March 6

TOPICS: Self-Portraits, Zombies (and Critique), Writing About Photos & Project 2 Assigned: Research Project

IN CLASS: Two self-portraits are due at the beginning of class. One should be of just your face and the other should incorporate some sort of creativity and be along the lines of a traditional self portrait (reference last week’s Power Point for further explanation).

During the beginning of class will have open lab time for finessing your traditional self portrait, Zombie-fying the portrait of your face, and afterwards, a critique everyone’s self-portraits. In total, you will present three self-portraits: the original of your face, the zombie-fied version of your face, and a traditional/creative one.

Today we will use this step-by-step guide on how to transform ourselves into a zombies using basic tools in Adobe Photoshop and our self portraits.

Zombie-fying Instructions: zombie instructions

The below videos are helpful, live tutorials.

Video Tutorial: Make yourself a zombie in Adobe Photoshop

Interesting Web Tutorial (Advanced): Photo Effects Tutorials


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Grading: This project is worth a total of 30 possible points (10 points for each bullet point). A breakdown for the points is below:

  • Did student make one traditional self portrait AND a portrait of their face (which was turned into a zombie – three photos in total?
  • Did student successfully complete the “Zombie” exercise”
  • Did student take initiative in the class discussion/critique?

Intro to PS:

During this class session we will explore the Photoshop CS6 workspace and use Photoshop to modify a photograph taken with a digital camera. As you work through this introductory session, remember that Photoshop is a very complicated application that is best learned through repetition. The concepts and skills you learn here will be reinforced and expanded as you proceed through this class. Do not expect to master everything the first time through!

The below Power Point is a great source for Adobe tutorials covering the basics. Re-visit, review, and re-watch.



100 Brilliant Photoshop Tutorials


Powerpoint: research-project

Project Guidelines:research-project-guidelines

For this project you will be asked to choose a type of photography that interests you. Each student will select two photographers that work in that style, research their life, and analyze 3 of their photographs (A TOTAL OF 6 PHOTOGRAPHS SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN YOUR PRESENTATION).

Each student will present their project via a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation to the class during our next class session.


Below is a list (and wiki page) of possible genres in photography to choose from. Below that is a list of possible Photographers to choose from. Please note – there are many, many more this list is merely a starting point!!

If you are stuck, or are having problems choosing a genre, and two photographers who work in that realm, come talk to me. If its after class email me.



  • Advertising – Taking pictures of products (food, cars, etc.) for commercial purposes. Fashion photography is considered a separate field.
  • Aerial – Pictures captured from a high altitude, such as planes, balloons, parachutes, skyscrapers, etc.
  • Artistic – Photography in which creative composition is the primary goal.
  • Baby/Child – A special field of portrait photography focusing on babies and young children.
  • Celebrity/Paparazzi – A special field of portrait photography focusing on candid shots of famous people.
  • Cityscape – Photography that focuses on cities and urban areas.
  • Event – Photographs taken at special events, such as weddings, concerts, and parties.
  • Fashion – Captures models in a glamorous light and displays fashion items such as clothes, shoes and other accessories.
  • Forensic – Photography taken at an accident or crime scene for legal purposes.
  • Landscape – Shows spaces within nature, usually involving little or no human activity.
  • Long Exposure – Using a very slow shutter speed to capture stationary subjects in sharp focus, while blurring the moving elements.
  • Macro – The art of photographing very small and/or close-up objects.
  • Night – Photography taken outdoors between dusk and dawn.
  • Photojournalism – Capturing images in order to tell a news story.
  • Portrait – Photographs of a person (or group of people) that captures the expression, personality, and mood of the subject.
  • Sports – Capturing important moments during sporting events.
  • Still Life – The depiction of inanimate subject matter, most typically a small grouping of objects.
  • Travel – Photographs that capture an area’s landscape, people, cultures, customs and history.
  • Underwater – Capturing pictures while under water, usually by scuba diving, swimming, snorkeling, or from a submersible.
  • Wildlife – Photography that focuses on animals in their natural habitat.


Robert Frank – photographs the demonstrate our common humanity through images of various cultures eating, dancing, singing, etc.
Henri Cartier-Bresson – 
the father of the “decisive-moment” approach to photography
Paul Strand – another Stieglitz protege, pioneer of straight photography
Annie Leibovitz – portraits of famous people (photographer for Rolling Stone and Vogue)
Edward Weston – produced magnificent pictures of primarily buildings and nature
Berenice Abbott – architectural studies of New York City in the 1930s – the Atget of Manhattan
Irving Penn – Still life, portrats
Ansel Adams – landscape photography
Elliot Erwitt – couples, people, street photography
Elliot Porter – color landscape photography
Diane Arbus – portraits of people outside the mainstream of society
Bill Brandt – surrealist and working class imagery, British, 1930-60
Harry Callahan – formalistic, minimalist portraits and landscapes
Roy DeCarava – documenting the African-American experience and its cultural icons
Walker Evans – 
imagery of American society during the Great Depression
Lewis W. Hine – worked to expose the tragedy of child labor in the United States
Walter Looss 
– world renowned sports photographer; worked for Sports Illustrated for many years
David La Chapelle – celebrity photographer – known for very colorful, vibrant images
William Klein – New York street photography in the mid-fifties
Nicholas Nixon – portraits, elderly, AIDS, sisters
Dorothea Lange
 – portraits of people during the depression
Arnold Newman – One of the greatest portrait-makers in the history of photography
Gordon Parks – produced portraits of black political figures and social change in the fifties and sixties
Herb Ritts – portraits of famous people
Alfred Stieglitz 
– helped photography become recognized as an art form