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High School Unit: Photography

by Kyla Dufrene

Waxahachie, Texas

C Layer:

1. Listen to the lecture/take notes. 1 2 3 4 5 (5 pts per day)

2. Look through magazines and newspapers. Select 5 photographs that appeal to you. Look for similarities and place them in groups. Be able to explain why the photos appealed to you and how you grouped them. (10 pts)

3. Draw a sketch of a 35 mm camera. Label the parts. (10 pts)

4. Design a T-chart comparing a 35 mm camera and a digital camera. (5 pts)

5. Demonstrate the following skills to the teacher: how to load a 35 mm camera, explain light and motion control, show the camera features, f stops, backlighting, and depth of field. (10 pts)

6. Take photos (with a digital camera) that illustrate disturbance, proximity, sense of place and vantage point. Scan the photos and create a PowerPoint presentation explaining when, where, and how you took each photo and what problems you encountered. (15 pts)

7. Find photos from newspapers, magazines, etc. that demonstrate each of the following: disturbance, proximity, vantage point, sense of place, ambiguity. Organize and display these photos. (10 pts)

8. Look at some front pages of newspapers, such as USA Today, the New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, etc. Find photos that draw you into the picture. Be prepared to explain what qualities these front page photos possess. (10 pts)

9. Take 5 pictures within the parameters of the school grounds. All photos should be based on a theme. Scan the photos and write a one page reflection on what you wanted to say with the pictures and how well you think you did. (15 pts)

10. Create a scrapbook with three examples of each of the following:

Rule of Thirds, Hot Spots, Framing (horizontal, vertical, or tiled), Loose and Tight Crop, Disturbing the Frame, Proximity, Vantage Point, and Sense of Place

You may use pictures from magazines, or pictures that you have taken with a camera to create the scrapbook. (25 pts)

11. Quiz-lecture notes & vocabulary (10 pts)

B Layer: Choose only ONE. 15 points possible.

1. Create a photo essay that tells the story of something significant in your life. The essay must have a minimum of 12 photographs that include all of the composition areas covered in class. The photos must be mounted on a board and include a caption for each photo. Also bring the photos that were not selected for your essay and explain what went wrong, and why they were not effective.

2. Using a digital camera, take at least 12 photographs from the community. Use the photos to tell a story, or develop a theme about the community. Create a multimedia presentation, complete with captions.

A Layer: Choose only ONE. 20 points possible.

1. Using both a traditional camera and a digital camera, photograph the same scene or object. Once developed, evaluate the two pictures. Which one is better quality? Why?

2. Write an essay (minimum 1 page) evaluating 5 professionally taken photos. (Obtain the photos from your teacher).

3. How has the digital camera changed photography?

Grade Scale: 60-69 pts = C 70-79 pts = B 80+ pts = A