• 8 digital images, a series
(the series should be worked on over a period of time, not from just one shoot)  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 composite imagery if you desire.

Videos to inspire you
getting started thiking about your final portfolio
Protz artist statement portfolio

Turn in on Canvas
8 images layered:
- images sized to 2160 Pixels on the longest side, 240ppi, 8bit, saved as .TIFF or .PSD
-include layers, do not flatten. LAYER MASKS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL FILES, could be sharpening, color correction etc.

8 images flattened: same images as above sized to: 3000px on longest side, 72ppi saved as .jpg (a .jpg is a flattened compressed file)

Contact sheet 1 of your 8 final printed images Send this in an email to me at with your written description of the techniques you used on each image.
-include titles on this contact sheet
***you will get “0” points for the contact sheet if the images are not titled***

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 upload to canvas

Type in the body of an email (no word files)
•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

– 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, -named and sized properly
– 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
•Landscape •Nature •Wildlife
•Still life, Studio, Tabletop, Food, Product, etc
•Sports •Action •Aerial •Underwater
•Macro •Close-up

Great books to get you thinking:
Criticizing Photographs: An Introduction to Understanding Images [Paperback]
-Terry Barrett

The Elements of Photography: Understanding and Creating Sophisticated Images [Paperback]
Angela Faris Belt (Author)

Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art [Paperback]
John Szarkowski

Why People Photograph [Paperback]
Robert Adams

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.

Photographers to look at:

What is Conceptual Photography?
Subjectivity Versus Objectivity

•Final Project Due Finals May 10th, 11:59PM
It is best to turn in the work early. The system can glitch with potentially 40,000 students turning in work all at once.

No late projects will be accepted.