“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
—Vincent Van Gogh

Hello again! I hope you started on your project! If not, then get to work! You have your topic, begin writing out your steps, then start photographing! Your projects are due this week! If you are struggling with this project, please let me know because I don’t have a problem with helping you set up and work on this at my house.

This week I want you guys to do some research. Look at some food blogs, craft websites, and see what their tutorials look like. Here is a list of a few to get your started.

Good Image Tutorials

The Best Way to Cook Chicken Breast
How To Make Fluffy Marshmallows
Simple Crochet Scarf Pattern

What do they all have in common?

There are a few things you will notices with all of these successful image tutorials.

  1. They use soft natural light coming in from one sources, like a window.
  2. Each blogger was fairly consistent with their background. They did not move from room to room with different tables. Each image was fairly consistent with it’s background. (Be cautious with photographing on white, such as the crochet scarf page unless you have a white card and custom set your white balance!)

Not-so-Good Image Tutorials

A Beginner’s Guide to Knitting
Chocolate Piping Tips

What do they all have in common?

There are a few things you will notices with all of these not-so-good image tutorials.

  1. They use their normal overhead lights in their house. You can tell by the yellow glimmer of lights on many surfaces within the photograph. These yellow flickers of light are unappealing (especially with food) and distracting.
  2. Instead of using an interesting textured or solid table top, they used a generic counter laminate counter-top. Not very appealing. Think about what your background is going to be. Even if you have an old piece of wood, or solid fabric, that would look better then traditional counter-tops.
  3. The color use is flat. Try to think about pleasing colors when arranging your still-life. CLICK HERE for an instructional on color.


Most people skip the text and just look at the images. We are visual people! Make sure your images are great, first and foremost… then work on your written text.

Good Luck! Ask questions below if you need to!


WEEK 12 Project#1 – Cont.

Now that you have your topic, begin your instructional “How To”. You will need to set up a still-life like we’ve discussed the last couple weeks. Photograph each step, being as through as possible. Take more images than you need so that when you get them on the computer, you will have more options to choose from. Your photographs are due Thursday January 28th. DO NOT EDIT OR CROP ANY OF THESE IMAGES. I must have the original.

After your photographs are completed you will need to begin writing the steps that go with your work and a short bio about yourself. These are due by email Wednesday February 3rd. If your “How To” article includes a recipe, make sure you include that as well (type or scan). Anything you write needs to be approved and reviewed by your parents.

I will email permission slips this week that your parents need to fill out, sign and submit with your written instructions.

Please comment below with any questions you have about this assignment. I highly encourage group discussions about this! 


DUE: Thursday January 28, 2016