Department of Creative Arts
St. Pius X High School

Ms. D. Gravelle

Display or Arts Showcase (Jan. 14)

Due to a change in Showcase Dates you will be creating either a display for the trophy case or a display for the showcase
(SHISM and Portfolio students must do the showcase other students may choose)



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:

  1. Similar subject matter ( food, people, nature, sky, shapes, sports, doors etc)
  2. Similar technical composition (all black and white photographs, all negative space photographs)
  3. Similar mood or feeling (representation of love, anger, fear etc).

    For ideas on things to shoot look here.

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. Submit this on your website. 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

Using the exposure compensation setting, you can capture images at different exposure levels, and then select the optimal image later as shown in the example below. This is called AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) shooting.
You can set your camera so that the shutter speed and aperture value are changed automatically to capture three successive shots with exposure bracketing of ±2-stops in 1/3-stop increments.

3. Create a contact sheet of all your photos. Post it on your website using a contact sheet or print and submit for approval. Pick your best 12 - 15 shots to use in your display

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)

Creating Picture Frames in Photoshop

More Frame Tutorials

Presentation Ideas

Tri-Fold Display Board

Bristol Board

or be creative and try something different


Supplies Available

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
otherwise colour photo prints $1 each

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.