Andy Warhol

What are we doing?

  • Thinking about how we want to depict ourselves to the world through photography. Then taking self-portraits based on those ideas. Questions to ask yourself:
    • What are the distinctive things that make me "me"?
    • How do I want people to see me?
    • How can I express my many different sides?
    • How can I reinvent myself for various purposes or
      times in my life?
    • How am I changing from day to day or year to year?
    • Who do I want to become?*

What should I turn in? Participate in?

  • one 5x7 photograph and one 8x10 photograph
  • a completed stencil self portrait
  • a discussion about why artists make self-portraits
  • final critique

What should I make sure to do?

  • Check to see what your minimum focal distance is on your lens.
  • Make sure to meter, focus, and consider every object in the frame. Have a friend help you to take the pictures. you should use the friend as a placeholder to check the metering and composition. Then switch places and have your friend press the button (or use a self timer).
  • Plan ahead and think about the various things you can communicate about your personality, and who you are inside.
  • Be an ACTIVE PHOTOGRAPHER. Think about timing, angles, orientation, mid/fore/background, distance, scope, clutter, compositional issues, framing, depth of field, blurred/frozen motion, and content.
  • Try different studio lighting setups, including a key light, a fill light, and a back light.


What should I think about?

  • Think about how you can use what you have already learned about shadows and light , and composition, and angles/distance to help to make beautiful and ugly compositions. Think about THE WHOLE FRAME!!!!! Are you using any of the principles and elements of design ? What about the camera angle and the focal length ? Is there clutter in your photograph? Are you being ACTIVE???
  • Think about what you are trying to say with the photograph.


What should I do if I need help? ………………………Ask Ms. Epp


*questions from education materials from the National Gallery of Art












































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