Category: Assignments


IMG_2380Read this article from Digital Photography School about lighting. Afterwards, answer the following questions on a piece of paper:

1.Name the 3 types of lighting the article was about and briefly describe each one.

2. What flexibility comes with using open shade?

3. What camera setting will help when shooting a backlit photograph?

4. Why is is better to look for good lighting than a good background?

Now read this article on natural lighting and it’s uses and answer the following questions:

5. Why do you think it’s important to observe light?

6. What is the purpose of experimenting with lighting scenarios?

7. What does it mean to expose with post-processing in mind?

8. What is the best way of improving your understanding of lighting?


Food Magazine Practice images

You will be making a fictitious magazine cover to practice using the text tool in photoshop as well as learning how to lay out graphic elements. You will be using some great images referenced from various sites as your subject.

Download the Bon Appetit image and use it as you template in photoshop. Then choose a food subject image from below as your magazine cover image.


Main subject caption with fictitious page number

3 food article references with fictitious page numbers

(Google Bon Appetite magazine to see examples)




Creating Images

Read the following article from Digital-Photography-School about creating images.

Also, read this timely article on Frame Within A Frame to aid in your composition.

Answer the following questions on a separate piece of paper. Write out the question and answers.

  1. What is the difference between good photographers and great photographers?
  2. What helps you shoot pleasing compositions, great locations and visionary editorials?
  3. What 5 questions should you ask yourself before photographing?
  4. Why does practicing shooting for a client help with creating images?
  5. Framing can improve your composition by doing what for your subject?

Rule of Thirds and Composition

You have a camera. You learned how to turn it on. You have begun to move past the automatic stage into the creative realm where you are setting your aperture for depth of field, or your shutter speed to capture motion.  Those are all good to know and valuable, but now we begin to focus our attention on the composition of our photos.

The composition of your images will either intrigue and spark interest or have no effect on the viewer. There are certain guidelines you can follow that will help to improve your overall images. One of those guidelines is the Rule of Thirds.

Read the following article from that describes the Rule of Thirds and how it works. Answer the following questions on a piece of paper, writing out the question and answering it. Turn it in when finished.

1. What is the basic principle behind the rule of thirds?

2. What is a good technique for landscape shots?

3. What are important questions to ask when learning how to use the rule of thirds?

When you are finished, read this next article on composition and answer question 4.

4. What are 5 effective methods of composition? Give a brief description of each.



As we begin to get a little more in depth with photography here in class it is important to discuss the type of format you will be shooting with your camera. As you touched on briefly in chapter 8 of your book, we will be a looking a little more closely at the RAW and JPG formats.

Check out this article from Digital Photography School’s blog as they explain the technical differences between the two.

Once you have read the article, write out the following questions and answer them on a piece of paper to turn in to class.

1. Name 4 characteristics of a RAW file.

2. Name 4 characteristics of a JPG file.

3. What happens when a camera “processes” a JPG file?

4. What are the benefits to shooting RAW over JPG?

5. What are the benefits to shooting JPG over RAW?

First Assignment!

Photo Class 1st Assignment

1. Go to

2. Sign up

3. Post 1 photo that you have taken.  (Can be anything)

4. Email me ( the link to your photostream (

5. Bring your camera tomorrow to classFLICKR