Final Assignment: Reflection Inventory!

Posted in Colwell's Comments on June 15, 2011 by iamcolwell

Using a word document answer the following questions:  This work is due at the end of this class.

1. Throughout this course we have looked at many types of photography; story telling, photo essays, photojournalism, snap-shots, single detail shots. You as a photo artist have reflected on these different genres of photographs. What have you discovered about you as a photographer? Which genre do you relate to and why?

2. Lighting is very important.  In a couple of paragraphs explain the importance of light and how it can affect mood.

3.  Define the rule of thirds and discuss why it is important in visual composition.

4. Choose one of the following 3 images to critique.







Assignment 6 – Personal Inventory

Posted in COM 1215 on May 6, 2011 by iamcolwell
  • What have you learned about photography?
  • Does a career in photography fit into your personal interests, values and beliefs?
  • Reflecting on your prior learning and experiences, what has this course helped you to achieve?
  • Have you changed/altered your occupational choices?


Assignment 5 – Class Presentation

Posted in COM 1215 on May 5, 2011 by iamcolwell

On your personal blog create a presentation of your photographic work.  Each photograph will include a discussion on the following elements:

  • What aspect of the photographic triangle was most important in executing the shot?
  • What composition guidelines did you consider in the arrangement of your image?
  • The technical and creative aspects of your work.
  • Areas of challenge and difficulty if there was any.
  • The tools and equipment used.

Here is a link to a Photography Presentation.  The focus/theme is bugs.  The artist has a page with thumbnails of his images and text describing the images, process, and equipment, etc. There is a link for a slide show as well.  This is just an example!  The way you present your work is up to you, however please consider the Helpful Hints below!

Helpful Hints:

  • The work you select should flow, you can achieve this in many ways – have a theme, focus on a specific design element, unify your work with color, tone, texture, etc.. (be consistent with editing filters), focus on a specific subject…
  • The image itself is very important.  However, the discussion of your work is equally important if not more important for evaluation.  Your discussion should communicate critcal reflection and personal growth in your journey as a photographer. 
  • You should be using photographic vocabulary consistently and correctly while being critical of the work you are presenting. 
  • Keep your work streamlined and free of clutter.  This presentation is about the photos, not the background or borders you can put around them.  They should take center stage!
  • Keep your work appropriate for the school environment and community. 

Assignment 4 – Manual Shooting Mode

Posted in COM 1215 on May 3, 2011 by iamcolwell

Manual Shooting Mode allows you to take full advantage of all your cameras features.  This is what separates the amateur photographer from the professionals.  For this assignment you will be utilizing the knowledge you have learned throughout this course to create a series of images which demonstrate you competency as a up-and-coming photographer.

  1. Explain the purpose of a camera’s light meter.  By manipulating your settings take a series of 3 images  of the same subject in which you demonstrate: underexposed, overexposed, and properly exposed images.
  2. Explain the properties of each image and post your assignment on your personal blog – email the link to me when you have completed the assignment.

Additional Elements Aiding in Exposer:

White Balance

Image Found Here!

Exposer Compensation

Image Found Here!

Assignment 3 – ISO Settings

Posted in COM 1215 on May 3, 2011 by iamcolwell

In this assignment you will demonstrate the benefits and disadvantages of various ISO settings.  Post all work on your personal blog and email me the link to view it!

  1. Describe the role of ISO in the photographic triangle.
  2. Take a minimum of 4 images which illustrate the advantages and disadvantages that ISO offers to the photographer.  You will need to vary the ISO settings.

Assignment 2 – Shutter Speeds!

Posted in COM 1215 on April 28, 2011 by iamcolwell

Shutter Speeds

  1. Explain how shutter speed controls the amount of light entering the camera.
  2. Using a subject in motion, take a series of 6 pictures in which you change the shutter speed.  Record all settings.
  3. What is the relationship between aperture and shutter speed?
  4. When does shutter speed become the first priority for the photographer? 
  5. Identify 4 common shutter speeds for specific intended results.  Provide visuals examples.
  6. Compose a series of 6 photographs using the camera’s shutter priority mode.  Each image should illustrate a clear intend/focal point. 

This image found HERE!

Assignment 1 – COM1215

Posted in COM 1215 on April 28, 2011 by iamcolwell


  1. What is aperture and does it control the amount of light entering the camera?
  2. Take a series of 6 photographs in which demonstrate how the aperture settings control depth of field.  Record all settings. For a visual explanation of short verses long depth of field click here!
  3. What is the relationship between aperture and shutter speed?  Which should be given priority and why?
  4. Identify common aperture types and common f-stops that are associated with each type: Single Detail F/2.8-4,  Snap Shot f/8-11, Story Telling f/16-22.
  5. Using the camera’s aperture priority mode  takes some of the guess work out.  By using this setting, you choose the aperture setting and the camera selects the “best” shutter setting and vise versa.  Take a series of 6 photographs using the camera’s aperture priority mode with depth of field emphasis as the clear intent.  These 6 images should have a clear focal point