CS178 Assignment 4 - Architecture and Interiors
Kneeling figure, Humayun's Tomb. Photo by Marc Levoy.
Good photography often shows us the familiar in an unfamiliar way. Taking macro photographs last week, we made small things larger on our computer screens, and saw a level of detail not usually visible. For this reason, with some practice it's quite easy to take a macro photograph that makes a non-photographer gasp. Architecture is harder. This week you'll be taking the spaces people live and work in and trying to fit them into a frame.
Architecture is typically more geometric than natural scenes, so this week is a good week to think about the geometry of your scene. Consider repeating elements, size relationships as they change under perspective, the lines induced by vanishing points, and the texture and weathering of man-made objects. One way to surprise people with architecture and interior photography is by using clever composition to highlight these geometric aspects of structures that are usually overlooked. The requirements this week will get you to play a little bit with geometry, and also to think about the practical concerns of people who need to represent an interior space in a photograph.
This assignment is similar in format to the first two. There are five requirements, which you should meet by taking 5-10 photographs. We'll also start getting stricter in our grading this week. Previously we've let slip photographs with minimal comments. This week we will penalize photographs with insufficient comments. You should write at least two paragraphs (ie two picasa comments) below each of your photos explaining what camera settings you used, why you used the camera settings you did, how you composed your shot and why, any interesting story behind the photograph, any image processing done afterwards, and what requirement the photograph meets. We want you to be mindful of your camera settings while taking photographs. Picasaweb will show in the top left what the parameters were, but we want to hear from you why you set them to what you did. Here are some of the sorts of things we'd like to see:
There's no need to include all of these for every shot. Often some of them are irrelevant. For example if there is a single clear subject to the photograph, you need not justify your choice to focus on it. As usual, see the example solution as a guide to how much you should write, and what sort of things you should include.
Here are the five requirements for this week.
Upload your photos and add comments.Upload your photos using the Picasa account you created in the first week to a public Picasa album titled "CS178 Assignment 4 - Architecture and Interiors". Add comments below each photo explaining how to you took the photo, what relevant camera settings you used and why, any image processing done to the photograph afterwards, and most importantly, which requirement the photo covers.
Example SolutionWe've put up an example solution to this assignment to both let you know what we expect, and hopefully also inspire you to take better photos than the TAs can. You don't have to meet the assignment requirements in the same way as we did - surprise us!
One caveat: In our example solutions we may reuse photos we already had lying around, or borrow photos from other people to illustrate a point. Don't do this - your work for each assignment should be done by you specifically for the course.
If you have questions or comments about the photos we used in the example solution, feel free to add them as comments below the corresponding photograph in Picasa Web, or to email us.
As usual, we will assign grades based on whether you met the requirements of the assignment. For each requirement, you'll be given a check for meeting the requirement, check-minus for not quite meeting the requirement, or check-plus if you do something spectacular that makes your grader's jaw drop.
Due Date11:59PM, Sunday, April 26, 2009
Assignments are generally due on Sunday at midnight at the end of the week in which they're assigned. This leaves you free to start thinking about the next assignment during your next section. Sometimes lateness is unavoidable. Here's the lateness policy from the course outline:
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