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Photo Essay Photographic Activity Project Photographic Essay Objectives Information Supplies Procedure Evaluations This assignment will allow you to continue gaining experience with the 35mm camera, photographic composition, and processing light-sensitive materials in the darkroom. It will also introduce you to pre- exposure planning as well as finishing and display techniques. Finally, it will give you the opportunity to prepare a photo essay on a topic of your choosing. Objectives: 26.B.5 26.B.A Return to top Upon completion of this assignment, you will: 1. Be able to plan a series of photographs prior to taking the first picture. 2. Have gain additional experience in using the 35mm camera. 3. Have learned the basic fundamentals of good composition for photographs. 4. Have gained additional darkroom techniques through the experiences of processing roll film, making contact sheets, and enlargement prints. 5. Have learned to finish, mount, and display photographs in an appropriate manner for public viewing. 6. Critically evaluate the end results through comparisons of work done by other classmates. Information: Return to top This activity will give you the opportunity to produce a rather sizable and somewhat complicated photographic product. By now you have had experience with the processes and methods that must be used to complete this assignment. This assignment will, though, give you the chance to demonstrate your skills in completing a photographic product. Prepare the materials and follow the methods as listed under each production area. Complete each phase of the assignment only after you have been fortified, with the necessary information through class presentations, demonstrations, and your own self-study of the materials. Supplies: Return to top q One or two rolls of 35mm black and white film. q Film processing chemistry q RC photographic paper with glossy finish. q Print processing chemistry q Mounting board q Mounting adhesive http://www.midland-7.org/moutray/photo_essay.htm (1 of 3)11/12/2004 8:47:30 AM Photo Essay q One 9x12 inch clasp envelope Procedure: Return to top 1. The assignment is to plan, produce, and prepare for display a photographic essay on a specific topic. The length of the essay should be 6-8 photographs. 2. Select the topic of the photographic essay. Photography journals are excellent sources of ideas. They can be informative, candid, social comment, or occupational. 3. Hand letter the title of your photographic essay in the designed space on the photographic essay topic and credit planning sheet. Also letter your name within the space, just as you want it to appear in the finished essay. 4. Identify the desired photos. You should explain in writing the general setting for each photo. Use one planning sheet for each photograph and identity its content at the top of the page. In all cases, sketch the basic setting of the photograph. Once the picture has been taken you can mark it completed and record the necessary information on the page, such as film used, camera setting, lighting conditions, number of exposures of the scene, objects, or people in the scene, Use planning sheets. Make enough photocopies of this planning sheet for all photographs planned in the essay. 5. Take the pictures. Use the planning sheets as a guide. It is recommended that you take 2 or 3 exposures for each planned photograph. It may be wise to bracket your exposures. 6. Remember to record each exposure on the photographic record sheet. This is important for later use in analyzing the results. 7. Processor the film. 8. Make contact prints of the processed film. 9. Critique the contact sheet and select the best picture for each of the planned photographs in the essay. Mark each selected picture with a star symbol, *, in a lighter area of the exposure. Record your critique of each exposure of the photographic record sheet. Use the following points to evaluate the exposures: a. Composition b. Exposure c. Subject Lighting d. Detail Shown e. Clearness of detail f. Focus of main content 10. Make the 3 1/2 x 5 enlargements. Use the enlarging techniques of burning-in, dodging, cropping, and distortion control as needed. The finished prints may be made with or without the white border. 11. Critique each enlargement on the basis of the following points: a. Focus b. Density of highlights c. Contrast d. Squareness of image on the paper e. Cropping f. Visible detail. 12. Cleanup the darkroom each time you finish a particular work period. Make sure you always fulfill your responsibility in this aspect of photographic darkroom work. 13. Mount the finished prints in preparation for displaying them for public viewing. 14. Prepare the topic and credit board. Use any means in labeling the topic and credits, by hand or computer. 15. Select an appropriate display area in the space designated by your instructor. Fasten the topic/ http://www.midland-7.org/moutray/photo_essay.htm (2 of 3)11/12/2004 8:47:30 AM Photo Essay credit board and mounted photographs to the display area. 16. Step back - take a look. What do you think? Does the photo essay look good? Show your instructor the final results. Evaluation: Return to top 1. Fill out the self-evaluation form. 2. Obtain and label a 9x12 clasp envelope. In the upper right corner: 1 - your name; 2 - Course title; 3 - Name of assignment; 4 - Date assignment will be turned in. Use a typewriter or hand-letter very neatly. 3. Place the following materials in the order listed below and enclose them in the envelope: a. Evaluation Form b. Planning Materials c. Negatives of entire film roll placed in a protective envelope. d. Contact sheet; be sure selected shots for enlargements are marked. e. Photographic record sheet. 4. Give the completed assignment to your instructor. Return to Photographic Assignments http://www.midland-7.org/moutray/photo_essay.htm (3 of 3)11/12/2004 8:47:30 AM Photographic Essay Photographic Essay Photographic Essay Topic and Credit Planning Sheet Letter the photographic essay topic (title) and your name (credit) in the space below. Make every attempt to make the lettering in proportion to the finished product, which will later be placed on mounting board. 5x7 inches Return to the Photographic Essay http://www.midland-7.org/moutray/topic_essay.htm11/12/2004 8:47:44 AM Photographic Essay Photographic Essay Photographic Essay Planning Sheet Description of desired picture setting: Draw a picture of the setting here Photo may be in horizontal or vertical format. Film used:_________________ Lighting and weather conditions:______________________________________ Camera Settings: f-stop_______, shutter speed_________, lens used _________ Filter used _________________, number of shots taken of this scene _________} Additional important information: Return to the Photographic Essay http://www.midland-7.org/moutray/planning_essay.htm11/12/2004 8:48:00 AM Photographic Essay Photographic Essay Photographic Record Sheet Name_________ Date __________ Assignment ____________________ Type of film ______________ Camera ___________________________ Developer used __________________ Time __________ Temp _______ Frame Light & Weather f-stop Lens Filter Critique Number Conditions Shutter Speed 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3 . . . . . 4 . . . . . 5 . . . . . 6 . . . . . 7 . . . . . 8 . . . . . 9 . . . . . 10 . . . . . 11 . . . . . 12 . . . . . 13 . . . . . 14 . . . . . 15 . . . . . 16 . . . . . 17 . . . . . 18 . . . . . 19 . . . . . http://www.midland-7.org/moutray/record_essay.htm (1 of 2)11/12/2004 8:48:10 AM Photographic Essay Return to the Photographic Essay http://www.midland-7.org/moutray/record_essay.htm (2 of 2)11/12/2004 8:48:10 AM Midland High School Name Midland High School Name_______________ Photography Evaluation Photographic Essay Criteria Points Self Evaluation Instructor's Evaluation Planning materials complete and effective 6 ___________ _________________ Composition of pictures 4 ___________ _________________ Theme carried out 2 ___________ _________________ Negatives correctly processed 4 ___________ _________________ Contact sheet effective 4 ___________ _________________ Enlargements of appropriate quality 10 ___________ _________________ Mounting effective and of quality 8 ___________ _________________ Labeling/lettering quality 5 ___________ _________________ Essay photographs displayed well 6 ___________ _________________ Record Sheet completed and accurate 5 ___________ _________________ Overall quality/neatness 4 ___________ _________________ All materials turned in according to 2 ___________ _________________ specifications _____ Total = 60 Location of the photographic essay display _________________________________________ Display of essay complete (Due) ________________________________________________ Instructor's Comments: http://www.midland-7.org/moutray/essayeval.htm11/12/2004 8:48:19 AM