Basic Photography
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Basic Photography - Studio Portrait

Photography/Video – Hours: 20
 

Student Goals:
Students will be introduced to the concepts of SLR camera operations and the use of the composition in Photography

Purpose:
Basic photography skills are so important in today’s digital design world. Whether its a photo for a website or a product shot for an advertisement. Photography is a must-have skill in today's design world.

Student Objectives:
By June, the Visual Communications students, along with lectures, guided practices, multiple projects and various technique examples, the students will be able to set up and complete a studio photoshoot with little or no assistance, as documented in their portfolio.

 

Skill Task:

801 - Operate digital camera and accessories.

802 - Compose a photograph through the lens.

803 - Differentiate lighting options and their effects.

804 - Stabilize camera.

805 - Download and manage digital images.

 

Exploratory Project:

Mask

OVERVIEW:

Lecture – Introduction to SLR Cameras and Studio Equipment (20-30 minutes)

During this lecture, you will learn about the basic layout and setup of a typical professional photography studio and the equipment used to conduct a photoshoot. You will also be split into small groups and the instructor will give you a tour of the studio and hands-on instruction working with the equipment. You will also learn about the safety procedures necessary to work in a photo studio. You will be given a checklist to complete by the conclusion of this assignment.

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS

Lighting has three main purposes:

  1. Create an illusion of depth (modeling).

  2. Create a mood.

  3. Normalize (or, conversely, emphasize) the subject's features.

 

There are 4 sections of this project:

​1- 8-10 Sketches of the ideas or concepts of the shots for the overall Campaign Launch - 20 Points

2 - 2 Contact sheets of 12 photos on each sheet - 12 for the clothing line and 12 for the accessories. - 30 Points

3 - 2 mounted final photos edited and printed - One Figure, One Accessory,  hung in the gallery - 50 Points

4 - Complete a portfolio page of the campaign ideas for the look and feel of the company launch (see business plan) - 100 Points

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OVERVIEW:

What is Three-Point Lighting? Click Here For 6 Light Step Ideas

As the name would suggest, three-point lighting is a way of lighting a subject such that the light comes from three different directions.  The size, distance, intensity, and position of the light sources control how the light falls on the subject, where the shadows fall, and how “hard” or “soft” those shadows may be.  Before getting into how to set up three-point lighting, let’s look at these four basics.

There are 4 sections of this project:

1- 8-10 Sketches of the ideas or concepts of the shots for the overall Campaign Launch - 20 Points

2 - 2 Contact sheets of 12 photos on each sheet - 12 for the clothing line and 12 for the accessories. - 30 Points

3 - 2 mounted final photos edited and printed - One Figure, One Accessory,  hung in the gallery - 50 Points

4 - Complete a portfolio page of the campaign ideas for the look and feel of the company launch (see business plan) - 100 Points

Assessment:

Students must be prepared to make a major commitment. It is our assumption that students entering the program are here to lay a foundation for a career in a design field and will be required to meet rigorous and stringent standards. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are required as is the ability to read and analyze. Serious students will find that the program will provide them with an excellent opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the job market or advance in education.

 

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HOMEWORK:

Year One, Project Overview:

- Bottles and Cans - Using Value
Draw bottles and cans.  Have them crunched up for details in the  reflections and folds of the  metal.  Include lots of detail and only  show a small area instead of  the whole can or cans.  If it is  a bottle,  find  an area  that  shows off  the  reflections and   surface quality of  the bottle.

 

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Assessment:

Students must be prepared to make a major commitment. It is our assumption that students entering the program are here to lay a foundation for a career in a design field and will be required to meet rigorous and stringent standards. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are required as is the ability to read and analyze. Serious students will find that the program will provide them with an excellent opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the job market or advance in education.

 

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Experimental Project:
Project Name: Ancient Mask

Project Overview: 

Ancient Use of Masks

Masks are objects that cover the face for a variety of reasons. They are used for protection, disguise, entertainment or ritual practices and are made from various materials, depending on use. The earliest use of masks was for rituals and ceremonies, and the oldest found mask is from 7000 BC. Art of making masks could be older but because of the materials used for making them (leather and wood), they did not survive to this day.

 

Oldest masks were of ritual purpose and could be found in many places of the world. They are generally similar in their overall appearance, but very different in style and way they are made and used.

 

Specifications: Using the supplied materials create a mask that supports an ancient design for a culture you made up.

 

EXAMPLES

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Students must be prepared to make a major commitment. It is our assumption that students entering the program are here to lay a foundation for a career in a design field and will be required to meet rigorous and stringent standards. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are required as is the ability to read and analyze. Serious students will find that the program will provide them with an excellent opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the job market or advance in education. _Most of the students graduating from the program _continue their education.
 

CONTACT US:

Steve Bross

Commercial Art Instructor

sbross@cmths.org

610-277-2301x332

Central Montco Technical High School

821 Plymouth Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

www.cmths.org

610-277-2301

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