photography and Photographing the Human Condition.
the variety of styles presented in the class videos from...
the gonzo street work of Bruce Gilden to the stark studio work of Richard
are a collaborative effort - the subject(s) work with the photographer.
Human Condition Photos illustrate people in the world
be described as the collaborative process between the photographer and
Portraits can be formal or informal, controlled within a studio or "on
Lighting may be artificially controlled and enhanced or you can take
advantage of the "available light".
It is important to use light as a compositional element of your photographs.
becomes Portrait Photography when you engage the subject- ask for permission
what you learned in the motion and depth of field assignment
to make strong compelling images.
can have one subject or involve a whole group of people. The more subjects,
the greater difficulty.
Condition (street photography) examples at
Photographing the human condition is a way to document lives
and create a record of the world as you see it. Documentary photography
usually involves a message or story related to the photographs. Photo-journalism
is another example of documenting the human condition that is usually
shared in some type of published document such as a newspaper or magazine.
In most cases, this type of photograph does not involve the collaboration
that exists in a portrait session.
may not even be aware that you are including them in the photograph.
"Street photography" involves capturing people in the
environment, in their interactions with each other and their involvement
with the world around them.
assignment you should shoot lots of images and carry your camera around
so that you will be ready to capture images at any time.
Shoot multiple photographs of at least
four different situations illustrating the Human Condition.
Shoot multiple exposures of at least
four different PORTRAIT (collaborative) situations.
From these exposures, you will submit six strong images for review.
Three portraits and three of the human condition.
should expose at least 100 images
for this assignment
all the skills you have learned so far. Fill the frame. Be careful with
exposures. Use depth of field and selective focus to best advantage
and remember... Lighting is important. Also refer to your
experience of composition - filling the frame and paying attention to
line, shape and space. Use motion and depth of field to make your images
stand out and be more interesting.
web-site for other examples of work.