Assignment #1


Setting up the fakes

Value 15%



Form small groups and choose an artwork from a print reproduction (book, magazine, etc). Make a scan of the printed image (convert it to B&W if original is in colour) and also two prints, one working copy for you to use while translating the image in the studio and one good copy to bring with you on crit day. The chosen work will be used for reference and translated into a B&W image of your own making in the studio using flash equipment. Particular emphasis should be placed on emulation of the lighting as found in the referenced work. Working within the means available, consider various details found in the original work including shapes, tonal values, and contrast. Pay particular attention to the light quality of the original work, as it will be the most difficult aspect to duplicate. As a photographer, the development of your ‘eye’ will be the most important tool with which you must work. With practice and experience you will develop intuition and begin to get a feel for ‘photographic light’ – how light will look in a photographic image vs. in real life.

Supplies: DSLR camera set to RAW mode, fully charged battery, light meter (sign out), sturdy tripod, camera manual, USB key, props as required. Flash equipment is in the lighting studio, remember to plan ahead and sign up for time(s) to use.

Assignment Learning Objectives:

You will:

Learn to use electronic flash, and appreciate its advantages over tungsten lighting.

Learn to pre-visualize black and white.

Become familiar with the flash metering function on handheld light meters.

  • Use direct, indirect, and mixed lighting techniques creatively.

  • Produce a final, high quality, inkjet print.

* A demonstration of the electronic flash (strobe) equipment will be provided.


 One 11X14 B&W print demonstrating fine print criteria.

One 8X10 B&W print of scanned image/artwork for reference.

Supply everything in a clearly labeled envelope or portfolio. Label all prints with your names on the back.


Due for crit: OCT 03, 2018



This assignment will be graded based on a rubric. Consult the rubric to see what you will be graded on and what the grade breakdown looks like. Attention to detail is essential.



Lighting; Emulation of lighting conditions with attention to re-creation of volume and depth, contrast, and attention to shadow and highlight details.


Camera Work – exposure, focus, depth of field.


Creative translation of reference image, including attention to framing/composition of reference image with foreground, middle ground, and background carefully considered.


Attention paid to print quality and display (includes print of scanned image).