Photo Projects

This is where you will find the information you need to undertake your 12 photo projects.

Read the brief carefully and then plan how you want to carry it out. If you don't like your first attempt, don't worry, work out what's wrong and have another go. Please note that some projects specifically request no post production skills are applied to the task.

These projects are designed to be fun and teach you some important things about taking magical photos.

OK if you're ready, let's get started!

 
Photo Project 1

Your first photo project is to find an ordinary tennis ball, golf ball or sports ball of any type. Your challenge is to take the most creative photo of that item. Think about your camera angle, the quality of light and the composition you want. Your shot needs to be exactly as you captured it at the time, no adjusting in post production, just the shot as you saw it and recorded it.

When you have completed the project please click on the photo above to go to the forum to upload your submission for other students to see.

Remember you will also need to submit your project to your tutor for marking in the course module area along with your Quiz answers.

 

Photo Project 2

For our second project challenge it's all about the lens, or amount of zoom we use. You will need to find an animal of some description, it doesn't matter how big or small it is. Set your camera zoom to the widest you can, or if you have interchangeable lenses, use the widest lens you have. Now the art is to capture a truly imaginative shot with your subject large in the frame and plenty of background behind to set the theme. Again no magic tricks in post production please, just a natural photograph.

When you have completed the project please click on the photo above to go to the forum to upload your submission for other students to see.

Remember you will also need to submit your project to your tutor for marking in the course module area along with your Quiz answers.

 

Photo Project 3

Project 3 is all about the aperture we use to take our shot. We know that the aperture is just one element in achieving a correctly exposed photograph. But it also has a big impact on the creative look of your photos. Find a number of similar sized objects and place them in a diagonal line going away from your camera. Set your camera lens to the standard focal length for your camera (approx 40mm) and than take a shot level with your subject and ensure you have all the objects in the frame. Take your shot at an aperture of F5.6 approximately, you will need to adjust your shutter speed or ISO to achieve the aperture. Focus 1/3rd of the way back on your subject and take your shot. The result should be similar to our example here, the foreground soft, the middle ground sharp and the background soft as well.

When you have completed the project please click on the photo above to go to the forum to upload your submission for other students to see.

Remember you will also need to submit your project to your tutor for marking in the course module area along with your Quiz answers.


Photo Project 4

For this exercise you need to find a model or an object for your shot. Using your camera set to auto focus mode the challenge is to place your model/object on the extreme right or left of your shot and ensure that they are pin sharp in your image. If you are using a model then ensure they are large enough in the frame to show just half of their body. A little tip is that you may need to "fool" the camera to establish a perfect result.

When you have completed the project please click on the photo above to go to the forum to upload your submission for other students to see.

Remember you will also need to submit your project to your tutor for marking in the course module area along with your Quiz answers.

 
Photo Project 5

This project is all about composition and using the rule of thirds. You can choose any subject you desire just as long as you employ the rule of thirds within your composition. It could be a landscape, a still life study or a sporting event, the rule of thirds can be made to work in virtually any photograph, even a macro shot. So start looking carefully at your subject and create a photograph with perfect composition.

When you have completed the project please click on the photo above to go to the forum to upload your submission for other students to see.

Remember you will also need to submit your project to your tutor for marking in the course module area along with your Quiz answers.

 

Photo Project 6

This task is all about using direct sunlight to create a stunning image. Sunlight can be a very harsh light source and is often avoided by photographers for that reason. If we know how to use the sunlight correctly it's possible to take some impressive photographs. Try to find subjects that will create interesting shadows and time your shot to achieve the best effect and composition. Even winter sunshine has a marvelous quality if used correctly. So use this project to help you get the best out of shooting in direct sunlight.

When you have completed the project please click on the photo above to go to the forum to upload your submission for other students to see.

Remember you will also need to submit your project to your tutor for marking in the course module area along with your Quiz answers.

 

Photo Project 7

Project 7 is going to require some artificial lighting. In project 6 we used direct sunlight and now we want to be inspired by some artificial lighting techniques. You can literally choose any subject you wish as long as its illuminated by artificial light. Alternatively you can create your own using a simple desk lamp or even a torch light, be inventive, be inspired. Your final shot does not need to be colour corrected using your white balance if you have shot digitally, let the colour of the light source influence and enhance your image.

When you have completed the project please click on the photo above to go to the forum to upload your submission for other students to see.

Remember you will also need to submit your project to your tutor for marking in the course module area along with your Quiz answers.

 

Photo Project 8

It's time to take some portraits. Your photograph does not need to be of a person, if you have another subject such as a pet that you think will make a great portrait, then go ahead and use them. Portraits are a combination of subject, lighting, composition and expression, if you get them all correct then you will have taken a portrait, not a snapshot. Take time to work with your subject and try to capture a little more than a mere record of them.

When you have completed the project please click on the photo above to go to the forum to upload your submission for other students to see.

Remember you will also need to submit your project to your tutor for marking in the course module area along with your Quiz answers.

 

Photo Project 9

Your next assignment is to get out and about and take a superb landscape image. It's entirely up to you to find a suitable location but remember it must have a foreground, middle ground and background to create depth and dimension to the shot. Lighting and composition are critical to landscape photography so be patient and choose the right moment to capture your image. Let's keep it simple, so no special filters or post production tricks, just a pure original landscape image to inspire us all.

When you have completed the project please click on the photo above to go to the forum to upload your submission for other students to see.

Remember you will also need to submit your project to your tutor for marking in the course module area along with your Quiz answers.

 

Photo Project 10

For this project your brief is to take a black and white photograph. Without any colour it's all about form, texture and light. Your subject can be anything you feel will work well as a black and white study, so consider carefully. Not all things work in monochrome so the success of your task may well depend on the subject you decide on. If you can shoot in the RAW format then that's going to give you the best conversion, but don't panic if you can only capture a JPEG image this will also work well when turned to black and white.

When you have completed the project please click on the photo above to go to the forum to upload your submission for other students to see.

Remember you will also need to submit your project to your tutor for marking in the course module area along with your Quiz answers.

 

Photo Project 11

Now it's time to get really creative with this abstract project. Literally anything goes, the more abstract the better. Remember that the term abstract can be defined in the following way: Does not represent the subject in a literal way. Communicates primarily through form, colour and curves rather than image detail.

When you have completed the project please click on the photo above to go to the forum to upload your submission for other students to see.

Remember you will also need to submit your project to your tutor for marking in the course module area along with your Quiz answers.

 

Photo Project 12

The course has majored on photography, deliberately so. Post production skills are covered in our other courses but module 12 has given you a taster of what's possible. So your task now is to select any image you have taken during your course and add some text to that image. Be as creative as you can using different fonts and techniques depending on your preferred choice of post production software. You can create some great effects this way, you may even produce your own cards or invitations using these techniques.

When you have completed the project please click on the photo above to go to the forum to upload your submission for other students to see.

Remember you will also need to submit your project to your tutor for marking in the course module area along with your Quiz answers.

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