Thursday, February 3, 2011

Handmade Negative: Photography meets Pointillism!

I just started this project with my students at Maine South. It's a handed down project from a student teacher that was there previously, and I really liked the idea of combining photography with drawing. In this project, the students have made an 8"x10" print of their choice. They slip it into a plastic protective sleeve, and using sharpie, the students POINTILLIZE their photograph. This is a great study in value!

Now, I believe that the students would originally pointillize their sleeve so that it really was a true NEGATIVE of the image. I thought this might be very difficult for them to really grasp the execution of the drawing portion AND be able to interpret the actual values as opposite (for example, they would have to put very few dots where the image was actually black, and they would put a lot of dots where the image was very light in value). So, I suppose that our negative is actually a positive. Oh well!

Ultimately the students will make two prints from their negative. They will make a negative image and create a reversal to make a positive image.

Above you can see my Handmade Negative in process. I'll post the completed images as we get there. Enjoy.

To the left is my product from the HMN project. The students and I made our negative images, and then made reversal images to create our pointillized positives!

I will post some student examples shortly!

Digital Segmentation

After spending a lot of time last semester really focusing on the technical aspects of traditional photography, my students (and I) are really looking forward to exploring more conceptual and artistic styles of photography. Currently, they are working on the following projects:


-Digital Segmentation

-Handmade Negative (Pointillism)
-Shooting Assignment: Natural Framing

-Sandwich Negatives

-Digital Handcoloring

Phew! That's a lot, I know. Really, we bounce back and forth with projects, and since I teach at two schools each day, they are working on slightly different projects.

In this project, Digital Segmentation, I am introducing the concept behind this artistic technique, in which you literally segment a photograph! This effect really elongates the image and introduces repetition. The students first take a photograph that they have taken and made a print of in the traditional lab. They may choose any print they made last semester, or they had the option to make a new print. Once they scan in the image, we open up a new canvas in Photoshop that is 3 times longer (if portrait) or wider (if landscape) than the original image. Then they carefully use the marquee selection tool to select 1/2" bands of the original image to copy and paste into the new canvas (3 times for each strip). This simple segmentation doesn't take long at all. From here, however, I teach the students how to create different variations of the project, and they get to choose which style they would like to explore.

Here are some examples of variations. Enjoy!

Well, hello there again!

I didn't mean to leave you high and dry, but, well... that's just what happens when life grabs you by the ears and drags you along for the ride. I just recently looked back at my blog posts and realized that it has been a REALLY long time. Forgive me?

A lot has happened since my last post. I had a beautiful baby girl last June, and started a new job last August as a Photography teacher with Maine Township High Schools (specifically Maine South and Maine West High Schools). I've been working with the students in the traditional photo lab with 35 mm cameras, as well as introducing photoshop. I am also the sponsor of Photo Club at Maine South, so we have been playing around with some really fun projects.

I'd like to try (I said... TRY!) to keep up with posts here at least once in a while and show you what I've been working on with my students. So please check it out!

Comments? Questions? SUGGESTIONS??? Please post or email me!!

So let's have a go... ROUND TWO! *DING!* Enjoy!