BASIC DIGITAL PHOTO CHALLENGE
The Ansel Zone
Black & White Photography has many challenges since you are creating a Monochromatic image from a Chromatic scene.
First, as Ansel Adams taught us, creating a rich image requires VISUALIZATION, or seeing the final result before you begin. Second, capturing a full tonal range with all of the detail in BOTH the shadows and highlights requires techniques that Adams developed when making his photographs.
YOU WILL NEED TO TURN IN TWO PHOTOS FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT.
With only a vision of what you want as a final photo, shoot a FULL COLOR photo (the more brilliant color the better) with varying tonal contrast that would translate well into black and white. Think about how colors will play to your advantage in a monochrome (black and white) image. Convert it to grayscale in Lightroom/Photoshop and use the Zone System to then “dodge and burn” areas of the photo to create contrast with rich blacks and beautiful whites in stunning detail.
This is the first Photoshop assignment. After capturing an image in full color, you should use and practice the tools to create an outstanding black and white, tonal contrast image with high dynamic range using the full and complete Zone system.
Your final image should be a rich, dynamic image in black and white that shows stunning detail in both the lights and shadows, just as Ansel Adams did using his Zone System.
- Skill capturing a full color, full contrast photo.
- Creativity in visualizing the final photo before shooting.
- Using Lightroom/Photoshop to convert to B&W and make rich tonal adjustments.
- Dodging and burning skills in Lightroom/Photoshop.
- Create a rich, deep monochrome image.
UPLOAD CHALLENGE PHOTO
YOUR PHOTOS MUST HAVE YOUR NAME AND COPYRIGHT EMBEDDED FOR CREDIT.
- Download your photoshoot to a new collection in Lightroom (name it with the assignment). Before clicking the import button, be sure to select your Filename Template and fill out the Custom Text with the assignment name. Also, select your Metadata Preset to embed your copyright info with your photos.
- BEFORE EDITING, create a contact sheet in the Print Module using your template and print it.
- Develop/Edit your selected photo(s) and print it with your 8×10 template.
- Title your photo(s) and write your Artist’s Statement in the comments section in the Metadata tab (in the Library Module of Lightroom).
- Export your edited photo(s) to the Hand-in Folder and upload it to this album.
- Turn in your COMPLETED Assignment Sheet with your Contact Sheet and 8×10 Print(s) in a sheet protector to the turn-in Folder BEFORE DUE DATE to receive a grade. Grades are not issued if incomplete.
YOUR FILE MUST BE NAMED CORRECTLY USING THE FILENAME TEMPLATE:
- Client Basic Digital Photography
- Date November 14, 2016
- Tags BDP Challenges