ASSIGNMENT: Toy/Collectable Still Life  


Photos by Kara Haggard

  Photographers are often asked to shoot pictures of objects for advertising. One of the challenges to to present the object in an environment that helps sell it. Shoot your object in an environment that enhances the image.  

Pick an object that you have some interest in--dolls, toy cars, action figures, collectables--something that is small that can be placed in a variety of environments. Do some experimenting. Try different locations, angles, and camera settings.Try not to use flash. If your camera has the option to turn off the flash, turn it off. If you are inside try taking the shade off of a lamp and experiment with positioning it around the object at different locations. Maybe you have a shop light in the garage that you can use. If you are photographing out side, experiment with the placement of the sun (try moving the object to get the sun to hit it at different angles). Try to bring some life to the object by photographing it in an environment that fits the object.

Do a lot of experimenting with this. You will need to turn in four images for the assignment.They need to have different backgrounds. Be sure the object is in focus.

To clarify: one object in four different locations.

Don't forget what you learned on the last two assignments. Consider using those things (leading lines, rule of thirds, framing, some color theory) when creating these images.

 TURN IN:    
  Four images -- 5 x 7 or 8 x 10, native resolution (leave the resolution box blank when using the crop tool)-jpg files with the object in different environments. Name them 1.jpg, 2.jpg, 3.jpg, 4.jpg. Put them in a folder in your photo folder named, "still life". Upload them to your Weebly site in a gallery. Title the gallery, Still Life.  

Your assignment will be graded using these criteria:

From Mr. P's Photo Rubric

Is you image original, innovative and daring, or just another example of the same old thing? Does it fulfill the requirements for the assignment (see assignment sheet) ?.

Have you used the appropriate elements and principles of design that would enhance your photograph or did you just shoot what was in front of the camera? Have you used good composition or did you just place the center of interest in the center because it was easy?

Camera Techniques: Is the image sharp/in focus? Is the exposure correct? Was the appropriate aperture/shutter speed used (if applicable for your camera), did you find the best angle?

Computer Techniques: Is the image sharp/in focus? Is it resized correctly? Is it color corrected and sharpened?

Presentation: Is the artwork presented in a professional manner as outlined in the assignment?

Good luck