Photo 190 Portfolio

Photography 190
Scott Groller
Spring 2017

Studio Photography Portfolio
Due: Wednesday, May 31st

So you’ve mastered the studio. That’s terrific. I’m sure you’ve made some fantastic photos. Prove it!

Make a portfolio showing your very best studio photographs.

Whether printed and bound, posted in a gallery online, or presented through video (with sound/music), you will present 12-20 of your best images along with captions where possible.

You will turn in:

Your portfolio (physically or through a link or file submission)
All photos used to create your portfolio (via StuData)

Your grade will be based on the following standards:

Fulfillment of the assignment in both form and concept (25%)
Style and sophistication in the photography (25%)
Studio lighting technique (25%)
Craftsmanship and proper presentation (25%)

Assignment #4 – Gallery Report and Style Emulation

Due: Wednesday, 5/10

Discover a studio photographer you admire and want to emulate the style of. Research them fully and discover their preferred tools, methods and visual aesthetics. Create a 2-page report showing their work and analyzing their style including what they shoot, how they work and what tools/methods they employ to get their results.


Make a studio photograph which either mimics their style or is at least inspired by it. Really nail this one. Kill it. Do it.

You will turn in:

All Raw photos (at least 72)
3 jpegs, fully processed and retouched
Your gallery report

For the photograph, you will be graded on the following:

25pts – Use of sophisticated lighting worthy of publication in a magazine or advertisement

25pts – Technical excellence in terms of sharpness, exposure and color balance

25pts – Styling and arrangement of the subject/setting

25pts – Post processing to enhance the image at a professional level

For the Gallery Report, you will be graded on content and formatting, but especially on your attention to detail as it relates to your analysis of style, technique and aesthetic.

Work will be shown in a critique on 5/10. All students must attend the critique. Have a blast!

Assignment #3 – Portraiture

Due: Wednesday, 4/26

I’m human, you’re human, we are all human. Yay people!

Now that you have a sense of how to use the studio to create light and make photographs of objects, it’s time to move on to photographing humans. I’m sure you know some already, and being that you are a photographer I’m sure you have noticed somebody who you would like to photograph. Here is your chance. This assignment has two related parts. You will make two different types of portraits. Choose a subject who will be willing to be photographed twice.

The first portrait you will make using available light. This may be a very natural looking image, or it may be dramatic and dynamic. Your subject, lighting and technique can be sophisticated and interesting, but this image should not look like it was made in a studio, but in a real space under real light. You may choose to create some of the light in the scene through reflection or use of lighting equipment, but the lighting should not play such a large role that it calls attention to itself  – let your subject and your technique do that.

The second portrait will be of the same person, but created in studio. Make use of standard portrait lighting techniques, but explore, experiment and build on those to create a look which is appropriate for your subject and style. Pay careful attention to lighting ratio and color as well.

You will turn in:

Your raw photos (at least 72 frames)
Your working images as PSD files
Your final jpegs (2)

You will be graded on the following:

20pts. Fulfillment of the assignment in both form and concept

20pts – Use of sophisticated portrait lighting at a professional level

20pts – Technical excellence in terms of sharpness, exposure and color balance

20pts – Capturing a compelling or dramatic expression and pose

20pts – Post processing to enhance the image at a professional level

Work will be shown in a critique on 4/26. All students must attend the critique.

Assignment #2 – Studio Product Photography

Due: Wednesday, March 29th

We are working our way up to studio portraiture, but our last stop before we arrive there is to create some product photography. This niche presents challenges of its own both in terms of sophistication of lighting and authentic staging and composition.

Your assignment is to choose a new product worthy of your attention, and to make two distinct photographs at a professional level. One will be a simple yet beautifully crafted “” style product photo showing the entire object on a white surface and background. Lighting must feel clean and stylish while holding onto a conventional clarity.

The second photo you will make is of the same product, but this time crafted as a “Hero” shot – a photograph worthy of being featured as an advertisement image. Instead of being simple and clear, this image should be more complex and should show the product in a suitable environment. This could still be simple and abstract with emphasis on the product, or it could be more elaborate such as a still life, featuring the item amongst tones, textures and colors which match the spirit of the product. Lighting on this image should also be sophisticated, but you have the opportunity to experiment and create something that connects emotionally with the viewer.

Shoot at least 72 photos for this assignment.

You will turn in:

Your raw photos
Your working images as PSD files
Your final jpegs

Your grade will be based on the following:

25pts. Fulfillment of the assignment in both form and concept

25pts. Use and control of light to create clarity and mood

25pts. Craftsmanship and professional level work product.

25pts. Ability to create pleasing compositions

Work will be turned in on the day the assignment is due, and all students must attend the critique.

Notes from 3/1

raw – 16bit
xmp sidecar file

PSD with layers, in 16bit

TIFF – Delivery format
JPEG – Delivery format
compressed (high/low)

Camera writes to SD card (a drive).
Download images to your hard drive through Adobe Bridge.
Use Bridge to make selections by clicking an image, pressing the spacebar to view in slideshow mode, and then pressing Command-1 to assign the image one star. Use Command-0 to revert to zero stars.
View your entire shoot and assign one star to “good” images.
Use the filters to hide zero star images.
Make another pass and assign two stars to your “selects.”
Use the filters to hide all but your two-star selects.
Select those and choose File>Open in Camera Raw to open up the Adobe Camera Raw dialog box.

Use Camera Raw to make basic adjustments to your images. When you are satisfied, you can either press ‘done’ to save your work as metadata alongside your raw images, you can click ‘open image’ to open the images in Photoshop using the settings in the link below the preview, or you can choose ‘save image’ to save the photos as PSDs. Working in 16bit and Adobe RGB color space is preferred.

Once images are open in Photoshop, you may ’select all’ and then copy and paste one image onto another. Repeat this step so that all three images are layered in one document. Adjust the opacity and blending modes of the top two images until you achieve the effect you are going for.

To save this image so that you may work on it later, choose File>Save As, and then choose to save as PSD in your working folder. To save a Jpeg version of this image for final delivery, choose to save as JPG format. This will flatten the image and save it as an 8bit jpeg.

Assignment #1 – Digital Assembly: Object

Due: Wednesday, March 8th

A single exposure can include the light coming from a number of light sources. The sun can strike your subject from behind while also bouncing off of the building in front of them, which may illuminate them from another angle. If you combine this light with the light from a flash, you can imagine where your subject has been lit by three different sources or angles at once.

If your camera and your subject are completely still, you can replicate this idea in a studio or dark room by making several individual exposures using different light angles, and then combining the images later using Photoshop or similar software.

For this assignment, you will do just that.

Create a simple setup using non-moving objects, and set your camera up on a solid tripod. Use manual mode and manual focus, and turn off any image stabilization features. Make the room as dark as possible so that there is little to no ambient light. Now use a single light source to illuminate your scene from one direction. Then another. And again. Experiment and see what happens as you vary the brightness, size, shape, direction of this light, while maintaining the same ISO, aperture and shutter speed.

Afterward, you will combine several of these exposures using Photoshop to create an image which shows a complexity of lighting by adding the light from each individual exposure to create your final image.

You will turn in:

Your flash drive containing all of your raw images (at least 24)
Your final image in PSD format
Your final image in JPG format

You will be graded on:

25pts. – Full completion of the assignment
25pts. – Use of lighting to create mood and contrast
25pts. – Photoshop layering technique and craftsmanship
25pts. – Overall image impact and beauty

Work will be turned in on the day the assignment is due, and all students must attend the critique.


Welcome to Photography 190 – Studio Photography

This should be a great class. We’ll have some fun experimenting and learning some studio basics. We’ll also get into the gory details of how to create lighting setups that are really special.

I’m very glad to let you know that you have homework to do already! This assignment serves several purposes including gathering your contact information and learning about your personal vision for you work, while also forcing you to write a brief but professional paragraph. Ready? Here we go:

Email your instructor as though you are applying for a real, paying internship at a high-profile studio. Introduce yourself, describe your interest in photography and in studio photography in particular, and also communicate your vision for how working in a studio might impact your work. What do you hope to achieve? Provide a link to somewhere this person can find your work online, and lastly provide your full name, email address and phone number (the ones you actually check daily).

As you write, you’ll assume that the recipient knows nothing about you and that you really want to impress them without lying or going overboard. It’s just a paragraph, don’t gush.