X Marks the Spot

Students chose a number between 10 and 50 and then went for a walk; during their walk they were to stop at the chosen number and take an image. For example, if the number 48 was chosen, then every 48 steps the student stopped to create an image. This assignment was designed to be completed where ever the student was learning from.

Only on the Ground

For this assignment, students were limited to what they could find on the ground; the ground could have been outside or a floor surface. Students worked well within their constraint to create interesting images of items found on the ground.


Students explored photographing bubbles – the reflection of light, color, the challenge of photographing something that moves with the slightest breeze and pops fairly quickly. Some students also challenged themselves with tonic water, fruit and lighting for a different take on bubbles.

Pattern and Texture

Last week students played with both patterns and texture. Photographing a pattern or a texture involves selecting the right light, creating a strong composition, and selecting a focal point that allows the viewer to see what the photographer wants you to see.

High Key and Low Key

Students spent last week investigating how to create high key and low key photos. High key photos are typically full of light and color and evoke a happy feeling, often using a white or very light background.  Low key is usually dark and moody, creating contrasts and shadows while utilizing a black or dark background.

Abstract Photography

Another lesson from the first week of class was abstract photography. Students focused on lines, shapes, forms, and filling the frame with a partial item to remove a normal frame of reference. Students also experimented with the prisms for a kaleidoscope effect.

Water drops

It’s been a few weeks since our last post – we wrapped up one class and started advanced photography.  Students started off with a lesson and lab on water drops and water movement photography. We set up some tables on the pavement and used tripods, stands, baggies of water, bowls, pipettes, food coloring and more to create the following images. Enjoy!

Finding letters

This past week’s exercise was all about seeing things differently. Students went outside with the intent of finding letters. The only rule was that students could not use letters that were parts of signs; they needed to look for shapes that formed letters. For fun, students then created collages of letters to create words.


Students spent time  playing with reflective surfaces and learning how to produce a good reflection image.


Students practiced working with aperture, depth of field, and subject position to blur the background of an image to create bokeh effects. We discussed how to place your subject closer to you than the background, how to adjust aperture, and how to use portrait mode on a phone to create bokeh. Some students also delved into editing to create the background blur they were after.