Week 4, Fall 2013 Semester

Introduction to Photography

To start off this week, APP Introduction to Photography students practiced using their zoom lenses in a brief class exercise, then continued to explore light and shadow as they looked at each other’s prints from the previous Light and Shadow assignment.

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Students picked their favorite photographs from the Light and Shadow exercise, which were then projected at the front of the room for class discussion. Here are a few of the student images we discussed:

comboLeft: Photo by Debra McGomery. Right: Photo by Grace Erickson

BerkD_BG_130912_033Photo by Dee Burkholder

Lunsf_BG_130922__008Photo by Valerie Lunsford

Thursday, the class broached a new topic: texture. More specifically, students were asked to contemplate how different textures can evoke a range of emotions. Course instructor Kim Crum presented images of water in various forms – such as dew droplets, choppy ocean waves, and ripples in a lake – and asked what emotions they brought up for people. Some images caused students to think of turbulence and anger. Others brought up feelings of peace and serenity. Based on these diverse reactions, students realized that we all interpret images in a unique way informed by our own personal histories and experiences.

Thursday’s class concluded with an artistic exercise. In preparation for their next texture photography assignment, students practiced drawing what they thought different emotions might look like and presented their drawings to the class.

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Week 4 Assignment: Touching Light
This week, our photographic subject isĀ texture. We will photograph various textures and explore how they relate to commonly felt feelings. Can you photograph the texture of an object or scene in such a way that it stimulates a specific feeling? Below are two approaches that you can try when working on this assignment. Feel free to try both approaches, or just focus on one approach if you prefer.

Approach #1:
Go for several walks this week, taking time to look at the textures of what’s around you. When you find a texture that you would like to photograph for this assignment, take several shots of it. Explore each selected subject from different angles. Can you find a way of photographing the subject that emphasizes its dominant texture? For this approach, don’t worry about relating emotions to the texture while you photograph; just pay attention to textures, and you can think about how they relate to emotions when you get your prints back.

Approach #2:
Identify an emotion that you would like to use for this assignment. Write down this emotion, then go for several walks this week, looking for textures that you think can show what this emotion feels like. Look for many different ways of expressing this emotion. Look for large subjects, like a building or cloud, as well as small subjects, like the tip of a blade of grass with morning dew on it. For this approach, don’t worry about finding a perfect texture match for your selected emotion; just explore many different possible ways of reflecting the emotion, and see how you can frame your shot to emphasize the texture.

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Also, everyone is looking forward to photographing fall colors during our field trip next week!

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