The Self-Portrait: Students will be able to use a digital camera and Adobe programs to create and edit an image, or series of images, that communicates a specific idea, individual style, and an interesting graphic self-portrait or constructed portrait using yourself as the main subject.
Students are required to;
- Photograph a minimum of twenty images
- Use Adobe Photoshop to manipulate/enhance the final image(s)
- Write a reflection/artist statement
- Explain your process, theme, materials, influences, and overall understanding/purpose of your work using the language of art and photography. Please include an explanation of your work from a cultural, social, and historical perspective.
1. Bring something to focus on.
2. Use the “rule of thirds” and stand off center.
3. Use a tripod and try both auto and manual focus settings.
4. Experiment using the camera timer and set the camera to take multiple exposure (if possible).
5. Use a prop.
6. Consider what your background says about you.
- Location/environmental portrait
- Studio portrait
- portrait using a specific lighting style; high key / low key / 1 light, 2 light, 3 light, lighting, silhouette techniques, etc.
- variation of multiples as a portrait, including; the contact sheet as a portrait, triptyck, diptyck, etc…
_____ Photograph subject using the RAW format (if possible) with a Gray Card
_____ Students are encouraged to photograph a minimum of ten images
_____ Subjects must be in focus or you will be asked to reshoot
_____ Create and label a new folder on your desktop for each project
_____ Save original image files as a digital negative (DNG files) in your folder
_____ Take production notes that can be reflected on in your summary; camera, lighting, focal length of your lens, time of day, etc.
Written Summary: (Understanding of Media)
_____ Written summary in Word, include your name, period and the date
_____ Describe your final image in photographic compositional terms. Speak about the multiple photography tools and strategies used to create your image.
_____ Write a paragraph which includes a personal reflection of your final image.
_____ Set the size for final output to 11″X14″ @ 300 DPI (dots per inch)
_____ Email a flattened JPEG file, keep PSD file on computer
_____ Save As > student.name.self.FINAL.JPEG
_____ Subject email heading; Self-portraiture
Extra Credit: Complete a second project that is graphically different from your original in terms of subject or object. You can create a dyptych, two images placed side-by-side, that are visually appealing and compliment each other.
Interesting articles, images and projects on self-portraiture:
- The Varieties of Self-Portait Experiences
- Me, Myself and the Photographic Eye
- Seeing Yourself as Others Do
- The Self-Portait Project
Examples of other photographer who have focused on self-portraiture include;
|4 – Excellent – Met all requirements and handed in work either early or on time – 100 – 90||3 – Good – Met most requirements and handed in work on time – 89 – 76||2 – Satisfactory – Met few requirements – work handed in late – 75 – 65||1 – Incomplete – Did not meet any set requirements and/or no work was submitted – 64 – 55|
BENCHMARKS: (Photography, Photoshop and Social Skills to be mastered.)
- _____ Photo: Uses the appropriate semi-automatic and manual camera settings for a given situation
- _____ Photo: Uses a Gray card to set proper exposure
- _____ Photo: Uses a Hand held meter
- _____ Photo: Sets up and shuts down a studio set
- _____ Photo: Sets up and uses Tungsten lighting
- _____ Photo: Sets up and uses Strobe lighting
- _____ PS: Creating and using layer masks
- _____ PS: Retouching images using the PS retouching tools
- _____ PS: Cropping, resizing and using rulers and guides
- _____ PS: Work in Adobe Camera Raw
- _____ PS: Converting images to black and white
- _____ PS: Scanning images and preparing for output
- _____ PS: Preparing an image for printing
- _____ Social: Working independently in the photo studio
- _____ Social: Working independently on location
- _____ Social: Critiquing the work of professional, peers and one’s self
- _____ Social: Speaking with Subjects or objects before, during and after a photo shoot
Key Ideas and Details
- RST.9-10.3. Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.
Craft and Structure
- RST.9-10.4. Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9–10 texts and topics.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
- RST.9-10.7. Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.