Monday, September 17, 2012

Open Project 1

Propose a project investigating a very specific subject. Incorporate feedback about your proposal into your project.

The project should be ambitious. Anticipate challenges with regard to scheduling, planning, etc., and work though them.

Make creative photographs, visually and conceptually. Need inspiration? Look at the work of other photographers—this can be very helpful. Shoot more than you ultimately need, so you have a strong pool of images to edit from, when making your final selections.

Plan to turn in an 8-12 images to represent your project. Edit carefully, as these are the images that represent your efforts. Your final edit is important. It is recommended to seek multiple opinions about your edit from friends, classmates, and the instructor. Does your idea or concept come through with the images that you have chosen? Are the images strong on their own? As part of the group?

All final images should be run through your "digital darkroom" using best practices.

What to turn in:
  1. 1200 pixel jpeg versions of all your final images
  2. 1 photoshop file with all layers, to demonstrate your photoshop skills, full resolution.
  3. 4 high quality prints, that you printed yourself on one of the desktop printers. Using a school printers is recommended as these are color calibrated. Only use your home printer if you can achieve equal quality. Color balance is important.
  4. Go through the exercise of preparing a file for an enlarged print. The print should be 16 x 20, 360dpi, enlarged using recommended method. This file needs to be turned in by the end of class on October 1.
Final critique is October 3. All work is due by the beginning of class. The large format print will be made ready by critique, provided your file was turned in on time.

Progress critique: Monday, September 24.

Projects will be be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Project explores the subject in an exciting way
  2. Project is fully explored/realized
  3. Strength of photographs submitted (visual)
  4. Technical skills (camera, photoshop, etc.)
  5. Quality of prints.

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