AP Photography Summer Homework- Due Aug. 17th 2017
AP Photography Summer Homework (It is called AP Art 2D in your schedule) Ms. Lynch
AP will require you to fulfill the following summer assignments written below (due date: August 17th, 2017), and a portfolio to be finished and mailed in to College Board in the month of May. AP stands for “advanced placement” – if your portfolio scores a 3 or above you will receive college credit.
Tips: Bring your camera with you wherever you go this summer, whether it’s a vacation spot or simply an interesting photograph-worthy place. Try and make your camera a part of your everyday life.
Here is a link to see AP Portfolios by Hillsdale Students: AP Portfolios
Go to a museum and see a photography show. Check the website before you go to see what photography will be available. Great museums include: MOMA, Legion of Honor, San Jose Museum of Art, De Young Museum, etc. Write a paper answering the following questions; attach admission ticket to your paper.
During your museum visit, answer the following questions:
1. What was the name of the artist or show?
2. Explain the show: what kind of photography does the artist have, a theme, etc.
3. Write about your favorite pieces, ones you related most to.
4. When viewing the works, are there any potential ideas you have for your concentration?
5. If at all possible go to the museum store a find a few postcards from the show, attach to your paper.
A concentration should consist of a group of works that share a single theme – for example an in depth studies of a particular visual problem or a variety of ways of handling an interesting subject. The list of concentration topics is infinite, below are examples of concentrations. During your investigation of your concentration remember to include your elements and principles of design in your photographs. Revisit them before you begin to take any photos (listed below). Bring to class 8-17-17
Choose your concentration and take as many pictures as you can of your idea. (Minimum 30 photographs)
Do a series of self-portraits (minimum of 5) and a series of portraits of a friend (minimum of 5). Set up your environment i.e. arrange backdrop to be indoors/outdoors, experiment with lighting, use various props (necklaces, hats, etc). Look on betterphoto.com or Flickr to get some ideas on what you can potentially do. Bring to class 8-15-17.
Do a series of landscape and cityscape photos to demonstrate a span of your summer (minimum 20). You can have views, macro, and a combination. Again, take your camera with you when you go on vacation, and really think about composition! Bring to class 8-17-17
Set up a unique still life shot. Think outside of the box; think about your lighting and the object(s) you wish to use. (minimum 10) Bring to class 8-17-17
See you in August!
email me if you have any questions, email@example.com
A look at what your portfolio will consist of:
Concentration: Think of your concentration as theme you will explore and convey with your camera. A concentration is defined as “a body of work unified by an underlying idea that
has visual coherence.” The 12 photographs will be scored on four major areas of
• Coherence and/or development- is the work presented actually a
• Quality of concept/idea represented- is there evidence of thinking and of
• Degree of development and investigation that is evident in the work including
the amount of work or number of pieces represented.
• Quality of the work in both concept and technique.
Principles of design
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Remember, it is important to capture such elements in your photographs.
relative size within the work
repetition > rhythm > pattern > unity
equalizing the visual weight of elements
In this section of your portfolio, you will be choosing 5 photographs. These 5 photographs should be ones that you are most proud of – they should be excellent.
Line: An element of art that is the path of a moving point through space. Although lines can vary in appearance (they can have different lengths, widths, textures, directions, and degree of curve), they are considered one-dimensional and are measured by length. A line is also used by an artist to control the viewer’s eye movement. There are five kinds of lines: vertical, horizontal, diagonal, curved and zigzag.
Shape: A two dimensional area that is defined in some way. While a form had depth, a shape has only height and width. Shapes are either geometric or free-form.
Form: Objects having three dimensions. Like a shape, a form has height and width, but it also had depth. Forms are either geometric or free-form.
Value: the element of art that describes the darkness or lightness of an object. Value depends on how much light a surface reflects. Value is also one of the three properties of color.
Color (in photography: digital, color print, color slide, hand-colored, or toned prints):
An element of art that is derived for reflected light. The sensation of color is aroused in the brain by response of the eyes to different wavelengths or light. Color has three properties: hue, value, and intensity.
The element of art that describes the darkness or lightness of an object. Value depends on how much light a surface reflects. Value is also one of the three properties of color.
Texture: The element of art that refers to how things feel, or look as if they might feel if touched. Texture is perceived by touch and sight. Objects can have rough or smooth textures and matte or shiny surfaces.
Principles of Design:
Rhythm: the principle of art that indicates movement by the repetition of elements. Visual rhythm is created by repeating positive spaces separated by negative spaces. There are five types of rhythms: random, regular, alternating, flowing, and progressive.
Visual Movement: The principle of art used to create the look and feeling of action and to guide the viewer’s eyes through the work of art.
Balance: principle of art concerned with equalizing visual forces, or elements, in a work of art. If a work of art has visual balance, the viewer feels that the elements have been arranged in a satisfying way. Visual imbalance makes the viewer feel that the elements need to be rearranged. The two types of balance are formal (also called symmetrical) and informal (also called asymmetrical).
Emphasis: principle of art that makes one part of the work dominant over the other parts. The element noticed first is called dominant; the elements noticed later are called subordinate.
Contrast: Technique for creating a focal point by using differences in elements.
Harmony: the principle of art that creates unity by stressing similarities of separate by related parts.
Unity: The quality of wholeness or oneness that is achieved through the effective use of the element sand principles of art. Unity is created by simplicity, repetition, and proximity.
Variety: Principle of art concerned with difference or contrast.
Proportion/Scale: Principle of art concerned with the size relationship of one part to another.
Scale: size as measured against a standard reference. Scale can refer to an entire work of art or to elements within it.
Go to this address and read the guidelines for the 2D AP Art Portfolio:
If you have any questions, you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This assignment will also be on my website, hillsdalephotography.com under AP Photo Assignments.
Concentration Examples from Hillsdale Students:
Landscape Examples by Hillsdale Students:
Architecture Examples by Hillsdale Students
Still Life Examples:
Self Portrait Examples: