Week 11 – Final Group Assignment

For your final assignment, you will be working on a multimedia assignment which consists of video, audio & stills. The concept around the project is “character”. You are to choose a subject (person, place or group), which explores some aspect of the idea of character. You are looking for a subject matter that will provide you strong visuals. You want to produce a piece that is interesting visually as per the examples that I showed you in class. The multimedia piece should be can be 2 – 4 minutes long. You have complete autonomy on how you want to produce this video. It can be all video, a combination of stills and video. You can include an on-camera interview or voice-over. Look at the videos below for some inspiration.

You should be making continued progress on your personal project. I am looking for these to be delivered in the form of a PDF on Week 13. So, if you have fallen behind in the production of the work, please get on it. I have not receives images from everyone in class to date. Please do so ASAP if you have work to share with me.

Due Monday:

Presentation of concept for final project.



Week #10 – Commercial Project

As we discussed in class, the estimates need to be revised to reflect preproduction, production and post production as well as the terms of the license you are providing the client. So, please dedicate time as a team to be as thorough with this as possible. Go to APhotoEditor.com website to evaluate several of the estimates that have been posted on the site to get a sense of what you need to include.

If you haven’t already, please get to work on your personal assignments. There isn’t much time left to produce this body of work and to produce a PDF for me near the end of the term.


Due Next Week:

  • 12 images from the shoot with at least 2 retouched to the degree that you would produce for the client.  (sent to me by Sunday at 6pm)
  • updated production book
  • presentation
  • Image from your personal project (sent to me by Sunday at 6pm)

Week #9 – Commercial Assignment + New Teams

For this assignment, we continue to explore the world of commercial/advertising photography. For this, we take it up a level as we will have you come up with a concept for the shoot as well as an estimate based on the criteria listed below.

The client is a cosmetics manufacturer who is coming out with a line of products (lipstick, base, mascara, etc) that is targeting the real woman. This means that they are targeting a market that is sort of the antithesis of the “Revlon” tradition of heavily manipulated images of women, which verges on the surreal. This new line of product is for women who strive for beauty but a beauty with a more natural and “real” aesthetic.

The products are produced with the theme of the 4 elements (fire, water, air and earth). They went a series of 4 glamour photographs that tap into each of those 4 elements. The have come up with a rough concept that consists of 4 head/shoulder portraits. More than just a photograph of a pretty girl, they want a photographer who can take the idea of of natural elements and come up with a series of images that really make a great leap of the imagination. The want images that remind women of their natural beauty and how the product can bring this out. They are also looking for images that tie into the idea of those basic elements and reminds customers what differentiates their products from those of their major label competitors.

They are not a major player in the cosmetic industry but that are a growing company that is targeting a youthful niche. Their budgets are not as huge as compared to the major manufacturers, but they nevertheless hope to be competitive in the particular market that they are pursuing. So, they are looking for photographers that are not only affordable, but that can provide them a big bang for their buck. They want the best photographer that they can afford. So, take this into consideration when coming up with your numbers.

Your estimate should reflect the creation of four images (though you will only be producing one image for the class presentation). However, we need to see a a concept for the entire series of images. So as part of your assignment, please take the time to produce a presentation that showcases not just the individual photographer, but all four. Please note for the purposes of your estimate, that the client is asking for four separate models of different ethnicities, skin tones and ages.

Remember to this presentation as a pitch in which you are trying to sell the client on the your team’s ability to deliver an exceptional project.

The four images would be used for a national advertising composing that is intended to run for a minimum of year. The ads will run over several publications with average prints run of 200,000. In total, the print runs will likely range between 3 – 5 million.   The client is asking for a complete buyout for the image, but as always, you want to build elements into your estimate that would allow you room for negotiation.

You are competing with other photographers for this bid and so you will likely be competing on price to some degree.

This assignment is due in two week with image uploaded to the client by Sunday, March 22nd at 6pm.

Final Note: For this assignment I want you to work with a make-up and a stylist to help take the work to a another level and to get the insight and experience of someone outside of your group. Please be prepared to share information on these people as part of your presentation for this week. 

Due Next Week

  • Presentation for commercial gig with detailed estimate. (To prepare for your presentation have clear numbers for the cost of production (equipment, crew, studio, etc), licensing, and photographer/creative fee. What is the profit margin for the job based on your initial estimate? What is your point of negotiation based on price? Licensing terms? Be prepared to offer a counter to what I will propose to you during your presentation.
  • Include mock-up for the images even though you are only producing one. You have include mood board to backup the mockups, but we need to see a clear and concise vision of what each image will look like.
  • Submit images from your personal project. Email this image to be by next Sunday, March 15th at 6pm.


Week #8 – Progressing on Multimedia

Hopefully you are making good progress on your multimedia piece. If you have any issues or concerns please feel free to drop me a line. The multimedia project will be uploaded to Vimeo. Please upload the file as a 720 rather than 1080p. There is limited space on the Vimeo account and to ensure that all 3 videos are uploaded, it’s important that higher resolution videos are not uploaded. The deadline for the upload is March 8, Sunday at 8pm.

Due on Monday:

  • Uploaded multimedia piece (720 dp only) to Vimeo account.
  • Bound and signed production book.
  • Presentation
  • Personal Project work pitch which I should have approved no later than Friday.

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.