Photo II Curriculum

In the first week of each quarter, fill out the form below:

Q1 Project Commit

Q2 Project Commit

Q3 Project Commit

Q4 Project Commit

Here is some information that will help you fill out the Project Commit forms:

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Photo II projects are due every other week – alternating with exercises

Turn in major projects every two weeks. Due dates will be on the whiteboard. Count on four assignments each quarter, three of which you can decide yourself. See the mandatory project below. Assignments are due by the end of the day (3:30 p.m.) on the due date.

Photo II Projects: what to turn in every two weeks

  1. Two contact sheets, each containing at least 20 printable exposures. If you are using a digital camera, a “roll” is 40 images. The images printed or scanned for the assignment should be circled with a silver, red, green or blue sharpie (not a black one).
  2. Four 8X10 (or larger) prints.
  3. One Photo II analysis of your best print. Access the analysis below, fill it out and then print it and turn it in ON TOP of your work, so that it is the first page of your notebook every time you turn in a project.


Photo II project guidelines and grades

Creativity, uniqueness, print quality all count, of course. Check the Visual Art Department grading rubric posted in the room for specific guidelines. Projects that contain related images will probably receive higher grades than projects that consist of random, unrelated images. In other words, the two contact sheets you turn in every other week should reveal some kind of plan, some forethought, an intent, a focus. Your two contact sheets need to hang together in some way — without meaningless repetition. Make the effort to plan new projects every two weeks, unless you are sure that you can continue to repeat a previous project and still create fresh, exciting images. Check here for project suggestions:

Some project suggestions

One project is mandatory each semester

ONE project related to Hawaiian culture is mandatory, either in the first or the second quarter. One component of your final exam involves a reflection on this project. Select one of the options below or propose an equivalent project:

  • Environmental portrait of a kupuna, along with a short interview with the person about cultural values in his or her life. For the purposes of this assignment, a Kupuna is someone over 60 years old. Kupuna portrait sample
  • Cultural architecture. Photograph a structure that reflects/embodies Hawaiian culture. Structures might include heiau, lo‘i or a Hawaiian church. Think of the chapel or the structure by the Main Gate. Cultural architecture sample
  • A place that is considered “Hawaiian” such as Miloli’i, Nanakuli, etc. Hawaiian community sample
  • A cultural event related in some way to Hawaiian culture, such as a makahiki celebration, halau performance or practice, etc. Your images need to reveal the cultural basis of the event in a visually interesting way.
  • The Hawaiian treasure hunt: a series of images that document your search for elements of ancestral Hawaiian culture in our daily surroundings. Take images, if possible, that contrast Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian cultures, or show ancestral Hawaiian culture changed or even distorted by non-Hawaiian cultures. Hint: Waikïkï is the best place to shoot this assignment. Think of store-window “tikis” (ki‘i akua).
  • A wahi kupuna (celebrated place) from the book Sites of O’ahu

Exercises are due every two weeks, alternating with projects

  1. Flash photography
  2. A portrait lit by a single-point light source
  3. Blur
  4. The effect of color filters on black-and-white film, as discussed in chapter 9 of the text
  5. Pinhole images using the zero image camera or a pinhole body cap
  6. Flash II
  7. Digital montage that assembles three or more images
  8. Push developing

If you have completed exercises 1-4, feel free to turn in the alternate exercises listed below