The Composite Portrait Project – Project Who Am I Checklist
The Composite Portrait Project – “Who Am I”: This project explores the concept of identity and race in visual form. Students are required to photograph a subject to use as the main focal point of their project. Students will be able to use Adobe programs, a scanner, and printer to enhance and restructure a final image that communicates a specific idea, individual style, as a composite graphic portrait.
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.
Original Photography: Remember to take meter readings and set the camera accordingly, and set your WB to Flash when using strobe lights.
Part 1: Save all work in a subfolder labeled, (your full name) Who Am I PdX (your period) within your Master folder on your desktop.
For example, Jane Doe Pd1 Who Am I
_____ 1. Photograph subject in RAW with Gray Card._____ 2. Use an 85-135mm lens setting. _____ 3. Shoot a minimum of two to three images, (vertical), at least one image with the gray card. _____ 4. Use full-frontal lighting, shadow behind subject, (Butterfly Lighting with gold fill from reflector). Below is an example of Butterfly Lighting with a reflector fill.
_____ 5. Subjects display a neutral face, eyes looking straight into the lens at eye level. _____ 6. Subjects must be in focus or you will be asked to reshoot.
_____ 7. Color balance in camera RAW using the image with your gray card
_____ 8. Save > Format, JPEG, 8, High
_____ 9. Crop your image, 11X14 at 300 dpi, as demonstrated in class and viewed below.
_____ 10. Retouch JPEG image in background layer copy. Duplicate the background layer before retouching, never work directly on your original layer. Always use multiple non-destructively layers.
_____ 11. At this point you should have one multilayered photoshop file that contains a Background, Background Copy and a Channel Mixer layer. Email and share your image file via Gdocs with Ms. L.
Convert Image to Black and White, Tear and Scan parts
_____ 1. Create a Black & White version of your color image using the Channel Mixer (class DEMO).
_____ 2. Print your image using the Epson2880, make sure your settings are correct, see email and class DEMO.
_____ 3. Once your print is completed, tear it (using your hands), into smaller pieces, do not include any straight edges, break down the image into multiple parts – eyes, nose, lips, etc.
_____ 4. Place the pieces face down onto the scanner, activate it, make sure the settings are correct, see email and class DEMO.
_____ 5. Email and share your new image file with Ms. L.
_____ 6. At this point you should have shared two images files, the original photograph (Part 1) and the multiple parts scan (Part 2).
_____ 1. Image files should be shared with Ms. L for credit. Files will be shared with classes so students have many choices for individual parts to use.
_____ 2. You may retouch the scanned parts and increase the contrast, brightness or sharpen, etc. on non-destructive layers.
_____ 3. Choose four various body parts from the shared scans, then use a Selection Tool to select the part, copy and paste, (Command + C (copy), Command + V (paste), into your original psd image file.
_____ 4. Transform the selected image parts properly (hold down the Shift key and drag from corners ONLY).
_____ 5. Lower the Opacity mode to help align your images properly, for example match the iris of an eye to iris in your image.
_____ 6. Use a Layer mask to remove unwanted parts of scans (zoom in, use a hard edge, brush size extra small)
_____ 7. Create Clipping Masks to improve/alter the individual layers. Retain the texture of the original tears (use a hard edge in your layer mask).
_____ 8. Show your image to Ms. L when you feel that your image is complete for final approval.
_____ 9. Once approved, Save As > Period.student.name.who am I.final.psd
Part 4: Artist Statement (Understanding of Media)
_____ 1. Written summary in Word, include your name, period and the date
_____ 2. Describe your image using photographic compositional terms. Include, if possible, shot details based on camera and lighting settings/set-up. Speak about the photography tools used to create your image.
_____ 3. Your summary should include a personal reflection on the creation and experience making your final image.
_____ 1. Final output; 11X14 @ 300 DPI Vertical
_____ 2. Email / share PSD file vis GDocs
_____ 3. Save As > student.name.who am I.FINAL.JPEG (save JPEG version)
_____ 4. Save for Web and Devises > upload to image blog
_____ 5. Subject email heading; Who Am I
4 – Excellent work – Met all requirements and handed in work either early or on time – 100%
3 – Good work – Met most requirements and handed in work on time – 85%
2 – Satisfactory – Met few requirements – work handed in late – 70%
1 – Incomplete – Did not meet any set requirements and/or no work was submitted – 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 Handheld 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 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.