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Photo scavenger hunt - learning

posted Sep 2, 2015, 9:14 AM by Chris Sloan

Take photos today of the following academic words:


  1. scholarly

  2. tutor

  3. multimedia

  4. instruction

  5. discovery

  6. reflection

  7. English

  8. Math

  9. Science

  10. History

  11. Religion

  12. PE

  13. Arts

  14. Foreign Language

  15. technology for learning

  16. writing

  17. reading

  18. speaking

  19. listening

  20. calculating

Color and Intensity

posted Aug 28, 2015, 12:33 PM by Chris Sloan

For Monday:
  1. Find and shoot some great color—anything at all, from the glow of a reading light to the red of your car’s tail lights. Be sure to photograph a subject in that color, not the source of the color itself. Try for some cool blue scenes and warmer red scenes. Also try to get some reflected color— off of a coat or off water/snow/ice, for example. 
  2. Experiment with the white balance settings on your camera. Try out every one of the options and see what happens when the camera adjusts for various kinds of light. 
  3. Experiment with light intensity. Find a spot you like and photograph it when the light is at its most intense. Then return when the light is softer. Experiment with shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Remember to increase the ISO to let in more light when you need it. 

One-page photo spread layout

posted Aug 26, 2015, 10:15 AM by Chris Sloan

Design a one-page magazine layout, highlighting one of your photo shoots (one that has at least three really good photos).

  • photos
    • dominance - at least one photo is twice as big is the next smallest
    • balance
    • direction
  • text
    • headline
    • caption

For some inspiration, look at these Pinterest boards: Magazine layouts and (not to be outdone) Magazine layout inspiration.

JM event #1 for 2015-16

posted Aug 24, 2015, 12:44 PM by Chris Sloan   [ updated Aug 24, 2015, 3:02 PM ]

Sign up to shoot a Judge event that takes place between August 24 and September 12. Here's a link to the list.

Following (and breaking) the rule of thirds

posted Aug 21, 2015, 9:49 AM by Chris Sloan   [ updated Aug 21, 2015, 9:58 AM ]

Take at least ten photos illustrating the rule of thirds. Half of your photos should be illustrating the rule; the other half should be examples of when it's a good idea to break that rule (for example, portraits where the subject is staring straight at the camera, or when the scene presents real symmetry).

Five photos

posted Aug 19, 2015, 2:12 PM by Chris Sloan

Take five photos tonight, you decide the subject.

Food photography

posted May 12, 2015, 1:58 PM by Chris Sloan   [ updated May 15, 2015, 9:41 AM ]

We begin a unit focusing on food. We'll begin by experimenting with our own techniques in class on 5/12 and then examine the techniques of some of the top foodie photogs. Next, over the weekend make a favorite recipe. Take photos of the ingredients. Take photos of the the process and the product. Optional: bring treats to class.

Over-50 portrait

posted Apr 28, 2015, 10:44 AM by Chris Sloan   [ updated Apr 28, 2015, 10:48 AM ]

For Monday, upload over-50 portraits. Talk with someone from an older generation so that you can learn about the connections they make between their own lives and the past.

  • Ask the person to talk to you about an object that is important to them. We would like the object to be at least 30 years old. Maybe it is something that meant a lot to the person when he or she was young; maybe it is something that has been passed down through his or her family. Look at the object slowly together, using the See, Wonder, Connect routine.
    • What do you both notice about the object?
    • What do you wonder about it?
    • What connections does the person you are interviewing make to this object? Can they tell you a story connected to the object?

OOEL, footstep 2: Connecting our own lives to the past

posted Apr 23, 2015, 10:44 AM by Chris Sloan

The aim of this activity is to invite you to think about how your own life connects to the past or history. We have made the activity very open-ended so please feel free to tackle it in any way you want. However, we do ask that you try to make some connections to the past, including before you were born. You can go back to very early human history like Paul or stick to more recent history: it is up to you.

  1. BRAINSTORM. Make a list of the ways in which you think our human past or history is connected to who you are and the life you are living or expect to live. You can include events, individuals or groups of people, trends, developments and/or themes that extend over a few or many years. You do not need to turn in this list.
  2. DIAGRAM. Now use this list to help you to draw a diagram or picture to explain how our human past or history is connected to who you are and the life you are living or expect to live. Organize your diagram in a way that you think makes sense. If you like, you can use lines or arrows to show connections or influences among the different parts of your diagram. You can draw your diagram by hand and then photograph or scan it or you can draw the diagram electronically in any application you like. Remember not to include your real name in the diagram.
  3. PLACARD. Please write a placard to help other people understand what your diagram is about and why you made it the way you did. A placard is a short written description such as you’d find in a museum or gallery next to an exhibit. You can also give your diagram a title.
  4. REFLECTION. In what ways do you think your diagram was influenced by the place in which you live?

One-page layout

posted Apr 14, 2015, 10:56 AM by Chris Sloan   [ updated Apr 14, 2015, 11:19 AM ]

Design a one-page magazine layout, highlighting one of your photo shoots (one that has at least three great photos).

  • photos
    • dominance - at least one photo is twice as big is the next smallest
    • balance
    • direction
  • text
    • headline
    • caption

For some inspiration, look at these Pinterest boards: Magazine layouts and (not to be outdone) Magazine layout inspiration.

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