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Photography

What makes a good Photograph?

Does the subject of a good picture need to be a person?

Tips for taking a great picture

Assignment #0: What you’ve done before

Go through your photo library and choose 3 photographs that you think are good.

Create a presentation (powerpoint/slides/keynote) outlining why each of the pictures you chose are good.

1 picture per slide,

common there for each slide

Title page slide -Name, date, class, Title (Photography assignment #0)

Upload on google classroom

 

Assignment #1: Eye Level

When it comes to photography, we often just photograph what is in front of us, at eye-level.

Yet we never look down, and we never loop up.

Take 3 quality pictures of things that are just on the ground.

You will find lots of interesting subject-matter if you look closely enough.

Create a presentation (powerpoint/slides/keynote) outlining why each of the pictures you chose are good.

1 picture per slide,

common there for each slide

Title page slide -Name, date, class, Title (Photography assignment #0)

Upload on google classroom

Assignment #2: Motion

Photography is a static medium which means that it doesn’t move. Conveying a sense of motion is often crucial

to capturing a scene or emotion and it is an essential skill for photographers to practice.

The goal of this exercise is to understand how shutter speeds can be used to convey motion.

  • Choose a subject or series of subjects that will allow you to convey motion in your images.
  • It can be slow motions like that of a turtle or fast motion like a speeding train.
  • Blur it, stop it, or simply suggest that there is motion in the photograph.

Challenge yourself to capture the same motion in different ways. For instance, you might go to a race track and stop the movement of the cars completely in one image, then leave the shutter open and allow them to blur out of the frame in the next.

Create a presentation (powerpoint/slides/keynote) outlining why each of the pictures you chose are good examples of motion.

1 picture per slide,

common there for each slide

Title page slide -Name, date, class, Title (Photography assignment #0)

Upload on google classroom

Assignment #3: Shadows

Shadows are everywhere and they are vital to photography because this is the art of capturing light. With light comes shadows and when you begin to look at shadows as a photographer, your world will open up.

  • Take a look around for shadows and record them with your camera.
  • You could show the shadow as the total focus of the image. Or perhaps the shadow is incidental to the subject.
  • Is the shadow natural or created by flash?

Shadows are integral to creating depth in a two-dimensional medium such as photography. Take some time to seriously explore the “dark side” of the light.

Create a presentation (powerpoint/slides/keynote) outlining why each of the pictures you chose are good.

1 picture per slide,

common there for each slide

Title page slide -Name, date, class, Title (Photography assignment #0)

Upload on google classroom

Assignment #4: Water

Water is everywhere in photography and it presents many challenges. There are reflections and movements to work with and in this exercise, you will take a deeper look at water.

  • Find water anywhere it is around you: lakes, streams, puddles, even the glass on your kitchen table.
  • Pay attention to reflections and use them to your advantage in the photographs. Use this opportunity to get familiar with a polarizing filter (a very useful tool in your camera kit) so you can accentuate or eliminate reflections.
  • Play with the motion of a stream or the crashing waves. Notice the difference between stopping the flow of water and allowing it to blur to create a real sense of movement.

Be sure to make water the subject and not an accent to the image. Water alone is beautiful and mysterious and your challenge is to explore all of its potential as a subject.

Create a presentation (powerpoint/slides/keynote) outlining why each of the pictures you chose are good.

1 picture per slide,

common there for each slide

Title page slide -Name, date, class, Title (Photography assignment #0)

Upload on google classroom

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