I want the photographer to take visual inspiration from something other than another photograph/photographer. It can be paintings, sculpture, music, etc. This should play a big part in your presentation next week.

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 artist. The artist may desire some restrictions. These terms should be reflected in the model release. In consideration of the time that each subject is providing the team, the person 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 person 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 expenses for production expenses. If the image is good enough for the cover the photographer would be able to receive an additional $250. The license is first time usage right for print and web with a 1 year embargo. JPEGs should be delivered via Dropbox by February 15th at 6pm.

Due Next Week:

  • Draft of production book
  • Presentation by team on the editorial shoot.
  • E-mail instructor a photograph that you’ve made that you feel is “exceptional” along with an image of the same type that would aspire to. Email to the working photographer e-mail by February 15th. Resolution should be 72 dpi with dimension of 1500 dpi on the longer side.