Welcome to Photography Class!
This page is designed to present a quick overview of the types of projects and activities students encounter in this class. Each of the actual assignments is described in full on the Google classroom page for this class at the time the work is assigned.
- Homework (5%) - Typical Photo class homework includes things like taking photos that meet the requirements for the weekly photo assignments. Occasionally there will be "flipped classroom" type assignments for which students read instructional material &/or watch assigned video clips and respond to a few short questions based on material content in preparation for an upcoming unit.
- Class work / Research / Reading / Writing (25%)- There are several different kinds of class work. Below is a list of the most common assignments
- Daily "Do Now" assignments: These are designed to take no more than 5 minutes at the beginning of class time. Most often these assignments provide an opportunity to work on the digital gallery PBL project.
- Online research: Students are given a problem to solve or a topic to investigate. They create documents and presentations to sharing their findings.
- Textbook activities: The textbook for this class is a great resource for students that provides a wealth of information. Several activities are designed to make use of this resource.
- Quizzes / Tests - The larger proportion of student progress assessment will be from project work; however, this class does have quizzes and tests, including a Quarterly exam at the end of each marking period.
- Study Guides / Information Review - Study Guides for this class are prepared in the form of worksheets. As you fill the answers to each part of the worksheet you will be reviewing the information for that part of the upcoming quiz or test.
- Hands-On Projects (40%) -
- After taking the assigned homework images students upload images into a computer file then use those images to create presentations which are shared with the class in constructive critique sessions.
- Students engage in hands-on practice sessions to learn about lenses, portrait and product lighting, and camera modes and manual digital camera settings.
- Genius Hour / Passion Project (10%) -
Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school. Another name for Genius Hour is "20% time." Students should plan to spend a minimum of 24 hours to complete this project. They will be given a set period of time per week to work on their passion project in class. They will also be expected to work on their passion project outside of the class block. (Students can do it here after school, at home, or in another location necessary for completing the project.)
- Quarterly Exam / Quarterly Assessment (20%)
- Enrichment Projects (Extra Credit)
- Enrichment projects are designed to acknowledge the extra curricular activities and experiences students already enjoy and do outside of the classroom. The purpose of enrichment activities is to provide extended learning opportunities and challenges, develop skills beyond the basic curriculum, and encourage students to pursue learning in their own areas of interest and strengths.
- For this class, enrichment projects are often offered in the form of extra credit activities.
- Journal help
Joseph Nicephore Niepce
- Communication Without Words
- How to make a Contact Sheet using Adobe Bridge.
- Elements and Principles of Photo Composition
- Academic Life at MHS North
- "Display-Ready" Printed Images
(For instructions how to prepare and print "Display-Ready" images, click here.)
- Abstract Alphabet in the style of Abba Richman
(Click here for instructions.)
- Achromatic images with wide, brilliant tonal range in the style of Ansel Adams. (Click here for instructions)
10. Color Study
what is bracketing? click here.that feature reflections.14. Sabattier Effect / Solarization15. Digital Greeting Cards16. Steps in a process17. dSLRmanual camera settings18. dSLR Table-top Glass Product Photography19. dSLRPortrait PhotographyFor Project Instructions,Lighting Diagrams, andLighting Terms go to the Google Classroom page for your class.20. Photojournalism unit Project information
Class Assignments - PHOTO IINote that there are fewer individual projects in Photo II than in Photo I. The reason is that each of the Photo II projects is a little more complex than the introductory type assignments of Photo I.
- Images with color selectively restored.
- Hand colored black & white images
(Click here for instructions.) Digitally Hand Coloring Black & White Images
- Digital Montage Photo Projects
- Window Light Photo Set
- Illustration Unit :Photo Sequence Comic / Storyboard Project
- Dual Image Kinesthetic Art in the style of Yaacov Agam
11. Career Research (see left column)11. Photo Essay12. Final Portfolio
- Journal help
PBLs - Long Term Assignment(s)PHOTO I STUDENTS - Imagine that you are the curator of a digital gallery of photographs. Your challenge is to introduce "visitors" to the work of master photographers whose works inspire and communicate in powerful ways.
PHOTO II STUDENTS - For your 3rd marking period digital gallery, follow the instructions above but each week select a master photographer who is an expert in creating photos that distinctly show a masterful use of special effects techniques.
The links below have been set up to provide helpful information as your complete your projects and assignments. The sites listed on this page have been approved for use by Ms. Vega's classes; however, when you click on any of these links you will be leaving the Middletown Township Public Schools web site. The Middletown Township Public School District does not assume responsibility for content material posted on links beyond our site.