If looking for something new you might check out painting. There are a number of tutorials on YouTube and other places.
Ok, why not take advantage of your limits and try to expand on them, as they are important.
Pick a person, place or thing and do a composition of them/it.
Create a texture for the background, use masks to place images.
a project like this can show your creativity for use of a camera, photoshop and texturing skills.
Because a single person composition could be knocked out in a few days depending on skill level, you may want to do a group of people, a town, a shelter, a church, hospital, local 4H group, your class, etc. This would allow you to have mulitple images showing a story that you are trying to tell. Keep that in mind, when someone can visually see a story the whole composion starts to pop.
Good luck and have fun.
Thank you for your reply, Curt. I've done several pieces of digital painting over the span of a couple semesters and I think it will be part of whatever final project I choose.
Thank you for your reply, Silkrooster.
We did do several compositing mini-projects along the way so I can probably pull off something like this. Thanks for your input!
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Rayven, the key to an open-ended project such as this -- to demonstrate your mastery of camera and Photoshop -- is to choose a subject matter that would interest everyone in class (and the Prof) and be produced in a manner that is unexpected.
With those criteria, consider a contemporary portrait (not Yearbook stuff...a demonstration of lighting) and also an on-site portrait (a demonstration of versatility) of each person in your Photoshop class…all in black & white. That’s right: no color. And by on-site I mean off-campus personal environment portrait. With 15 in class, that adds up to thirty prints.
It would interest everyone in the group (people love to look at people, especially images of themselves), and artful handing of black & white will, compared to the work of the other students, be unusual. Artful black & white needs Photoshop to enhance each image...and it puts color to shame.
Great advice to anyone coming across the thread Norman. I hope the OP got his/her portfolio completed though - it was back in 2013