For Project 1 you have a choice: portraiture or landscape. Each has its own set of specifications so READ the following and THINK about each possible project before deciding on one or the other.

Reference the Power Point presentation from class for inspiration: Portrait and Landscape Photography


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People are certainly one of the most interesting and most challenging subjects to photograph. For this first assignment, you’ll be using all of the skills you’ve learned during the course to make a selection of portraits. You will need to think about lighting, backgrounds, depth of field, composition, and color. You can also (tastefully) touch up each photo in Photoshop. By now these skills compositional skills should be coming quite naturally to you, so you can focus your creative effort on capturing something truly unique or special about your portrait subject.

INSTRUCTIONS:For this project there 8 photographic requirements you MUST meet. Requirements 1 through 6 must be met by taking pictures of human beings. Requirement 7 can be met using any subject of your choosing (pet, stuffed animal, etc.).

1. Indoor Traditional Portrait: Make a portrait of someone using traditional lighting setup as described in the lecture (a key light, a fill light, possibly a background light, accent/rim light). This could be a light in your house or your subject’s house that you make the portrait in. You do not need to go out and buy lighting equipment. Either relocate your subject toward the lighting source or move the light if needed.

2: Indoor Natural Light Portrait: Make a portrait of someone indoors using only non-electric sources of light (a fireplace, candles, the sun, etc). You might want to arrange someone near a window. Think about the light.

3: Outdoor Available Light Portrait: Make a portrait of someone outdoors using only available light. This could be at any time of day.

4. Close Up – Make a close- up angled portrait.

5. Long shot: Make a long shot angle portrait.

6.. Environmental Photograph: Make a portrait of someone in their environment (i.e.: cook in a kitchen, worker in a store, artist in studio, etc).

7Freebie: Make a portrait of any subject of your choosing: (pet, stuffed animal, etc.).

8. Freebie: Make a portrait of any subject of your choosing: (pet, stuffed animal, etc.).



The difference between a mundane landscape and a great landscape is often composition. Pay attention to lines, framing, suggestive forms, diagonals, s-curves, balance, rhythm and texture. Lighting will also play a large role in your photographs this week. You will find that morning and evening lighting brings out rich colors and delicate shadows in your photographic subjects, whereas mid-day lighting is generally harsh and direct. For a more dramatic photograph try positioning yourself so that the sun provides side-lighting, or even back-lighting. Getting the correct exposure is more challenging in these situations, but the results are well worth it!

INSTRUCTIONS: For this project there are eight photographic requirements (aka a minimum of 8 photographs).


1. Urban: You don’t have to go to NYC  (although you are welcome to) but create an image that evokes the feeling of an urban landscape. Think lots of buildings.
2. Suburban:  Same as urban, what constitutes a suburban landscape? Think houses, not tall buildings.
3. Rural: You don’t have to go to a farm or to a country location. Find somewhere unpopulated – think about what is in the frame.                                                                                                                                            4. The Golden Hour:  Landscape photography is best done in the golden hour. This is the hour after dawn or the hour before sunset when the light is a rich golden color and strikes the earth at a grazing angle, emphasizing details. At least one of your photographs this week must be of a landscape taken during the golden hour. Dawn is definitely preferable, as the air is much clearer, but if your sleep schedule makes dawn either too late or too early, sunset is also acceptable.                                                                                                                                                        5.Texture: Take at least one shot in which the main, or even sole compositional element is a natural texture. Use a small aperture (large F-number) to get everything in focus. Interesting natural textures include grass, rock, sand, and clouds. Use Photoshop to take advantage of the full tonal range available to you, from black to white.                                                                                                                 6. Close Up: Shot under any conditions that you want as long as the image is somehow representing a close-up view of a landscape.                                                                                                           7. Long Shot: Shot under any conditions that you want as long as the image is somehow representing a long shot view of a landscape.                                                                                                         8. Freebie: Any landscape of your choice, in any compositional or light-evoking manner.


Short Doc on The Art of Portrait Photography


Short Doc on Landscape Photography

B&H Prospectives: Landscape Photography with Robert Rodriguez Jr.

Edward Burtynsky photographs the landscape of oil