11 May 2016


DIRECTIONS: Make TEN (plus) portraits of a HUMAN illuminated by light during the magic hour.

IMPORTANT: ADJUST YOUR WHITE BALANCE (WB) so you DO NOT cancel out the beauty of the light during magic hour. AUTO WHITE BALANCE may not work. If it does not, try a few of the WHITE BALANCE settings on your camera to see which records the light most accurately.

Check out these magic hour portraits. CLICK HERE.

09 May 2016

PROJECT #10: OLD & NEW (Re-doing a Photo 1 project)


First, develop the new images as your artistic sensibilities dictate. 
Then, POST the old and the new images (developed) side-by-side in a post on your blog.

Then, ON YOUR OWN, answer the following questions on your blog (written):

A. What project did you choose to revisit?
B. What was it about this project that drew you to re-do it?
C. How did approach the project differently? Or not? Why?
D. How do new photographs differ from the first time you photographed the project/subject?
E. What have you learned ABOUT YOUR OWN WORK from revisiting the project?

Then, WORKING WITH A PARTNER, complete the following:

A. Ask that person to spend some time looking at the images on their own without input from you.

B. Ask that person the following questions:
-How do the two different versions of the project/subject differ?
-Which group (past or current) of photographs are you more drawn to, and why?
-What questions do you have for how/why/what/where/when/etc. do you have about the project/subject. (Use your "Reading A Photograph" questions if you are bereft of inquisitive thought).

AS THE PERSON REVIEWING THEIR OWN WORK: Be thoughtful and self-examining when looking at/comparing your own work.

AS THE PERSON REVIEWING OTHERS' WORK: The more inquisitive and questioning you are, the more that person ]will get out of this process. Think about asking questions that will stump them - not to "trick" them, but to get them thinking about their own work and why they have done what they have.

Once this process is complete, AS THE PHOTOGRAPHER, write a blog post about what you have learned, been enlightened to, and otherwise become aware of about your work.


Describe it.
What kinds of things do you see in this photograph? What else do you see?
What words would you use to describe this photograph? What other words might we use?
How would you describe the lines in this picture? The shapes? The colors? What does this photograph show?
Look at this photograph for a moment. What observations can you make about it?
How would you describe this photograph to a person who could not see it?
How would you describe the people in this picture? Are they like you or different?
How would you describe (the place depicted in) this photograph?

Relate it.
What does this photograph remind you of?
What things do you recognize in this photograph? What things seem new to you?
How is this photograph like the one we just saw? What are some important differences?
What do these two photographs have in common?
How is this picture different from real life?
What interests you most about this work of art?

Analyze it.
Which objects seems closer to you? Further away?
What can you tell me about the colors in this photograph?
What color is used the most in this photograph?
What makes this photograph look crowded?
What can you tell me about the person in this photograph?
What can you tell me about how this person lived? How did you arrive at that idea?
What do you think is the most important part of this picture?
How do you think the artist made this work?
What questions would you ask the artist about this work, if s/he were here?

Interpret it.
What title would you give to this photograph? What made you decide on that title?
What other titles could we give it?
What do you think is happening in this photograph? What else could be happening?
What sounds would this photograph make (if it could)?
What do you think is going on in this picture? How did you arrive at that idea?
What do you think this photograph is about? How did you come up that idea?
Pretend you are inside this photograph. What does it feel like?
What do you think this (object) was used for? How did you arrive at that idea?
Why do you suppose the artist made this photograph? What makes you think that?
What do you think it would be like to live in this photograph? What makes you think that?

Evaluate it.
What do you think is good about this photograph? What is not so good?
Do you think the person who painted this do a good or bad job? What makes you think so?
Why do you think other people should see this work of art?
What do you think other people would say about this work? Why do you think that?
What grade would you give the artist for this work? How did you arrive at that grade?
What would you do with this work if you owned it?

What do you think is worth remembering about this photograph?


In photography, the golden hour (sometimes known as magic hour) is a period shortly after sunrise (blue) or before sunset (golden) during which the Sun is lower in the sky.


First, general sunrise & sunset times are HERE. (CLICK HERE).

For next class, bring back TEN+ images that you make during the magic hour over the next few days.

This rationale for this set of photographs is simply to have you observe and record the type of light that occurs during the "magic hour."
Subject matter is of your own choosing AFTER you have made at least HALF of your images of a person.

Compose your photographs the RULE OF THIRDS composition.

Extra credit will be awarded for morning magic hour photographs (for obvious reasons :)

EXTRA TIPS, ETC. There are apps for the "hours" as well:

Wiki definition. CLICK HERE.
A few tips. CLICK HERE.
Golden hour tips. CLICK HERE.
A good link. CLICK HERE.