Photo Assignment #14 :: Food Photography

By Ted ForbesPhoto Assignments

Photo Assignment #14 is more of a challenge than a formal assignment. Food photography! Use light, color, composition… but make the viewer hungry! Another favorite of mine – sometimes simple is the best way to go. Viewer Work: Original Instruction Video: Viewer Submission Video:

Photo Assignment #13 :: Self Portraits

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I made a lot of friends with this one. Photo Assignment #13 is to do a self portrait. I encouraged people to be original and push themselves with this, but this assignment really took me by surprise. I make videos for a living. There is an audience, but I never see them. The closest I … Read More

Photo Assignment #12 :: Composite Images

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Photo Assignment #12 covers composite imaging. This is a broad topic that can include anything from multiple exposures to stitched panoramas. Interestingly, in the digital age we see way more of the latter than the former. But once again – some great photographs were submitted as you can see. This is a broad topic and … Read More

Photo Assignment #11 :: Subframing

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Subframing is an extremely interesting compositional tool which brings us to Photo Assignment #11. This is a technique which involves using an element of the composition to “frame up”, or draw attention to your subject. There are many wonderful examples of this throughout the history of photography, yet this technique is rarely taught. Its a … Read More

Photo Assignment #10 :: Negative Space

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Photo Assignment #10 deals with negative space. Sometimes its not what we include in the photograph, rather what we leave out. Having a great amount of negative space really brings out the subject of the photograph. The balance of energy and contrast in the photograph is powerful. Viewer Work: Original Instruction Video: Viewer Submission Video:

Photo Assignment #9 :: Personal Freedom

By Ted ForbesPhoto Assignments

Photo Assignment #9 is a pretty big departure for me as an instructor. This was originally assigned around the 4th of July in the United States. My audience is global however, so I was trying to be seasonally appropriate but at the same time find something that everyone would enjoy participating in. We live in … Read More

Photo Assignment #8 :: Still Life

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Photo Assignment #8 brings back the classic still life. Still life is a genre in photography that extends back to the past masters of painting. Its a reflection, or a study of an inanimate subject. In painting these served as studies of light and color. Through the years this has changed to experiment with conceptual … Read More

Photo Assignment #7 :: Motion

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The challenge for Photo Assignment #7 is motion in photography. How do we render things that move? A photograph is a still image that simply captures a moment in time so how do we communicate something as metaphor when it can’t be shown literally? The most obvious solution is to open the shutter with a … Read More

Photo Assignment #6 :: Photo Sequences

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This assignment is difficult. In fact, at first I regretted actually giving it out as its highly conceptual and I didn’t think anyone would understand the objective. Well I was proven wrong. Photo Assignment #6 was to make a photo sequence. A photo sequence is a group of photographs that go in a specific order … Read More

Photo Assignment #5 :: Red

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Photo Assignment #5 is an open interpretation to the idea of “Red”. Red is a color, but how else can red be communicated in a photograph? The absence of red? How does it communicate in a black and white image? This assignment was more of a challenge and left a great deal of creativity up … Read More

Photo Assignment #4 :: High-Angle Shooting

By Ted ForbesPhoto Assignments

Finally we have the 3rd assignment that takes inspiration from cinematography. Photo Assignment #4 is to work with high-angle shooting as your approach. This is an interesting assignment in the modern age due to the proliferation of drone and areal photography that’s not just “from a tall building” or “out of an airplane”. But how … Read More

Photo Assignment #3 :: Eye-Level Shooting

By Ted ForbesPhoto Assignments

Photo Assignment #3 is the second in our cinematography-inspired series – shooting at eye level. This is probably the most natural position for photographers to work in, but the objective here is to take this up a level. How are you bringing the viewer into the scene. If we consider eye-level to be the human … Read More