Photography for Artists & Designers

Art & Design 265

Week 5:

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Week 5

start Wed, Feb 8
All presentations assigned?
...know your topic?
...know your date?

Explore topics for Contemporary Photographer presentations.

Formal Critiques of photos and photo strategies.
Composition, Design, Visual Elements in imagery.

Pre-history of Photography (Monday)
Early Photography (Wed)

Golden Mean: due Mon, Feb 6 in your Dropbox. Create a Proj02_Golden folder.

Depth of Field Images:

Altered-Background Images:

Want to win a Canon 7D or a Nikon D300s?


Non-Destructive Editing in Photoshop: Compositing two images into one...

For next week's Photoshop exercise, you'll use (at least) two images. The background of one image will be replaced by the other image -- that is, use the background from ImageB as the background for ImageA.
In Photoshop, you'll have imagery on at least two layers.
You'll create a layer mask to control which portion of the upper layer is visible, and which of the lower image is visible.

The podcasts below present techniques for doing this.






For Next Week

Required: Using at least two different images, replace the background of one image, with the other image so that both images blend or fuse into a single image.
The podcasts linked/discussed above deal with basic compositing, selection techniques and layer masks. Those are the key skills you'll needed.

Goal: Use this image to prove to the rest of us that you have, in fact, been to some place that you have never, ever been.
The photographer who convincingly proves that he/she has been to the most outrageous place wins. Aim to do this creatively.

This tactic is called "compositing" images — composing or overlaying multiple images so as to make a single image.
Its a common tactic in advertising imagery, fine art, photo-illustration, etc.

Your full-size, Photoshop image should be at least 4mpix.

Create a lower-resolution version of your images for uploading to DropBox.
Follow the steps illustrated here to create a 2-megapixel version of your image for in-class viewing.

Save those images to your DropBox Art265_Photography folder.
Create a folder called: Ex5_ReplaceBackground
a) the low-res version of your Photoshop file
b) the initial images, and the final image, each as JPGs.


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