Joy: Close-up Photography Challenges

Post date: Sep 28, 2011 2:18:00 PM

The Big Idea:

There are two core truths about all the different kinds of positive emotions. The first is that positive emotions open us: They literally change the boundaries of our minds and our hearts and change our outlook on our environment. The second core truth about positive emotions is that they transform us for the better: they bring out the best in us.

Essential Question:

The Challenge:

Guiding Questions:

Taxonomy of Thinking:

Target Learning Goals:

Guiding Activities & Resources:

1 Activity - Compare & Contrast Image Analysis

3 Activity - Pre-shot Emotion Questions

4 Tutorial - Crumpled Paper

5 Tutorial - Digital Star Effect

6 Tutorial - Fill Photo with Photos

7 Tutorial - Photo Manipulation

8 Tutorial - Stone Sculpture

Solution Development:

2 Studio - Joy - Close-up Photo Challenge

Reflection & Assessment:

9 Reflection - Taxonomy Questions

10 Reflection - Artist Statement

11 Assessment - Creating Rubric

Document & Publish:

Picasa Web

Blog or Google+

Challenge Requirements:

If you wish to earn an A for this challenge, you must successfully complete all the following tutorials and documents plus achieve a cumulative score greater than 32 on the assessment rubric.

Start Here:

Watch the Love – Body Language Presentation

The Love – Body Language Album: (6 Photographs and 5 Tutorials = 9 images total)

  1. Photo Challenge – 4 Candid and 2 Posed (2 must not show the face) Love - Photographs
  2. Tutorial – Audrey Kawasaki Style Portrait
  3. Tutorial – Blend 2 Photos Like a Hollywood Movie Poster
  4. Tutorial – Glamour Photo
  5. Tutorial – Interweaving Photo Strips
  6. Tutorial – Lichtenstein Inspired Pop Art

The Love – Body Language Docs:

  1. Worksheet – Pre-Shot Emotion Questions
  2. Worksheet – Taxonomy Questions
  3. Assessment – Image Analysis 1
  4. Assessment – Image Analysis 2
  5. Assessment - Rubric
  6. Handout - 7 Candid Tips
  7. Handout - How to Look Good in Photographs
  8. Handout - How to Make a Great Portrait Photograph

Love – Body Language Photography Challenge:


Take your camera everywhere, get ready, get set push the shutter. Capture the moment with candid photographs that use body language to evoke love. Then document it by publishing* a series of at least four candid and 2 posed love photographs that exploit the language of body gestures and postures. Include answers to the following:

  1. How did you get your candid photographs?
  2. Was it hard to make a love – body language photograph without showing the face?
  3. What was the most exciting part of this assignment?
  4. Add your own helpful and insightful comment, observation or tip about this challenge?

*See the How to Publish my photography challenge document