During our online learning period, year 7 and year 8 students were given the opportunity to explore their surroundings using the medium of photography. Photography allows the capturer to see their environment, animals and objects around them in a new light. This became not only a project to explore an art medium not often used in class but also allowed students to shake their isolation perspective of their homes.
Students were given twenty categories of photography techniques to learn and experiment with. Students were encouraged to take many photographs and investigate many options for one category. This project allowed students to have freedom of choice and they were able to work through the project at their own creative pace. It was also an opportunity for students to share their insights and experiences with each other while learning from home.
Split lighting is a photography lighting technique. The light source that illuminates the subject is perpendicular to the model or object. This setup lights up half of the face or object while keeping the other half shadowed. You “split” the lighting on your subject’s face or the object. Find a frame within the frame of the camera. Symmetrical refers to a line that splits an object in half and, if both sides of the object are an exact mirror image of each other, then this object is said to be symmetrical.
Leading lines refers to a technique of composition where the viewer of your photos attention is drawn to lines that lead to the main subject of the image. A leading line paves an easy path for the eye to follow through different elements of a photo. Refraction is the bending of light as it passes from one medium into another (i.e. Air to Water, Water to Air). Find everyday objects which look like a letter. Reflection photography, also referred to as mirror photography, is when you use reflective surfaces to create an artistic echo of a scene.
Take a photo of someone ‘blending in’ or camouflaging into their surroundings. The root word of repetition is “repeat”. When you repeat a certain size or shape or color you add strength to the overall image. In photography, texture is the visual depiction of variations in the color, shape, and depth of an object’s surface.
Forced perspective is a technique that employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. When a photo is taken from a low angle or ‘looking up’. A photo which focuses on ONE colour or focuses on colour as the main subject in the photo. Organic means something derived from living matter. A photo which captures movement. Aim your camera through a clear glass to create a double lens effect. A photo of an animal or many animals. Or with the theme animal. A photo of what isolation means to you. A photo of water. A photo of a circle or many circles.