We are moving the deadline for the Executive Portrait assignment to Tuesday, November 27, at 12 noon.
This is a single portrait of an executive – a senior management type person, someone who spends their days primarily behind a desk or in meetings. This is not an environmental portrait, the image should give a sense of leadership without depending upon visual cues.
You must light this with either the lighting kit or your strobes – note the plural there. You can use the reflector from intro to create a larger light source like an umbrella or soft box. You should plan on having an assistant or two to help you manage the lights (unless you choose to invest in a couple of light stands now, which I would recommend).
AJ Chavar showed this piece he did for the Washington Post in Syracuse this past weekend. It dates to 2012, but think about how much work it would take to plan and edit this …
I want to do this kind of thing … how do we make it happen?
Here’s the breakdown on your midterm elections stories.
- Notify via Slack channel by 12 noon on Friday, October 19
- Due on eLC by 8 a.m. on Monday, October 29
- Notify via Slack channel by 12 noon on Friday, October 26
- Due on eLC by 8 a.m. on Monday, November 5
NOTE: Either the Issue or the Campaign story has to have an audio component to it.
- Notify via Slack channel as soon as you know who and when you’ll be covering them
- Due on eLC by 8 a.m. on Tuesday, November 7 (Those covering the major candidates in election will have to file to Newsource during the evening before.)
Questions, comments or concerns, send them along as always.
So here’s the deal on the SonicIDs … you’ll each need to produce one during the day. You’ll interview someone in the field asking them what the fair means to them. You can ask follow-up questions if you need to, but your voice will not be in the final piece.
When editing your audio, the only thing that should be in the file is them answering the question – they do not need to identify themselves, we’ll handle that in graphics.
You will edit the audio and combine it with 2-3 photos – remember, you’re aiming for a 30 second piece. Straight cuts on the photos, no transitions – but make sure the timing matches a break in the audio. Export it as a QuickTime file at 1920 x 1080 resolution. You’ll drop that on the USB drive (named with the date code, your initials, “_SonicID_” and then their last name).
You’ll need to email me with their full name and where they are from. I’ll do the final graphics work on it and decide which (and where) to post them. If you want me to tag you, send me your Twitter and Instagram handles when you send the email.
Deadlines as follows:
- Team H-M – 12:00 p.m.
- Team B-W – 3:00 p.m.
- Team H-C – 7:00 p.m.
- Team C-L – 10:00 p.m.
Over at The New York Times Lens blog, David Gonzalez looks back at the first African-American woman to be a staff photographer there. Ruby Washington, a South Georgia native, died earlier this year.
“The temperature would go down a couple of degrees because she had that nice, calming way and was nonthreatening with a ready smile,” Ms. (Nancy) Weinstock said, echoing the remarks of her colleagues on social media. “She would observe, step back a little, and she was very observant. She would see before shooting. She wasn’t one to shoot from the hip.”
Worth some time to look at her work.
Don’t forget that we have Kevin Ames in class on Wednesday – make sure you’ve studied his work and background.
Here’s that ultra-inexpensive light stand – a six footer from Neewer.
Same company makes that collapsible 24 inch by 24 inch soft box that comes with the speed light bracket.
If you’re looking for a more traditional light stand flash bracket, they also make one for under $11.
These are all short-term investments – use them to learn and make a little money so you can buy better, more durable items.
If you’re a college student, it’s time to get your portfolio together – the entry deadline for the 73rd College Photographer of the Year competition is September 23.
There is no entry fee for this – why wouldn’t you enter?