Create a literal or metaphorical self-portrait with a unique point of view, using a digital camera and Adobe Photoshop. The photograph should have a small depth of field where one part of the photograph is emphasized for a specific reason in order to tell the viewer more about you, manipulating the aperture will assist you in achieving a narrow depth of field.
Objectives: Use the camera and photographs to display your physical or psychological self. Use your photograph as a means of communication and expression
Dimensions: A minimum of 40 digital draft photographs & 1 final digital photograph
Communication and Expression
- Portray your physical or psychological self—what do you want others to understand or read about you?
- Create a clear and readable image that the audience will understand
- The emphasized portion of the photograph must act as a clue to the content of the photograph, allowing viewers to read the narrative correctly
Design and Composition
- Demonstrate an understanding of visual devices and the Composition Guidelines – simplicity, balance, line, rule of thirds, mergers, and framing.
- A portion of the photograph is emphasized through the use of a small depth of field
- There is a clear distinction about what is emphasized (focused, clear) vs. what is not
Methods, Tools, and Techniques
- Good exposure must be achieved by changing the shutter to adjust to a larger lens opening (small f/number)
- A small/narrow depth of field is achieved by adjusting the aperture, zoom, and distance from the subject and background
- Take a minimum of 40 digital exposures and create a digital contact sheet
- Use Photoshop to consider adjustments to the photograph. Give attention to color balance, brightness, contrast, and cropping.
Critique and Reflection
- Reflect upon your work and aligned your intentions with the final photographs.
- Give appropriate and constructive feedback to your peers.
- Reflect upon your own work in a thoughtful manner
The photos may be taken during class time or at home.
- Consider what parts of the body, if any, to use or emphasize
- Explore both the physical and the psychological aspect of yourself while considering your point of view, perspective, and props—what clues are you giving the viewer?
- Extend yourself—don’t do the usual…use the worksheet to help you
- Explore distance and proximity—how can getting close (or far) rearrange and influence the visual?
Self portrait: a portrait of oneself, done by oneself
Point of view: the direction of the gaze of the artist and viewer on the setting in the image (bird’s eye, bug’s eye, etc.)
Depth of field: zone of acceptable sharpness extending in front of and behind the point on the subject which is exactly focused by the lens