Archive for January 31, 2020

Environmental SELF Portrait – 1/31

Today’s goal is going over the Environmental SELF Portrait assignment. Images are due FEBRUARY 13th!!

Also today going over next weeks Food Week!!

Sunday’s suppose to be a great day for senior portraits. Don’t waste the chance.

Have a Great Weekend!!


Environmental Portraits Cont. – 1/30

Today’s goal it to continue the process of shooting people in their environment.

Tomorrow Environmental Self Portrait assignment and preview to next weeks shooting.

Environmental Portraits – 1/29

Today’s goal is to begin the topic of Environmental Self Portraits. To do this we’ll first begin with what makes a good Environmental Portrait.

First what does it mean….

Environmental Portrait Photography – An environmental portrait is a portrait executed in the subject’s usual environment, such as in their home or workplace, and typically illuminates the subject’s life and surroundings. The term is most frequently used of a genre of photography.

The person doesn’t have to smile.

Or even be looking at the camera….


Below are ones taken by former students.



You can tell where they work by simply looking at the surroundings.

Can’t figure out how to shoot the person’s photo, look for ideas of their where you want to take the photo to get ideas. Like what’s the best way to shoot in a weight room.

Framing. Depth of field. Rule of thirds. Composition makes your photos better.

Later this week your environmental portrait.


Missed class yesterday?? You need to come in before school or during lunch to turn in your Macro images.

9 Macro Layout – 1/28

Macro Photography – Macro photography, is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects and living organisms like insects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size.

Today’s goal is to complete the layout of your Macro images. Your images should have been taken at a distance of no more than one foot from your subject. Also if you could not physically touch what you were shooting do NOT use the photo.

Reminder of what was to be photographed. 15-20 images inside of one particular room OR 15-20 images of an object larger then a fire hydrant.

Macro Turn-in – 1/27

This weeks set of goals are the following:

  • Saving your macro images for printing
  • One additional day of reflector shooting.
  • Learning best ways to shoot Environmental Portraits

And with all of that also be mindful of the weather.



Today’s goal is to return outside to shoot using the reflectors. This time with a use of White and Transparent.

Tomorrow’s goal is to complete and turn-in your Macro images using Lightroom. You will crop, place, and then save your work.


CP2 & Pract – Week of 1/27 – Topic Wk 1

Today you begin your process of working through your Topic Week schedule.

Reminders: Self Portrait due February 15th.

First 4 images of portfolio due February 20th.

Reflector Shooting – 1/24

Today’s goal is to shoot 3 sets of photos of each person in your group.

  1. One standing pose
  2. One sitting pose
  3. One on the curb

Using either the Silver or Silver/Gold reflector.

Next week:

  • Macro turn-in
  • More reflector shooting
  • Environmental Portraits

Have a Great Weekend!

Finishing Senior & B&W – 1/22

Today’s goal is to complete the Senior Photo Shoot Information. Then when complete we’ll start the process of learning the ways of Black and White portrait editing.

This Friday you will be outside taking photos. Plan your attire accordingly. Low 36 degrees / High 63 Degrees. Most likely in the 50’s during class time.

Senior Photoshoot Overview – 1/21

Today we’ll discuss all things senior photos including when to shoot, how to watch the weather, where to shoot, and ideas for shooting. Your senior photo shoot is going to count for two summative grades. PLUS will be part of your FINAL EXAM!! Late images will NOT BE ACCEPTED!!

Photos are due March 30th!

ONE senior only. 100+ photos.

Two outfits minimum!

What’s Expected?!?!?
Shoot ONE senior. Turn-in 100+ photos.

Here is a link to a senior portrait session I did two years ago. Spent 2 hours shooting. She changed clothes three times. Made sure to shoot during Golden Hour. Used a flash or reflector for some of the shots.


We’ll cover the rest of the information in class today.

CP2 & Pract – Week of 1/21 – Business Cards & Last Overviews

Today’s goal is to begin your designing of business cards for your photo business.

Also this week we’ll go over:

  • Eyelighter
  • Lensbaby
  • Product Guide

Next week you’ll begin your 5 weeks worth of lessons.

Self Portrait is due February 13th.

First part of portfolio due February 20th.

Editing – 1/17

Today’s goal before leaving is to edit 5 images from this weeks studio sessions. You can edit using Photshop or Lightroom.

Next week:

  • Senior Assignment
  • Self Portrait Assignment
  • When are we printing?
  • Making Black & White’s

Have a Great Weekend!!!

CP2 & Pract – 1/17 – Resume & Pricing

Today before leaving class your Resume, Walmart Pricing, and Printing Company pricing are due. Print to the HP4700 printer, make sure of that before pressing the print button.

Next week:

  • Business Cards
  • Product Guide overview
  • Lensbaby overview
  • Eyelighter overview

Have a Great Weekend!!


Finding Photos – 1/16

Today’s goal it to find your photos from the last three days of shooting within the 8 folders. It will take time for photos to load so be patient.

Tomorrow you’ll continue your quest for photos.

Tuesday we’ll go over your Senior Photo shoot assignment. And hopefully some day next week we can go out to take outdoor portrait images.

CP2 & Pract – Week of 10/13 – Pricing/Assignments/Resume

This weeks goals are to go over pricing and nail down your cost to be used for Product Guide. Also to get a sense of what to charge.

Also this week going over:

  • Lensbaby
  • Gallery Wraps
  • Water Droplet
  • Product Guide

You will have Friday only class time to complete and turn-in your Resume.


NOTE: Do you know studio lighting???  If you are available 4th or 5th Period to assist with studio lighting I would greatly appreciate your assistance.

Studio Portrait Photography – 1/13-1/15

Today through Wednesday you will be capturing portrait images of each other using studio photo equipment.

Reminders about:

  • Posture
  • Camera settings
  • Lighting
  • Backgrounds

Deleting & Studio Set Up – 1/10

Today’s goal it to delete the images of the you X’d yesterday.

Also today forming your groups for next week.

And seeing the setups for shooting along with the Professional Dress Option.

Have a Great Weekend!!

Ch 14 Wksht – 1/9

Today’s goal it to complete the Ch 14 Wksht.

CP2 & Pract – Resume

Today you will be going through and designing/creating your resume using your resume information.

We’ll talk about design and how much information to add. Your resume is to be one page only.

If you know Illustrator there are many free resume templates online.

If you only know Microsoft Word then there are free resume templates in the software and online.

Inverse Square Law & Softboxes – 1/8

Today’s goal is to be able to understand the Inverse Square Law. Here’s the definition . . . .

“a law stating that the intensity of an effect such as illumination or gravitational force changes in inverse proportion to the square of the distance from the source.”

Eyes glazing over?? Probably.

You’ll find it easier when Peter Hurley explains it.



Ch 14 Lighting – 10/7

Today’s goal is to appreciate what you have in terms of cameras, lighting, and speed. We’ll do this with the help of history and Chapter 14.


Most studios from the beginning of portrait studios were built using skylights for lights.



To get people to pose correctly they would use this device called a posing stand.s3

Looks comfortable doesn’t it. Now you know why no one smiled in old photos.


Tomorrow —  NO Professional Dress