Department of Creative
Display or Arts Showcase
Working with Photography Themes
Working with themes is a great way to practice your photographic skills.
A photo theme simply means creating a set of photographs that are related in some way, whether it be through subject, color or other reoccurring patterns. The beauty of doing this is that you are not required to constantly come up with a new subject or idea for each consecutive photo; once a theme’s subject has been established, you only need to find new instances of that subject. This forces you to think along one idea path and allows you to forget about the subject altogether and concentrate on what’s really important…taking an interesting and thought-provoking photo.
When choosing a theme you can chose:
Taking pictures is like writing an essay. You want it to tell a story, take a stand, give examples, allow for debate and have your work organized in such a way that it’s understandable to the general public. Like a writer, a photographer is a story teller. However, instead of using words you’ll use pictures.
Dr. Bilanuik posted these theme shots on facebook
1. Choose 3 possible themes and indicated what types of photos you will include in each. Have your final choice approved by me.
2 . Shoot a minimum of 50 photos that fit your theme. Remember to include different perspectives, depth of field, lines, lighting etc.
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) may be useful to get a
variety of shots
3. Create a contact sheet of all your photos. Pick your best 12 - 15 shots. Submit for approval.
What to Include in your Presentation
1. A minimum of 12 new photos, at least 6 must be enhanced/modified in photoshop.
2. Demonstrate flipping, mirroring/reflection, selective colour, multiple exposure, depth, exposure settings and any other techniques you have learned in grade 10 or grade 11.
3. Decide on an order for your photos that enhances the theme and/or tells a story.
3. Include titles, labels, frames/borders, photo information (as required) and your name from the alphabet photograpy assignment.
4. An artistic statement. (This may be included in your display or be on the side)
Tri-Fold Display Board
or be creative and try something different
Display Boards - I have some available @ $3 each
12 Colour Photo Prints - free if you paid your student fee this year
or last year and did not participate in the showcase
Construction Paper - available in class
We do have a t-shirt press available should you wish to transfer images to material. You would need to buy your own transfers.