Photography I, II, III

Photography I  All students/parents sign a permission slip to use the school's cameras and responsibility is broken.

Both Black and White  film( dark room) and digital.

If students can provide their own  35mm film camera and own digital it would be greatly appreciated. NO CELL phones used for  any assignments!

35mm Camera Test

Enlarger Test

Reading Chapter 6

Assignment 1: Getting to know your equipment

Pinhole Photo, Stencil gram, Photogram one high contrast, one 3 shades of grey

Test strip of photo paper

Darkroom overview/ developing/ taking 35mm pictures

double montage

How to use a 35mm film camera loading film.

Camera quiz

Students find out about light sensitive paper and how light effect and takes the picture without a lens.

Assignment 2: Elements of design

4 pictures with S/C  natural  curves , diagonal, horizontal and vertical in the landscape

Shape(2) close up shot, flat lighting(3d object appears flat)

Form (45 degree lighting)

Texture close up or strong side light

all prints should be 5" x 7" in black and white

This will be separate and all cameras must have manual operations to do these:

1.Space show depth of field(shallow depth of field, object closest to you is in focus everything else is blurry)

2.mid depth of field Object in the middle is focused and the back and foreground is blurry)

3.great everything is in focus from back  to front.


Balance (2) symmetrical(split in half and everything on each side is the same/equal and asymmetrical( split in half and everything is not equal on both sides

submit your photos in a folder with your initials/element

Please see below the elements folder of examples

Once you take pictures put them in a folder and start labeling them and share to the photo class folder in google drive. I will then remove ones that can't be graded.

Assignment 3: Composition This can be done in film or digital 

Worms eye view, Birds eye view, Rule of thirds, Stop Action, Blur Action, Flash,Still Life, Portrait, Framing, Reflection, Silhouette

  1. Static Object: Find an interesting subject of a static object, set your shutterspeed at 1/60 of a second (the slowest shutterspeed typically recommended for handholding your camera) and meter the scene to determine what aperture to use. Use the lowest ISO you can.
  2. Fast Shutterspeed/Moving Object: Create a visually dynamic photograph by capturing a moving object with fast shutterspeed: i.e. higher than 1/500 of a second. Everything in the frame should be sharp. (Hint: you will need a lot of light like full sunshine and maybe even a large aperture like f2.8. You may even need to alter your ISO.)
  3. Slow Shutterspeed/Static Camera/Moving Object: Create a visually interesting photographs of an object moving through the frame of the camera using a slow shutterspeed; defined as a shutterspeed slower than 1/10 of a second. The camera will remain still and the objects in the frame should be sharp—with the exception of the object moving, which will be recorded blurry; the faster the subject moves/the slower the shutterspeed will increase the blurriness. (Hint: you will need a lower light situation: inside away from a window or at dusk or even night. You may also need a small aperture like f22 and a slow ISO like 100 or 50.)
  4. Panning: Create a visually dynamic panning photograph. Panning is where you follow a moving object by swinging your camera so the moving objects remains in the same place in the camera’s viewfinder. The end result will have the followed subject (some what?) sharp and the background becomes blurry. Most effective with shutterspeeds slower than 1/30 of a second. (Hint same as #3).
  5. Flash to stop action:Use your on camera flash to capture a moving object sharply. Set your camera at it's flash synch speed (normally 1/125 or 1/250 of a second). Ready your flash (you may have to manually pop it up or set the camera to a the flash setting, see camera manual) and have an object move through your frame and hit the shutter release button while the object is within the frame.

Assignment 4: Digital Rendering with Photoshop

In this assignment you will take/use photos that need to be fixed. You make a folder in the google drive that will be labeled. Compare /contrast. You will make a copy of the original, naming it that and then fix the photo and name it. Example: Original photo  Second Cropped.

Open up cs6 Photoshop

Cropping: Find a picture that  needs to be cropped to make a better composition.

Straighten: a crooked horizon line.

Too Light:  Find a photo that needs to be darkened. ( These will be adjusted in the adjustment menu, under exposure and brightness and contrast)(Dodging)

Too Dark:  Find a photo that needs to be lightened. ( These will be adjusted in the adjustment menu, under exposure and brightness and contrast).(Burning)

Double Print: As you did with the 35mm you will combine two photos.  Open  two images separately.  Make sure Layer one is open and  select the marquee tool in the tool box. Now go to your photo and select the whole picture. Then select the move tool  from the tool box and drag your image on top of the background image.  Make sure it covers it completley. On the right hand side(layer palette) click on the toggle layers settings(little white square on the left) change the opacity of the layer one).  


Vinegette and sepia tone one photo

color splash to a black and white photo

Add a missing person by using the mask layers.

Changing eye color

Then play with any of the fun items under Image and mix it up.

How to upload your photos:

1. Take our  your sd card from your camera.

2. Either place into  a card reader or on your chrome book insert into the  sd slot.

3. Either I photo will come up or your will save to the file on your chromebook.  Clean up your download folder incase you have alot of items in their.

4. In iphoto once you download all, select all by pressing the  c

developing paper video

history of photgraphy

most common mistakes

flim developing

 color  effect in black and white 


Everyone please submit your least and your best photograph in your digital portfolio. 

I will discuss and go over how this process should go in class.

Go to links page for your worksheet. You will be analyzing your peers work. You may not have to cover all the aspects of the critique process.

Photography II

Assignment 1: A-Z

Take  1 photo of each letter of the alphabet. This does not mean you take a picture of a letter, something that represents the letter. This can be done in black & white or color.  Decide if you want to use 35mm or Digital camera. Every time you take photos you should be taking three of each.  This means changing your stop up/down one stop from the first shot. You don't submit all three but choose the best one for grading purposes.

Assignment 2: Animal Portraits

Learn about animals or wildlife capturing them in their enivronments. 25 photos

Assignment 3:  All about Nature

Take photos of nature from all angles, times of day, and a variety of landscapes. You will need to capture the color correctly.

Assignment 4: Action Photos

How to catch good action photos! 25 photos minimum 

Assignment 5: It's all about me!

Take photos that tell me about you without you in the picture. This can be a collage Be creative in using both BW/Color. You can also incorporate digital rendering effects in  Pixlr Editor or if you have  taken  graphic design 1 you can render it in that program.

ASsignment 6: Altering photos

Again this will reflect the use of a software altering effect program. Either Photo shop or Pixlr Editor or any one you have explored. You can use filters, paints, desaturation etc.... You will use photos that you may have taken with the digital camera to fix. What are you fixing, adding or correcting?

Photography III Students should be owning their own camera at this point.  You will need to figure out what  kind of photographer you want to be? You will take no less then 300 photos, unless BW.  Your concept should now be reflected in your work.  No errors in basic composition will be allowed at this point for grading purposes.

Only required assignment: Painting with light must have manual mode for this NO cel phones. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

  1. Conceptualize what you want your photograph to be about. To communicate your ideas, consider the following questions: What subject will you need? What props? What environment? What coloring of lights? How will I use flash to solidify certain objects? What objects from your imagination will you "draw" or "paint" to help push your ideas?
  2. Find a meaningful low light environment in which to stage your photograph.
  3. Figure out the proper exposure of this scene with existing ambient light. You are looking for an exposure time with at least 10 seconds or longer. 
  4. Stop down a stop or two (less exposure, experiment) and explore “painting with light” in this scene (the painting will add light, hence the stopping down). You must mix “Photographic” imagery with your “painted” light and use all of the following techniques:
    1. Using light to expressively give the objects in the scene dynamic contouring and coloring;
    2. Using light to “draw” or “paint” visual elements that connect to the existing objects in the scene being photographed.
    3. Use flash to capture an object more solidly in the exposure.
  5. Fail, Try again. Succeed a little. Fail a little more. Try again. Repeat until ultimate success presents itself.