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    All students write an artist statement at the end of the trimester based on their work or themes they explored throughout the trimester. Everyone will create an EBook of their favorite photos at the end of the trimester including at least 24 photographs.


    Photographers: see Ms. K.’s presentation on about 40 different photographers worth knowing.

    Below are quite a few projects. The ones listed in bold are must-do projects. Do not get overwhelmed by the number of assignments. Many are short and some we won't have time for.


    Famous Photographer Project: Choose a famous photographer and create a magazine layout using one of the templates provided by Ms. K. You must research your photographer’s life and work and incorporate at least 3 photos by the photographer on your magazine page. Project to work on when Ms. K. is absent. Begin early in the trimester.


    1st Block Day: Pixilation Project: With another classmate, take a series of photos of him/her pretending to do something, making very small movements. Capture the movements frame by frame: examples are driving a car, skateboarding, cooking, etc.


    Block Days only: Claymation Project: In a small group of 2, students will develop a stop motion movie using sculpey. The movie must be at least 30 seconds in length and reproduce a commercial, story, poem, song.

    1. Introduction to digital photography. The difference between a jpg, tiff, and RAW. First assignment in class: Using just the objects in your backpack or bag, choose about 3-4 objects that represent you well or that you like. Arrange them on the table, floor or outside and photograph them as a still life in an interesting way.
    2. The Rule of Thirds and how to crop a photo in Photoshop.
      1. 1 cropped image
      2. 3 images showing your understanding of the Rule of Thirds

    2.2. Focal Length: try to adjust the focal length in your shots and create images where some objects are in focus and some are out of focus. Turn in 2 photos that show your understanding.

    2.5. Black and White Photography: USe cloth wrapped around objects and spotlights. What makes a good/excellent black and white photograph? Learn how to adjust the Brightness and Contrast of a Photo to achieve good balance between black, white and gray tones. Take photographs of high contrast images outdoors. Take photos of objects wrapped in fabric with spotlights on them. Take photos of glass vases with spotlights on them.

    1. Turn in 6 black and white photos that show good contrast and balance.
    2. Color Photography: Learn how to adjust the Color Balance of a Photo (IMage→ Adjustments→ Color Balance) manipulate the Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow in your photo. Learn how to adjust the Hue and Saturation of your photo (Image→ Adjustments→ Hue/Saturation). Color Photography Outdoors (photograph in garden).
      1. 2 Photos by itself and same photo with Color Balance Adjusted
      2. 2 Photos by itself and the same photo with Hue/Saturation Adjusted
    3. Bubbles: capturing bubbles in photography.
    4. Fill the Frame: Take photos where you concentrate on filling the frame with your subject. Turn in 2 photos that show this technique.
    5. Bug’s Perspective/Alter Your Perspective: Spend time taking photos from the second story of the school to alter your perspective. Zoom in on people down below. Turn in 2 photos that show this technique.
    6. Texture: Photographing Texture in Abstract Photography
      1. Turn in 4 photos that show different textures. The photos are arranged on a 8” x 8” background and each photo is 4” x 4.”
    7. Symmetrical Balance and Radial Balance
      1. Turn in 1 photo that shows symmetry
      2. Turn in 1 photo that shows radial balance (when objects radiate from a central point in the image)
    8. Movement: Photograph movement (PE class, classes changing, cars driving by, office staff doing tasks) Look at Steve McCurry, Jodpur, India
      1. Turn in 2 photos that show movement/part of your image will be blurry
      2. Layering Project: Take a series of photos that document motion on one object. Layer them in photoshop and make each layer partially transparent to see layers underneath.
    9. Create Artificial Movement using Photoshop: Photograph a car or part of a car in the parking lot or another idea you have. Follow the handout from Ms. K. that explains how to create movement in a still photo.
      1. Turn in the original static photo and turn in the photo showing movement.
    10. Maggie Taylor inspired Project: Create a Pictorialist Styled Image: Pictorialist Photographers tried to make their photographs look like paintings. Look at photos of Maggie Taylor, photographer. Choose 2 photos (a background and a subject) to combine in layers in Photoshop. Follow the instructions in the handout to complete this task by smudging the photos to create a painterly effect.
      1. Turn in 1 photo of the combined images.
    11. Portraits: Start by learning how to take a self-timed photo. Take a self portrait and then have a friend take a portrait of you. Compare and contrast them: which is the more authentic? Ahy do you think? Are there any differences? Turn one of each in.
    12. Portraits Continued: Photographers to look at: Dina Kantor, Walker Evans, Nicholas Nixon (Brown sisters), Irving Penn (The Village Elders), Cindy Sherman
      1. Look through magazines in the classroom and find images of people. Diagram the shape that the group of people make. What shapes appeal to you more? Why? Portraiture is about capturing your subject’s personality in their photograph. How can photographers achieve this?
      2. Take head and shoulder candid portraits of a classmate. Try some with symmetry, and rule of thirds. Turn in 4 photos (2 symmetrical/2 asymetrical showing rule of thirds
      3. Take a small group shot of at least 3 classmates. Arrange them in different standing or sitting poses based on your earlier magazine research. Turn in your favorite group photo.
    13. Work in a team of 2 or 3 to create a formal portrait of each person. One person will photograph. One will help with positioning the person and helping with lighting. Turn in one photo per person in each team. The person should be the focus and the background deemphasized. The team will be scored as a group.
    14. Self Portrait: Create a photograph of yourself that tells a story or tells the viewer about what you think or who you are. Use the self timer on your camera or take the photo on your iPad.
    15. Playing Cards, Face Card Designs: Students take a self portrait in a costume in the style of a playing card (jack, king, queen, king, ace, joker). Must choose suit and add a background in Photoshop, just like a real playing card. Portrait must be flipped so it is face up in either direction. Students use iPad to take photo of themselves in a good pose or camera. Use grid overlay in Photoshop to help with accuracy. You may bring in an internet image into the background that you alter.
    16. Narrative Photo: Look at the photos of Jennifer Zwick. Create a narrative photo using at least one prop per person in the photograph. Turn in 1 photo. Write about the photo using the prompts from Ms. K.
    17. Design in Photography: Using a lot of something (QTips, pencils, brushes, erasers, coins, shells, rocks, candy, etc.) create your own design that shows symmetry, repetition, or radial symmetry. Photograph on the table with a good light source or try the light table.
      1. Turn in 1 outstanding photo from this project.
    18. Lighting: Take an old book from the art room or crumple a large piece of paper. use aluminum foil crumpled for a shiny texture. Using spot lights or the light table or natural light outside, photograph your subject focusing on light. Photographer: Tina West, Manuscripto; Natasha Vitti Lawton-Sticklor, Tea
      1. Turn in 2 excellent photos that show light.
      2. Turn in 1 photo that inverses the light tones using Photoshop. Your result should be a negative effect. Follow instructions from Ms. Kogan for this process.
      3. Food Styling: Students research food styling, then use digital cameras to take appetizing and artistic photos of their lunch (at school) or another meal (at home). These photos are uploaded, and students design advertisements, cereal boxes, product labels, menus, or magazine covers with their photos.


    1. Macro Photography: Water/Oil Experiments
    1. Turn in 5 photos that are in focus that show your experiments with water and oil


    1. Juxtaposing Self Seamlessly into Famous Artwork or Historic Scene

    Students search Internet (www.artchive.com, Wikipedia, or www.artcyclopedia.com) for a well-known artwork they are interested in using, or scan artworks from Art reference books – paintings with figures work best. Students use digital cameras to take photos of themselves in a way complementing the artwork. Students must use filters, tools and blending options to juxtapose themselves seamlessly into the artwork.


    1. Photoshop: Place one object into Another Scene. See handout from Ms. K. about this process. Learn about Transform tool and Polygon or Magnetic Lasso Tools.
    2. Turn in 1 photo that includes the combination of the two photos into 1 photo.
    3. Erik Johannsen and Surreal Photography using Photoshop
    4. Create 1 photo that combines 4 photos (2 of which you took yourself) into a convincing composition. Be creative and thoughtful with this process.
    5. 28. What’s Your Sentence Project, inspired by Daniel Pink. Google What’s Your Sentence? Create a sentence that defines who you are now or what you want to become. Take a photo that is inspired by this sentence and incorporate it into Photoshop, changing the lighting, colors, background, maybe incorporating another image as well. Incorporate YOUR sentence into the photograph.
    6. Me & My Clone(s): Interactive Portrait

    Students must decide upon a location and action in which to photograph themselves in various positions. A student’s teammate will photograph while the student poses in ways in which the resulting figures will be interacting when placed together in a montage. Students can interact with one clone, or two or three or more, depending on the action. Photos are uploaded and students manipulate their photos to have their clones ‘interacting’ in one location. I have had some students do this as if they are posing with themselves in a pyramid, others where they are tripping themselves in the hallway, or jumping over themselves playing leapfrog.



    1. Photograph a single kitchen utensil. Concentrate on interesting lighting to create shadows. Explore different camera angles. Look at Photographer Rosemary Villa, Pasta Fork
    2. Extra Credit: Photograph a pet or animals (if you don’t have a pet). Try different angles and lighting.


    *** A Day In the Life Project: This is a project you will finish later in the trimester. You will photograph a typical day in your life, but think about what is important to you and highlight it. Take your time when photographing so that you will capture 20 excellent photos throughout your day. Arrange the photos and create a short photo essay about them.


    Capture a spontaneous slice-of-life photograph of someone engaged in an everyday activity. The person should be in focus and NOT be posed. Try asking a teacher teaching during class, a family member, or one of your friends. (can be taken outside of class with iPad)