In advance of the class:

  • Please sign up for a free account at Syncsketch. This is the platform we will use to upload our photos and leave written critiques of each other’s work. Be sure to use the same email you used to sign up for this critique.

  • Please sign up for a free Zoom account if you don’t already have one. We will use this platform for our  video critiques with the instructor. You should also use the same email you used to sign up for the critique.

You will receive an email about how to upload your first assignment by May 7. Please be sure to mark info@tskw.org as a safe sender in your email settings.

If you have any technical difficulties, please email michelle@tskw.org for assistance.

Photo Critique

To make the most of our time together, it’s important to understand how we’ll be approaching our critique sessions. (This applies to not only the Zoom critique sessions, but also to the written comments you’ll leave for your fellow students before the group critique session).

•The purpose of a critique is to help you become a better photographer by being able to turn a critical eye on not just others’ works but on your own.

•Critique is collaboration, not competition, it is an opportunity to learn and develop as a photographer/artist.

•The goal is to train yourself to have a critical eye when viewing images and being able to discuss what makes a successful image.

•Things to consider during a critique -Composition, Creativity, Style, design elements, presentation, color, light, subject matter/ point of interest, does it tell a story,

•Try to think like team members in the same way that athletes work in teams. Their goal is help each other so that everyone can benefit from the practice. Think in terms of – is what I’m saying beneficial? Would I want to hear this?

•In order to get the most benefit out of a critique you need to be engaged. By participating you will develop your artistic skills and understanding.

•It’s important to remember what may be feared as mistakes, become coveted discoveries that promote new insights and learning. We can gain so much knowledge from our mistakes, and all it takes is the willingness to learn from them. Without mistakes, we lose countless opportunities to gain valuable knowledge and learn lessons. Critiques are learning opportunities.

  THE BLACKBOARD

Like most people, you probably take lots of photos with your iPhone. But how do you know if you’re using your camera to it’s full potential? How many times do you take a photo only to delete it later because you just aren’t happy with the quality? It’s time to go back to the basics. This week we’ll get started with the Fundamentals of iPhone photography, including:

  • Settings for better iPhone photos
  • The Seven main principles of design
  • Photography composition – Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines, Perspective and basic editing.

WEEK 1 AGENDA

  1. Week 1 video available now.

  2. Upload your Week 1 assignment at syncsketch.com by Sunday, May 10.

  3. Student Critique Period: Mon, May 11 through Wed, May 13. Log on to syncsketch to submit comments on fellow students’ work. Please leave your comments no later than 4pm on Monday.

  4. Video Group Critique: Wednesday, May 13, 6pm. Video group critique via Zoom. Group critique sessions will last approximately 60-90 minutes.

 

WEEK 1 ASSIGNMENT

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•1- Find several images that you like from any source – how would you critique them? What is it about those images that attracted to you? Does it tell a story? What design elements are they using? Chose one image to share and give a brief critique.

•2- Find a subject you like and photograph it from different vantage points. Minimum 5 different points of view. Choose your favorite two images to share with the group for critique.

Lighting can break or make a picture, but you don’t need lots of technical equipment to take stunning photos. In order to give depth and dimensionality to your images you can work with the light that’s available to you.

This week we’ll focus on understanding why lighting is so important to the success of a photo, and how you can create the effect you want at home using natural light and light sources that are readily available around the house.

There will be two projects this week. First, we’ll think about shadows and reflections. Second, we’ll work with whatever light source is readily available to you. Let’s get creative!

WEEK 2 AGENDA

 

  1. Week 2 video available now.

  2. Upload your Week 2 assignment at syncsketch.com by Sunday, May 17.

  3. Student Critique Period Mon, May 18 through Wed, May 20. Log on to syncsketch to submit comments on fellow students’ work. Please leave your comments no later than 4pm on Monday.


  4. Video Group Critique: Wednesday, May 20, 6pm. Video group critique via Zoom. Group critique sessions will last approximately 60-90 minutes.


 

WEEK 2 ASSIGNMENT

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The more you play with light, the more you learn to pay attention to what the light is doing the better a photographer you will be.

 

First, shadows and reflections – Find something that has interesting shadows and/or reflections or shoot the reflections and shadows. Create you own shadows and reflections. This is an opportunity to see how light reacts with different subjects at different times of the day. Watch how the light reacts at different times of the day and the interesting shadows and reflections it makes. Don’t limit yourself to shooting at one location at just one time. Learn to watch how the light moves. Choose your best two shots and submit them for critique.

 

Second, we’ll work with whatever light source is readily available to you. Shoot any chosen subject in front of the window, by a table lamp, with Christmas lights, when possible move the lights or subject and see how the light changes Let’s get creative! Again, choose your favorite two for critique.

Black and white photos are timeless; even in a color-saturated world, they’ll always be relevant. These photos possess a mysterious and magical quality; they ask a viewer to be more active – to fill in the blanks and use his or her imagination in a different way.

As photographers, it’s important for us to study, and create, black and white photos. It keeps us on our toes, allows us to strip away the distraction of color, and focus on the fundamentals.

We shoot differently when we’re shooting b&w, and as we approach our subject this week, we’ll think through what’s important in the black and white world, and how to make the most of our photos without using color.

WEEK 3 AGENDA

 

  1. Week 3 video available now. See Tamara’s notes for Week 3 here.
  2. Upload your Week 3 assignment at syncsketch.com by Sunday, May 24.

  3. Student Critique Period: Mon, May 25 through Wed, May 27. Log on to syncsketch to submit comments on fellow students’ work. Please leave your comments no later than 4pm on Monday.

  4. Video Group Critique: Wednesday, May 27, 6pm. Video group critique via Zoom. Group critique sessions will last approximately 60-90 minutes.

 

WEEK 3 ASSIGNMENT

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Practice what we’ve gone over the previous two weeks but without using color. Practice taking images in black and white. For an example, photographing the mundane can be beautiful. Look for the details in the everyday. Find a subject matter that appeals to you and shoot only in black and white. Upload 2-3 images for class critique.

 

Some days your social media feed is filled with nothing but food. This is particularly true during the quarantine, when everyone and their mother is learning to be a baker. Some photos are good, some not-so-much, and some are spectacular.

This week, we’ll think about how to make your viewer practically taste your culinary creations. You’ve spent the time creating something delicious, now your photo should do it justice.  What are the qualities that make a food photo pop? And most importantly, how can you make someone say, “I need that recipe!”?

Many of the same principles we’ll be covering this week also apply to still lifes (after all, what else is a plate of food but a still life?), so if food photos aren’t your thing, you can apply what you learn to create successful compositions out of just about anything.

WEEK 4 AGENDA

  1. Week 4 video available now.

  2. Upload your Week 4 assignment at syncsketch.com by Sunday, May 31.

  3. Student Critique Period: Mon, June 1 through Wed, Jun 3. Log on to syncsketch to submit comments on fellow students’ work. Please leave your comments no later than 4pm on Monday.

  4. Video Group Critique: Wednesday June 3, 6pm. Video group critique via Zoom. Group critique sessions will last approximately 60-90 minutes.

 

WEEK 4 ASSIGNMENT

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Set up and shoot a still life/ food shoot applying the information that you have learned over the past several weeks. Upload 2-3 images for class critique

 

The principles we’ve worked with will come together this week as we explore what is arguably the most popular style of photography: portraiture.

Whether you’re taking photos of yourself, your friends and family, or even your beloved Fido, you can take your portraits to the next level and create wonderful memories by integrating the principles and practices of light and composition.

WEEK 5 AGENDA

 

  1. Week 5 video available now.

  2. Upload your Week 5 assignment at syncsketch.com by Sunday, June 7.

  3. Student Critique Period: Mon, Jun 8 through Wed, Jun 10 Log on to syncsketch to submit comments on fellow students’ work. Please leave your comments no later than 4pm on Monday.

  4. Video Group Critique: Wednesday, June 10, 6pm. Video group critique via Zoom. Group critique sessions will last approximately 60-90 minutes.

 

WEEK 5 ASSIGNMENT

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Photograph your favorite person or pet. Using all the information that you have learned work on photographing family members, roommates, neighbors. (This is a great time to be creative, maybe you only see your neighbor over the top of the fence, from a window, standing in a doorway, working from home, cooking a meal, maybe that portrait is them looking at a family album.) Your dog or cat may have a favorite chair they sleep on or under, look for their personality. Upload 2-3 images for the final class critique.

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