Think. Plan. Create... One Portfolio Piece At Time.

Section Overview:

The course will emphasize the process involved in generating a portfolio of images, a coherence body of work based upon a theme, concept, or selected subject matter. The class will discuss topics such as locating an individual voice, refining a working process, considering methods for presentation/distribution of photographs, and reflecting on current issues in contemporary art. Lectures/demonstrations will include assembling a portfolio of photographs, submitting work for review, and preparing photographs for an exhibition.

Section Five - Day 1 - Intermediate Photograhy

Day's 6 & 7

Day's 2 & 3

Day's 8 & 9

Test - Overview Information

Why Is Aspect Ratio Important?

It is important to note that aspect ratio does not represent the physical size of an image, or its dimensions in pixels – it refers only to the relationship of its width to its height. For example, the aspect ratio of 3:2 could translate to an image that is 3 meters wide and 2 meters high, as well as 3 feet wide and 2 feet high. When looking at image dimensions in pixels, a 6000×4000 image from a 24 MP camera also has the same 3:2 aspect ratio.

Lastly, when aspect ratio is expressed in two numbers separated by a colon, the first number typically refers to the horizontal side of the image, whereas the second number refers to the vertical side. For example, 3:2 indicates a horizontal image captured in landscape orientation, whereas 2:3 refers to a vertical image captured in portrait orientation. When aspect ratio is expressed in decimal numbers such as 1.50 or 1.50:1, it ignores the orientation of the image.

Day's 4 & 5

What Is Visual Communications?

Why Bracket:

Why Would Anyone Bracket Photos?

Bracketing means that you capture a sequence of photos while changing your camera settings from shot to shot. This means you end up with two or more photos of the same scene, with only a couple differences in each one.

Regarding the example of exposure – the most common type of bracketing in photography – you’ll usually end up with one photo that is too dark, one that is too bright, and one with an accurate exposure. But you can also bracket settings like focus distance, resulting in one photo that is front-focused, one that is back-focused, and one that is accurate.

At the face of things, bracketing just takes up space and wastes time. Especially if you know exactly what settings you need for an image, why bother bracketing? But there are two very real reasons why bracketing is so helpful in photography.

What Makes A Good Candid Photo?

Taking photos of people when they have no idea that you’re doing it is called candid photography. One of the beauties of photography is being able to catch someone in the act. It adds life to your pictures.

Candid photography is all about understanding and capture unplanned moments of someone’s emotions, be it cheerfulness or tears.

The skill you’ll want to develop as a photographer is the ability to take notice and observe.

Photographers will look far and wide, over the crowds and through the landscape looking for that one in a million shot. Having a camera ready is essential.

Taking shots of friends and family can be tough because they are most likely aware of you and what you’re doing and therefore they become distracted.

If you want to get good shots of your friends, the focus has to be on something else other than the camera. Get them talking about something that they like. Your goal for doing this is to try to get them to forget you’re carrying a camera. In getting them to forget, they are more likely to act naturally.

How Is A Composite Photo Made?

A composite combines two (or more) photographs to create one - rather convincing - final image. This is rendered significantly less complicated thanks to the advent of digital photography, digital editing, and an ever expanding set of features and tools available with modern software and apps.

This photographic sorcery didn’t start with the advent of Photoshop - in fact, quite the opposite.


Before digital photography was even a twinkle in Steven Sasson’s eye, composite portraiture was already being practiced in the 1880’s when Sir Francis Galton invented a technique to take multiple exposures on the same photographic plate.

In 2017, rather than using multiple exposures on the same piece of film, photographers and designers generally take separate images and blend them seamlessly using layers, masks and blurs.

What Is Composition?

You might hear the term composition used to refer to any piece of music, writing, painting or sculpture, but in the visual arts it is used specifically to talk about the arrangement of elements within an artwork. Mastering composition is essential for any artist, yet the importance of this skill is often forgotten about. A poor composition can affect the whole artwork, so either careful planning or a great sense of intuition is necessary when putting paintbrush to canvas.

How Can Composition Vary?

Composition is the way in which different elements of an artwork are combined or arranged. The artist has complete freedom when choosing the composition of their artwork. Elements may all be clustered towards the centre of the canvas or photograph, or spread out in the corners of the piece. Alternatively, there may just be one subject that dominates the whole artwork. Different schools of thought have had diverse approaches to composition in art over the centuries. What is common today would have been unheard of in another time.

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Visual Communications

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