“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality”
—Alfred Stieglitz

Here I am again, a day late! Thank you for being patient with me, again. As I told you last week, I work in an office on Fridays. Usually all I do is answer phones, so I keep myself busy by working on our class material. Some major changes are happening at the office, and it’s keeping me from my routine. This is temporary however, and I really appreciate your understanding. I hope you’ve had a great week! I saw the rest of you guys this last Thursday which completed our portraiture sessions. I had a great time, and I hope you guys ended up with some great photographs.

This is the last time you will hear from me on the website this year. Week 11 starts on January 16th 2016. You will have a nice long break to refresh. I know that I am in desperate need of this time myself!


One thing that always looks great in photography is collections. Collections are, simply put, a bunch of similar objects in one photograph. A frame filled with bottle caps, crumpled paper, pipes or car doors are all examples of collections. Collections can be neat an organized or messy and cluttered. 

car doors, manufacturing, factory, junkyard

Photographing collections ends up creating a pattern that is pleasing to the eye. In some ways it fuels the OCD in some of us! Some of my favorite collections are vintage objects, but really this concept can work with anything.

bikes, bicycles, wheels, tires, black and white

Once you take “identical” objects and place them together, that’s when you truly begin to notice the uniqueness and beauty in its individuality. If you take the time to look around, you will notice there are collections of objects everywhere!

utilities, meters, rust, pipes, steel, readings, industrial

You don’t always have to find collections though. Sometimes a part of the process is to find all the objects by going on a hunt for them and arranging your own still life, much like this tape measure photograph.

measuring tape, measurement, tools, construction

A great place to find collections is to visit an antique shop. I’m sure that is where this photographer found a whole bucket of vintage keys.

keys, padlocks

As you can see, collections are quite gorgeous! While you guys photograph, find and stage, collections over Christmas break, I will be putting together a plan to begin our class photography essay intended for gallery submission! It’s exciting to finally get through those technical hurdles and start moving into applying our knowledge to big projects.

Keep in mind, you will struggle with the technical aspects of your camera for quite some time, but know that you can also come to me for help at anytime. Also, know that you are not alone. Keep pushing forward!

Check the CALENDAR each month and see when those extra days are available to meet with me. Take advantage of those days!


WEEK 10 ASSIGNMENT #1 – Collections

(5 unique collections)


Photograph as many collections as you can find during Christmas break. Photograph on manual. Please don’t be tempted to switch your camera to auto! The more you shoot on manual the better you will get at it. Send me at least 5 strong images of unique collections. Consider lighting. Focus on composition and the elements of art. Go back into previous lessons and re-read/re-watch anything that you feel could help you strengthen your skills!

WEEK 10 ASSIGNMENT #2 – Studio Portraiture

Group #2 that met with me on 12/10/15. Send me your best portraits, at least one from both of the lighting stations.


DUE: Thursday January 14, 2016