Photography Classes @ MERHS


Hey kids,


I am out today, but this is what you should do:



MEMO – visit these three links and jot down your thoughts on the following questions to use in a discussion on Tuesday
1) in your opinion, do you think it should be ok to photoshop news images? all the time or only certain times? if only certain times, when and when not?
2) why do you think the associated press does not allow photoshopping of images?
-then please visit the following link and explore it. what does Wayland do that you think MEMO should do? What does Wayland do that you are glad we DON’T do:




PHOTO 2/3/portfolio – try the following tutorial on several photos:
-also, if you dont like this tutorial, find other “LOMO” tutorials online and see if there is a method that you like better. its ok if you dont have Y drive access, jsut save the photos to your My Documents for now.
-check out the lomo website to see what kinds of photos people take with real LOMO cameras:




PHOTO 1DONT FORGET YOU HAVE 2 PHOTOS DUE TOMORROW!!!! Ok, now for today, find 3 photos on or the NYTimes and cut and paste them into a word document. Then write critiques for each of them based on the following:


A format for looking at and talking about photographs
by Cass Fey, Curator of Education, Center for Creative Photography boased on the aesthetic scanning chart developed by Harry Broudy and Ron Silverman at the Getty Institute for Educators in the Visual Arts in Los Angeles

1) Describe the photograph briefly (include size, black-and-white or color, and subject) in a sentence or two. Looking carefully at the photograph, discuss the four categories described here. As objectively as you can, address the properties in each category that seem important for the photograph. Note: This exercise works best when comments and responses relate to something seen within the work. It is not necessary to discuss every visual element.

2) write about the following – Visual Elements within the photograph–What You See

light and shadow
Does the light seem to be natural or artificial? Harsh or soft? What direction is the light coming from? Describe the shadows. Are they subtle or do they create strong contrasts?

Is there a range of tones from light to dark? Squint your eyes. Where is the darkest value? The lightest?

What parts of the image are clearly in focus? Are some parts out of focus? Note: The range between the nearest and farthest things that appear in focus define the photograph’s depth of field.

Do overlapping objects create a sense of space? Is the space shallow, deep, or both?

Do you see geometric or organic shapes? Are there positive shapes, such as objects, or negative shapes that represent voids?

Are there thick, thin, curvy, jagged, or straight lines?

What colors do you see, if any?

Do you see visual textures within the photograph? Is there an actual texture on the surface of the photograph?

3) write about the Design of the photograph–How Things Are Arranged

From what vantage point was the photograph taken? Imagine the photograph taken from a higher or lower angle or view. How does the angle affect the photograph?


Describe the edges of the view. What is included? What does the framing draw your attention to in the photograph? Can you imagine what might have been visible beyond the edges of the picture?

Close your eyes. When you open them and look at the photograph, what is the first thing you notice? Why is your attention drawn there? Are there other centers of interest? How are they created? How do the focal points help move your eye throughout the photograph?

Are there strong visual contrasts–lights and darks, textures, solids and voids, etc.?

Repetition of visual elements can create unity–a sense of order or wholeness that holds the work together visually. What elements are repeated? Do they contribute to a sense of unity?

Variety often creates interest. Can you see a variety of visual elements such as values, shapes, textures, etc.?

balance Is the visual weight on one side of the photograph about the same as the other? How about top to bottom and diagonally.



3) write about what the photograph communicates–Feelings/Mood

      Based on what you have seen, what do you think the work is about? What does it mean or communicate? How do you know? What words would you use to describe it?



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