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Assignment Eleven: Perfume

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Assignment Eleven: Perfume

Ahhh… Spring. Fragrances fill the air and senses with wondrous attractions. And we just received an assignment to shoot an editorial for a regional magazine. If you are a people shooter, the client has cleared the use of a human in the main shot. If you are a still life shooter, the client has cleared that for all three shots. If you are a location shooter, the client has cleared that for the large shot. So you get to do what you do best. Shooting fragrance bottles can always be a challenge. The bottles are, usually, a bit exotic and...

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Assignment Ten: The Boys of Summer

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Assignment Ten: The Boys of Summer

Baseball… played the world over, this game is one of heroes and villains, intrigue and skill. “The Boys of Summer” is a term used for baseball players, and I think a play or movie too. No matter, we are using it as the title of this assignment. (NOTE: If you are in a country where Baseball is not played, substitute it for the sport your country is active in at this moment.) Baseball… “Ray. People will come, Ray. They’ll come to Iowa for reasons they can’t even fathom. They’ll turn up your driveway not...

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Assignment Nine: It’s All About The Money

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Assignment Nine: It’s All About The Money

The job at hand is to create a photograph for a brochure cover. The client is a financial services company. They help people take the mystery out of financial planning. The point of this brochure is to show some new plans they have for money management, and how that new strategy can benefit the consumer. This is a horizontal brochure. The image is to be in color, and feature hands… hands with money, shaking hands (but beware the cliche’d handshake), hands in the air… whatever you want to do. Horizontal design specs are...

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Assignment Eight: CD Cover Assignment: Rerelease of Classic

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Assignment Eight: CD Cover Assignment: Rerelease of Classic

Assignment Nine: CD Cover Assignment: A new artist us doing a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Amelia” (fictitious assignment) Two images: Both square for use on CD cover. Front image should tell a story based on the lyrics. Backside would be covered with type, but should relate to the front image. (In real life, I would be a lot more specific, so bear with me as I don’t want to make limitations that can’t be met… ) Listen to the words. They are amazingly visual in form. Images flow from these lyrics, and you are...

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Assignment Seven: Portrait with a Cell Phone

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Assignment Seven: Portrait with a Cell Phone

Assignment Number Seven: A photograph of someone using a cellphone for a local communications company point of purchase display and matching brochure. This is what the art director gave you for the job: Click to make larger. And yeah, this is exactly the kinds of things you can get. I have gotten layouts that looked like gorgeous illustrations and layouts on napkins. This is an example of the latter style… a quick ‘idea’ scribbled down during a hurried meeting. Your assignment is to shoot an image to this layout. A POP...

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Assignment Six: Sports Related Shot

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Assignment Six: Sports Related Shot

A fun and exciting shot for you all. Sports of all kinds have their moments. From skating to baseball to cricket to polo… they all have that magic of win/lose, the paraphernalia of the game, the textures, visuals, icons… this is YOUR sport, and you want to present it in the most incredible fashion possible. Show us what it is all about! Assignment Details: This shot would run on the left side of a double page spread. So that makes it vertical. Just take all of what you know about photography, your inherent talent for excellence,...

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Assignment Five: Red and White

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Assignment Five: Red and White

Shoot only two colors: Red. White. Make the image about color and texture and dimension. Make the image – do not ‘take’ the image. Put two props together, or find two items and paint them. Simply finding a red and white pole is NOT the assignment. You control the subjects and the light. Critique Post it to the Lighting Essentials Flickr Group and give it the tag: 2014p52assign5 (THIS TAG MUST BE USED SO WE CAN SEE YOUR SUBMISSION) Current Submissions Some ideas for...

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Assignment 4: Weather Poster

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Assignment 4: Weather Poster

The image critique for this assignment: Weather… it’s all around us. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it treacherous. You have been given the assignment by the local chamber of commerce for a poster depicting the weather in your town. Now… if you are Bonzer and live in Santa Cruz, well, weather just means awesomelycool! But the rest of us live in places like Phoenix, Philly, Boston, San Francisco, Portugal, Malaysia… and the weather can range from constants to wildly diverse… And we need a poster shot....

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Assignment 3, 2014: Still Life

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Assignment 3, 2014: Still Life

Assignment Three is a simple still life shot. First – there is a difference between product shots and still life. Product shots show, well, products – tech or cooking utensils or cameras. A still life can be made up of items that are not for sale, but instead are used to project an idea, thought, or feeling. Critique for Assignment 3 Apparently there were three that didn’t show up on my MBP 13… how strange is that. Here are their reviews. Still life can be an exploration of color and contrast and texture and...

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Assignment 2, 2014: Photograph a Stranger

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Assignment 2, 2014: Photograph a Stranger

} IMPORTANT Project 52 2012 INFORMATION HERE. Critique from the assignment. Sometimes we are asked to do things that are a bit uncomfortable (like a vision statement – heh) and face some inner demons. Instead of putting it off, the best thing to do is to face head on. In this assignment, we are to make a photograph of a stranger. Not a candid, or a ‘street shot’, but a full on portrait. Of course, you may only have a minute or two to make that shot, so being on your toes and ready goes without saying. Some of you may have a...

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