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The assignments were designed for a ten-week class.

You may be given one or two of these assignments.


Assignments #1 & #2

The first two assignments are about seeing.

This gives you time to learn about shutter speed and depth-of-field before you have to use them.

Assignments #3 & #4

Then, you'll use shutter speed and depth-of-field in the next two assignments to make your photography more creative.

Assignments #5 & #6

Next you'll do two assignments within two genres of photography: portraiture and interior photography.


The final assignments are self-assignments.

If you develop the habit of giving yourself self-assignments or projects, you'll retain what you learned in class.

You'll continue to grow as a photographer.

You may bring non-assignment photographs to class.

Getting Started

If you don't see anything to photograph, take a photograph of anything.

This will often get you going.

Take more than one photograph of the same scene.

Often, you make a change in the second or third photograph.

Doing a little "sketching" with your camera will improve your photography.

About Creating

• Creativity is a combination of intellect, feelings, and intuition.

The latter includes previous experiences that have become built-in, and are put to use while making photographs.

You'll move between the above modes.

• In the arts, learning often comes after creating.

In many other endeavors, one learns first, and then puts the learning to work.

For example, if you read the section on light, you'll gain only some sensitivity to light.

In contrast, doing the first assignment will teach you much more.

• Creativity can be unpleasant.

There's ambiguity and uncertainty in creativity.

There's confrontation.

One has to have the gumption to go out and take photographs, even when:

1) You're not sure.

2) You don't really know how.

3) You don't know why.

Mistakes Are Good

Finally, and most importantly, please make mistakes.

That's how you learn best.