Week 2: The students learned how to compose a shot by using framing and rule of thirds to draw the viewer's eye in which makes for a much more appealing image. Framing uses the surroundings in the environment to create a frame for the subject.
Week 3: Texture in photography to make a 2D image become 3D!
Students learn how to look for texture and apply it to their pictures while still using previously learned techniques such as the rule of thirds and framing. They use texture to enhance their images either as the main subject or the background to add life to their pictures. They learn how to look for tonal and color contrast, get in close and focus to get "sharp" rather than "soft" pictures. They also learn how lighting plays a huge role in lifting texture in a photo to add dimension.
Week 4: A different way to compose a shot: Students learn about symmetry and asymmetry as it is used in photography. Unlike the rule of thirds where they were expected to place their subject off to the side, they are now expected to find things in their surroundings that are symmetrical and place their subject in center. They are beginning to understand how photographers choose their composition based off of personal preference and subject matter and how altering it affects the image. They looked for symmetry and asymmetry in architecture such as the archways and pillars and in nature with plants and trees. This week was a challenge for the students when identifying symmetrical vs. asymmetrical objects but with practice and working in partners, they persevered. They worked on their attention to detail with their subjects and with backgrounds, and they had to evaluate if their overall image was successful in the sense of achieving the task and still serving as a meaningful piece of art for them.