Free Photo Shoot

Choose a technique from this year, or choose a set of restrictions for yourself on your final project of the year.  It must be something that you can do in class or during class time (more than editing).

50 images & 3 Best edited

Due:  Fri.  May 19th


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 


Portfolio Review

Organize and gather your BEST work on your site in the appropriate pages and review what needs to be done to complete your body of work.

Le t me know when you have it ready…

Tues. Apr. 11th


Final Concentration Series

Explore a new angle of your concentration series.

What can you do to keep with the theme but show growth in your creativity and style of your finished work?

Consider alternative processes or other ways to present you work.

Image check (at least 25 images) DUE Mon. April 24th 

Contact sheet (50 images) DUE Tues. May 2nd

Final 5 DUE Thurs. May 4th


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 his work?  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



Final Concentration #3

Best 5 DUE:  Mon. Mar. 20th

Image Check for Concentration 

Thurs. Mar. 9th

Proposal for Concentration Shoot #3

Post an explanation of your idea behind your next photo shoot.  What kind of lighting will be involved?  What is the location?  Who are your models/subjects?  What photo style are you looking to accomplish (b&w, vintage, candid, glamour…)?

Due:  Mon. Feb. 27


Multiple Exposure with Flash 

Experiment with flash and capturing movement using long exposure.

10 self portraits- you set up shot, control light and shutter release.

10 other multiple exposure shots- use other people, props

Photographic Studies using Custom Canvas

Create a series of five portrait/landscape/architectural studies. You will customize each canvas using clipping masks to create a unique style for each composition.  How you format, dimensions, and how you use the clipping masks are up to you.  These can be related to your Concentration, but not required.

How To: Custom Canvas using Clipping Masks


  • a series of 5
  • unique format for each canvas
  • cohesive style
  • 20″ longest dimension
  • New Original Images
DUE:  At least One Completed Composition per week
All 5 Must be completed/ posted/ dropped off by end of class on Wed. Feb 8th


Mad-lib Photography

You will draw your “focus” from a hat.  You will choose 1 noun, 1 camera adjustment, 1 editing/altering adjustment from the lists provided by yourself and classmates, and apply it to the following Mad-lib.  One mulligan (redo) will be allowed if needed.

My next breadth assignment will be focused on__________________________(drawn from a hat).  I will shoot all 30 of my images of/ at ___________________________ (nouns) for this assignment.  I will use __________________________(camera adjustment) adjustments/settings/lens on my camera as I shoot this assignment.  My final 3 images will creatively employ the use of _____________________________(editing adjustment).


  • The main focus of these images will be based on what you drew from the hat.
  • 30 images are required for this shoot and must be completed using the camera adjustment chosen
  • 5 Best edited/altered images will be produced and turned in
30 images DUE:  Thurs. Jan 19th
5 Final DUE:  Mon. Jan. 23rd



Flash Photography

Experiment with flash photography.  Use an on camera flash for lighting in various situations.  Set your camera in manual mode and keep a low ISO (100).  Adjust your aperture to be fairly wide open then adjust as needed.  Adjust shutter to fit the lighitng you need.  You will likely only be able to go as fast as 1/200th.  Use a tripod for slow shutter speeds.  Attach the flash to the hotshoe and keep in TTL (Thru The Lens).

  • Indoor with natural window light (prominant from one side)


  • Outdoor with backlighting (sun or artificial light)


  • Outdoor no lighting (underexpose the background)


Using on Camera Flash Tips

10 quality exposures of each on a contact sheet

Best 1 from each category posted

DUE:  Nov. 17th


Concentration #2

Plan your next photo shoot for your concentration.  Shoot on location or in a studio.  Be sure that you are staying consistant with your theme of choice.  How can you approach your theme and shoot it differently but still keep it connected to your previous shoot?

Shoot 50+ images and post a contact sheet by Monday Nov. 28th 
Post 5 best edited by Friday Dec. 2



Video Session


visit the video session link and watch the 1st video available and give feedback according to the instructions on the video page.  Post your feedback to your site.

Due week of Oct. 24-28


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.



Experiment with using text in a composition using any medium or combination of mediums you’d like…obviously with emphasis on photography.  You can write, draw, paint, scratch on the surface of the printed image. experiment with printing on a surface that already has writing/text on it, or find a creative way to add text into your image.

Research images to generate ideas…(not to copy)

Google- “text in photography”

Also search artists “Barbara Kruger” and “Lorna Simpson”

Assignment:  Create 3 awesome work using text…Shoot several new images to include in your contact sheet

Contact sheet with 20 images DUE:  Tues.  Oct. 20th
Final 3 images DUE:  Oct. 28th


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!)





Contribute to at least two of the upcoming Contest and Exhibits.  Drop off work in the appropriate folder of my Drop off.

DUE: Sept. 27 


Artist Statement

Every Concentration, whether AP or professional, has a statement to accompany it.  You need to be able to defend your work and ideas.  GET USE TO IT!  We will continue to define and redefine your work throughout the year.

Begin by answering the following question in complete sentences as it applies to your recent photo shoot and post to your Concentration page.  Refer to the concentration samples on this doc. AP 2D-port.examples

  • What is the central idea of your concentration?

DUE:  Sept.  27


Breadth #1:

Choose a breadth assignment from the list or propose a new idea for consideration.  You will be expected to complete a Breadth and Concentration series each six weeks.

Manipulating the Face

Clever Prop Ideas

Sihouette-view more by Matt Wisniewski



25 image contact sheet and 5 best edited: Due:  Thursday Sept. 15


Concentration #1:  Extended  DUE Date!  (you’re welcome…now shoot something!)

Complete your brainstorming and write down your plan for your next concentration photo shoot.  Answer the Q’s on the sheet and be as specific as possible.

Step 1:  Envision your next photoshoot.

Step 2:  Write out the plan on the proposal sheet and turn in for review. 

  • Due.  Fri. Sept. 2nd

Step 3: Shoot a minimum of 50 images for this assignment

Step 4:  Post

  • Contact sheet- Fri. Sept. 23rd
  • Final 5- Tues. Sept. 27th

Step 5: Critique

 The Purge:  Cleaning and Organizing your Portfolio

Look through your work with fresh eyes and update and fill your pages with images that show off the best qualities in your photography.  

Maximum works in each page:

  • Concentration (all based on the same theme)= 12
  • Breadth (your best technical and compositional works)= 12
  • Quality (best overall) =5

DUE:  Monday Aug. 29th


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: Artificial Restrictions 

Review the presentation Elements of Composition.

Create restrictions for a day or weekend of shooting. Limits may include:

  • One prime lens
  • One location
  • B&W only
  • 4-5 P.M. only
  • Manual mode only
  • Overexpose/Underexpose everything
  • Spot meter only
  • Photograph while sitting
  • Only things above you
  • Only things below you
  • No people in the frame
  • No structures in the frame
  • Fill the frame
  • Negative space in more than three quarters of the frame

…or come up with your own restriction.  

Limit yourself to shooting a “roll of film” (24 or 36 exposures).  Create and post a contact sheet with all images.  Edit and Post your 4 Best separately.

Due: Monday Aug. 29th


Concentration ProposalDue Mon. Aug.  29th

AP 2D-port.examples

Review  the “Helpful Resources” section and the links to AP Portfolio Samples on the home page.  The examples don’t have to be photography, its the Student’s Commentary that is most important.  If you want a fresh  concentration topic, also check out the Concentration Ideas.   Create a proposal for your first concentration shoot of the year using the following outline.PROPOSAL

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