Getting to Know You – Introduction to Photography

1. Getting to Know You – Introduction

It’s time to familiarize yourself with your camera. You’re also going to get your first photo assignment! Approach a friend or family member and ask them for three random words from the top of their head. Pick the one you like best and take 5 photographs dealing with that subject. In order to get full points you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • A willingness to experiment. Shoot all 5 photos in “manual” mode and try out the camera’s controls. You’ll be hard-pressed to damage anything. Get creative and find out what things do. If you turn in photos that are too similar or are made with very similar camera settings, you’ll lose credit.
  • A willingness to work hard for your images. This doesn’t always mean walking a long way or lots of physical labor, but you need to put a lot of thought into your subject. Since this class is considered an art course, your solution must be creative and artistic. If your images look like a “snapshot,” re-shoot.

It will be important in every assignment that your images are sharp and focused properly. If they are close, but not quite perfectly sharp, you should re-shoot. That’s a good rule of thumb: shoot and shoot again until you take a photo you are truly in love with. Turn in five Jpegs in a single .zip file as your final deliverable.

This assignment is for Digital Photography course (ART 2060) at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah taught by Alex Chamberlain in the Fall of 2015.

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