Digital Photography, Week 6

LESSON TITLE: Digital Photography
TEACHER NAME: Jennifer November
GRADE LEVEL: 7th & 8th
CLASS TIME: _45_Minutes _1_Days/week _1_# Session(s)


  • Students will use photoshop to alter photographs they took last week. (Examples shown)


  1. Digital camera
  2. Compact tripods
  3. Elements & Principals Handout
  4. Computer with Photoshop



Composition – refers to the arrangement and relationship of the different parts that make up the whole image (two areas, elements and principals)

Elements of art – the compositions individual visual parts, the real and tangible parts of an art work, line, shape and form, value, color, space & texture

Principals of design – the compositions organizing ideas, intangible plans and blueprints for creating and arranging the elements balance, unity, variety, movement & rhythm, emphasis, proportion, pattern

Line – the line of a photo starts and ends somewhere in the photograph, 5 kinds, straight, curved, horizontal, vertical, and combination which borrows two or more of the other four qualities

Shape  – is created when a line meets itself, geometric or organic, circles, ovals, triangles, rectangles and squares, this is found in everyday objects, signs, wheels, windows etc.

Form – has volume and is three-dimensional (3-d forms become 2-d shapes)

Space – the two dimensional arrangement of objects in a photograph, basically what you see though your cameras viewfinder, or the 3-d illusion of depth in the image, space can be positive or negative. Positive is the subject and negative is the background

Balance – the appearance of equal visual weight within a composition

Symmetrical balance – this is an image that if split down the center would look the same on both sides, or would mirror each side

Asymmetrical balance – this still looks balanced but this uses the rule of thirds, this is the most widely used method of taking a photograph and often leads to the most appealing pictures. Objects that appear at the intersections of the vertical and horizontal lines look most pleasing to the eye.

Radial balance – a circular style of composition, this occurs when objects radiate from a central point in an image

Unity – is the effect when all the individual parts of an image come together to support each other

Proportion – the relationship between the sizes of objects or components in an image, this helps indicate an objects size, distance and location



Joyner, Hermon, and Kathleen Monaghan. Focus on Photography. Worcester, MA: Davis Publications, 2007. Print.



In the beginning of class I showed the students 5 examples of photographs they can create using the tools we’ve already learned. Students sat at their own computer and worked throughout class.



Students are to use the photographs they took last week, and may use any other photographs that they took over the course of our class. Todays main focus  was on the students leaning the various tools available to them in photoshop. I gave them five different examples of photo collages I created. I used the following tools I gave them these instructions:


Tools to use today:

Line Image

Cut & Paste with the Polygonal Lasso tool


Proportion Image

Burn tool – burn edges of an image to give it a vignette look

Blur tool – give a subject a blurry effect, or put more focus on one subject by making objects around it blurry.

Dodge tool – this will make colors lighten, you can control how light the object gets by controlling the opacity of the tool or how many times you go over the part of the image.

Sponge tool – this will make colors lightly richer.


Shape & Form Image

Blur tool – to have my main subject stand out I blurred the background.

Sponge tool – use this to raise the saturation on the image. You can help make the colors pop!

Copy the main subject and paste it in the same location, leaving a good amount of background captured with this image. We can now work on the main object separately and make radical changes to the background.


Texture & Space Image

Took a collection of pictures that had texture and composed them into a collage of various images in organic shaped spaces.

Used the Polygonal lasso tool to take out areas I didn’t want, and used one images lines as a frame.

I used parts of other images with texture and put them into a composition.

I turned the saturation up high to give the lines a darker color.

Many layers were needed for this image.




I was super happy with their results! Although this project was successful I unfortunately do not have any student examples to share, however I have my examples from the lesson below. When we finished with our projects I had each of them share their images with us and what they did to their images.


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