FINAL PROJECT

• 6 digital images, a series
Printed: no print size restrictions

(the series should be worked on over a period of time, not from just one shoot)
https://www.lensculture.com/articles/lensculture-editors-13-favorite-conceptual-photography-series-from-2014  to get you thinking

-Start with a concept. What do you want to say as a photographer/artist. What do you want you viewer to feel, experience?
-Make good exposures in camera.
-Compose the work in camera. You can crop to refine your vision, but cropping pixels limits the size you might want to print down the road so use as much of that sensor as you can, get in close, fill the frame. remember the rules of composition. have fun making your images.
This is a Photoshop class, I expect
*retouching -remove distractions in the image •if a person, portrait retouching•
*color correction (global and localized) •I want to see layer masks•
*sharpening -think if you want to add some creative sharpening or softening to your image, remember to sharpen for output.
*You can start to explore composited imagery if you desire.

You may print here at school, at home, send it out to a lab, but prints must be turned in on time. There are no image size restrictions for your prints, you can print up to 13×19 inches on the printers in the lab or classroom.

Matting
All images must be matted or dry mounted, talked to me in advance if you have ideas for an alternative presentation including bleed mounting of images.
-Matted images must not be cropped by the mat. Pre-think your choices. If you are going to buy a pre-cut mat, create the image to fit the window. Buy the board and cut the mat yourself: this will give you freedom when presenting your work. White or black mats only. No mats smaller than 11×14 inches
– If using pre-cut mats, you will have a difficult time finding 6. Order the mats early (at least 1 month before finals are due)
– MOST Point and shoot digital images will fit a pre-cut mat if the image is not cropped, 4:3 proportion. MOST DSLR cameras are a 2:3 proportion. What is your camera proportion? Can you change it?
-On the Back of each mat include:
Name
Address
Phone
email
title of work
title of Series
Size of work - Image
Size of work - Framed
Medium of Artwork

I print this on card stock and use artist tape to attach this info to the mat.

Turn in on a Flash Drive:
folder 1: titled layered:
- images sized to 3000 Pixels on the longest side, 240ppi, saved as .TIFF or .PSD
-include layers, do not flatten, LAYER MASKS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL FILES, could be sharpening, color correction etc.

folder 2: titled flattened: same images as above sized down: 2160px on longest side, 72ppi saved as .jpg (a .jpg is a flattened compressed file)

Contact sheet 1 of your 6 final printed images (you will print this contact sheet on photo quality paper)
-include titles on this contact sheet
***you will get “0” points for the contact sheet if the images are not titled***
Print on photographic paper, and put the .jpg file on the Flash Drive:

Contact sheets 2-? containing all images photographed for final project. Yes I really want you to explore your subject. Shoot a ton. The more you shoot and explore the more successful your final images will be. You will have a choice of images to use, you can build on your successes. these contact sheets can have 60 images on a page. (yes they will be small, what I am looking at is how many images you photographed to get to your final 6)
Save as .jpg and put on Flash Drive in folder titled contact sheets

Type and Print
•A page with the techniques used for the project. Photoshop techniques used for each image, list the images by title and tell me the techniques used on each.  Feel free to discuss shooting techniques, thoughts from the shoots, your research to get to the final project and any conceptual ideas in the series.
•The title of your series. Your series could be untitled but tell me why it is untitled,
•The concept of your series, why is it a series? What holds the images together?
•What photographic category your work falls into.
•List what photography classes you have taken so far.
•Include your name, class, and time on this paper.

Turn in above material in a Folder or box containing all elements of the final project: labeled with name, class, day, time, e-mail and phone#

Objective:
– To demonstrate the skills acquired during the past 15 weeks
– To photograph, image correct and print images for presentation
– To present the work in a professional way
(window matted or dry mounted, if you have other ideas talk to me for approval)
– To show a cohesive body of work
(a series of images held together by subject, style, color, content, etc.)
Only work photographed by YOU and shot this semester will be accepted for the final project.
(You do not have to use every skill learned this semester. Use the appropriate skill for what you are trying to say with your images)
– All work must be spotted, color corrected, dodged, burned, enhanced, sharpened. I will be looking for the use of layer masks on all images.
– All work handed in must have been worked in a NON-DESTRUCTIVE manner.
Include all layers, layer masks, adjustment layers, etc.
Remember what we explored this semester, retouching, hand coloring, duotones, portrait retouching, liquify, sizing of images, vignettes, blur, that gallery print look, panoramas, black and whites, compositing.

Photographic Category:
These are a few, your work may fit into more than one category!
•Fine Art •Conceptual •Abstract •Surreal •Constructed
•Portraiture •People •Fashion
•Journalism •Documentary •Street photography
•Architecture
•Landscape •Nature •Wildlife
•Still life, Studio, Tabletop, Food, Product, etc
•Wedding
•Sports •Action •Aerial •Underwater
•Night
•Macro •Close-up
•Commercial

Great books to get you thinking:
Criticizing Photographs: An Introduction to Understanding Images [Paperback]
-Terry Barrett
http://www.amazon.com/Criticizing-Photographs-Introduction-Understanding-Images/dp/0767411862

The Elements of Photography: Understanding and Creating Sophisticated Images [Paperback]
Angela Faris Belt (Author)
http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Photography-Understanding-Creating-Sophisticated/dp/0240809424/ref=pd_sim_b_26

Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art [Paperback]
John Szarkowski
http://www.amazon.com/Looking-Photographs-Pictures-Collection-Museum/dp/0870705156/ref=pd_sim_b_92

Why People Photograph [Paperback]
Robert Adams
http://www.amazon.com/Why-People-Photograph-Robert-Adams/dp/0893816035/ref=pd_sim_b_2

Ideas for your final: Things to get you thinking!
What is a series? A set of images that relate to one another.
ex: portraits, tabletop photography, fremont street, a street fair, landscape.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photo_essay

http://www.jpgmag.com/themes/

Photographers to look at:

http://theonlinephotographer.blogspot.com/2006/11/tops-ten-best-living-photographers_27.html

http://www.fraenkelgallery.com/#mi=22&pt=0&pi=6&at=1

http://www.photomichaelwolf.com/intro/index.html

What is Conceptual Photography?
Subjectivity Versus Objectivity
http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/photography/articles/39542.aspx

•Final Project Due Week 15 by the end of class

No late projects will be accepted.