Assignment Forty Three: A “Period” Image.

Assignment Number Forty Three


A photograph that is created to look like something from an earlier time. A “period” piece is an image that calls to an earlier era, but is created in our contemporary time. “Bonnie and Clyde”, “Apollo 13″, “Phantom of the Opera”, that movie where that idiot actor drowns after the boat unexpectedly sinks…

These are all ‘period’ pieces. Styling, camera choice, lens choice, lighting and post production all go into making a strong “period” piece. This will be one of those shots that shows your creativity – as well as you ability to solve problems and meet challenges for the photography.

Subject matter is open – portraits, still life, landscape/environ. Be very careful and detailed with this shot – as detailed as possible.

Please be very detailed in letting us know what period you are working toward achieving. Is it the thirties, forties, sixties? Is it the 80′s.

Please nothing from 1990 forward… Let’s go for big hair or big bows or big fenders. Yes, this is a very difficult assignment and you are getting an extra week for it. No critique on Thanksgiving week.

Thanks to Steve Collins for the cover shot.

Flickr page for image review.

Author: Don Giannatti

I have been a photographer, art director, creative director and designer for nearly 40 years. The experience both behind the camera and behind the desk hiring photographers has given me a unique set of tools for working with photographers. Project 52 grew out of a frustration with the boards and forums that seem to be more about personalities than the actual work of being a commercial photographer. I am not famous, and I have no aspirations to be... but I know what the hell I am talking about.

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  1. Just found your site! Looking forward to getting started on some assignments.

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  2. Yes I need to get back to my photography but i have run out of ideas and maybe lost my enthusiasm for it hence i need to do something this could help me but i may be late for the current period.

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    • Never too late to start.

      WE have all kinds of folks who start along the way.

      Just jump in at any time.

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  3. Don, how do we find the recordings of these critiques?

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