WK 7

Portrait Assignment 

You are to team up with one(1) other student and create a mini-portfolio on your site.  

Portfolio will consist of:

 – 5 shots (5 Shots only)
 – All shots edited and turned in
 – 2 shots turned in to grayscale
(7 shots total)

Turn them all in to Google Classroom.


Assignment on Google Classroom:

Do some research and find a famous portrait photographer =

Who the photographer is:
Tell me why you chose this person:
Give me an example of a photograph that you like from this person:
Persons website/gallery page




WK 6

Lighting and Focal Length



2019 Annual “This Place Matters” Historic Photo Contest

The Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) is sponsoring its fifth annual Historic Photo Contest in honor of Historic Preservation Month, May 2019. The Commission is looking for photos highlighting Salem’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, and places that matter to Salem residents. This contest is for amateur and professional photographers of all ages. We encourage the youth of our community to participate, and an age group of 18 years and under has been established.

“This Place Matters” photo contest categories:

  • Best Historic Interior
  • Best Historic Exterior
  • Best Historic Landscape/Streetscape/Feature (e.g. bridge, tree, etc.)
  • Best Selfie with a Historic Feature or building

Photos submitted by youths​—ages 18 and under​—will be judged separately from those submitted by adults. A youth and an adult winner will be selected for each category. Prizes for the top entries and an honorable mention will be awarded in each category. In addition, the HLC chair will award their favorite photo

The HLC will vote on the winning submissions at its April 18, 2019, meeting. Contest winners will be recognized at the May 16, 2019, meeting. All photos will be exhibited at the Oregon State Capitol May 17– June 2, 2019.

Contest guidelines

  • Photos must be taken in Salem, Oregon.
  • You are allowed to enter one photo per category highlighting your favorite historic buildings, places, and neighborhoods.
  • All submissions are due by April 10, 2019.
  • To submit via Instagram:
    • Follow @cityofsalemoreogn on Instagram.
    • Tag us, @cityofsalemoreogn, on the photo and use the hashtags #salemHLC2019 and #salemoregon. The tag #thisplacematters is encouraged.
    • Identify where the photo was taken in your caption (e.g. Reed Opera House, Court and 17th Streets, Salem Riverfront Park, etc.)
    • Instagram entries will be required to email original photo file (to preserve printing quality) and sign the photo release form. Staff will direct message entrants for an email for communication purposes. Instagram entries without a signed release form will not be considered.
  • To Submit via email:
    • Each file must be either a .jpg or .tiff image, the higher the resolution, the better printing quality will be.
  • Including the phrase “This Place Matters” as text on the photo is optional, though encouraged.

Judging criteria

Contest submissions will be scored in the following areas:

  • Special techniques such as multiple exposures, sandwiching, panning, or cross-processing
  • Composition including image balance, center of interest, framing, and distracting elements
  • Lighting including appropriate contrast levels and how well the subject is shown
  • Subject/interest including use of textures, colors, patterns, and juxtapositions
  • Originality includes the choice of subject or the approach to a standard subject
  • Story/mood is how well the submission captures the concept of “This Place Matters” or how effectively the submission conveys the importance of Salem’s history.


Sandwiching video





Research photographers online who specialize in your area of interest. Write a 400 word essay about your chosen photographer.
– a description of their style
– how you think they technically achieve their results”
– describe their visual aesthetic and composition style
– describe why you enjoy their photography
– Include 2-3 of their images with your writing

Make sure to research various resources including the photographers own website, social media, etc.

Reflections Assignment Examples:

Future or Past Reflection
Take a photograph of yourself looking in the mirror. Using Photoshop, place an image in the mirror or window showing how you see yourself in the future or someone in the past.

Mirror Effect Tutorial


E. Landscapes & Seascapes (SELECT Four)
1. Mountains – 5 photos
2. Trees* – 5 photos
3. Clouds* – 5 photos
4. Lakes, Streams & Waterfalls – 5 photos
5. Ocean beaches – 5 photos
6. Cities & Towns – 5 photos
7. Gardens & Flowers* -5 photos

1. Transportation* – 5 photos
2. Car* – 5 photos
3. Trucks  – 5 photos

4. Buses – 5 photos
5. Planes – 5 photos

6. Boats – 5 photos
7. Trains – 5 photos

1. Formal* (portrait) – 5 Photos
2. Glamour* (portrait) – 5 Photos
3. Older Generation -5 photos
4. Younger generation -5 photos
5. Cultural Diversity -5 photos
6. Friends – 5 photos
7. Lighting – 5 photos

H. Me & My Shadows (DO BOTH)
1. Dramatic Lighting* – 5 photos

2. Sunsets* – 5 photos

I. Still Life (SELECT THREE)
1. Liquid – 5 photos
2. Worm’s Eye View – 5 photos
3. Bird’s Eye – 5 photos
4. Tilted – 5 photos

WK 5

WK 5

Monday – Light writing







Monday – 
Finish editing fall photos and turn in to GC

5 – photos
1- Best of

Tuesday – 
Remove Dust
Remove Dust and Scratches
source 12356 546.jpg



Remove the crinkle on the left of the backdrop
Take out the line up on top
smooth backdrop
Retouching – VIDEO
remove backdrop


remove white “splotch” on the middle right of background
remove lamp so all you see is the background

remove lamp




WK 3

Week 3 Update –
Monday –
Work on photos

Tuesday –
Turn in Photos, must be edited.  I will explain the types you should do.

Thursday –






Week 3- Colorize

Due Friday

Black and White photos – Use these:



You must use Photoshop to edit your pictures 


You must Photoshop to edit your pictures on your drive.

Advanced Photography assignments are a continuation of the basic photography principles covered in Photo 1. Students will work independently and with Mr. Eriksen, to sharpen their journalistic, artistic, and commercial photography skills. These are the attributes your work will be assessed by:

Spending Time with Subject
Using Rule of Thirds
Getting the Subject in Focus
Catching the Moment that tells the story
Dominant Focal Point using Leading Lines and high and low Horizon Lines
Proper adjustment of photos with digital editing programs
Identification of files
Communication with teacher
Proper use of camera