Due Dates

Images Due Wednesday, March 16th
Contact sheets Due March 2
Prints Due (one made by you!) Wednesday, March 23
Reading Due
* Wm Mitchell Reading, Due Wednesday, March 14

Note, I will not collect the CD for this assignment, however I expect that your will create one for your own records.


Create 5 images (you must print at least one), four prints, and one contact sheet
In this assignment you will learn about High Dynamic Range (HDR) Imaging and apply it, along with digital manipulation (if you want) to tell a visual story.

You are required to make one print on your own using the 4880 printer in room 202. We will cover this in class, but the steps are below:


Reading 3
The Reconfigured Eye, Visual Truth in the Post-Photographic Era , William J. Mitchell, MIT Press, 1992.
Adobe Acrobat .pdf format
Chapter 3 - Intention and Artifice
Specific pages, TBA


To further learn the technical idiosyncrasies of advanced photography.
To learn the technical aspects of HDR photography.
To understand how to appropriately use HDR photography in your art.
To learn how to tell visual stories with your images.
To continue the process of understanding good digital prints.
To perfect making your own digital print on a quality printer.
To analyze and make artistic comments on visual story telling.
To work at understanding intellegent and non-cliche uses of HDR photography.


After class instruction in HDR photography, use a digital camera capable of bracketing, Photomatrix and Photoshop to learn aspects of creating HDR photgraphs. Apply this technique to create a body of work that tells some sort of story. This is your chance to tell a story with images.

When we think of stories or narratives, we often think of books or some narration that exists over time, for example, movies, videos, or film. Consider a story contained in one single frame. What does time have to do with this kind of story, is time infinite? What about a story over three images, Must it be literal? What is a story? What are some of the differences between a story told over time, like animation or an interactive work, and a story told in an image? What are some of the challenges? How can you use color, shape, form, texture, and character lines to tell a story?
It is up to you if a single image or a series of images will tell a story and if the narrative is linear on not.

Think of these questions when you make this body of work.

HDR photography is an effect that too easily falls into heavy cliche. Your challange is to understand how you can use it for the technical edge it gives you and to put it to use in service of your intention to tell a story. To understand what I mean by cliche HDR photography, do a google search on it. Stay away from this use.

Review the artists covered in class:

Andreas (Andi) Baumgartner

Chris Clor

Alan Fullmer

Duane Michaels
see 1, 7, 11, 12, 14

Duane Michaels (more)

Edward Hopper
See especially:
Night Hawks
New Your Movie
Office at Night

More Edward Hopper

Francis Bacon, Triptych - August 1972

Winslow Homer, The Gulf Stream, 1899

Sally Mann

More Sally Mann

Cindy Sherman

Joel Peter Witkin

From SIGGRAPH 2003
DIANE FENSTER: From the series: Your Dreams And Omens Revealed, which are anecdotal stories that translate as predictions of the future and interpretations of the past.
QUINTIN GONZALEZ, Ghost Of Time, which is serial-like imagery that reads like a narrative
PATRICK LITCHEY, whose work is a series of stills from a low end time based camera.

For yourself, Create a backup CD with a file structure and reference contact sheets as you did in your first assignment. I will not collect this, it is for your own reference.


You will create a contact sheet from the images that you shot for this assignment.

You are required to use a camera that allows you to bracket. Auto bracketing is even better.

Make a body of work that tells a story or images that each tell a different story. In either case, the works need to look as if they were created as a series.

Print your four best images using the resources in room 202. At least one of the four you will print yourself on the 4880 in room 202.

Submission Requirements

Create a folder with your last name on it in the Assignment 3 folder:
Classes->ARTC4250->Assignment 3-> Your Name

Put your contact sheet in this folder.

Put all five to eight images in this folder.
Images should be 5MB or smaller (turn-in version only) and be tiff or jpeg.

Bring prints to class on March 23rd, including the one you made yourself. You will be making the one yourself any time from March 5th up until the 23rd when the lab is open. In order to make sure you get a chance to print, I suggest you make your own print sooner rather than later.


You will be graded on your ability to complete all parts of the assignment.

You will be graded on concept, formal qualities (composition, color, etc.), and technical mastery.

This assignment will be averaged with equal weight to the other assignments except the final, which will have a weight of 3.

Please note

Ask any questions in class or contact me by email or stop by office hours to clarify any questions you have about the assignment.