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Photography Process

The following photography process was used by Andrew Adams as part of a class project called, You Don’t Know Me. This same process can be used whenever students are being asked to take their own photographs in order to convey a particular message for a particular purpose and audience. 



Immersion into Photographs

Share photographs with the students that are similar to the ones they will create.

In this project the students analyze and discuss candid images of people in public places of even in their natural element.

Ask them to consider how the photographer was able to create atmosphere, show relationships and illustrate an idea or a concept. 

In small groups have students consider key questions for deconstructing visual images.

Have each group select one person to record the key points of the group discussion.

At the end of the exploration have groups share their discoveries with the class.

Students can record their findings in their journals as reference for producing their own photographs.



Working with a partner, students consider the following questions, share their ideas for their individual piece, and receive feedback as they begin to think about the visual text that will accompany the important theme suggested by their final piece of writing.

  • What is the central theme of your writing?
  • How can that theme best be shown as a photo?
  • Where would you place yourself in the photo?
  • What gesture and expression would be effective?
  • Will there be others in the photo?
  • What is the best setting for your photo?
  • How will the photo be framed? In other words how will you direct the audience to the story you want to tell.

Students sketch their photo idea and explain their production choices, e.g angles, kind of shot, location, etc. 



Working in pairs students shoot their photos.

Have students take several shots. 



Download photos.

Students select the photograph they want to use with their writing and create a final layout.

Final pages are organized by a student editing team into a class anthology.

The anthology is shared with the intended audience.

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