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Using the techniques discussed below (RULE OF THIRDS, BALANCE, COMPOSITION: CONTRAST AND SIMPLICITY), take and place on your Blog 10 new photographs with a WRITE UP to explain how you’ve tried to compose EACH shot. Use a VARIETY of the TECHNIQUE described.  MAKE SURE THAT YOU TAKE ALL OF YOUR OWN PICTURES. 


Rule of Thirds

Posted: May 24, 2013 in Photography, Uncategorized

Rule of Thirds: This is a principle taught in graphic design and photography and is based on the theory that the eye goes naturally to a point about two-thirds up the page. Also, by visually dividing the image into thirds (either vertically or horizontally) you achieve the informal or asymmetric balance mentioned above. Although there are many ways a photograph can be composed effectively by basing it on the use of “thirds,” the most common example is the placement of the horizon line in landscape photography.

Your turn: Take pictures that use the rule of thirds. Use any combination of live models and existing objects. Take a selection of pictures and post the five best on your blog. Feel free to do any Photoshop editing to your images before you post them.


Balance: Placing the main subject off-center and balancing the “weight” with other objects (smaller or lower impact) will be more effective than placing the subject in the center. Balance can be tricky as you really have to compose your scene in order for this to work well. There are two types of balance used in photography.

Formal Balance implies that the object or subject is mirrored in the image. An example could be a close up picture of a face as it will be basically the same on both sides.

Informal Balance refers to balance that uses different sizes, shapes or colours to balance out an image.

(formal balance: 1, 2) (informal balance: 1, 2)

Take some pictures that have balance. Post your top five on your blog.

Composition: Contrast and Simplicity

Simplicity: Try to eliminate unwanted objects or clutter from the photograph. If you are having problems eliminating unwanted objects, try changing the viewpoint of the picture. Use a low-angle shot so the sky is your background. Find natural or manmade solid background (i.e plain walls inside or outside of buildings) This technique can really help your subject pop out of the picture. (more simplicity 1, 2, 3)


Contrast: A light subject will have more impact if placed against a dark background and vice versa. Contrasting colors may be used for emphasis, but can become distracting if not considered carefully. (more contrast 1, 2, 3, 4)


Using the SLR digital cameras, take the following pictures:

1. A picture of a person inside
2. A picture of a person outside
3. A “natural” portrait – a picture of someone who is not looking at the camera or acting as if they’re having their picture taken
4. A close up of an object (as close as you can get with the object still in focus)
5. A picture of a building
6. A picture of a lot of something (i.e. a lot of pencils, a lot of bricks, a lot of books, a lot of people)
7. A picture of a colour (fill the picture with something that is all one colour (i.e. green grass, red bricks, grey sidewalk)
8. A picture of a texture (rough, soft, smooth, whatever)
9. A picture of a hand or hands
10. A picture that shows repetition (i.e a row of lockers, chairs, railings on stairs, books)
11. A low angle picture (camera is at a low level looking up at something or someone) 12. A high angle picture (camera is high looking down at something or someone)
13. A picture of someone moving (running, jumping, walking, etc.)
14+15. Two bonus pictures to make it an even fifteen – these can be anything you want.

Work in groups to take the pictures if you like, but everybody MUST have their own unique pictures.

When you have all of these pictures, load them onto your Z drive (use My Documents if Z: is full)

Print this entry off and take it with you if you need it to remember what pictures you need.

Do any cropping or other Photoshop work that these pictures need.

When you have taken and edited all of the pictures, post them on your blog. Be sure to label each picture so I know what I’m looking at. Include a brief description explaining why you decided to take the picture the way you did.

Make sure that YOU take all of your own pictures for this assignment.

Photography A-Z

Posted: May 8, 2013 in Photography, Uncategorized

As I have mentioned, we are going to be starting our work in Photography. We are using Digital SLR cameras to complete the assignments in this class. If you have you own camera or you would rather take your pictures at home or outside of class time, that is fine.

We will complete these assignments in pairs or in groups of three – but each person must take their own pictures (the same picture can not be handed in by more than one person)

There are a few rules that need to be followed in using the cameras:

1. Always wear the neck strap! You should be wearing the neck strap and holding on to the camera with at least one hand at all times. Don’t let it swing around and smash in to things.

2. Don’t disturb other classes in the school. Do not go up to the second floor, or into the business/science hallways. (Don’t go any further than the student square). Most importantly DO NOT TAKE PICTURES OF PEOPLE IN OTHER CLASSROOMS UNLESS YOU HAVE PERMISSION FROM THE TEACHER. When you disrupt classes, I hear about it, and it is annoying. Don’t forget, you will have photographic evidence if you do any of this stuff!

3. Don’t take pictures of things that you shouldn’t be doing at school (violence, drugs, etc, etc – I think you get the picture)

4. Take lots and lots of pictures! If the assignment asks for ten pics, take a hundred and pick the best 10. The only way to get better is to practice, practice, practice.

For this assignment you will need to take 26 pictures – one for each letter of the alphabet. Look for signs or shapes that represent each letter of the alphabet from A to Z. You could even try to get people to stand in the shapes of the letters (if that’s even possible).  Just a thought…. for Q and Z, you could look at the new Blackberry phones!!!

You can take pictures of actual letter from signs, posters, books, etc OR you can go more abstract (as seen here, for example)

The pics must be nice and sharp – no blurriness, and there should be no glare from the flash – in fact, you shouldn’t even have to use the flash. Avoid getting too close to the letter as the camera will not be able to focus – you can crop it out after the fact if you need to. You’ll need to be about 45 cm away from whatever you are photographing in order for the camera to take a picture.

When you have all of these pictures, assemble them into a single page InDesign document to be posted on your blog (JPG format)

It’s not a race – if you take a bunch of pics and realize that they need more work, feel free to go out and get more.
Remember to conduct yourself in an appropriate fashion while out in the school taking pictures. Stay within the allowed areas, take the pictures you need and return to the classroom ASAP. Don’t linger or hang out in the Student Square or the Caf, please.

While you are waiting for you turn to use the cameras, you will be working on the Career Research Project

Photographic Theme Portfolio Grade 10 Communication Technology

We are going to start using the DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) Cameras.  I would like you to go through ALL of the following tutorials BEFORE you start to use the camera.  You would benefit more if you have one of these cameras in front of you as you go through the tutorial.
DSLR Terminology Basics I
DSLR Terminology Basics II
DSLR Terminology Basics III
DSLR Terminology Basics IV
Canon Rebel Basics I
Canon Rebel Basics II


Use the knowledge you have gained with past photographic projects to create a portfolio of photos on a specific theme (10 or more photos).  Save them in a folder in your CommTech folder on your Z:/drive.  Then, post them to your blog.

Choose a theme like:

FRIENDS – Photos of classmates and friends working, sitting, reading etc.

PORTRAITS – Posed or Natural (spontaneous) close up portraits of different people (neck up), use natural or artificial light, try to use different angles, B & W or colour. Be sure to ask people permission to take their picture.

The Natural World – Photos of nature around DHS

The Developed World – Photos of buildings, architecture, man made objects

THE SCHOOL – photos of DHS from various places, inside and out, remember to use composition, angles, framing to create interesting photos.

ARTWORK – Photos of different pieces of art found in and around the school.

ONE ITEM – Pick one item and take different pictures of that same item using various angles, shutter speeds, lighting or positioning.

Or a theme that you would like to use, please check with instructor on your choice.

You will be marked on three aspects of this project.

1. Continuity of the theme. (Keeping the chosen theme evident in all pictures).

2. Technical quality (clear, in focus pictures).  You may wish to check out this tutorial on the

3. Composition and Artistic quality. (Framing, use of light, positioning, interesting angles, etc)