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 to the naked eye. For this reason, it's not too difficult to take a macro photograph that makes a non-photographer gasp. Capturing a compelling imace of Architecture can be much harder. This week you'll be looking at the spaces where people live and work 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 the geometric aspects of structures that are subliminal or even overlooked. The requirements this week will help you play with geometry and think about the practical concerns of people who need to represent an interior space in a photograph.
By now you should have a good handle on the controls of your camera, so put your extra effort this week into making your photos visually compelling. Go beyond simply meeting the letter of the requirements and try out some of the rules of composition that were discussed in lecture last week.
There are five requirements in this assignment that you should meet by taking 5-10 photographs.
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".
In general we will penalize photographs with insufficient comments, and starting this week we will be stricter than we've been so far. 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, and any image processing done afterwards. As always, be sure to note which requirement the photograph meets. Show that you are being mindful of your camera settings while taking photographs. It's true that Picasa will show these parameters in the top right of the window, but we want to hear from you why you set them to what you did. Here are some examples of the types of questions we'd like to see answered in your comments.
Note that there's no need to include all of these for every shot; just choose questions that are the most relevant to each composition. You can look at the example solution for more guidance.
Example SolutionAs usual, we've post an example solution to this assignment to let you know what we expect. For additional inspiration, you may want to peruse the best CS178 photographs (as selected by the TA's and instructor) from 2009 and 2010. However, you do not need to meet the assignment requirements in the same way as these solutions do - in fact, you should challenge yourself to come up with creative, unique compositions. There are plenty of possibilities out there. Surprise us!
Please remember that the photographs that you submit for each assignment must be taken by you specifically for this course. Do not reuse old photographs that you may have laying around, even if they perfectly meet one of the requirements!
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.
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.
Practice technical problems
Finally, here are some practice technical problems related to recent material. You do not turn these in; they're just for your educational benefit.
Note: answers have now been marked in bold.
Due Date11:59PM, Sunday, April 24, 2011
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. In such circumstances, be sure to read the lateness policy from the course outline, or contact your TA.
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