The word "photography" was created from the Greek words meaning “light” and “representation by means of lines” . . . in effect, drawing with light.
This LESSON PLAN is designed to introduce student photojournalists to the basic concepts of lighting for still photography, utilizing both natural and made-made sources; and will students to consider a number of factors prior to taking a photograph, including:
• lighting conditions at different times of the day when taking exterior photos
• evaluating the light sources at interior locations
• understanding when and how to use the camera’s built-in flash
• and manipulating and augmenting existing light with tools such as reflectors and external lighting.
This product includes an 18-page Lesson Plan in a customizable Word document format PLUS a 23-slide PowerPoint template for students to complete an assessment/home connection assignment. It has the flexibility to be delivered in one 90-minute lecture or 2 – 3 shorter lectures; and the additional small peer team activity can be done during a class time or as an out-of-class assignment. Instructors also have the option of adding an additional class period for students to present their original PPT photography projects to the group.
Materials will be delivered as a zip file. You will receive:
• Detailed lecture notes with photo examples
• A hands-on activity for small peer teams
• Key Vocabulary sheet
• List of technology connections to meet The National Educational Technology Standards developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
• Links to additional resources & examples
• Assessment/home connection assignment
• PPT TEMPLATE for students to complete the assessment/home connection assignment
• Rubric for grading assessment
Students will be challenged to recognize different types of natural light, and properly place and use external lighting to maximize an image’s dramatic impact. They will demonstrate mastery of concepts by completing a photography project and presenting results in a PowerPoint presentation.