Lesson Plan

A Look Through the Lens - Beginner Photography Lesson

Students will be introduced to basic photography concepts and skills.
Katie L.
Technology coordinator
Mark Sheridan Math and Science Academy
Chicago, IL
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Math, Science
Objectives

Students will be able to...
- Explain shot composition (bad framing vs good framing). 
- Explain the Rule of Thirds.
- Explain the different types of shots: Long, Medium, Close Up, Extreme Close Up, Bird's Eye View, High Angle, Low Angle, Canted Angle, and Patterns. 
- Identify what type of shot is used when shown a picture. 
- Take their own photos showcasing their knowledge of the various concepts, skills, and vocabulary.  

Subjects
Arts
design
photography
Grades 6 - 12
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Photo of the Day

1. Introduce students to National Geographic - Photo of the Day website Or on the National Geographic Education Website go to Media > Photos > and then let the students choose which Grade, Subject, or Topic they are interested in.  
2. Show students how to maneuver between each Photo of the Day photo or through the Education website.
3. 
Tell students that they will spend 10 minutes looking through the photos.   
4. Then tell them that their challenge is to find 
three photos that they like.  Then explain to the students that they will need to verbalize why they like each picture.  

Student Instructions

1. Open up National Geographic - Photo of the Day website in Chrome or the National Geographic Education website.
2. Spend 10 minutes searching for three photos that you like.  
3. Make sure to identify why you like the photo that you choose. 

2 Discussion of Photo of the Day

Activity: Conversing

1. Depending on your time in class ask students to get up in front of class and share their favorite picture and why they like the picture. 
2. Have other students in the class comment on whether they like or don't like the photo.  This informal conversation can lead to the discussion of Personal Aesthetic.  
3. You can discuss with your students how everyone has their personal opinion of what they like or don't like (personal aesthetic) and that no one is right or wrong in their opinions of what they like, just different.  

Student Instructions

1. Volunteer to get up in front of class and share one example of a picture that you found that you really like. 
2. Then explain why you like this picture. 
 

3 Photography Presentation - Google Drive

Google Drive
Free, Paid

1. Teachers will share via Google Drive the following Google Presentation - Photography
2. Have students go to their Gmail Inbox or their Shared With Me section of their Google Drive to find the presentation.
3. Have each student Make a Copy of the Presentation Right Click > Choose Make a Copy.
4. Once a copy is made have students go to their My Drive section to locate the copy they just made. 
**Another way to share the file is by using the Script Doctopus**
5. Have students open the Presentation and rename the file starting with their last name and Grade and homeroom. Ex. Lavin 8-307 Photography Presentation.  

Student Instructions

1. Log into your Gmail account.
2. Look in your Inbox or Shared With Me section of Google Drive for a Photography Presentation that was shared with you.
3. Right click on the file and make a copy of the presentation.
4. Move to your My Drive section of Google Drive and locate the file.
5. Open the presentation and rename the file to Last Grade-Homeroom Photography Presentation.

4 Photography Presentation - Lesson One

Google Drive
Free, Paid

1. Have students open up Photography presentation and begin working through Lesson One - Slides 3 - 6. 
2. Begin by teaching the students about Shot Composition, Good vs Bad Framing, and Rule of Thirds. 
3. Have students go to Google to search for 3 Good and 3 Bad Framing examples. 
4. Have the students put their three examples right into the presentation by dragging them to the correct Tab and then down on the presentation page.  

Student Instructions

1. Open up Photography Presentation.
2. Review slides 3 - 6 as teacher goes through them.
3. Go out into Google and search for 3 Good Framing examples and 3 Bad Framing Examples.
4. Drag them into your Google Photography Presentation.

5 Photography Presentation - Lesson Two

Google Drive
Free, Paid

Class Period 1:
1. Have students open up Photography presentation and begin working through Lesson Two - Slides 8 - 15. 
2. Begin by teaching the students about different types of shots: Long, Medium, Close Up, and Extreme Close Up. 
3. Have students go to Google to search for 3 examples of each type of shot. 
4. Have the students put their three examples right into the presentation by dragging them to the correct Tab and then down on the presentation page.  
Class Period 2:
5. Put students into groups.
6. Hand out one camera to each group.
7. Take students on "Walking Field Trip" around school to take pictures of the 4 shots listed in step 2.
Class Period 3:
8. Upload photos to Google Drive.
9. Have students find the pictures they took and put them into their Google Presentation.

Student Instructions

Class Period 1:
1. Open up Photography Presentation.
2. Review slides 8 - 15 as teacher goes through them.
3. Go out into Google and search for 3 examples of Long, Medium, Close Up, and Extreme Close Up shots.
4. Drag them into your Google Photography Presentation.
Class Period 2:
5. Get into group.
6. Pick up camera.
7. Head outside and take photos of the 4 shots taught the day before: Long, Medium, Close Up, and Extreme Close Up shots.
Class Period 3:
8. Upload group photos to Google Drive.
9. Find photos you took and put them into your Google Presentation.

 

6 Photography Presentation - Lesson Three

Google Drive
Free, Paid

Class Period 1:
1. Have students open up Photography presentation and begin working through Lesson Three - Slides 17 - 26. 
2. Begin by teaching the students about different types of shots: Bird's Eye View, High Angle, Low Angle, Canted/Skewed, and Patterns. 
3. Have students go to Google to search for 3 examples of each type of shot. 
4. Have the students put their three examples into the presentation by dragging them to the correct Tab and then down on the presentation page.  
Class Period 2:
5. Put students into groups.
6. Hand out one camera to each group.
7. Take students on "Walking Field Trip" around school to take pictures of the 4 shots listed in step 2.
Class Period 3:
8. Upload photos to Google Drive.
9. Have students find the pictures they took and put them into their Google Presentation.

Student Instructions

Class Period 1:
1. Open up Photography Presentation.
2. Review slides 17 - 26 as teacher goes through them.
3. Go out into Google and search for 3 examples of Bird's Eye View, High Angle, Low Angle, Canted/Skewed, and Patterns. 
4. Drag them into your Google Photography Presentation.
Class Period 2:
5. Get into group.
6. Pick up camera.
7. Head outside and take photos of the 5 shots taught the day before: Bird's Eye View, High Angle, Low Angle, Canted/Skewed, and Patterns. 
Class Period 3:
8. Upload group photos to Google Drive.
9. Find photos you took and put them into your Google Presentation.

 

7 Extension: Photography Presentation - Lesson Four

Google Drive
Free, Paid

Class Period 1:
1. Have students open up Photography presentation and begin working through Lesson Four - Slide 28. 
2. Have students look through all the photos that they took and ask them to choose their favorite.
3. Have the students put their favorite picture into slide 28.
4. Then showcase a few examples of how photos can be digitally changed using programs like Photoshop.  Find your own or use the ones located in the Google Folder here
5. Discuss with the students how these photos were digitally enhanced or changed and whether it made them better, worse, or neither.  
6. Explain to the students that they will be digitally enhancing/changing their favorite photo.  
7. Have them go back to slide 28 and list 10 ways they may change their photo. 
Class Period 2-4:
8. Have student open their favorite picture in Photoshop.
9. Show students various tools that they can use to digitally enhance/change their favorite photo.  
10. Give them a few class periods to play and manipulate their photo. 

Student Instructions

Class Period 1:
1. Choose your favorite photo that you took and add it to Slide 28 in your presentation.  
2. With the class look at a few examples of how photos have been digitally enhanced/changed and discuss what you liked or didn't like about them. 
3. Go back to slide 28 and come up with and list 10 ways that you can enhance/change/manipulate your picture. 
Class Period 2-4:
4. Open your favorite picture in Photoshop. 
5. Play with the different tools and enhance/change/manipulate your photo to change it from the original.