Digital Photography Project 3 Guidelines

Project 3 is an emulation project that combines research with shooting in the style of a well known photographer. The assignment is worth 10% of your course grade and will be due at the end of our next meeting on Friday, April 21. You will have some time to work on photo-editing and posting during class. However, please bring the following ready-to-go for the start of class.



Select one of the photographers from the list presented on April 7. The names are also listed below in case you weren’t able to choose one in class:

  • Luis Arturo Aguirre
  • Richard Avedon
  • Manuel Álvarez Bravo
  • Gilbert and George
  • Graciela Iturbide
  • Nadav Kander
  • Yousef Karsh
  • Rinko Kawauchi
  • Sally Mann
  • Robert Mapplethorpe
  • Gordon Parks
  • Man Ray
  • Cindy Sherman
  • Lorna Simpson
  • Edward Steichen
  • Jeff Wall
  • Weegee (Arthur Fellig)
  • Carrie Mae Weems
  • Edward Weston


Research that photographer’s work. Look at at least two sources. Wikipedia can get you started, but this is college, so make sure what you’re referencing is academically reputable (scholarly articles, university websites, library books, etc.)

Write 300-500 words about the kind of work your photographer makes. Rather than writing a simple biography, consider what they shoot, their characteristic style, their technical methods, the things they hope to say with their work and why they’re considered important. It is okay to be somewhat conversational in tone, since this writing will be posted as a blog entry, but use full sentences and paragraphs and spell/grammar check prior to class. Cite sources where appropriate.

Save your writing as a Microsoft Word Document or a PDF and bring it to class saved to a hard drive or in a cloud account. Make sure you know your password to our course website, since we will be accessing it to create blog posts during class.


Find at least one representative image of your chosen photographer’s work and save it as a jpg or png. It should be at least 400px by 600px in size (something you can control through the “Advanced” tab in a Google image search).


Take a photograph emulating work by your chosen photographer. Emulating means applying the characteristic style, subject matter and/or content to a new image you take. It does not mean copying an existing image by the artist. Below is an example of Edward Weston (left/top_ and a student emulating Weston (right/bottom).


Don’t be afraid to put your own spin on your emulation, bringing things an established photographer can teach you to your own life and interests. For example, what if you used Weston’s stark lighting and deep range of values on a modern man-made object instead of his preferred natural forms.

Technically speaking, shoot in RAW format with manual focus, shutter speed and aperture. You will have time to edit in Lightroom during class so long as you come with a strong image on the memory card (or a series of strong images from which you can choose). The final photograph will be due (in digital form) at the end of our meeting.

Let me know by e-mail if you have questions!

Enjoy your break!



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