ABSTRACT SILVERWARE ASSIGNMENT THE ASSIGNMENT
In this assignment, we are trying to create amazing knife and fork abstract images. The goal is to create your best abstract images using the silverware, lights & backdrops you have at home. The more creative the better!
WHAT TO SHOOT •Shooting things from your kitchen drawer can be a fun challenge, especially in winter, when it’s cold and dark and wet outside.
•Just grab some shiny objects and get shooting! Items like knives, forks, spoons and other utensils have so much creative potential, especially when it comes to macro photography.Although shooting reflective objects can add challenge to a shoot, it can also create some spectacular effects.
WHAT TO SUBMIT •Shoot a minimum of 20 images to create two amazing silverware/utensils abstracts.
•Edit your photos to adjust the image tonality and crop for the best possible compositions. You do not have to put them on backgrounds. :)
•Submit your two best images and a minimum 20 image proofsheet in the Google Classroom, "Silverware" assignment folder.
SOME CONTEXT FOR THIS APPROACH TO ABSTRACTS
•In 1928, Andre Kertesz took an iconic photo of a fork resting on a bowl. It’s called “La Fourchette” (seen below). Despite its simplicity, or maybe because of it, the photo is striking. The separate parts of the composition are banal—a bowl, a fork and a table—but the photo is a superb study in light and form. Bold shadows emphasize shape and create a visual intrigue that holds the viewer’s attention.
TIPS FOR YOUR SHOOT
•SHOOT WITH WHATEVER YOU'VE GOT IN YOUR DRAWER -The silverware you use does not have to match, it can be mix and match, or the same pattern. Your silverware can have a plain look or have an ornate pattern. It does not even have to be metal, you can use plastic -colored, white, black, clear... it's up to you and what will work best for your creativity.
•GET CLOSE -First, get close to your subject. Many objects have a hidden side, a history that we don’t get to see with our naked eyes. The scratches on your silverware, from the wear and tear of that results from years of use, produce highlights that can add dimension to your images.
•USE COLOR -This is optional, but using colored light can be an amazing way to explore your subject. Knife and Fork Photography is usually devoid of color (google image search it, very grey!). Adding some color into your images can take your photos to the next level. The color you usecould be "bounced" from some colored object nearby, or from colored lights -for example, if you have changeable colored smartbulb in your home...
•CHANGE YOUR DEPTH OF FIELD -Playing with your focus and depth of field can create some amazing "bokeh" and enhance the abstract nature of the shots. (What is Bokeh? It is defined as “the effect of a soft out-of-focus background that you get when shooting a subject, using a fast lens, at the widest aperture, such as f/2.8 or wider.” Simply put, bokeh is the pleasing or aesthetic quality of shallow depth of field, which creates out-of-focus blur in the foreground of background of a photograph.)
•REFLECTIONS -Using glass, a mirror, or any highly reflective surface can be an amazing tool if you want to create compelling abstract images. You can also make use of the reflections of the metal knives and forks themselves. Stacking forks on one another, shining lights in between and around the spikes of the fork can create some weird and wonderful effects.
•SHADOWS ARE YOUR FRIEND -Light is amazing & shadows are even more so... With all the unique shapes you can find in knife & fork photography, shadows play a big part. Keeping some of your images dark by shooting against a black background can create a dramatic vibe. In addition, controlling your light is essential. Cut out reflections from any other light sources, and use just use one or two lights from a single direction.
ENJOY THE PROCESS! -I hope the abstract knife & fork photography assignment will inspired you to see the “ordinary” in an “extraordinary” way. Amazing patterns and strange shapes are all around us in the world. Sometimes you just need to look close enough to find them.