Magnum Opus



Your Magnum Opus or major project will be your opportunity to apply what you have learned, the skills you have developed, and your creativity and inventiveness to a personal photography project. The project must have a theme and contain a minimum of 7 different images.

Some possible themes:

  • Re-visit a genre we explored in earlier shoots; portraiture, landscape, abstraction
  • Document a trip, an athletic event, a social event
  • A portrait of family, friends, strangers, your cat, your car
  • A portrait without showing the subject
  • Express a poetic statement, a reaction to your world, a social commentary, a story
  • Depict something you collect, different views of the same object, or a variety of the same type of objects



The project will involve planning, shooting, printing, and presenting your work in a sequence of photographs mounted together as a collage or panoramic.




  • All prints should be in very sharp focus
  • Have a center of interest
  • Get as close to your subject as possible
  • Watch your backgrounds
  • Shoot birdís eye and bugís eye views
  • Shoot horizontals and verticals
  • Correct printing exposure by burning in, dodging out, and using filters
  • Place subject based on the rule of thirds
  • Be creative and have fun

To help you get started, please brainstorm 5 potential themes or ideas you would be interested in exploring.  From one of these ideas, draw out a one paragraph proposal that addresses: 1) what you are going to shoot and 2) how you are going to present the work.

Assignment given: Tuesday December 11th

Five ideas due: Monday December 17th

Proposal due: ASAP

Film or digital shoot due Wedenesday January 2nd

Contact prints due Friday January 4th


The final project should include a minimum of seven prints properly mounted on matboard.  At least one print must be an 8 x 10 (or larger up to 16 x 20).  This dominant print should be the very best shot that emphasizes your theme/topic or idea.  Six additional prints may vary in size, but can not be smaller than a 5 x 7.  Another presentation option would be to create a PowerPoint or web site to present your work.


The final deadline is Tuesday January 15th!!!



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