Year 9 Photography

Unit Title: Look at Me
Length: 4 – 6 Weeks
Big Ideas: Portraiture
Driving Questions: How do photographers represent themselves and others?

Knowledge:
– The different parts of a point and shoot digital camera
– Can describe and identify different types of portrait photography
– Exploration of a portrait photographer (short report that explores artist influences)

Skills:
– Pre-production: Basic sketches of a planned photo
– Production: Able to use modes on point and shoot camera, basic use of tripod, Can capture photos onto computer
– Post Production (Photoshop): selection tools, transform tools, layers,

Session (48 mins) Focus What will students know and be able to do? What are the main learning activities? What are the assessment tasks?
1 – 2 Introduction to Photography
  • Know and understand the DMC Agreement
  • Know Parts of a point and shoot
  • Know correct use of the camera.
  • Understand different modes of the camera and what they are used for (portrait, landscape, action, macro)
  • Know different photo quality settings
  • Teacher to talk through DMC agreement and booklist for understanding.
  • Students take notes on parts of the point and shoot camera – They draw and label what each part of the camera is for.
  • Students take notes on the different camera modes for the camera.

 

3 – 4 Introduction to Portraiture
  • Able to take photos using the point and shoot cameras
  • Can change the cameras mode settings
  • Can take photos in Portrait, Landscape and Sports mode
  • Can browse and export photos in Adobe Bridge
  • Know what a portrait photo is
  • Understand how Victorian Era portraits were taken
  • Students take test on parts of the camera
  • In small groups, students take photos using the different modes: 1. A portrait in portrait mode 2. A landscape photo in landscape mode 3. An action photo in sports mode
  • Students review photos in Adobe Bridge and export into their Digital Portfolio
  • Students research Victorian Era portraits
5 – 6 Exploring Portraiture  

  • Know what a portrait photo is
  • Understand how Victorian Era portraits were taken
  • Photoshop
  • Students research Victorian Era portraits
  • Students make their own “headless photos” using photoshop layers and selections.
  • Brainstorm the different types of portrait photography
  • Using this list of portrait photographers as a starting point, students explore 4 different styles of portrait photography (formal, candid, environmental, studio)