Fashion Portrait and Gallery Report

Due: Wednesday, 11/28

Discover a fashion or high-profile portrait photographer you 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 rockin’ fashion portrait 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 portrait, you will be graded on the following:

20pts – Use of sophisticated lighting worthy of publication in a fashion magazine

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

20pts – Styling and pose of the subject/setting

20pts – Expression of the subject which makes a statement or emotional connection with the viewer

20pts – 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 11/28. All students must attend the critique. Have a blast!

Assignment #4 – Portraiture Standards

Assignment Due 11/7

When entering a discipline, it is important to establish a basic understanding of the standard practices and approaches which lead to general success. If you can master these basic skills, you’ll be able to replicate the setups easily and focus on your subject instead of your gear and technique. If you are really doing your job well, you will be forming a professional and social relationship with your client, putting them at ease while also observing their face, their posture and their mannarisms so that you can create a portrait which embodies their spirit and personality.

Demonstrate your understanding of the 6 basic lighting setups and the application of lighting ratio toward them by creating a set of 10 portraits which include those 6 setups and some alternates/experiments. While you’re completing this assignment, which is truly an exercise, expand your shoot to make some portraits which you are proud of. Make something you can include in your portfolio. Make some art.

You will turn in:

All raw images
Your 10 (or more) processed jpegs

You will be graded on the following:

25pts. – Fulfillment of the assignment in both form and concept
25pts. – Precise application of lighting standards
25pts. – Camera control, especially in regard to exposure and sharpness
25pts. – Experimentation with lighting ratio and alternate lighting setups

Make use of the following resources:

6 Basic Lighting Setups

10 Things to Consider

Assignment #3 – Six Second Portrait

Sometimes we want to go very fast. Sometimes it is better to slow down.

Your next assignment is to create a portrait of someone in a real setting in dim light. They will sit for you. You will mold the light so that it is perfect for their face and for the mood of the portrait. You will direct them to pose in a way which is classic and simple, and you will direct them to hold that pose so that you can photograph them.

You will put your camera on a tripod and compose the shot. You will set your shutter speed for 6 seconds, and then you will set your aperture and ISO to achieve the proper exposure. Make exactly 12 frames for this assignment. Review each photo after exposure, and make adjustments if needed for success.

 Due: Wednesday 10/10

You will turn in your flash drive containing:

All of the raw photos from your shoot (12 frames)
Your final processed, high-resolution jpeg or print

This assignment is worth 100pts and will be graded based on the following criteria:

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

25pts. Control of focus and blur

25pts. Ability to create a pleasing composition

25pts. Use of light to create clarity and mood

Student work will be discussed in a critique on 10/10, and all students are expected to be there.

Studio Visit Assignment

Studio Visit Assignment
Due Wednesday, October 24th
100pts (10%)

The greatest tool a portrait photographer can have is experience – experience with their tools and techniques, experience with lighting, experience working with people, and experience being alive and being human. The more time a portrait photographer can spend making photographs of people, getting feedback from their clients, analyzing their work and finding inspiration in the work of others, the faster they can master the art of portraiture.

There is no better way to gain a sense of how a portrait photographer does their job than to observe them at work in their studio and learn as much as you can from their years of experience. You will gain an understanding of their preferred tools and techniques, and you will gain an understanding of what they do to draw out the kind of emotion or expression needed from their subject. You may also gain an understanding of what it takes to run a business or succeed financially as a portrait photographer.

Your assignment is to arrange to visit a portrait photographer at work, observe at least some part of their process and learn the answers to a few questions. I’ll supply three and will rely on you to come up with at least two more. Start with these:

What is the most difficult part of your work?

Photographer to photographer, what is the most rewarding moment in your job?

What advice would you give to a young photographer learning your art?

Note the answers and bring what you learned back to the classroom for discussion. We will pool the knowledge we gained, and share our experiences.

You will turn in a one-page paper which tells briefly of your experience while informally revealing the answers to the questions you asked.

You will be graded on your fulfillment of the assignment in both form and function.

Have fun!

Photo 200 Assignment #2 – Available Light

Scott Groller
Fall 2018
Photography 200

Assignment #2 – Available Light Portrait

Due Wednesday, September 19th

It’s time for a portrait shoot.

Choose or find a subject (preferably someone close or familiar) and invite them to have a photo shoot for your portraiture class. Let them know that this will not be in a studio and you are not going to be setting up any special lights, because this portrait will utilize only the lighting available in the space you select as your setting.

Yes, please turn lights on or off if it helps, or wait until the sun is in the right place to create the effect you are after. Or bring a lamp a little closer to their face to create the proper balance with the window light. Close the shade a little or open it up, but don’t create a lighting setup. Use a reflector maybe, but don’t plug in another light.

Do make use of the light you have around you, and be wise about how you position yourself and your subject so that the effect feels right for the shot you have in mind.

For this assignment, make around 72 photos of your subject, and try to create three different setups (change the composition/pose, or lighting).

You will turn in:

All raw images on a USB flash drive
1 well-adjusted jpeg of your chosen photo

You will be graded on the following:

Fulfillment of the assignment in both form and concept
Use of the camera technique to show the subject clearly
Use of lighting to express mood
Create emotional connection with subject
Proper adjustment of image to emphasize, style and reveal detail

Please be sure to have your name on all parts of your assignment. Work will be critiqued on the day the assignment is due, and all students must attend the critique.

Photo 200 Assignment #1

Photography 200
Scott Groller
Fall 2018

Assignment #1 – Sneaky Portrait
Due: Wednesday, September 5th

Your first portrait assignment is a simple one because it is something you have done already. Make a few portraits of someone.

You will not set up a shoot for this, because you will be working undercover as a photography student who is just making some photos for their class. Make photos of whatever is around you that you like to photograph. Take pictures of your feet, snap a shot of a sunset, whatever. It’s just to make it less obvious that you are really working hard to SEE LIGHT as it shines on the people around you while you go about your day.

And when you see someone around you that is drawing your eye, ask (or maybe don’t ask?) to make a few photos. Pretend you’re shooting film and only make one or two exposures, or pretend that you don’t care too much about it and you’re just making a few frames. Any more than six frames of one person and it’s too much. That’s a photo shoot.

DO pay attention to everything that you know to be important in making your portrait. Do your best with what you see around you. Set your exposure and composition and focus, but then pay attention to the human, emotional side of your portrait and take action to either choose the right time to grab it, or engage the subject to evoke a response or expression.

You will turn in:

Your flash drive with 36-72 photos on it, straight out of camera
One selected jpeg, adjusted as well as you are able at the moment

You will be graded on the following:

Did you fulfill the assignment in form and concept? 20 points
Did you achieve the correct exposure for your subject? 20 points
Did you make use of light in an appropriate way? 20 points
Did you use proper technique to achieve clarity? 20 points
Does your portrait evoke interest or emotion in your viewer? 20 points

Good Luck! Have fun!

Portraiture – Homework due 8/29

Hello Class and Welcome!!!

Your first little homework assignment is to spend some time looking at magazines to get inspiration and to build and understanding of current trends in portraiture and photography in general. Prove you did this by making a photo of yourself in the magazine aisle of a bookstore, library or newsstand. Email the photo to Scott using the address listed on the syllabus.

If you would like to be notified or contacted by text in the future, also include a phone number where you can be reached.

Whether in the magazines or not, please also send me the name of a photographer whose work you respect and would like to emulate in some way. Tell me why you enjoy their work.

Lastly, please include your whole name somewhere in the email. Many email addresses are difficult to match to a name on my roster.

This is going to be a terrific class, and I can’t wait to see what everyone makes this semester.




It’s so new and fresh and clean.


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Assignment #5 – Major Event

Photography 210
Scott Groller
Spring 2018

Assignment #5 – Major Event
(pushed back 2 weeks to be) Due Wednesday, May 23rd
That should be a fun night of presentations!

This is it. This is why we are here.

Identify an event which is exciting and joyful which you have permission to shoot, and make photographs which celebrate the energy, the players and the details of the experience. If this event is a wedding, you will make photographs which document the moments and textures of the day while making portraits of the major and minor players involved. If your event is not a wedding, shoot it as though it is by finding an important main subject or two and their support crew. Make photos of their experience and the moments which occur in their presence and wake. You MUST make at least one intentional formal portrait as part of this shoot.

Create a set of 12-20 images which are different enough that you can build a presentation of your work which both creates an emotional connection and also gives the viewer a sense of the visuals of the event. Process this set of images to achieve a clear and consistent visual style throughout the collection, and adjust individual images as necessary to bring them to a finished state. Make these photos great individually, make them work together, and make sure they hold up to comparison against work by other photographers within your market.

You will turn in:

A copy of your correspondence with your client. This can be theoretical.
A representation of your full shoot. Selects are good. Web galleries are great.
A finished set of 20 polished images, adjusted and retouched.
An invoice for the job. Again, this may be theoretical. pdf or similar is fine.

Your grade will be based on the following:

Capturing moments of importance and energy – 20 pts
Appropriate use of sharpness and focus – 20 pts
Ability to create pleasing, commercially useful compositions – 20 pts
Use of light to create clarity and mood – 20 pts
Proper image processing to enhance color, clarity and style – 20 pts

Client correspondence due 4/18 by email
Selects from shoot due in class by 5/4 for discussion

Please be sure to have your name on all parts of your assignment. Work will be reviewed in groups and feedback will come in the form of open discussion.