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  • Anchor Activities

    Digital Photography – Anchor Activities

    Must do firstComplete the assigned project, place photos in your Google slideshow, write your artist statement (found on Moodle), share your project with me, and fill out a rubric for your project

    Then do next – Complete any of the six anchor activities, You may complete activity 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 multiple times by either taking/finding new photographs or trying new editing techniques

    1. National Geographic - Use this website to view photographs taken by National Geographic Photographers.
    Find 5 photographs that you find truly amazing.  Collect all 5 photos in a Google slideshow.  Caption each photo with the photographers name, title of the photo, and 2 sentences explaining why you found this photo captivating.  Share the slideshow with me once finished.

    2.  Photo Manipulation – Use the website below to research simple Photoshop techniques to manipulate your work.  Use any of the techniques you find interesting and apply it.  You may use a photo you’ve taken or a photo you’ve downloaded from the internet.
    Email me the saved, finished product.

    3.  Photo Scavenger Hunt – Take a photo to represent the 9 Visual Art Principles of Design.  Place the photos in a Google slideshow and label which design principle fits with each photo. Share with me.

    Use this website as a guide to understanding the Principles of Design.

    4.  Contest Entry – Find a free high school digital photography contest online and enter.  Show me your computer screen confirming your entry once finished.
    Use this website to begin looking for contests you would like to enter.

    5.  Modern Photography – Browse American Photo Magazine until you find an article or artist that interests you.  Read the article and write a one-paragraph summary.  Email the summary to me.

    6.  Photography Careers – Research potential careers that use photography.  Choose a career that you think looks interesting.  Write a one-paragraph summary of the job description, salary, and required education.  Also include why you are interested in that particular career.



  • Photo Scavenger Hunt

    Learning Goals:
    1)  Students will understand the process of shooting and editing photographs.
    2)  Students will be able to take photographs of a subject in interesting ways and enhance the images in Photoshop Elements.

    Reflection Question:

    1.  If you could do this project again, what would you do differently?  WHY?

    Consider the way you took the photographs, when/where you took them, your editing techniques, etc.

    Share with msyoung@lfalls.k12.mn.us

    Turn In Instructions:

    1.  Open Google docs (under your gmail)

    2.  Create a presentation.  Title your presentation (Period) Photo Scavenger Hunt - (Full Name)
    Example:  P5 Photo Scavenger Hunt - Michelle Young

    3.  On the last slide ANSWER the reflection question. 

    4.  Drag your photos from your folder into your presentation.

  • The Exposure Triangle

    Learning Goals:
    1)  Students will understand the exposure triangle.
    2)  Students will be able to use the exposure triangle to take stronger, more balanced photographs.

    Use these resources to study or review class information we discussed regarding the exposure triangle.

  • Macro Project

    Learning Goals:

    1. Students will be able to create engaging macro photography by highlighting detail and and shallow depth of field.
    2. Students will understand white balance, how it affects photography, and how to use white balance effectively.
    3. Students will be able to apply filters, textures, spot-color, and black and white to their images.

    Project Requirements

    • Using shallow depth of field, turn in 10 macro photographs.
    • 2 spot color, 2 black and white, 2 filters and textures, 4 your choice of editing
    • Adjust white balance according to your current lighting environment (florescent, tungsten, cloudy, sunny)

    Turn-in Instructions:
    Create a presentation on google docs of 10 photos 

    Answer the reflection statement in your presentation.

    Fill out the rubric and turn it in.

    Share your presentation with msyoung@lfalls.k12.mn.us

    Reflection Statement:
    Which of your macro photos is the strongest? Why?  Which of your macro photos is the weakest? Why?

  • Portrait Project

    Learning Goals:
    1.  Students will understand the differences in mood and appearance between high and low key lighting.
    2.  Students will create spot color images on Photoshop using layers.
    3.  Students will shoot photos of their peers, focusing on key elements of portraiture.

    Project Requirements:

    • With a partner in class, take a series of 5 portraits. Include props in at least 2 photos to make your images more personal to your model.
    • Your facial portraits MUST include both high key and low key lighting.
    • Using Photoshop we will edit the photos to create specific areas of color and black and white.

    Artist Statement:
    Please explain how you were able to use props to effectively describe your model and add character to your portraits.

  • Social Justice/Photojournalism Project

    Learning Goals:
    1.  Students will understand the importance of the photography of Dorothea Lange.
    2.  Students will create their own social justice photography series which explores a relevant social justice issue.

    Artist Statement/Reflection:

    What issue or story did you choose to focus on for your photojournalism/social justice project?  Study your photos for a moment.  Do you think your photos portray a strong message?  Do they leave an impact with the viewer?  Why or why not?  What would you do to make the message stronger?

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