Portrait Poster Collage Assignment

Assignment:   Shoot a partner during a portrait session, design and produce a Poster of the pictures you took of your partner.

Goals:             Produce a nice poster for your partner to keep.

Tools:             Picasa, Adobe Photoshop

Presentation:    Use Portrait Lighting Presentation

 

Shooting your Portrait:

    See Portrait Presentation Notes

    Sample of some portraits on a local website: http://www.drjoefinley.com/staff.asp

 

After shooting, to view your photos, see...

 

 

       

 

 

After your Portraits have been loaded: 

1. Make a Portrait Album for the photos that are BY you...call it "Portraits by Me"

2. Make an album for pictures OF you...call it "My Portrait".

3. Star your favorites and make additional albums for your various shooting. For example: Make a gallery for your Portrait, like you did for your Home Shooting Project Topic 4a & 4b (4th 6 weeks) shooting...call it "2015-01-20 Landscape PDP 4a".

Steps for working/tweaking your portraits using Picasa.

  1. Please do not copy the portrait images to your own local computer (or your DropBox). You CAN copy a few selected images to your folder if you like.

  2. Generally, do not use Picasa to edit your pictures unless it is ONLY going to go online or in a Collage. Picasa is mainly for viewing your pictures. You can download and use Picasa at home...in class, use Photoshop for major edits and important work that may get printed.

  3. Open the public drive and map it as K so that it loads ever time when you log in. This will also allow the Public Drive to be visible to Picasa so that we can add the Class Pictures to your Picasa.

  4. In Picasa, use Folder Manager and navigate to the Public Drive (K) and add the Class Pictures folder.

  5. "Locate on disk" (Ctrl + Enter) and transfer the image to your drive, etc.

  6. Or, "Open With"  Adobe Photoshop to edit the files. If Photoshop is available, you will have to open Photoshop manually and drag it in. ALWAYS do a SAVE AS to preserve the file. Put an 'e' the end of the edited file name (but before the .jpg)  and save it to your 'p' drive.

 

Instructions for creating the Collage:    

  1. Before starting your collage, STAR your favorites of the person YOU SHOT. You should plan to use 3 pictures minimum, of different pictures that you took of your partner (ONE PERSON) PLUS an environmental shot of them shooting PLUS a group shot with that one person for a total of 5 Pictures minimum. You can  Crop and tweak each photo before starting the collage. Use Picasa for simple edits since this is only going to a Collage. Or, you can use Photoshop to do some basic editing of the photos before you insert them into word. Just be sure to Save As a copy when working with an original image. IOW, don't modify your original. Picasa will not affect your original image.

  2. Use Picasa to create a collage of your pictures. One of the photos should be LARGER than the others, i.e. one 4x6 and several wallets.  It should be OBVIOUS who the poster is about. IOW, the group picture should not dominate the design.

  3. Add the person's name on the poster in a creative and fun way. It should be LARGE and DOMINATE.

  4. Include a text box with a photo credit: "Photos and Collage by Your Name". Also give credit to the person that shoot the group shot: Group Photo by THEIR NAME

 

Note #1: We use to use MS Word to create (as opposed to Picasa) the Collage. Technically, you could do it in either program or even Photoshop. There are advantages to using any program. Word has several advantages over Picasa...and that is the use of Word Art, Clip Art, variable border width and color, etc. Picasa is easier and faster. Photoshop has the most control over all. But, in the interest of TIME...please use PICASA to design and upload your final image.

 

Note #2: Many people have asked previously to make their portrait poster of themselves rather than their partner. Although I can appreciate why you would prefer to make the post OF you, please make the poster of the person you PHOTOGRAPHED. It should be a poster design of your photo work such that both the poster and the photos are your work, not a mix of your computer work and somebody else's photography. On the other hand, YES, you may make a poster of your self AFTER you have finished the class assignment. So, please complete a poster of the person you shot FIRST!

 

 

Grading:

Final assessment will be based on how well you follow the above directions and overall effectiveness of your design.

 

 

Samples:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Older Samples:

Note: Most of the following are older (pre-2011) examples. Projects today need to include a a Group Photo AND an Environmental Portrait of that person shooting. Although the exact layout will vary, you should either have one image of the person you shot much larger...OR it should be really obvious who the poster is about. The group photo should be a small picture relative to the collage of the person you for whom you did a portrait session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After you are done with your Partner Portrait Collage, you can do another of yourself, or other collages:

 

 

Eventually you are going to a Magazine Cover:

 

 

 

 

 

Instructions for Mapping the portrait folder and Viewing the Photos

FOR AFTER you have shot your Portrait...

 

Portrait pictures will be posted by class into: \\172.17.180.35\public\Pictures\Misc_Pictures\Class_Pictures If you (or the person before you) shot in MANUAL FOCUS...you need to make sure the image is in focus. MANY of the pictures are soft. We will do a class group shot on Wednesday...and any other redos, extra pairs or group shooting, etc.

 

Do NOT copy all of "YOUR" pictures to your DropBox...remember, you only get 2.5gb to start out with. Only save any edited images to your DB. You can use Picasa and the Folder Manager to scan the portrait folder for when new pictures are posted for your class.

 

To find your portraits. You will need to MAP the PUBLIC DRIVE as your K drive. Then you will need to make Picasa LOOK (Scan Always) in your class folder. I will show you how to do this as soon as the first group finishes.

 

Then, in Picasa, go to Tools then Folder Manager and twirl down the "K" drive and use the graphic below to help navigate to your class folder and "Scan Always".

 

 

 

Do NOT copy all of "YOUR" pictures to your DropBox...remember, you only get 2gb to start out with. Only save any edited images to your DB. You can use Picasa and the Folder Manager to scan the portrait folder for when new pictures are posted for your class.

 

To find your portraits. You will need to MAP the PUBLIC DRIVE as your K drive. Then you will need to make Picasa LOOK (Scan Always) in your class folder. I will show you how to do this as soon as the first group finishes.

 

Then, in Picasa, go to Tools then Folder Manager and twirl down the "K" drive and use the graphic below to help navigate to your class folder and "Scan Always".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Respect the privacy of others. You only have permission to work with pictures OF you and BY you. Just like you wouldn't dig in a persons purse, don't mess with their pictures with out permission. This includes excessive GAWKING at others! Stick to the picture OF you and BY you.

 

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