A “Sign of the Times” – Project 52 Pros

A “Sign of the Times” – Project 52 Pros

The assignment was a brochure cover image for a brochure titled “Sign of the Times”… the P52 PROS hit it out of the park.

Project 52 PRO is a group of photographers devoted to becoming the best they can be, while working in a real-world assignment venue. We keep the assignments ‘real world’ with everything from concept shoots to layouts with exacting dimensions. Food, portrait, still life, architecture, beauty and product are all covered.

Photographers are given two weeks to complete the assignment, and the work is critiqued in a live Webinar (video recorded for future viewing) as well as a forum where ideas and inspirations are found daily.

There is a business preparation part of the Project 52 group as well. Photographers will have a working understanding of bidding, finding clients, marketing and portfolio preparation.

We will be starting a new group very soon. If you are interested, sign up for the newsletter on the right column. “In The Frame” is a weekly newsletter sent each Sunday. We keep the subjects fun and vibrant and always focused on the serious photographer.

Now for the eye candy… great job, P52 PROS.

One Layout: Many Versions

One Layout: Many Versions

Man these Project 52 PROS are really dialing it in. And that is making it more fun than a guy should have.

The assignment was to shoot to this layout (furnished in PSD layers) and make sure it worked. I wanted them to put the images into the layout and show us what they came up with.

This time I am not going to choose a sample, I am going to share all the images this assignment garnered – because they did such a great job on it.

Our cover photo is by Cincinnati photographer Tom Siebert.

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Photographs of Strangers by P52 PRO Group

Photographs of Strangers by P52 PRO Group

This was the first assignment completed by the Project 52 PRO’s. Photographing strangers can be a very delicate and scary idea for a lot of people. The fear of rejection or having the subject be angry stops most from ever attempting photographing people they do not know.

I wanted to get a very uncomfortable assignment right up front. Let’s get over some fears and find our work in the best circumstances.

Knowing how difficult this assignment would be made it perfect for working through the tough issues to follow. To their credit, all the pros made it through the assignment just fine. No broken bones, no irate subjects and very few flying bullets.

All in all it was quite a success.

This is a random sampling of some of the best from the assignment:

Rui Bandeira’s “Endangered Jobs” Project

Rui Bandeira’s “Endangered Jobs” Project

I saw this work today by one of the Project 52 photographers. It began as one of our assignments: Photograph a Stranger.

Rui jumped in and not only photographed some strangers… he is developing it into a very cool project.

I will let Rui describe it in his own words:

Jobs with art or endangered …

Every day, on my way home, I see a shoemaker who works in his small space, and every day I want to stop to take a photo…

The will and the idea was following me for some time, and was progressing, I thought it would be fun to do a survey of those professions where you have to have art …
professions where experience is the best teacher… and also those professions for some reason are endangered, although some of them seem to want to resurface because of the crisis.

This is a project without end, because whenever possible I will add more artists.

The pictures were all taken with 50mm and with a on camera flash mounted on the camera, always tried to interfere as little as possible with the work of those portrayed.

This idea has no artistic pretensions, aesthetic or otherwise, and serves only to make a record of these noble professions.

In this project, the most important are the professions and professionals and not the photographic techniques.

Thanks to all who allowed me to photograph them.

Thanks for sharing the images, Rui.

Find Rui at these places:

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/ruibandeirafoto
Telm.: 963384743
Site:  www.imagememarca.com
Facebook:www.facebook.com/Imagememarca
MSN: geral@imagememarca.com

New Webinar: ” Up Your Game – One Assignment at a Time”

New Webinar: ” Up Your Game – One Assignment at a Time”

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR ALL WHO HAVE REGISTERED:
You will be receiving an email newsletter from me on Tuesday, January 22. It will come from me through Mail Chimp. If you do not receive the email on Tuesday (check your Spam folder), let me know IMMEDIATELY. The newsletter will be where many of the important topics will be discussed, and a notification of the newsletter will be made on the private site we are setting up for P52 PRO.

The email will contain important information regarding image sizes for critiques, where to put them, how to get into the private page and more.

Thanks to each who have signed up. We are nearly ready to close registration – only a handful of seats remain. This is YOUR year. Let’s make some noise!

Project 52 is a fascinating, intense, creative, portfolio building experience for serious photographers, emerging photographers, pro-am’s and any photographer who is wanting to be more professional in their work. We cover idea development, planning a shoot, lighting for style, creating unique visuals and presenting them in a professional manner. No matter what you are currently doing photographically, this online workshop will kick your butt, challenge you to be better and provide a safe and encouraging community for helping you to grow.

You may have heard about Project 52 and seen some of the amazing images that came from the photographers, and now is your chance to get questions answered, find out more about it and get involved. And it costs you nothing to be involved in the FREE version and only $15 per month for the PRO.


We are full for this group.

If you would like to be notified of the next group starting up (if there is one) drop me a note at don.giannatti@gmail.com with the subject line “P52 Notification” – please use that subject line so I can keep the emails together.


Here is the First Webinar: Enjoy. If this doesn’t answer your questions, let me know what you need. I will note that we are not too far away from closing it for this session.

Second Webinar (Saturday Edition)

Project 52 PRO is a very exciting way for a photographer to challenge themselves, be challenged and learn to shoot to commercial standards.

-52 weeks of instruction.
-52 weekly assignments
-52 weekly reviews and critiques
-52 hours of reviews to keep for your own to listen to again
-52 weekly informational videos for you to keep

We cover shooting, lighting, bidding jobs, finding work, marketing and portfolio building.

North America / Europe / Mid East / Asia: this year with the PRO group, we will be having two different critique shows, so photographers from Europe and Asia will have a decent choice of times for their area.

Whether you want to become a professional photographer, a pro-am weekend shooter or simply be a better photographer, Project 52 is the place to be.

We are currently full for this group. If you would like to be notified of our next group, send a note to me at don.giannatti@gmail.com with the subject line “P52


Shooting Shiny Stuff at P52

Shooting Shiny Stuff at P52

Sometimes photographers have to shoot shiny stuff. Lighting works very differently on things that are shiny compared to how light works on more diffused subject matter. The shinier the object, the more it will be reflecting the light sources – both main and secondary.

Controlling these ‘specular’ parts of the light – as it is reflected from the subject – can be the greatest challenge.

Highlights give clues to our subjects. They tell us if the surface is smooth or not, and they can aid in showing us the dimension and shape of the object or subject.

The P52′ers had a blast with a “Shoot Something Shiny” assignment, and here is what they came up with.

Cup
Rui Bandeira (And featured image above)

Reflective action
Jorge R

Honey spoons [Explored]
Rasmus Hald

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Gerry DAc

301/365 Shiny
David Travis

shiny handmade mercury glass coral vase
Virginia Smith

Faucet
Cindy Kopp

Shiny
Unfounded Stu

Bogle Petite Sirah
Irene Liebler

something shiney
Dan Berry

Shiny Knife
Bryan Lawler

Pen on Typewriter
Arni Freidling

Project 52: Shiny Object
Lily Dale

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Tim Lester

The Veins of my Heart
Grey Gibbs

Glass Clock_MG_7639-2
Photoartel

Red Vase
Barbara Tozier

Lots of ‘behind the scenes’ setup shots at the Flickr Page.