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SILHOUETTE PHOTO ASSIGNMENT
WHAT IS A SILHOUETTE PHOTO?
"Silhouette photography is a wonderful way to convey drama, mystery, emotion and mood in a picture. A silhouette is defined as a view of an object or a scene consisting of the outline and a featureless interior, with the silhouetted object usually being black. Pictures like these often don’t convey a clear story, and leave part of the image up to the imagination of the viewer.
The keys to taking a silhouette picture are: choose a strong subject with a defined and recognizable shape; turn off your flash to have as little light on the front of your subject as possible; get the light right by having more light shining from the background than the foreground; frame your image so that the brightest light source is behind your subject; and make sure the silhouette shapes are distinct and uncluttered."
-Karishma K. -Smashing Magazine
STEP 1: Read HOW TO TAKE STUNNING SILHOUETTE PHOTOS WITH YOUR iPHONE
STEP 2: Watch (20 seconds) "HOW TO SHOOT BACKLIGHT" VIDEO
STEP 3: Watch iPHONE CAMERA "HIDDEN" FEATURES YOU SHOULD USE
(The videographer says the features are "hidden" -they're not really hidden, but once you get past the first few tips -which we know about, there are some you may not know, and are very useful...)
STEP 4: USE YOUR PHONE OR A DIGITAL CAMERA TO SHOOT MULTIPLE IMAGES BASED ON THE TECHNIQUES MENTIONED IN THE ARTICLE ABOVE. (I am not requiring a minimum number of images -or a proofsheet. I trust that you will keep shooting, making technical and compositional adjustments, until you have two images that are AWESOME!)
TIPS FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT:
•Put the light behind your subject.
•Expose for the background -not the subject. You want them to be black.
•This is an exercise in reducing the photo to basic elements -simplicity is very important when composing silhouettes.
•Make sure there is nothing growing out of the subject -this will ruin the effect.
•Use your imagination when creating your photos.
•Think in terms of the concepts we’ve discussed in class -composition!
•Experiment with your camera angle until the scene shows the elements in the most pleasing balance.
•You do not have to take these photos outside, you can choot silhouettes in front of windows too... just try and make the backgrounds uncluttered...
FINAL PRODUCT: SUBMIT 2 AMAZING SILHOUETTE images in Google Classroom.
•Pick your two best silhouettes.
•Use your phone app to crop and adjust the image tonality.
•Submit your cropped and adjusted images in the Google Classroom folder.
•No proofsheet is required.
•You do not have to put images on backgrounds...
•I have attached an online Google Rubric with the assignment.
•I will fill out the rubric
to provide you with formative assessment on you images.
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