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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Exercise 2: Jig-SAW

You’ve done a great job on the ‘Word’ assignment. You understand the difference between…
the 3D real world with its
realtime motion effects and spatial awareness, and the 2D ‘Flatland’ of the monocular camera finder, preview screen, and the 2D print. You’ve already used this effect to create flat letterforms out of photographed objects and scenes.
Now it’s time to push this a little further…
We challenge you to construct, piece by piece, a montage of a design or shape out of 4 or more joined, rotated, images.

Make your shapes by photographing three-dimensional shapes, or for an even bigger challenge, make your shapes from objects overlapping in depth.
One image may be the right way up, but others rotated 90 or 180 degrees to form the new shape. Get used to framing your subject at any angle…it’s the final design that counts.
This is going to take some planning. You’re going to have to think in advance of this final image as you take your shots.
No cropping is allowed. We want you to preserve things as they looked through the viewfinder.
A digital camera will give you some advantage, but you will have to rely on your memory of the previous images to be successful. A few sketches as you go along will help.
If you do this on film you get hero status credits.


read: Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (1884) by Edwin Abbott Abbott.

Ray Metzker:

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Exercise 1

This exercise has been temporarily removed for revision.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


Welcome to our Free Fine Art Photography Classes. We will be posting regularly and adding great features such as forums and a space where you can share your own photos. We will also offer professional feedback to your work.

Thank you for your patience while we get things up and running.