12 December 2016

PROJECT 12B: Still Life, Part 2 (Food, cutlery...)

DIRECTIONS: Using your lightbox, choose FOOD as your subject matter. The food is your choice. Be clever and unexpected with the set-up and arrangement, and as with 13A vary the placement of your lights to create distinctly different images.

01 December 2016









30 November 2016

WED, Nov 30

Your to-do list:

1. Finish developing, posting, and writing your statement for the "Dream" photographs.
2. Develop and post your weekend photographs (these were of your own choosing).
3. Sign your matted image (I'll call you in for this).

HW: Night Glow long exposure images of lights.

For Friday:
All "Dream" photos, captions, & written explanation posted to blog BEFORE 7th period.

15 November 2016

The Dream (3-5)


1. Caption each photo.
2. Develop each photo w/...
3. Paragraph/statement/blurb about your dream theme, the story, or something
that gives us further insight. 

Developing & Posting "Dreams"

1. B/W or color.
2. Developed using exposure, curves, brightness, contrast, etc. (what else you do is up to you, but keep in mind it should enhance your dream story)

1. Title your dream/story.
2. Place the title at the top of the post as a "HEADING."
3. Place the images in the post from first to last (as they would be in the story/dream).
4. Caption each photo with something other than the title of the dream.
5. Under each photo, describe what your intent was for making the photo as you did. (i.e. explain symbolism, meaning, thoughts, how it ties in to the overall dream, etc.).
6. Write this as a paragraph or two using pronouns "I", "my dream is...", etc.

STUDIUM: (The symbolic meaning and interest in a photo) Denotes the cultural, linguistic, and political interpretation of a photograph. Basically, it is the element that creates interest in a photographic image. It shows the intention of the photographer. We experience this intention in reverse because we're the viewer. We are charged with having to find the meaning. The photographer thinks of the idea/intent, and we as the viewers act in the opposite way, interpreting the photograph and attempting to figure out meaning.

PUNCTUM: (The object or thing that stands out in a photo) Denotes the personally touching detail which establishes a direct relationship with the object or person within it. Essentially, it is a small detail that jumps out at the viewer as special and important.

01 November 2016

PROJECT #11: Dream(s) (DIGITAL)

The words studium & punctum come from a book about reading photographs by a French philosopher named Roland Barthes. In the book he reflects on the complex relationships between meaning, society, culture, and subjectivity when looking at images.

STUDIUM: (The symbolic meaning and interest in a photo) Denotes the cultural, linguistic, and political interpretation of a photograph. Basically, it is the element that creates interest in a photographic image. It shows the intention of the photographer. We experience this intention in reverse because we're the viewer. We are charged with having to find the meaning. The photographer thinks of the idea/intent, and we as the viewers act in the opposite way, interpreting the photograph and attempting to figure out meaning.

PUNCTUM: (The object or thing that stands out in a photo) Denotes the personally touching detail which establishes a direct relationship with the object or person within it. Essentially, it is a small detail that jumps out at the viewer as special and important.

Andre Kertesz, 1921 - Tristan Tzara, Paris

Here's an example from the book. He mentions that he thinks this photograph is well composed, and has good value, shape, and line. But the element that draws him in - the punctum - is the dirt under Tzara's fingernails.

Make a group of photographs (8-10 minimum) that tell the story of a dream. The kind of dream is up to you.  Of course, make well-exposed images, but remember that the project is as much about the IDEA(s) and story that you tell through the photographs.

We will edit the final images down to 3-5 final images that tell the story. Yes, you will make more photos than needed, but by doing so you give yourself more options from which to choose the BEST TOLD story.

*We will be printing between 3-5 images for display.

How will you get inspired to create a dream sequence through photographs? 
Think: odd, unusual, unexpected, perplexing, surreal, and outside-the-box. Use the diagram provided to map your idea & objects/place/time/etc. so that you have concrete photographable ideas.

Arthur Tress article. CLICK HERE. 

24 October 2016


DIRECTIONS: Make 24+ photographs that include a puddle. Reflections, silhouetted reflection, ripples, staged, not staged, upside down, right side up, combinations of all...are all good. Make the thing in reflection something interesting. Possibly use the rule of thirds and/or leading lines. 

BE MINDFUL OF: White Balance, ISO, aperture setting (f-Stop) for desired depth of field.


18 October 2016


DIRECTIONS. Venture into the world and make photographs of autumn leaves. How you arrange and compose your photos is open to your interpretation. You may go about the project as a straight-forward landscape project. ...Or, you could collect leaf textures using macro settings. You can approach it like a still life project: arranging thing leaves as objects. Or you could think conceptually, and approach it like the environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy (click here for Andy).

1. Set the ISO of your camera appropriately.
2. Set the WB of your camera appropriately.
3. Open the aperture wide (small f-stop number) for out of focus background.

4. Use macro function for close up textures.
OPTIONS: Composition and rule of thirds, balance and asymmetry, macro...

Oregon fall foliage site. CLICK HERE.
Place suggestions. CLICK HERE.
Tips for shooting fall foliage. CLICK HERE.
Extra Crunchy tips for photographing fall foliage. CLICK HERE.


29 September 2016


Jonathan Bachman/Reuters
1. Post the image in your blog.
2. Using the Reading Photographs questions, choose one/two question from INTERPRET IT and one/two questions from EVALUATE IT.
3. Post your response to the photo in your blog.
**Don't forget to caption the photo with the name of the photographer and the news agency as it is here on this page.

Reading One. click here.
Reading Two. click here.

22 September 2016


Steve McCurry

Reply with two questions from each category on the Reading Photographs w/s.

PROJ#6: Unidentifiable Terrestrial Objects (Mystery Macro)

Make 10+ photographs of things.
Photograph these things in such a way that when we see the image we (the viewer) cannot identify the thing.

Develop and post these photos.

Title the post “Unidentifiable Terrestrial Objects/Mystery Macro”

HW: Make 10+ more images, and bring to next class. 

20 September 2016

PROJ#5: OUT OF FOCUS FOREGROUND FRAMING (Photos w/depth of field)

1. Put your camera into APERTURE mode.
2. Set your aperture as WIDE as it will go (meaning: small f-stop number)

-adjust your ISO & SHUTTER speed as necessary for the correct EXPOSURE.

3. Make your photo with something in the foreground that is out of focus. We should feel as if we are looking through/past something -- to what you have told us (through focus) is your main subject matter.

4. HW: Make 15+ images for next class

Be mindful of composition (rule of thirds, leading lines, etc.)

Here is a site for reference. CLICK HERE.
Here is a site for reference. CLICK HERE.

16 September 2016



Forced perspective is a technique which employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. It manipulates human visual perception through the use of scaled objects and the correlation between them and the vantage point of the spectator or camera. 

Using the classtime photos you made as a starting point, make 10+ more forced perspective images for next class (9/20).

08 September 2016

PROJ #1: (dramatic/distinct) LIGHT & SHADOW

HW: 20+ photographs of distinct & dramatic LIGHT and SHADOW in your daily life over the next four days.

-Approach the project as a “street” photography assignment.
-Use the RULE OF THIRDS compositional tool
-Place the LIGHT OR SHADOW you want to be the main focal point in one of the intersections.

-Identify the direction of your light source.
-Place your main subject matter in an intersection of the rule of thirds.
-Magic hour?


These four questions will help me understand your perception and beliefs about photography, and in turn, help me educate you.

1. How would you describe photography to someone who didn't know what it was?
2. How is photography used in our world? What purpose does it serve?
3. What about photography inspired you to return for Photo 2?
4. List one thing that you would like to do this semester.

and one more question...just because we can...
5. If you were put on a desert island with only three songs/artists/albums to listen to for the rest of your days, what would they be?

SYLLABUS 2016-2017

Hi there, Photogs!
You being here makes me happy. I love teaching, and learning, and both are going to happen in this symbiotic relationship we start today. I am sure that you will exit this class having learned a lot about photography, but equally as much about yourself. Photography can be a centering and reassuring activity, and a great antidote for the hectic times. I believe that by the end of our time together you will be seeing the world around you in new and creative ways. The visual challenges I will give you will help to develop your creative self. This, alone, is priceless, and isn't about me as your teacher, but photography itself. Your journey is your own, and I am excited to help you on your way.
Do your best, and I will do mine. 
Let's have a great semester together. 
I appreciate you being here. 
Thank you,
Hohman. :)
WHAT IS PHOTO 2? An image-making class where you will continue your investigation of making intentional photographs. The components of the class are:

1. Mastery of the camera (SLR) (Standards strand #1)                           4. History of photography (#3)
2. Investigate darkroom processes and skill (#1)                                       5. Mastery of the elements of 2D design (#1, #2)
3. Continued digital darkroom processes and skills (#1)                       6. Applying aesthetic choices (#2

THE PLAN (Objectives). 

·  Continue to investigate photographic elements of art and principles of design, composition, and lighting.
·  Continue to explore the history of photography, learning about its scientific and technological developments, important innovators in the field, and relevance within diverse cultural contexts.
·  Blog and speak about aesthetic, technical and expressive qualities in a photograph, learning to critique their own and others work.
·  Continue to investigate image techniques and digital manipulation using Adobe Photoshop.
·  Continue to creatively alter digital images as well as critically analyze the use of visual media as a means of communication in our society today.
·  Continue to explore the significance of photography within the larger context of the art word, and learn about the critical and varied application it has to the modern working world.
·  Begin formulating and implementing your own personal visual vernacular (a visual language).
·  Be expected to pursue your own visual interests to help you develop your visual voice/vernacular.

THE FUN (Photo Projects). 
·  As you know, photography is the observance and recording of light, and we will continue to study it.
·  Projects will range in duration from one-class, overnight, multi-day, to a week (plus).
·  Critiques (partner, small group, full class) will happen periodically.
·  Critiques will have a participation rubric that will help you question the work you are seeing/presenting.
·  Projects will include (amongst others):

o  Film developing
o  Darkroom printing
o  Light & Shadow
o  Still life
o  Portraiture V.2
o  Self-portrait V.2
o  Abstraction
o  Architecture/cityscape
o  Landscape
o  Diptychs & triptychs
o  Animated GIF
o  Symbolism
o  Photo essay
o  Sports
o  Specialized topic of your choice
o  Photo blog for your work
o  We will periodically revisit topics/methods from Photo 1 for review, practice, and growth.

THE EQUIPMENT (Cameras+) You will need to have access to the following:
  1. DIGITAL CAMERA. (Ideally) A digital SLR (the kind with a removable lens) – or – digital point-and-shoot. The smartphone that got you through Photo 1 is probably not advanced enough for your needs. Probably.
  2. CABLE to connect the camera to a computer – or – a card reader for your memory card. Bring daily.
  3. 35mm FILM CAMERA. ¼ of the semester will be darkroom/film based. Start looking/asking now. Grandparents, neighbors, coworkers, garage sales, Craigslist, stuff-for-free sites. Begin asking now! You might be able to find one for free. 
  4. $15 CLASS FEE paid to the bookkeeper. This goes to our chemical, paper, and printing costs.
YES, YOU CAN! (The Grade). 
·  If all assignments are completed on time, your final semester grade will raise to an “A.”
·  The semester grade is cumulative.
·  Each project/assignment will be scored on parts the Seven C’s Rubric.
·  A few projects will be worth more than 4 points, as they will involve multiple components.

·  Do substantially (TBD per project) more than the minimum for an assignment and you will earn extra credit.
·  Extra credit points are only added in to your grade after you have turned in the final project.
·  Missing assignments nullify any extra credit earned (it cannot take the place of an assigned project).

CURIOSITY SCORE. For each day we meet during the semester that you are intellectually engaged for the duration of class you will earn one point. If time is spent on non-photo endeavors (texting, other homework, sleeping, etc.), the point for that day is forfeited.

OUR SHARED SPACE (Classroom). 
·  My top two priorities are safety and intellectual growth.
·  If learning & safety is compromised, a verbal request to adjust behavior will be given.
·  If learning/safety is continually compromised, that student will have to be removed from the class for the benefit of all
·  Autonomy is inherent to the class. You are trusted to make all you do appropriate. Please use your autonomy positively, productively, and responsibly.

·  Please be in class, unless you have a fever and are contagious.
·  After an excused absence (with a note) you will be briefed on what was presented when you were absent.

·  Being late is disruptive, and a delinquent tardy is inconsiderate to all.
·  Be in the room at the bell. Teaching will begin promptly.
·  Every two tardies for the semester will result in your final cumulative grade being lowered by 2%.

ABSENT/MISSED/LATE WORK. If you are absent, do the following, in this order:
1.   Check the blog for the current/new assignment. Complete that assignment to the best of your ability - even if you were not here for the explanation. Read the class blog and follow the directions.
2.   If you are unable to complete the project as it is posted - do something(!) - so your return can be productive.
3.   Ask me to review your blog/work when you have completed the missing work.  

*As per school policy, the number of excused absences are the number of class periods you will have to complete missed work.

THE END (Will you continue?) If you do your best, the outcomes should be:
·  Better understand technical and aesthetic differences between traditional and digital photography.
·  Make informed choices about composition when photographing and editing digital images.
·  Make informed choices about appropriate technologies for use in a variety of photographic assignments
·  Analyze and discuss complex ideas in works of art and photography.
·  Create original works of art of increasing complexity and skill that reflect their feelings and point of view.
·  Describe the relationship involving the art maker, the process, the product and the viewer.
·  Demonstrate proper camera and digital processing techniques in production of a work of art
·  Understand and utilize the steps in the creative process
·  Be aware of the vast amount of career choices in the visual arts.
·  Produce and compile a portfolio of work from Photo 1 through Photo 2.

TAG STUDENTS: To ensure that students designated as "Talented and Gifted (TAG) receive academic instruction that is appropriate to their rate and level of learning, the curriculum and instruction of this course may be differentiated to include specialized groupings, compacting of curriculum, accelerated pacing, and providing of extension/challenge activities.