Multiple Me Project
The multiple me project was created for the first year graphic design students. Its a great project for using multiple adobe applications and works for any of these courses Photography foundation, Photoshop foundation and InDesign Foundation. The student plan and execute a photoshoot of themselves or a model photographing themselves multiple times in one scene. The students need to pay attention to depth of field, focus and shoot in manual mode. The camera can not be moved once the first image of the background is shot. Then using a timer or a friend they take multiple shots of themselves in the scene in various poses and positions. The students tend to work this project much more when they use themselves as the model. I use this photo of myself dressed as the Village People playing poker to get the students inspired (all though none of them know who the village people are anymore so I might need to remake it soon).
Using Adobe Bridge or Lightroom they filter through and choose five images plus the image of the background. They need to pay attention to placement of the model/themselves in the various shots as to not overlap them. I start the project having the students sketch out 3 or 4 ideas on paper. We discuss their ideas in class and they choose a runner. Once they have their 6 shots they open them up in photoshop as layers either from Bridge or Lightroom. Using selection tools and Layer masks they paint in the multiple shots of themselves in the image. You can search how its done on Youtube. The students are then asked to create a booklet in InDesign with entrance reflections, sketches of ideas, sketch of runner idea, final PS image and exit reflection. I will include some examples of the booklets, final images and rubric. Super fun project for all ages.