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STILL LIFE PHOTO ASSIGNMENT
STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY
What constitutes a still life photo?
Still life photography is the photographic counterpart of still life painting. The still life approach uses inanimate objects, found or intentionally arranged, to communicate or symbolize an idea, concept, or relationship. Common subjects for still life photography include items such as flowers, food, plants, rocks, etc... (but those things are just a starting point... if you watch the video in step #3 below, you will learn of famous photographers who used a different approach for their subject matter).
Why shoot still life images?
Shooting still life subjects is one of the best ways to sharpen your photographic skills. Good composition, framing and lighting are all very important to translate your still life arrangement into a great photo. One advantage of the still-life artform is that it allows the photographer a lot of freedom to experiment with the lighting & arrangement of elements within a composition -you can take your time and your subject remains stationary. Here's an interesting fact from Wikipedia about still life as an artform. "Still life painting emerged as a distinct genre and professional specialization in Western painting by the late 16th century, and has remained significant since then." So by shooting still life images you are connecting with an artistic tradition that dates to the Middle Ages...
FIRST• READ AND WATCH
STEP 1: Read SIMPLE METHODS FOR CREATING BETTER STILL LIFE IMAGES
STEP 2: Read 5 WAYS TO CREATE WONDERFUL MOOD IN YOUR STILL LIFE iPHONE PHOTOS
STEP 3: Watch THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY -STILL LIFE IN PHOTOGRAPHY (still-life through the ages!)
STEP 4: Watch 7 TIPS FOR SHOOTING STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY (a bit advanced, but some great tips!)
STEP 5: Watch TAKE BETTER SHOTS WITH YOUR iPHONE" (excellent tips -even the 2nd time around!)
SECOND• SHOOT THE ASSIGNMENT
•USE YOUR PHONE OR A DIGITAL CAMERA TO SHOOT MULTIPLE AWESOME STILL LIFE IMAGES.
•LOOK FOR OBJECTS THAT CAN BE FOUND AROUND THE HOUSE & SURROUNDING ENVIRONMENT.
•GROUP OBJECTS INTO A THEME-BASED COMPOSITION & SHOOT USING THE TECHNIQUES MENTIONED IN THE ARTICLES AND VIDEOS 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 AMAZING still life photos...!)
SHOOTING TIPS FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT:
•Siplicity is very important when composing still life’s.
•You don’t need to collect a wide range of complicated objects to create an interesting picture. Instead, choose a few objects with a common thread.
•The arrangement of a still life should begin with the positioning of a single dominant subject. Then add other objects one at a time, and examine the arrangement through your smartphone or camera’s viewfinder.
•Still life photos are about eliminating unwanted details in your image. Think in terms of image composition we’ve discussed throughout the year.
•Put the objects in beautiful diffused window light, or dramatic sidelight with shadows, and use interesting compositions.
THIRD• SUBMISSION IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM
FINAL PRODUCT: SUBMIT TWO STILL LIFE images in Google Classroom.
•Pick your two best still life photos.
•Use your phone app to crop your images.
•Adjust the tonal and color balance using your in-camera app -or create effects using 3rd party camera apps.
•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 an assessment of you images.
HAVE SOME FUN WITH THIS... I HOPE YOU CAN USE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY AS A DISTRACTION FROM BEING TRAPPED INSIDE DURING SHELTER IN PLACE!
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