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Photography unit

In this unit students will engage in 3 key forms of photography including Ipadography, Digital and Analogue

Students will complete some theory  and practical tasks which will be recorded and presented on their own

photography website 

Students will also complete a folio of photographs to be submitted for the Photography exhibition

Photography as inspiration and Art 




Photo Website 

The DSLR Camera

Motion and Depth of Field


The Photographic Essay

The Analogue SLR Camera

Dakroom Photography

Photography allows people to communicate what is important to them, helps to preserve history, facilitates communication, enables people to become artists and moves people in ways that words sometimes cannot. Though becoming a great photographer requires practice, anybody who has a camera can tap into the importance of photography.


The allure of photography is strange and wonderful; to some of us, there's a magic about a great photographic image that draws us to it in ways we can't explain, but can clearly feel. To others, they couldn't care less. But most of us find  an amazing and wondrous power in great images; there's something that draws us into a picture, and moves us in ways words can rarely hope to surpass.


I encourage you to spend a little time learning about photography; if for no other reason then to enjoy it more (or turn it into a profession that you can enjoy and love - and make quite a good living at, too)


Photography is the ULTIMATE equal opportunity profession


The camera couldn't care less how young or old you are. The camera cares not one whit whether you're black or white or yellow or green with fuchsia polka dots! The camera has no preference as to your height, weight, color, sex, religion, or who your parents were! The camera, however, loves the image. Learn how to give the camera what it wants, and the camera will love you, too.


No one can "fake it" in photography. And few can make great images until they realize the great lie. The injustice is in tricking people into believing that it's tremendously difficult to learn photography. It's not. However, as with any task, it does require some training, some education, and some effort. But you CAN learn to make wonderful images - if only you'll try.


Photographs are small "pieces" of time, a slice of life, an instant in someone's life which, unlike ourselves, will never age and never forget the particular moment in which they were made; subject not to fancy nor forgetfulness, but an eternal witness to what was - and to who made them. Why was Man moved to create the photographic arts? I think that all of us, throughout recorded history, have always yearned for some way to preserve the images out of which our lives develop


Famous photographers throughout history have produced some incredible images that have stood the test of time, but it’s not only their photographs that are inspirational.


Their acute insights into the creative process have guided generations of photographers and shaped the way even today’s best photographers think about their subjects and scenes.


If you’re stuck for inspiration, or even motivation, here is 50 quotes from the most inspirational and talented photographers the world has seen to help you get inspired


Alfred Eisenstaedt 1898 – 1995

Eisenstaedt was a German photojournalist most famous for his much celebrated photograph of V-J Day in Times Square, New York.


1. “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.”


Alfred Stieglitz 1864 – 1946

Stieglitz was an American photographer internationally recognised as being a pioneer of modern photography.

2. “In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”

3. “Wherever there is light, one can photograph.”

Anne Geddes   1956

Geddes is known for her distinctive, stylised photographs of babies, which often incorporate floral imagery.

4. “The best images are the ones that retain their strength and impact over the years, regardless of the number of times they are viewed.”

5. “I think that emotional content is an image’s most important element, regardless of the photographic technique. Much of the work I see these days lacks the emotional impact to draw a reaction from viewers, or remain in their hearts.”


Annie Leibovitz     1949

Leibovitz is an American portrait photographer who made a name for herself in her ten-year role as chief photographer for Rolling Stone magazine.

6. “The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.”


Ansel Adams  1902 – 1984

Adams is a photographer who needs no introduction! He is widely recognised as being one of the greatest landscape photographers, and greatest photographers, ever known.

7. “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

8. “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.”

9. “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”

10. “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”


August Sander 1876 – 1964

Sander – a German portrait and documentary photographer – has been described as ‘the most important German photographer of the twentieth century.’

11. “In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.”


Berenice Abbott 1898 – 1991

American photographer Abbott, had a career spanning more than 60 years. Her black and white images of New York provide an extensive record of the city’s architecture.

12. “Photography helps people to see.”

13. “Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.”


Burk Uzzle 1938

Uzzle is an American documentary photographer. He still holds the title of the youngest photographer ever to be hired by Life Magazine.

14. “Photography is a love affair with life.”


Charlie Waite 1949

Waite is an award-winning English landscape photographer. His images have a painterly impression in their use of light and shade.

15. “A landscape image cuts across all political and national boundaries, it transcends the constraints of language and culture.”


David DuChemin

DuChemin is a humanitarian, nature, and adventure photographer. His work takes him to far-flung locations across the globe.

16. “Photographing a culture in the here and now often means photographing the intersection of the present with the past.”


Diane Arbus  1923 – 1971

Arbus was a documentary photographer famed for her images of marginalised peoples, particularly circus performers.

17. “A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.”


Don McCullin 1935

McCullin is a documentary photographer known for his war images, and images of urban and impoverished lifestyles.

18. “Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”


Dorothea Lange 1895 – 1965

Lange was a photojournalist made famous by her photographs taken during the Depression-era in the United States.

19. “Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”

20. “One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind.”

21. “A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.”

22. “To know ahead of time what you’re looking for means you’re then only photographing your own preconceptions, which is very limiting, and often false.”


Edward Steichen 1879 – 1973

Steichen is known for producing the first fashion photographs ever published. The images of gowns were taken for Art et Décoration magazine in 1911.

23. “A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”


Edward Weston 1886 – 1958

Weston is famed as being one of the most influential American photographers of the twentieth century. He focused mainly on photographing landscape and lifestyle in the west of the US.

24. “To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.”


Ellen Von Unwerth 1954

Unwerth is known for her distinctively erotic style of fashion photography. She has shot for a number of high-profile fashion magazines, such as Vogue.

25. “I like to photograph anyone before they know what their best angles are.”


Elliott Erwitt 1928

Erwitt is a master of capturing ‘The Decisive Moment’; his street photography is known for it’s heart-warming charm.

26. “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

27. “It’s about reacting to what you see, hopefully without preconception. You can find pictures anywhere. It’s simply a matter of noticing things and organising them. You just have to care about what’s around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy.”

28. “The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”


Ernst Haas 1921 – 1986

Photojournalist Haas was one of the first photographers to use colour in his work. His impressive career included becoming President of Magnum Photos, and publishing one of the most successful photography books ever.

29. “I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new.”

30. “There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”


Eve Arnold 1912 – 2012

Arnold was an award-winning photojournalist and member of Magnum Photos and published twelve photographic books in total.

31. “If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.”


Helmut Newton 1920 – 2004

Newton’s sexually charged fashion photography remains influential to this day.

32. “My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain.”


Henri Cartier-Bresson 1908 – 2004

Cartier-Bresson is widely regarded as one of the greatest photographers of all time. He is known as the father of photojournalism, and coined the term ‘The Decisive Moment’.

33. “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”

34. “The photograph itself doesn’t interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.”

35. “To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition in a fraction of a second of the significance of an event.”

36. “To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”

Imogen Cunningham 1883 – 1976

Cunningham’s work was particularly forward-thinking and experimental for its time. Her extensive work included shots of flowers, portraits and nudes.

37. “Which of my photographs is my favourite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”


Joe McNally 1952

McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer known for his work with National Geographic Society, and for his collection of photographs showing Ground Zero in New York in the wake of 9/11.

38. “Don’t pack up your camera until you’ve left the location.”


Man Ray 1890 – 1976

Ray was a fashion and portrait photographer who was active in the Surrealist art movement. He’s best known for his avant-garde photography.

39. “Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.”


Martin Parr 1952

Parr’s documentary photography captures the humour of every day British life. He is aptly described as a ‘chronicler of our age’.

40. “With photography, I like to create a fiction out of reality. I try and do this by taking society’s natural prejudice and giving this a twist.”


Paul Caponigro 1932

Caponigro is known as one of American’s leading landscape photographers, although he also photographs still life.

41. “It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”


Philip Jones Griffiths 1936 – 2008

Jones Griffiths was a Welsh photojournalist. He is famed for his coverage of the Vietnam war.

42. “… we are there with our cameras to record reality. Once we start modifying that which exists, we are robbing photography of its most valuable attribute.”


Rankin 1966

Rankin is an English portrait and fashion photographer whose work has been widely shown in popular media.

43. “There’s a time when people say your work is revolutionary, but you have to keep being revolutionary. I can’t keep shooting pop stars all my life. You have to keep changing, keep pushing yourself, looking for the new, the unusual.”


Robert Capa 1913 – 1954

Capa was a Hungarian photojournalist known for his war photography. He is perhaps best known for photographing key events during World War II, including the D-Day landings.

44. “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.”

45. “The pictures are there, and you just take them.”


Robert Frank 1924

Frank is best known for his book The Americans, which was very influential, providing an outsider’s view of American society.

46. “The eye should learn to listen before it looks.”


Robert Mapplethorpe 1946 – 1989

Mapplethorpe was an American photographer who became known for his large-scale photographic images. His series of homoerotic portraits were subject to much controversy.

47. “The more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer.”


Sally Mann 1951

Mann is a renowned American photographer. Her abstract, black and white photographs cover varied subjects including landscapes and portraits.

48. “Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future.”


Tim Walker 1970

Walker is a British fashion photographer whose work has been included in such highly-acclaimed titles as Vogue.

49. “Only photograph what you love.”


W Eugene Smith 1918 – 1978

Smith is best known for his hard-hitting photographs of World War II.

50. “Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.”

Reflection Task

Select  one or two of your favourite qoutes from this list and briefly explain what they  

mean or sum up from the photographers viewpoint

Try writing your own qoute that sums up what photography means to you at this time 

Ipadography Task 1


As an introduction to the Photography unit students are required  to take photographic  compositions using their ipad during  class. Students are permitted  to  take compositions around  the school grounds but must not  take photos of any class or disturb any class


Students are challenged to  use  their  imagination to interpret and  take an individual image of the following themes.   Try to avoid obvious or explicit   images or take the same photo  of your  classmate. You should  then return to class and present your work with text
















Times  Up


Throughout your photography exrercises if you are using an ipad you are encouraged to download and utilise the following apps - to extend and enhance your work



 Camera+ is another all around camera app that apart from helping you stabilize photos also offers one touch controls for fixing settings including exposure, focus and white balance. Camera+ helps you focus objects in darker surroundings by letting you alter the exposure compensation. You can also have a glance at the ISO and shutter speed of the camera. Camera+ functions as a simple app that offers some advanced features.

ProCamera 8

ProCamera 8 is yet another app that allows you to have the preview of the image even before capturing it. It is a camera replacement app that gives you control over many settings after taking photos. It comes with a VividHDR function that enhances the functioning of HDR mode. If you are a fan of nighttime photos, then this app offers the Night Mode Pro Camera 8 just for you.

ProCam 2

ProCam 2 offers a wide range of manual camera controls starting from full focus, exposure controls to hundreds of real-time filters, lenses and so on. The specialty of the app is that it packs all these features into a simple User Interface, thereby not overcrowding the viewfinder unlike other similar apps. The app also has an all in one editor that comes with loads of non-destructive options for editing


Snapseed  provides some excellent functions. It helps you to automatically alter the exposure & color settings of the entire photo or just a particular region in the frame. This app encompasses numerous filters and frames including options at hand for fine-tuning the white balance, saturation, crop, size, contrast and rotation.

Adobe Photoshop Express   adjust the image contrast, exposure, brightness, add effects, borders and more. It’s easy to understand user interface 

Adobe Photoshop Touch  Photoshop Touch brings the real Photoshop experience to your mobile device and it’s probably the most advanced image editing tool there is on the iPad. From simple edits to complex effects, Photoshop Touch has some tools you definitely won’t find in other image editing tools but I must warn you that it’s not that easy to use for beginners. Again, it’s not meant for iPhones and iPod Touch, just for iPad only.

Lightroom  contains  presets and corrections , it's a great editing option  for easy access on every device you own.

Photography 101Want to learn how to take terrific photos? This app is a great introduction to photography basics. You will learn the abc’s of depth of field, framing, lighting and composition with a few fun surprises in the mix.

web sites and journals

Wix is a cloud-based web development platform that allows users to create HTML5 web sites and mobile sites through the use of their online drag and drop tools

Weebly  Weebly is a web-hosting service featuring a drag-and-drop website builder.

Chronicle  ideas, stories, and life’s events. Capture them in a journal

Noteledge   take notes, sketch your ideas, record audio and video, organize multimedia content, share and present your work. You can easily design one-of-a-kind notebooks with stickers, covers and your own photos

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