Assignment: Color

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Hindu Holi Festival of Colours, Pokhara. Nepal, March 25, 2013. (Photo by Jenny Gooder)

Objective: For your first Digital Photography assignment, you will explore color photography while learning the digital camera.

Follow these steps:

  1. Identify a place or event that has visual interest to you. “Visual interest” means:
    1. A lot going on; action; the place is “alive” with color and activity.
    2. There are a lot of interesting shapes, textures, movement, and color. The color can be bold and saturated or soft and subtle; it can be varied or monochromatic; it can be natural or manmade.
    3. This place or event should ALSO be of narrative or emotional interest to you. “Narrative / Emotional Interest” means that there is a story there that you can write about. It can be a place or activity that shows us a tradition, a history, a culture, a ceremony, leisure, work, or so on. There can be people who are “characters” in your story–or not. You may have a connection to these people or this place, or are learning about them through photography. There is emotion here. Even objects can be sad, nostalgic, joyous, or funny. Places can tell stories about the people who have been there. People, of course, express emotion through their clothing, gestures, expressions and actions–all of which you can record with a photograph.
  2. Spend at least two hours photographing this place or event. This can be broken up into smaller pieces (i.e., you may return to the location at various times), or one longer shoot.
  3. Take notes. You will be expected to write about this place or event later.
  4. You must shoot at least 150 images.
  5. At least 20 images should be in black and white. While you are shooting, switch back and forth between black and white and color. Try to see the place or event in both ways.
  6. Start bringing the images into Lightroom as soon as you have them.
  7. Finish shooting within two weeks.
  8. Finish processing 10 or more images using the Developing module in Adobe Lightroom during the third week of the project.
  9. Start a WordPress blog of your own. This project will be the first post on your blog.
  10. On your blog, you will also do some writing, about your project and yourself (a photographer’s bio) …the writing assignment will be given in class later.
  11. You will make at least one large format inkjet print. Your teacher will choose the print from your final ten!

See the CALENDAR for Digital Photography in the upper right corner of this blog for project deadlines. 

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