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Stage 2 year 3

Creative Arts - Digital photography


Duration: 5 weeks
VAS2.2 Uses the forms to suggest the qualities of subject matter.
Experiment with techniques in photograph (digital) to create particular effects to suggest such things as close-ups, middle
distance and long distance views, mood and atmosphere, light and dark suited to how subject matter may be

interpreted.
Aim:
To introduce students to photography skills and editing photos through photo editing programs.
To produce edited photographs with a purpose of producing them in a stage newspaper.
Lesson

Teaching & Learning Sequence

Resources

Lesson focus: Introduction to Digital Photography. What is it?


Teacher discusses with students what is digital photography.
brief history of photography/timeline of photography. How has
Where have you seen digital photography? How have used it before?
Introduction to programs used.
Photo editing programs are used by both professional and amateur photographers. These days
photo editing has changed with the introduction of Apps rather than software and programs run
from disks. Almost anyone can edit a photograph in a simple or more technically detailed form,
and make it look GOOD!
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In this unit we will be using a version of photo editing software, an App known as Photo Editor.
It runs on both iPads and on computers, but appears different on each. On computers it uses
layers and manual altering techniques. Rather on an iPad it uses filters and spectrum changes.
Students choose either an iPad or computet and begin to experiment and play with the App.
Activities:

Ipads &
Computers
with Photo
Editor app on
each
Digital
cameras

Evaluation

Before beginning, teacher models and demonstrates how to edit a photo on both the computer
and on an ipad to the students showing step by step how to use the software.
Using ipads and digital camera, students go throughout the school and photograph images they
feel they can edit.
Focus on long shots, middle shots and close up shots. The teacher will model how to take these
types of photographs.
Lesson focus: How to achieve the perfect shot & how to make it better!
Students going out into their school environment and take photograph on the ipads of different
locations and objects.

Activity 1:
Students are to take a good shot of each:
A close up shot (e.g. a flower, leaf or something in the classroom)
A distance shot of a landscape (e.g. the play group from one end and focusing on the
other)
A bottom angled shot (with the camera at ground level, shooting upwards aim is to
make something look BIGGER/HIGHER than it is)
A from above shot (from above, focus the camera to capture the image from above to
make it look further away.)
Once these have been photographed, share the photos taken and discuss how the angel of the
shot has affected the way the image turns out. if students have take a different type of shot of
the same thing, compare and contrast the similarities and difference through discuss.
Activity 2:
Using the photos they have taken, students experiment with editing their photo to create a
different mood/emotion in that image.
Discuss how you would show these emotions in an image. What techniques would you use?
Show some photos of the same original photo that has been edited in different ways to show

Ipads
Data projector/
interactive
white board

different emotions/moods.
Moods/emotions for suggestion are:
Sadness
Joy
Happiness
Hope
Anger/cranky
Fear
Calm
Relaxed
Nervousness
Disgust
Students share their photograph with their class. The class discusses what mood they feel
through the image and what makes them feel that way from viewing the photograph.
Reflection:
What new skills were learnt this lesson?
What do you need help further with?
What questions do you still have unanswered about photography?
Lesson focus: Shadow Photography
Students will be projecting light onto different types of figures/objects and focusing their
photographs on their shadow.

Data projector/
interactive
white board
Ipads

Activity:
Set up a photography area using a manila folder for a blank background and smoothly
connected background and base. Student then in pairs, using a torch project light onto a chosen
object. Using ipads, students photograph the objects with the focus being on the objects
shadows, rather than the objects.
Then, students will take all colour out of the photographs (black and white) and edit them using

Torches
Manila folders/
A3 paper

Photo Editor to focus on the shadow, creating Shadow Photography.


Reflection:
Students set up the ipads on tables with a piece of plain paper next to it. Students admire their
peers photographs in a gallery of works and write positive, interesting and encouraging
comments about the images.

Selection of
figures/objects
to photograph
Photo Editor
app

Lesson Focus: Photography of the Senses


Students will be capturing the 5 senses through photography drawing upon their skills they have
developed throughout the previous 3 weeks. Students will be aiming capture the 5 senses in the
subtlest way they can convey it clearly through photography.

Data projector/
interactive
white board
Ipads

Activity:
As a class discuss the 5 senses. What can we see, feel, taste, touch and hear. How can we
show these in photography? View some photography and discuss what sense is being conveyed
in the photograph. How do we know this?
Then, students use their developed skills from the past 3 weeks to choose a sense and in
groups of 2-3 using the ipads, capture a photograph of the sense.
They may choose to be outside, inside or around the school (weather permitting for places for
shooting photographs).

Photo Editor
app
Stimulating/
demonstrating
photographs

Reflection:
Students set up the ipads on tables with a piece of plain paper next to it. Students admire their
peers photographs in a gallery of works and write positive, interesting and encouraging
comments about the images.
Lesson Focus: Unity in nature
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Students will be capturing unity in nature through photography drawing upon their skills they
have developed throughout the previous 4 weeks. Ss will put their names on the photograph so
they can be used as a sample piece of work for portfolios or for the Spring Fair art piece,
therefore no faces will be show in the photographs.

Data projector/
interactive
white board
Ipads

Activity:
As a class discuss how we can see unity in nature and what do we mean by unit in nature?
Then, taking the lesson outside into the playground Ss photograph unity in nature throughout the
playground using the environment and themselves in the photos. They complete this task in
groups of 2-3 using the ipads.

Photo Editor
app

Stage 2 year 3
Creative Arts - Digital photography
VAS2.2 Uses the forms to suggest the quality of subject matter.
Experiment with techniques in photography (digital) to create particular effects to suggest such things as
close-ups, middle distance and long distance views, moods and atmosphere, light and dark suited to how
subject matter may be interpreted.
Skills being assessed
Working
Beginning
Achieving
Extending
towards
I can take in focus photography at various
angles
I can manipulate a photograph I have taken to
change it from its original form
I can take a photograph to convey or evoke
different emotions, messages or feelings
I can use photo editing apps with skill and ease
to enhance my photographs
I can take engaging photographs outside,
inside and using light to cast a shadow.
I can work with a partner to create professional
and suitable photographs
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