Photography Lesson

For students of 10th to 12th grade.

Objective: All yearbook students must have a minimum level of expertise with a camera. 

Preparation:

A.  Have a professional photographer come to the class and give pointers on photography, including showing his or her work.  
B.  Prepare a public, invitation-only account on Flickr
C.  Prepare a list of photos required of each student 
    1.	A group of at least four people 
    2.	A shot taken outdoors at night 
    3.	A head shot of a single individual  
    4.	A sports action or practice shot 
    5.	A photo taken in a classroom setting 
    6.	A school spirit shot (pep rally, assembly, etc.) 
    7.	A miscellaneous photo (optional) 

Activity:

Students have two weeks to take the photos in the above 6 categories. They may enter any subject in the miscellaneous category.

Students will upload pictures to the Flickr account with appropriate tags. (i.e. group of 4 people, etc.)

Contest:

A contest is a great opportunity for students to show their work.

Ask a local photographer to choose the winner in each category. A former student photographer or art teacher could also serve as a judge, but not the instructor. 

Have the judge choose a first, second and third place in each category and write  comments on the photos to make it a learning lesson for the students. 

When you have received entries back from the judge, print the top photos in each category and make a display of the top photos and display in the media center.

Post Flickr passwords in the media center to encourage all students to compare the top pictures.