Stroboscopic Photography


In the dark studio, set your camera to anywhere from 5-30 seconds or use bulb setting, set aperture from f8-f16 (adjust as necessary to get the perfect exposure) and 100-200 ISO. Make sure to be on Manual metering and MF for manual focus. Focus before the lights go off.  Use a tripod.  During the long exposure, have your subject move slightly as you manually set off the external flash (at M mode, not TTL) each time they move and you will capture them several times during the long exposure.

Shoot:  Post your best 3 images from the multiple exposure shoot after editing in Lightroom or PhotoShop.

Read and Reflect:  Read the article on multiple exposure.  Write and post a list of 10 things that are essential to this technique, and explain WHY each thing is needed.

Due:  Friday May 19th

Special Effect – How to Create Multiple Flash Exposures in a Single Frame


Intro to Lightroom

Lightroom is the industry standard photo editing program for photographers, and is much more intuitive than photoshop when it comes to editing photographs.

Part I:

Read the directions below, then click the link to some basic tutorials to get you started in Adobe Lightroom.

  • The tutorial offers downloadable practice images to start with.  Download them, and move them to your Pictures folder.  (Check for your images in the Downloads folder if you can’t find them)
  • Follow the first four tutorial videos and make the changes to your downloaded images as they are in the video.
  • When you get to the video titled “Perfect your photos” be sure to select your image in Lightroom’s Library,  then click on “Develop” up above to see your editing tools.

Due:  Today!  (your edits and progress will automatically be saved in Lightroom’s History panel for me to check)

Part 2:

After you have tried the edits and tools with the practice images they provided, use your own and edit 3 images that have not been previously edited.  
Due: Week of May 1st -5th 


Multiple Me

This time of year, I always wished there were clones of me to help get everything done.

Create a story line, theme or topic to play out in this series of images for this assignment.  Photograph several images of yourself or someone else in the same location, and put them all together in Photoshop to make it look as if you (or they) are relating to themselves in some way.

Use one of the photos as the base image (usually the one where the subject is closest), and layer the other subjects over the base image and mask out unwanted areas to create a unique photo for this Multiple-Me assignment.

Do’s & Don’ts:

  • Set your camera to Manual and use Manual Focus to keep consistent lighting/ exposure
  • shoot all pics at the same location
  • use a tripod or steady surface (don’t move camera or zoom while shooting the sequence)
  • DO NOT take your FINAL pics at school!
  • DO NOT use flash!
  • DO NOT cut and paste…instead, use layers and masking (preserve shadows/reflections)
Practice  images (3+) DUE:  Beginning of next class Thurs. April 20 
Edited Practice DUE:  End of class Thurs. April 20
Dropped off Final Multiple Me (5+) DUE:  Fri. Apr. 28
Edited Multiple Me DUE:  Thurs. May 4th


Last 26 Things Ever!…at least for me

A,B,C’s of 26 things!  Choose a subject that best represents that letter in a creative & original way.

Planning Sheet DUE: Thurs. Apr. 13th
Contact Sheet DUE:  Mon. Apr. 24th
Best 3 DUE:  Wed. Apr. 26th


Abstract Documentary: Platon Photography


What qualities did you enjoy about the work of Platon?  If nothing…whatever.

Was there anything you didn’t care for in his work?  Well…what was it?  If not…okay, fine.


How does Platon deal with his dyslexia in how he works?  Is there anything you feel you need to overcome when creating?  If so, what?

Name three things you learned about Platon either about his life or his shoot with Gen. Powell.

Due week of April 10-13


Portrait Photography

Review and discuss portrait styles and artists in fine art photography.

Portraiture (styles)

portrait photographers (overview of popular portrait photographers)

Complete Portrait Photographers You Should Know assignment.  Post your word doc to your site.

Research & Vision Board DUE:  Tues.Mar. 7th

Review student samples and Portrait Shoot assignment & requirements.

75+ image Contact sheet DUE:  Tues. Apr. 11
3 Best  DUE:  Thurs. Apr. 13 


26 things #11

The only restriction for this series is that you approach your subject from an unusual, unexpected or extreme angle.

Always be sure to FOCUS!!!


Planning Sheet DUE:  Tues. Feb. 14th

Contact Sheet Due:  Tues. Mar. 7th

Final 3 Edited DUE:  Thurs. Mar. 9th



High and Low Key Photography

Final Assignment:
  • 20 images for each type of low and high key set-up (80 total)
  • 2 Best from each type of low and high key shoot (8 total)
Check 1/2 of images Thurs. Feb 16th
FINAL contact Sheet (80) Thurs. Feb. 23rd
2 BEST of each type (8 Total) Thurs. Feb. 23rd



Describe the studio & light set up for:  (backdrops/ lights needed and placement)

  • High Key
  • Low Key

What is the difference in the outcome of these two styles?

Describe the outdoor lighting needs for:

  • High Key
  • Low Key

What is a…

  • Speedlight?
  • Fill Light?
  • Diffuser?

Post an example of a Low Key and High Key image in both a studio set-up as well as outdoor.

Due:  Thurs. Jan. 19th


26 Things #10 (dip/trip edition)

Review Diptychs & Triptychs in Art and Photography:  Diptychs & Triptychs

  • Complete the planning sheet.  ’26’List10
  • Shoot 5 of the “things” on your list.
  • Use these  in either the diptych or triptych format.
  • Of these things, find image related to/ or to be compared/contrasted with each other.
  • Turn in your best 3 dip/trip formatted compositions
  • You must have at least one diptych/triptych in the mix.
Planning sheet due:  Thurs. Jan. 12
Contact sheet due (Images to be used in 5 dips/trips):  Thurs. Feb. 2
Final 3 diptychs/triptychs:  Mon.  Feb. 6


Part I:  Narrative Study

Discuss Duane Michals and the concept of narrative photography.  Duane Michals2

Review work on or search photographers who create narratives.  Find an artist whose series you find intriguing and answer the following q’s on your blog.    

  • Artist Name
  • Title of their series (if included)
  • Date the work was completed
  • In your own words.  What is the narrative about?  Or, what is the underlying theme in the series?
  • Describe the artwork and how it visually tells the story. (2-3 sentences)
  • What element ties the images together?  (Is there a specific look about them?  Subject matter?  Theme?)
  • Include the link to the artists narrative series.

Other resources:

Due:  Wed.  Jan. 3

Part II:  Creating a Visual Narrative

Review and brainstorm ideas for developing your own narrative.  Decide what kind of photographer you are or would like to become and start from there.  Creating a Personal Narrative

Complete a Narrative Synopsis and turn in before shooting.  Be prepared to tell me details of your narrative.  

  • Show a minimum of 5 thumbnail sketches of the narrative you plan on telling.
  • Consider perspective (how the story is being told)
  • Annotate your sketches with side notes describing perspective, color format, details that can’t be seen in the sketch, short statement describing the scene.
  • Due: Tues. Jan. 10th

Part III:  Photo Shoot

Assignment Requirements:

  • Consistent perspective (choose 1st, 2nd, 3rd person)
  • Consistent style and feel about your images
  • Title your narrative and post your Artist Statement with your assignment
  • minimum of 5 images must be used in some way

Optional: (extra creativity=bonus points)

  • layout and format your images on one canvas
  • create a “graphic novel” look with your formatting
  • creating more than 5 images for your narrative
  • altering images (post print)
50 image contact sheet DUE: Wed. Jan. 25th
5+ image narrative DUE: Tues. Jan 31st



Expressive/ Working Hands

Review and Discuss:

It’s all about hands.  Review hands as a subject in Photography.  Images are silent but hands speak loudly.  They can tell if we live a hard or soft life, whether we “work with our hands” for our jobs (or don’t), or maybe something about the work we do.  They can  be simply great expressive elements, denoting excitement, calm, anger, even serenity or in the case of infants, innocence.


Find and post 3 different images of hands used expressively or working.  Answer on your post for each image : How do these hands show expression, or reveal character and personality of the person?


For one week shoot nothing but hands as your subject.  How many can you take?  100? 200? 500?   The only requirements that the hands really tell us something about the person, whether that person is in the frame or not.

  • Consider this:  If you  were to pose your own hands in a certain way to show expression or reveal something about yourself, how would you shoot it?  What would you be doing/holding?  How would you frame the shot?  Would you have a preference of color or B&W?  Would they be better displayed as single images or a series?
Research and Answered Questions posted on site: DUE: Fri. Dec. 2nd.
Shoot 50 photos of hands (try doing half in B&W) DUE: Thurs. Dec. 8th.
5 Best:  DUE:  Mon. Dec. 12th


GIF Making 101

Fun Fact:  Probably one of the most modern technology applications in photography that I teach, was first developed in 1987 and pronounced GIF as (jif).  Often used to create a never-ending short animation or movie.  We will manipulate and use our own images to create GIFs that can be applied to mobile devices and computer applications.


  • Create 2 GIFs
    • one single manipulated image using photoshop techniques or filters
    • series of stop action images to create an animated GIF

Check out mobile apps Boomerang, and Polaroid Swing that use a variation of the GIF.

Single image GIF DUE:  Fri. Nov. 11th
Stop Action animated GIF DUE:  Wed. Nov. 30th

26 Things #9 (HDR version)


26 Things Project Rubric

Choose 10 “things” to shoot from this list as your subject for this assignment.  Bracket your images for at least three exposures.   You should have a minimum of 30 bracketed images (3×10) in your contact sheet.  Edit your 10 images as HDR and post all of them on second contact sheet.  Choose your BEST 3 to be graded and post.


  • only 3 of the 10 can be from campus
  • only 1 of the Best 3 can be from campus
  • all must be shot using at least 3 bracketed images
  • all must be edited using HDR Pro

Four grades are given for these assignments:

1- participation grade for completing the list DUE:  Wed. Nov. 9th

2- daily grade for completing and posting a contact sheet with all images (30+ images in 4×5 format) DUE: Tues. Nov. 15th

3- daily grade for editing and posting your 10 images on a contact sheet (2×2 format) DUE: Thurs. Nov.  17th

4-major grade for posting your BEST 3 DUE:  Thurs.  Nov. 17th


Shooting in HDR

HDR samples

HDR Samples 2


Mr. Fulton can HDR too!


Photograph 3 different subjects (landscape or portraits) using either auto-bracketing or exposure compensation controls on your camera.  Take at least 3 exposures for each image (one at perfect exposure, one under exposed, and one over exposed)

How To:

  • Set up your camera to Aperture Priority (A or AV) setting up your camera
  • Manually adjust your exposure value (EV) for each shot or set up Auto Bracketing
  • Take 3+ shots depending on your camera’s settings using a tripod, steady surface, 2 second timer,  or remote
  • Save your images in a folder titled HDR
  • Open your images in Photo Shop and open Photoshop >File>Automate>Merge to HDR Pro
  • Select your 3+ images of one of your subjects and press ok.  Photoshop will compile your images into one HDR image.
  • You will probably need to make more adjustments to make it more vibrant and saturated, or choose from the presets and adjust from there.
  • Post your edits as ‘Practice HDR’
DUE:  Thurs. November 3rd



Camera Parts Quiz

Camera Parts Quiz


Custom Texture & Lighting Effects

Pushing your lighting effects can help add more interest and help emphasize your subject.  Adding textures and applying various color adjustments are just some of the things you can do to breathe new life into images that you might have seen as ordinary or plain.  Fine art photographers use these edits to draw more attention and sometimes create a dreamlike, or extraordinary scenes.


  • open one of your own images (maybe your practice or final levitation image) in Photoshop and follow along with the class demo.
  • post your new image as a Jpeg
DUE:  Thurs. Oct. 20th


Know your Camera (or my camera…whatever)

It is important to know the tools of the trade, and how to use those tools to help you create the best images you can.  Be prepared for a test on these 25 different functions/parts of the the basic Digital Single Lens Reflex camera.

Review the parts of a camera on the list…dslr-camera-parts

Know how each part is used and why its there.

Be able to locate them on your camera or the images I have attached below.



26 Things -List 8

26list8– turn in to me once you’ve completed the planning sheet.

26 Things Project Rubric

Contact Sheet Due- Thurs. Oct. 20
Final 3 edited DUE- Wed.. Oct. 26



Review Levitation PPT & Check out the samples of levitation images below, from the first attempts, that use traditional methods, to more recent and local examples, that use photoshop and other editing software.

Levitation -powerpoint

Levitation Examples & Tips:

Watch the tutorial below to see how the simple “posed” method is done in photoshop.  What can you make levitate?  If you search “levitation” photography, you’ll see it has been done extensively using people in various places doing various things.

Here is what you need to start:

  • image with subject in the scene
  • image of the same scene, but without the subject

Mr. Fulton Levitates tutorial

Practice today with pics from class! Due:  Fri. Oct. 7

  • Objects/Models/Subjects must appear to be weightless
  • Try different actions/poses/setups/props/ and locations (not at school)
  • contact sheet containing all shots needed for your final images  DUE:  Fri. Oct. 14th
  •  Final Levitation image DUE: Mon. Oct. 24th


Personal Photo Badges

You will be creating and editing your own Photo Badges.


  • Go to my pick up folder, and find the appropriate badge template for your class.
  • open it in PS
  • Take a new picture or have an edited 2/3 picture of yourself (from the torso to the head shot) ready to insert onto the badge.  your face needs to be visible (duh)
  • you need to add your name
  • you can change the font, but make sure it can be read easily
  • save yours as a JPEG and drop off in the correct folder for your class.

I reserve the right to VETO your badge and ask for a redo if needed!  (no Harambe pictures or snapchat filters!)

DUE:  Right NOW!

sample:  (Thanks Leagan!)




Telling a Story due dates are TBD until all images have been printed.  

(now stop acting like artists and get them posted and dropped off to me!)



Surreal Double Exposures

Traditionally a double exposure is taking more than one exposure on the same frame.  Here we will use 2-3 separate images to create a surreal double exposure effect.

What you need before you start:

  • 1 high quality portrait that can easily be selected from it’s background
  • 2-3 high quality background images that can be added to the portrait.
  • Photo Shop
NEW UPDATED TUTORIAL!!!  (A slower, more thorough, non British, version by Mr. Fulton…sorry if I ramble in the video, I am not feeling too well)

Check out this video for some basic steps to complete  a double exposure in PS:

By the end of next week 9/23 I want you to have 2 completely blended images using 2 different portraits, and different background images.


Telling a Story with Photography

Explore various themes, and imagery used to tell a story in photography.  Research multiple processes of combining photographs together to reveal a connection between your images and how you choose to alter and display them.

Possible ideas for a theme/topic:

List of resources for altered photography:

Alternative Photography Resources


  • Create a new post and title it according to the theme/ topic/ human rights you want to address in your imagery.
  • Explain how you plan on addressing your chosen topic.  Include ideas for imagery and techniques for altering your images.  Include artist links that you find inspirational in creating this work.  DUE:  Tues. Sept. 13
  • Shoot a minimum of 20 photos for this assignment.  Try approach each subject from different visually interesting angles, and techniques.  Post these on a contact sheet.  DUE : Wed. Sept 21
  • Choose your images to use in the artwork and make them beautiful.  Quality of imagery, composition, and approach of your subject count!  Post these images separately. DUE: Fri. Sept. 23
  • Print imagery, and combined/altered and have ready for display.  Keep in mind how you’d like this work to be displayed…clean edges, frayed, organic shape, 3 dimensional, etc…

    DUE:  Tues. OCT 18


Photographer Research Project #1 -Abstract, Alternative Processes, Conceptual

Artist research assignment

Photographer List #1

Due:  Wed. Sept. 7th


26 Things-List 7


26 Things Project Rubric

“26 Things” is a challenging and creative assignment, where you, the photographer, is expected to think outside of the box while interpreting and  shooting the “things” on the list (with your camera).  Three grades are given for these assignments:

1- participation grade for completing the list DUE:  Wed. Aug. 31st

2- daily grade for completing and posting a contact sheet with all images DUE: Fri. Sept. 9

3- major grade for editing and posting your Best 3 DUE: Tues. Sept 13


 Photo 2 website updates and new post

The Purge:  Saving and Organizing your Website.

Be sure you have copies of your best work and delete your posts from last year.    Update and customize your site for a new year and new work.

2016 Photo 2

Create a new post titled “Photo 2” and write at least 4 sentences explaining…

  • what you are looking forward to this year in Photo 2?
  • if you had to tell a story with your photographs, what would it be about?
  • What new techniques or types of photography do you want to explore?

DUE Thurs. Aug. 25th


Jump Starting Creativity

Time to dust off your camera and get you back in your creative game!

There are many ideas on how to get yourself to push though an artistic block or inspire you to further expand your boundaries.  Several websites and books publish a mix of assignments  or exercises, but not all involve the camera.  I prefer the exercises that 1) involve using your camera, 2) less assignment based, and 3) are fun and challenging!

These activities are my versions of various exercises that have been passed down from one creative generation to another.

Exercise:  Two Dozen

Review the presentation Elements of Composition.

  • Pick a location
  • Stand in one spot and make 24 unique photographs while standing in the same place.  You cannot move your feet.

(the first time I did this, I hit a virtual brick wall after about 12 shots, and that was eye-opening in many ways.  It really pushes you to be creative with your gear and surroundings.)

Exercise : Portable Subject

Carry a subject with you and put it in the frame no matter where you are shooting.

  • Compose 12 creative photographs with the same subject in various locations.

Think about the famous traveling gnome. Bring a favorite “thing” on your outing and figure out how to include it in your images.  Be creative with your placement of your portable subject.

Create and post contact sheets for both assignments, then crop and them all as needed, but only post your 1 best from each assignment separately.

ALL  Due Monday, August 29th.

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