The weather was fantastic last week – the classes took advantage of this to go outside and experiment with bubble photography. Two in class labs were offered (students are always encouraged to come up with their own artistic interpretation of a topic as well): bubbles for blowing and seltzer and fruit.   We learned that bubbles sometimes require manual focus, that a breeze isn’t helpful and that the camera doesn’t always know best.


Working with Shadows

For this assignment, students studied shadows and figured out the shapes of shadows and how to best show them off.

Water Drops and Splashes

Last week photography class practiced focusing on moving water – both splashes and drops. The set up for capturing water drops had the potential to take up much digital storage space while students learned timing and shifting focal points. We then went outside to toss rocks in the stream.

Light Trails

The light trails lesson came on a day when we had no power at school…some students were on their fourth day without power at home due to an April snow that was heavy and took down trees. In an effort to continue learning and have fun, some fellow staff members donated light sticks to the class and students went to work. I am proud of them for not only their results, but their resilience in learning and having fun under less than ideal conditions.

Color Study

Last week, before the snow came and power outages happened, students completed a color study. They were to choose one color and then create 10 images that featured that color. Here are the results of the color study:

High and Low Key

Students spent the last lesson learning about high and low key. High key involves bright and airy photos with minimal shadows, designed to evoke a happy mood. Low key emphasises high contrast and shadows to evoke moodiness. Enjoy!


We have moved into Advanced Photography Class as the last marking period has arrived! Students experimented with shutter speed to create motion blur, prisms for kaleidoscope effects, lens balls, and oil, water and food coloring for different types of abstract photos. Each type presented their own challenges to deal with. The students did an amazing job of rising to the challenge – enjoy!

Table Compositions

For this assignment students had a table of toys and other props to choose from as subjects. They then had eight cards of different compositional techniques to practice, from lines, leading lines, filling the frame, framing to visual weight. Students submitted their best images for the blog post. Enjoy!


Students practiced creating images involving a reflection. We discussed reflective images, the perils of autofocus on a reflective surface, and remembered what makes a good image.