Wednesday, June 2, 2010

What are you sayin'?

You should be well into your movie- I want to pose the following line of inquiry at you:
What are you saying? What are you trying to show your audience? Your experience in these photos is unique to the person sitting next to you. How so?
Start thinking so that you are able to articulate it when we critique next week.

We will watch the following TED story on how photography connects us. START THINKING about your story.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Here are some funny t-shirts (funny if you're a photo kid, that is...)

OHS Alum

Check out this website by one of our very own. ..

Sunday, May 16, 2010

7 Photoshop Sins

Sometimes we get lazy...sometimes we just get forgetful. Here's a little article- are you committing these post processing sins?

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Cell phone picture submission

Be sure to make it out to this one of a kind exhibit, featuring the works of the anonymous, every day Milwaukeean!
Shouldn't an occasional exhibit take place that truley questions the value and/or meaning of art, as well as the role of the gallery/curator?
I will be showcasing hundreds of cell phone photographs that are being
sent to me from all corners of Milwaukee, by anonymous art, and non-art contributors alike. I will be hosting this unique show in the beautiful Pritzlaff building, within a layout that has been envisioned specifically for this concept.
It is sure to spark some healthy conversation, bring in a diverse crowd, and be a lot of fun.

CONTRIBUTE to this diverse portrait of our culture, by sending your best/worst/favorite cell phone pics to JOSEPHREEVESART@YAHOO.COM, or by simply FWD them to 414 520 0699. All work remains anonymous, and I will have the right to use/arrange the entries however I wish, provided that I do not alter the artists work in ANY way. All content is acceptable.

WHAT: "The Cell Phone Photo Gallery," Curated by Joseph R. Reeves

WHEN: FRIDAY, MAY 28th (opening reception), 6:00 p.m.- 12... SAT/SUN: 12-12

WHERE: The "Pritzlaff" Building, 333 Plankington

By SUBMITING your favorite "Cell Phone Picture" to:, or 414.520.0699

Thursday, May 13, 2010


What is it? As we start thinking about our "big project" its time that we become familiar with it all. I would recommend that you take some photos that are just hanging out on your 'puter and get used to iMovie. It will help you to understand transitions and know what kind of pics you need to evoke your mood in your movie.

Monday, May 10, 2010


Figure out who your artist is and get started on your presentation.
Edit your baby pics.

Start getting ideas for your final.

Be good for the sub.

Thank you.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Thoughts and what not

For those of you who aren't following the 500 Photographers blog, check out #23.
Proof that sometimes the best photos are of the truely mundane.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Object as Special- print out your best.
Drip.. we will start tomorrow (Wed.). Read the tutorials. Lets be done with those by Friday.

On your own: DIPTYCHS - aka "The Chelsea" (read the tutorial). They will be due on Friday (yes, of this week) at the end of class. Any subject matter, your choice.

Start thinking about what we can do to make G2G successful/organized this year.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

HDR example

This was taken by Jesse J last year.  He used this website to compile the images.

And if you're interested in portraits, click here.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Drip Photography

Examples are HERE.
And then, please read THIS.

Simple Still Lifes

Think of the object that you would like to photograph.

Read this tutorial on lighting the object  and here is another high school's images .
If you choose to photograph food please read up on it. There is also a YouTube video (if you want to watch it at home).
In this photo tutorial, it suggests food should be shiny (and how to do it). Do you agree? When would this apply in real life?

You will be photographing your "object" in class, beginning on 4/28 (you may be able to begin celebrating on 4/27 if there is time). They will be due, EOC on Friday 4/30.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Adding onto the weekend assignment.

Just because it’s raining or foggy, there is no need not to go outside and get snapping. Yes a low auburn sun may be considered the perfect light for outdoor photography but if you live in a country where it drizzles more than it is dry your only option is to get out there and make the best of what you have to work with.
Thunderclouds can enthuse drama and tension into a shot, so meter on the clouds and set a narrow aperture to capture as much detail as possible, but don’t forget to include some foreground interest.

Even if it is pouring with rain you can still use this as a photo opportunity. For best results use a tripod, self timer and dial in a long exposure or use a narrow aperture. The resulting image should show the slow fall of the rain and convert to black and white for a more dramatic images. Duck under a protected covering like a porch or tree for some shelter.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mark your calendars...

Here are the big dates we have coming up:

April 21 (Wed)- The French students will be visiting us today. (project: photograms)
April 22 (Thursday) EOC- 2 Myth Photographs are due on the flash drive.
April 27 (Tuesday)- Flowers are due (2 8x10s). And 1 8x10 "rain assignment" due next Mon.
April 27 (Tues)- Begin assign the Object (reminder- lab scheduling, 4/27-29)
April 30 (Friday)- Object is due (EOC).

Monday, April 19, 2010

Artists' Eyes Photography

Add this to your google reader (we will be doing a series in a weeks. Save artists that you find inspiring - a style that you would like to emulate)

and Artists' Eyes
Many of you have been fortuante enough to work with them.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

And if you want to work ahead...

(We'll talk about it more later... dun dunn dunnnn).
p.s. You will need 2, VERY different, photographs.


Just a reminder (an "official" reminder).

2 Summative Myth prints are due on BOC Wed. I will get you the rubric in a wee bit . . .

Please respond to this post so we don't have overlap (of your myth).

We will be using class time next wk to shoot other things (so plan accordingly).

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Check this link out for night photography !

Due Dates!!!!

Friday BOC: We need you to have your "night photograph" complete. Also, complete your "texture" photograph. You can decide what you want to do for that. It can be a macro photo if you like. Whatever you do, please make sure that you are using light to create your texture.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Gearing up to go back, I think we will need a "refresher" of sorts. We have new people joining us term 4 and loose ends from term 3.
Monday, I plan on us updating our blogs (with enviro. portraits and beginning work on our "night" shots.)
Add 5 more comments on the OHS photo blog (term 3 people, please start a fresh Word document and turn in last term's comments).
Tuesday, we will introduce ourselves to our classmates and go through the blogs as a group. I want us to focus on our strengths and where we need improvement. (A little fyi- we're going to take a break from formal portraits for a bit).


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Have a great spring break!

Enjoy your time off everyone! Have a Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

More examples

Digital Photography School had this on a post last week, it may be inspirational for you as well:
(They referenced this site).

Forrester Rocks At Night - by brentbat
This is a fun technique to try out at night and is an ideal way of adding light to the scene to enhance a particular immobile object, such as a tree, rock face, bench etc.  Position your camera on a tripod and ramp up the ISO to around 400. Dial in a shutter speed of 15-20 seconds and to avoid camera jog, use the self timer to activate the shutter. During the release, light your subject with a beam of light from a torch and ‘paint’ with the light to ensure the entire object has been covered.

Night Photography

Start by playing with your shutter, and keep it open as long as you possibly can. (look it up if you aren't sure how to use it).
A tripod is going to be your bff for this assessment. We will look at these when you come home from break- here is an example:
Fire Island - by sebastien.b
Light graffiti is everywhere at the moment and is a fantastic to way to get creative with light trails at night. Set up your camera on a tripod, with ISO of between 400-800. During the exposure you’ll want to ‘draw’ an image or word with a beam of light such as glow stick, torch or sparkler for example.
Dial in an exposure long enough for you to complete the word or image, and start the release with the self-timer. Get in front of the lens and start drawing. To finish the image hold the torch steady and turn it off, then move out of the frame. Check the LCD for results and amend the shutter speed as required. It’s advisable to wear black so you do not show up within the photo and remember to move quickly or you’ll be captured within the scene. Coloured gels or coloured plastic sweet wrappers can be taped over the end of the torch to add a variation of colour.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Weekend Assign: Enviromental Portrait

An environmental portrait is a portrait executed in the subject's usual environment, such as in their home or workplace, and typically illuminates the subject's life and surroundings.
Spend time getting to know your subject
Before you select a location and start shooting, spend some time getting to know your subject. Find out where they spend their time, what the rhythm of their life is like and observing their personality. Out of this you’ll not only find appropriate locations but will begin to get a feel for the style of shots that might be appropriate and you’ll begin the process of helping your subject relax into the photo shoot. If possible it might even be helpful to accompany your subject to some possible locations to see both how they look but also how your subject behaves and interacts

Sometimes a location chooses you (it’s easy) but on other occasions you need to be quite deliberate and purposeful in making your choice (and it can take a lot of searching).
When choosing your environment you ideally want to get one that says something about your subject – after all that’s what this style of photography is all about.
The environment that you place your subject in needs to provide context and interest without overwhelming the subject. Sometimes the location can dominate the image so much that it distracts your viewer away from your main focal point (the subject).
Try to avoid cluttered backgrounds (and foregrounds), colors that are too bright etc. Keep in mind that you might be able to decrease the distractions with clever use of cropping, depth of field and subject placement

Larry Sultan
Arnold Newman
Tina Barney

Monday, March 15, 2010


This week, you will be working on portraits and Holga.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Lomo photo

The digital photography class is doing a lomo photo. I thought you guys may be interested in doing something like that (or at least learning the technique). Click here to do the tutorial.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Holga (cont'd)

Almost forgot to tell you that your Holga can take multiple images in a frame. Here is one Cody did last year.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Assessment for 3/4/10

You will be doing a holga photograph over the next couple of weeks. So, some of you may be getting the camera this weekend.
Your only other assignment is to do 2 digital photographs. Portrait to represent "moods".

Ready. Set. Go.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

For Sarah

Here is the post that we were talking about in class.