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Photography Through the Ages: Assignment


For your next project, you are to set out and explore ordinary things we see in the world but often do not pay close attention to. Photographers for wildlife magazines or National Geographic often get to see some of the most beautiful and unusual natural phenomenon in the world. Now you will get to show what you observe in the environment surrounding El Paso. 

Day 1  Day 2 Day 3-5


Nearpod Lesson Landscape Photography 

Ansel Adams and Influential Photographers

Experiential Learning Trip to Las Cruces
Museum of Art and El Paso Botanical Garden

Class tme to work on Photo Story Blog


Module 1- Collecting Photographs

Take 24 shots of a variety of items that depict nature. Each shot must be different and be a variety of different subjects that show your viewer nature. These shots can be photographs of creeks, lakes, mountains, butterflies, birds, insects, spiders, snakes, trees changing from autumn to winter, clouds, rain/thunderstorms, rocks, cactus, flowering plants, aquatic plants, sunrise/sunset, etc.

Your photographs MUST be original and taken by you. Include animals in their NATURAL habitat. Thus, meaning you cannot go into pet store and take pictures of animals in tanks, cages, etc. When photographing landscapes and nature, explore areas outside your neighborhood, such as Franklin Mountains State Park, Hueco Tanks State Park, municipal parks, etc. Photograph at different times of the day to with lighting.

Take multiple shots of each subject you choose; remember curiosity and patience are key. Play around with settings on your camera for some photos such as rain/thunderstorms to change the feeling of the photo.

You will organize your photographs by subject into folders on a flash. Your create a contact sheet of your 20 best photos in Photoshop.

Assignment is due on September 18

We will examine and critique your projects in class. 

Module 2- Building a Nature Photography Photo Story Blog

Using Sway, you will create a Photo Story Blog as a culminating project highlighting your top seven nature photographs. Each photograph will include a writing piece that is broken into various themes based on multiple writing genres.

Compose an introduction to your Photo Story Blog and your inspiration for your photography.

*1) Biography Essay OR Museum Critique (use handoout)  - Choose a photograph and select one of the influential photographers from the exhibit. Include name of photo, story behind the photo, and how did this photographer/photo impact on photography? (3 paragraphs)

2) Free Verse Poem- Chose a landscape photograph from your portfolio and write an original poem about the photo. (minimum 12 lines)

3) Free Verse Poem- Chose a photograph from the exhibit and write an original poem about the photo. (minimum 12 lines)

4) Haiku Poem- Chose a nature photograph and write an original haiku about the photo. 

5) Haiku Poem- Chose a photograph from the exhibit and write an original haiku about the photo.

6) Quote- Choose one of your nature photographs and find a quote that reflects the emotion you are tying to elicit in the photo. The quote must come from a well-known nature writer. You must include the name of the book and page number where you found the found the quote. You may select a quote from the following nature authors: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Edward Abbey, Aldo Leopold, Terry Tempest Williams, Annie Dillard, John Muir, Rachel Carson. The library will have books on reserve for you to look at.

*7) Photo Critique- Select a photograph and critique the photo by evaluating and interpreting the process, techniques, and merit of the photograph (6 paragraphs)


​Write a reflection on how this project helped you as a photographer and journalist. 

All outside resources must be correctly cited using APA.

Assignment is due: SEPTEMBER 24