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.


Students practiced bokeh – the blurring of a background. The purpose in blurring a background is to help your subject stand out more. We discussed three ways to make bokeh happen – focusing with your feet and putting more room between your subject and the background than between you and the subject, portrait mode on a cell phone, and a wide aperture choice in lens settings.
Here’s what students created:

Dancing Around the Teacup

National Geographic photographers use the phrase “dancing around the teacup” to imply that they are spending time with a subject. We spent time with two subjects for this lesson in photography class; the goal: twelve images of one subject, each image unique. The idea is to take time, look at a subject, and find multiple ways to show that subject in unique ways. Students completed this assignment twice and for the blog assignment, they were to put four photos on one google slide so that I could take a screenshot and share it here. Enjoy!