Monday, March 7, 2016

Great article about Design...and the Oscars!

Each year the Oscars take center stage in late February. One doesn't always think about the behind the scenes design and the pressure "of those in charge of styling the event with remarkably elegant and captivating design."

TASIS beginning and advanced photography students are often tasked with creating magazine or cd covers. Other students help to create the posters for the different drama productions on campus. Spend some time reading the article listed below from the Canva Design School site (which is a website all TASIS photography/art students should follow!)

Article: Forget Leo, the Oscars is really about creativity

Below is one video from the article listed about with the Best Picture Oscar Nomination Title Sequence (2015) from Henry Hobson.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

TASIS studio is busy!

Photo by Sofiana Amanuddin '16

Over 70 students are actively participating in the TASIS Photography department with classes in beginning photography, advanced photography, AP photography, and IB first/second year classes. The Photo Lab is one of the busier classrooms on campus with multiple projects and classes happening all at once. The photo studio is used often, and this year we would like to highlight some of the work that is coming out of the many portrait sessions.

For those students who have to try out the studio lights and experiment - here are some helpful and inspirational links to explore. Talk with one of the photography instructors and book some time in the TASIS photo studio! Look at this links - it will be worth your time.

Four classic portrait techniques explained
Gallery of still life images
Famous portraits photographer's images you need to see 

Here are only a few examples of portraits taken in the TASIS photo studio so far this year.  

Photo by Omerhan Gur '16
Photo by Filipe Malczewski  '16

Photo by Leyre Fernadez '18

Photo by Greta Apollonia '17

Photo by Isa Mazon '18

Photo by Yanina Drohomyretska '16

Photo by Elyana Ramos '18

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Street Photography

Everyone is heading out on Academic Travel, and for many of the trips it is a perfect time to try shooting 'street photography'. A basic definition of street photography is photography that features the human condition within public places. Street photography does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment.

Examples of Street photography

Photo by Heni Cartier-Bresson

Photo by Rui Palha

Photo by Garry Winogrand

Great video of Vivian Maier - Exhibition in Milan on December 12, 2015

Look at the links below:

Sunday, October 11, 2015

What makes a photograph an 'iconic image'?

Today this article wast posted on Facebook. 'Photographers Behind The World's Most Iconic Pictures Revealed' All TASIS photography students should take the time to look at this and read what these photographers had to say about the images they took. Not all of the photographs may be familiar to you, but many you will have seen and immediately recognize.

The question then came to mind - what makes a photograph iconic? Getty Images asked this question in an article on their website. Here is a the beginning of this article with a link to the entire piece at the end. Again, well worth a read TASIS Photo students!

"But what makes an image iconic? What does it mean to be an icon? How does a photo earn the status? We asked Evie Salmon, a writer, artist and cultural critic, to give us her take.
By making an image to be observed, framed and exhibited in such a way that it outlasts both the subject and the producer, we find ourselves with the ability to construct objects of worship. It could then be said that photography doesn't merely record iconicity but also generates it.
‘Icon’ means ‘image’. The word also refers to a particular kind of image that resembles rather than symbolises an object. A photograph is iconic because when we look through old albums, we see the faces of our loved ones, the bad weather on the beach, the terrible haircuts. A text is symbolic because when we dig out the old postcards, we read a name, we don’t see a face. The jumbled up collection of letters tells us about the day at the seaside and it’s up to our minds to somehow fill in the rest. Writing presents a series of images that we have to decode; photography, painting and film convey images that apparently communicate a direct impression of the objects they record.
‘Icon’ also carries a third, cultural implication. It describes an image, person, action or object that carries an obvious meaning, while at the same time hinting at another idea which is less obvious, but possibly more significant. This is the territory of the religious icon: a painting that depicts a spiritual image, figure or scene. In part, it ‘stands in’ for that figure but at the same time, it’s used as an aid to worship. It allows the user to access the divine. An icon is then two things at once; it is simultaneously an image and an idea, it is both a sign and a symbol."  Read more >>>

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

What about using sprinkles for a portrait shoot?

Photo by Neston Simoes

Well...the title might have gotten your attention at least. The website 500px is another great resource for ideas and has some gorgeous photography. The site has recently been redesigned. It is worth a look. 500px also tutorials and DIY (Do-it-yourself) ideas where this sprinkle portrait was shown. Take a look at how this image was made: Sprinkle portrait.

There are also some very good articles with advice for the beginning photographer as well as advanced. Check out the article on "underrated pieces of advice for beginner photographers."

The Photography 2 class has a gallery now up on the TASIS Visual Arts Blog which is worth a look. Using tripods the class spent only one class period in the TASIS Library and captured some beautiful images. By slowing down and using a tripod, this class proved that at times deliberate and intentional work does create good work!

TASIS photography students....keep shooting! Check out a tripod, 
a macro lens, the Lensbaby...get creating!!

Photograph by Isabel Mazon '18

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Another resource of inspiration not to miss!

Is there a switch a person can turn on to start to be 'creative' or to shoot well-composed photographs? Probably not...but it is important to understand that there are a few things which might help students (or teachers) get inspired to pick up their camera and take photographs, even on a rainy day or a day full of classes and homework.

As David du Chemin stated in his e-book The Inspired Eye,
"Creative people are raw material gatherers, they hunger for ideas and go outside of themselves to find them. You must 'increase your inputs', the more ideas and influences you take in, the more your creative being has to work with. But where people create work that is thought of as being "really creative", it is usually when they combine disparate elements and ideas - the more unlikely the ideas that get mashed together, the more unique the result."

This morning released their 4th online magazine. This is a great website, and those of you who have had me in class know of their book Mono which I use in class. Spending some time looking at these magazines are definitely a great way to 'increase your inputs'! Take the time to read this magazine or at least look at the photographs.

Past issues of 1x
May 2015 - Issue 3
January 2015 - Issue 2
November 2014 - Issue 1

Monday, September 14, 2015

TASIS Photography is alive and well!!

Another year of Photography at TASIS has begun. There are multiple sections of photography 1, a Photography 2 class, AP Photography, IB first year and IB second year classes. It is a BUSY place, but already some beautiful images have been made. This blog allows the photography teachers to share videos/ideas which come across our desks and computer. Today a beautiful video was released by SmugMug - the site where we have our TASIS photo galleries. Take the time to watch this three minute video. It is a great story, and hopefully inspiring to many of you.