Goal: Your goal for this project is to create a series of photographs that explore the theme of DREAM. You will turn in final 4 final images that explore this theme.
For this project, you must choose your own subject matter. You may photograph what you want, as long as it pertains in some way to your theme word: dream. Read the definition of the word below. You may interpret the word loosely—be creative! It may be helpful to ask yourself these questions:
What is a dream? What constitutes a dream?
What kinds of things happen in dreams?
What does it mean for something to be "dream-like" or "dreamy"?
What kinds of exposure settings can you use to recreate a dream-like quality?
Shooting for this project will require some pre-planning on your part. Take some time to write out ideas that you have for your shots. Think about what props or locations you might need to use to get the image that you want. Use your imagination—you will need to think creatively with this project!
dream |drēm| noun
a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person's mind during sleep: I had a recurrent dream about falling from great heights.
a state of mind in which someone is or seems to be unaware of their immediate surroundings: he had been walking around in a dream all day.
a cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal: I fulfilled a childhood dream when I became champion | the girl of my dreams | [ as modifier ] : they'd found their dream home.
an unrealistic or self-deluding fantasy: maybe he could get a job and earn some money—but he knew this was just a dream.
a person or thing perceived as wonderful or perfect: her new puppy is an absolute dream | it was a dream of a backhand | she's a couturier's dream.
verb (past and past participle dreamed or dreamt |dremt| )
to experience dreams during sleep: I dreamed about her last night.
see, hear, or feel (something) in a dream: maybe you dreamed it | [ with clause ] : I dreamed that I could fly.
indulge in daydreams or fantasies, typically about something greatly desired: she had dreamed of a trip to Italy.
(dream time away) waste one's time in a lazy, unproductive way.
SYNONYMS: noun 1 I awoke from my dreams: REM sleep; nightmare; vision, fantasy, hallucination. 2 she went around in a dream: daydream, reverie, trance, daze, stupor, haze. 3 he realized his childhood dream: ambition, aspiration, hope; goal, aim, objective, grail, intention, intent, target; desire, wish, yearning; daydream, fantasy, pipe dream. 4 she's an absolute dream: delight, joy, marvel, wonder, gem, treasure; beauty, vision.
verb 1 she dreamed about her own funeral: have a dream, have a nightmare. 2 I dreamt of making the Olympic team: fantasize about, daydream about; wish for, hope for, long for, yearn for, hanker after, set one's heart on; aspire to, aim for, set one's sights on. 3 she's always dreaming: daydream, be in a trance, be lost in thought, be preoccupied, be abstracted, stare into space, muse, be in la-la land. 4 I wouldn't dream of being late: think, consider, contemplate, conceive.
DUE DATES: Friday, 11/19/21: Go over project guidelines in class. After this, you will write a shot list detailing what you would like to do for your project. This is due by the end of class on Friday for a grade. Today you will use class time to write a detailed shot list for your upcoming weekend homework. Remember, over the Thanksgiving Break you must shoot 200 images towards your Dream project.
You will post your shot list to you Weebly student website blog. This is due Friday by the end of class for a grade. On your shot list, you must write a detailed list of what you plan to photograph this weekend. You will plan out and describe ideas for 4 separate photographs. Each description must be 1 paragraph long (minimum). In each description, you must include:
Who/What you plan to photograph
How you want the photograph to look (describe your idea in great detail—how will the subject fill the frame, what is in the background, etc.)
What kind of light and location you want the image to be photographed in
What you want to say about the subject you're photographing (How does this relate to the overall theme of DREAM?)
What kind of equipment you plan to use to create your image (tripod, type of lens, etc)
You must complete and post this by the end of class on Friday for a grade. Make sure to hit PUBLISH on your student website so that I may see your post. Good luck!
Monday, 11/29/21: Over Thanksgiving break, shoot 200 images towards your project. You will use class time when you return on Monday to import your images and create a contact sheet.
Import your homework images in class and convert them to DNG. Label your files lastname_firstname_p4_cs1_1, 2, 3, etc.
Create a contact sheet and label it lastname_firstname_p4_cs1.
Turn in your contact sheet to your Project 4 folder in Google Drive. This is due by 4PM
Wednesday, 12/1/21: Compositing demo on block day. You will learn how to create both a "floating" image and an image where you make a single person appear multiple times. We will shoot for the demo on block day, then use Thursday and Friday to put them together in Photoshop. I will share the files with you so you can follow along and learn how to composite.
Monday, 12/6/21:Over the weekend, shoot 100 images towards your project. You will use class time when you return on Monday to import your images and create a contact sheet.
Import your homework images in class and convert them to DNG. Label your files lastname_firstname_p4_cs2_1, 2, 3, etc.
Create a contact sheet and label it lastname_firstname_p4_cs2.
Turn in your contact sheet to your Project 4 folder in Google Drive. This is due by 4PM.
You will turn in 4 successful images. Your final images must be processed in Photoshop and saved as PSD files. Your images MUST pertain to your theme word of DREAM, and they must also be cohesive. This means they must be connected in some way, either by content or formal qualities.
Label your final images lastname_firstname_p4_final_1, lastname_firstname_p4_final_2, etc. Place them in your Project 4 folder on Google Drive.
These are due by 4PM on Friday. If you finish early, you may turn in your final files before the due date, but only after you have checked in with me first.