Year 9 Photography | MGHS
Before we get started...
The first step in the process is to investigate and develop some ideas for your photoshoot. It can be helpful to begin by brainstorming - write down everything you think of when you consider the idea of 'friendship'.
You can add words, phrases, sketches, photos or even song lyrics...anything that helps you to identify aspects of friendship that might interest you. You can use Photoshop to create your brainstorming page - I will spend some time in class showing you how.
However, don't spend TOO long on this stage of the process! Looking at images can be quite distracting if you aren't careful. Limit yourself to 20-30 mins of web surfing.
Below is a link to some examples I have found on Flickr. The link may not work here at school, but should at home.
Think about what you like to do with friends and incorporate that into your images.
Friendship is an important aspect of team sport. In fact, 'friendship' could be interpreted entirely as being part of a team.
Photographing objects that remind you of what you like to do with your friends is also a good idea.
Photos don't need to show the subjects faces to communicate something about 'friendship'.
Objects can be photographed in creative ways to show friendship. The use of text to reinforce the message is okay - just remember to include it in your brief.
Candid photos (with people NOT looking at the camera) forces the viewer to focus on the interaction of people. It changes the message - makes us feel like an invisible observer.
Remember to consider:
- The overall idea/message/concept that you would like to represent with photographs.
- Who you'll photograph (the subject/s)
- What they will wear
- The location/s that you'll shoot in - how will this help you to achieve your concept? What things will you need to be careful of? Transport? Timing - when will the photo shoot occur?
- Props - will you need to organise other items e.g. picnic rug, skateboard, flowers, lollies etc.
- Equipment - what will you use to capture the photos e.g. GoPro, School cameras, iPhone etc. What things will you need to be careful about or learn before you can achieve your photos?
- Permission - if you are using students from other classes you will need to organise permission at least 2-3 days in advance. You'll need a letter signed by me and by the teacher/s at least 2 days before the photo shoot.
- What did you set out to show in your images? Did your images achieve this?
- How well did you investigate and plan your photo shoot? Is there anything you could have done differently?
- What aspects did you find the most difficult?
- What aspects did you find very easy?
- Do you think that when people see your images they will understand the topic/theme (friendship)? Why/Why not?
- Is there any thing about these photos that you would like me to know that hasn't already been mentioned?
What to hand up
- Brainstorming page - created in Photoshop (upload to DayMap as a jpeg file)
- Planning page - including all of the details above
- FIVE (5) Photos that communicate something about 'Friendship' - 5x jpeg files
- Evaluation - 200-400 words about how well you think your images met your brief etc. (see above) (Upload a Word doc for this one using DayMap)
DUE DATE: You will have four weeks to complete this task.