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Valerie
01-26-2008, 12:01 PM
My students' first shooting assignment is called "Stream of Thought" : Pick a subject and shoot it (apple, for example). What does that make you think of? (Hunger, perhaps. So you eat the apple and shoot the core). What does that core make you think of? (Garbage, perhaps). Shoot that..... do this for the entire roll.

(Disclaimer-- not my idea... this is the idea of the photo teacher I am substituting for--but I think its brilliant!)

Christopher Walrath
01-26-2008, 12:50 PM
Hi, Andrey. I read through all of these posts and I hope my advise helps. As to literature, I self taught myself (redundant I know) on various literature over the years, but I found to be the most helpful Ansel Adams' Basic Photography Series of three books consisting of 'The Camera', 'The Negative' and 'The Print'. The Camera overviews cameras, lenses, accessories, etc. The Negative covers exposure and developing and THE ZONE SYSTEM. The Print covers printing and darkroom equipment. I strongly recommend these books. They are chock full of very pertinent information to film photography.

As to assignments: I have not yet set out with a specific project in mind. In fact I have found that of the images I have made I see projects developing. But I agree. I don't make images for the sake of exposing film. I see something that demands a picture and set it up so that I capture what it was that first drew me to it. It is very satisfying to know that you have made someting from your heart, truly given a piece of your soul to your photography.

An idea. I read somewhere that someone to motivate themselves would take two rolls of film . . . into their privy. Take a whole roll of images that show that they are in the bathroom and then expose the second roll with the idea in mind to remove any indication the you are in the john. That would be the challenge. To take such a small room and make 50 good images, 25 indicating your location and 25 hiding it. Just an idea. Never did it myself. Just thought it would be neat if I were to be so inspired.

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Thank you.

Andrey
01-26-2008, 02:04 PM
Hi, Andrey. I read through all of these posts and I hope my advise helps. As to literature, I self taught myself (redundant I know) on various literature over the years, but I found to be the most helpful Ansel Adams' Basic Photography Series of three books consisting of 'The Camera', 'The Negative' and 'The Print'. The Camera overviews cameras, lenses, accessories, etc. The Negative covers exposure and developing and THE ZONE SYSTEM. The Print covers printing and darkroom equipment. I strongly recommend these books. They are chock full of very pertinent information to film photography.
I read those. Teaches you to pre-visualize and the mechanics of it all. The problem is picking subject matter and presenting it in a new way.


An idea. I read somewhere that someone to motivate themselves would take two rolls of film . . . into their privy. Take a whole roll of images that show that they are in the bathroom and then expose the second roll with the idea in mind to remove any indication the you are in the john. That would be the challenge. To take such a small room and make 50 good images, 25 indicating your location and 25 hiding it. Just an idea. Never did it myself. Just thought it would be neat if I were to be so inspired.
:D I think I'll try that.


Subscribe the small fee so we can some images in your gallery. We are curious.

Thank you.
I won't subscribe to post my images. I'll subscribe because of the advice and to be able to view other's work.

My pics are here:
andrew4137.fotopic.net

David William White
01-27-2008, 09:09 AM
Most of the assignments I related had to do with overcoming reluctance in getting in front of people and getting the job done. Looking at your online portfolio...well...obviously you're already there.

You already know what you need to do: Select a universal concept that drives you and FIND that concept in your people pictures. Find an angle, work it for 18 months, find another angle and go another 18 months, repeat, repeat, repeat. You will then have defined your personal vision and leave the world with a very unique and distinctive viewpoint.

Otherwise, there is no point to this whole business.

D.

jnanian
01-27-2008, 10:16 AM
hi andrey:

no real advice on what schools or programs teach.
but jason b's advice is great.

good luck!

john


I can't tell you what the photography programs teach.

I can offer you this advice about the rest.

Stop big braining it. Just shoot. The rest will follow.

Your creative mind is at least four years ahead of your cognitive mind.

Stop second guessing it.

Christopher Walrath
01-30-2008, 03:16 PM
Not to mention, if you develop in the privy you won't have far to hump your film.