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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com with the subject line “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.
Some shining examples of food shooting and shooting to layout from the Project 52 group.
The assignment: Your assignment is to do a very interesting sandwich shot that fairly reeks of “high end cuisine sandwich” – and for this you will have a layout. The designer has already created two other brochures for the client, so the placement is pretty much set. He hired a photographer to do it, but unfortunately that photographer had never worked on any of the Project 52 stuff (probably didn’t have my book either) and totally, unconditionally failed to deliver the image.
Anyway – you guys are up next. What will you do to make this shot so freeking awesome that people will want, no – NEED to buy a sandwich from his restaurant – and make the designer and client ecstatic.
The layout was given to them as a layered PSD, and these are terrific examples of what the photographers did with it.