Helen Cammock / Hendon School / Visual Literacy activities

PHOTOGRAPHING A-Z

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This activity is designed to introduce students to responding to a brief.

Materials Needed: CAMERAS (at least one between two)

 

CONCEPTS:

– Thinking creatively about and understanding composition

– Communicating meaning through visual imagery

– Pair work (negotiation, communication and feedback)

– Basic editing and selection

 

Which of the 5 ways-in does this activity address:

Understanding 1. How you can build/construct an image – introducing idea of

composition.

  1. Following a project brief

 

Differentiation Strategies (to be discussed with teacher)

  • Pair work enables everyone to begin activities with support
  • Support teachers in class to further support those who need it. These adults are part of each activity.

 

Step by Step:

This activity is designed to introduce students to responding to a brief. They need to understand what is being asked of them and then to work together in pairs to try to deliver what the brief is asking of them.

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Divide the group into pairs and give each pair a camera (even if you have enough cameras for one each it is ideal for people to work in pairs at this stage). This ensures that each person in the pair supports the other in their process of image making.

 

  1. Give each pair at least 6-8 letters of the alphabet to create interesting images for. The number of letters allocated to each pair depends on the size of the group and the time you have to complete the activity.

 

  1. Explain to the group that each image can focus on an OBJECT, ACTION or FEELING and that the more variety there is in their approach the better.

 

  1. Ask each student to consider;
  • FRAMING: WHAT IS IN THE IMAGE AND WHAT IS NOT
  • LIGHTING
  • COMPOSITION: HOW THE IMAGE IS BUILT
  • MEANING: COMBINING IDEAS AND TECHNIQUE TO CREATE MEANING (subject/what you’re trying to say/context)

5. Select best 2 images for each letter (after discussion in your pair) and delete others from camera.

6.  When finished take memory card and give to your member of staff team to create a project folder and download images from camera.

7. Watch back as a group and discuss.

 

 

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