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Workshop Syllabus

Workshop: Fun-Tastic Photo Studio

Length of workshop: 1 day

Overview: StarTimers will learn the fundamentals of photography and by the end of the day produce a series of photo’s (or indeed one single portrait) to create a montage and print off into a 10 x 6 frame to exhibit at the end of the day.

  • Students get a brief history of photography
  • They will perform some fun, fast and furious exercise where they get to display what they learn about Framing / angles and Rule of 3rds
  • An exercise on lighting
  • Major exercise where there will be 3 stations set up with 3 different lighting. A portrait Studio (with Lighting and background material) / creative and fun)

Participants will:

  • Learn digital photography basics in a fun and inspiring atmosphere
  • Understand basic photographic concepts in:
    • Composition; Rule of thirds – Limb chops – Leading lines – Fill the frame – Negative Space
    • Lighting; Catchlights – Backlighting – Low light – Window light
  • Learn fundamental visual literacy and critical thinking skills to question whether photographic images are real or constructed
    Utilise iPad photography equipment and apps to turn their original photographs into new artworks
  • Students create a printed and framed copy of their best photographic masterpiece
  • Students coordinate and present a gallery showing of their photographic work, with accompanying artist statements, to family and friends

Session 1

What is photography

WHAT:

  • A brief of what Photography is
  • Show some example shot of great photo’s
  • Explain the difference between:
    • landscape & portrait photography.
    • Fashion & Advertsing photography
    • Artistic photography

HOW:

  • Define that photography is the recording of light – shadows and light
  • Show examples of the different types of photography:
  • Show different types of framing:
    • Wide shot
    • Medium shot
    • Close Up
    • Extreme Close Up

WHY: Participants will:

  • Contextualise what they’ll be learning today so they understand there are different types of photos and styles
  • Examples will clarify what you are talking about and inspire ideas
  • APPLE TV for mirroring OR HDMI connection to computer or iPAD
  • Photo resources:

Head Coach:

  • Conduct tutorial

Coach:

  • Assist where possible
  • Give stars for good listeners and contributors to the conversation
In the context of the day, don’t spend too long on the tutorials as the kids will want to get on with taking photos.
Perspectives and the rule of 3rds

WHAT:

  • Expand your range of perspectives with photography taking photo’s from different angles and positions
  • Students learn what the rule of 3rds is and apply it in a fun and furious creative exercise

HOW:

  • Show students how most beginner photos are taken. ie: holding the camera/iPad at the height of your hand when looking into the view finder. Then show them taking photo’s of the same subject (a volunteer from the audience or an object you choose) – from a range of different angles: Down Low – really low / Up high / from the side. Go to extremes. Now compare the differences
  • Now point out the 9 section graph on iPads screen. This allows the photographer to establish the rule of thirds. With out getting too technical esp for younger kids, mention the focus points of your photo ie: what you want a person to notice first, when looking at your photo, need to be set in one or two of the thirds of the horizontal and vertical section. You can see some example here in this mid shot: There is the “focus” (the girl) balanced with the “dead space” or the background.
  • SHOW on Big screen

WHY:

  • Students expand their knowledge of photographic choices
  • The ability to make more interesting choices
  • Understand to properly compose a photograph by deciding what they want the viewer of their photo to focus on ie: what is this photo about. In the above example it is about the little girl and the BG is blurred to make her stand out and even more so, her eyes
  • Apple TV to mirror to monitor
  • iPad and tripod

Head Coach:

  • to lead tutorial

Coach:

  • contribute where possible
  • prepare iPads for distribution
  • Tell students not look at the photo’s after each and every shot. Take a series and then look to see what you like and check focus and lighting etc
  • Impress upon them about using angles and close ups
Fun Photo Exercise – Close up Craziness

WHAT:

  • Students can decipher what is a close up as opposed to a wide shot. Most beginners don’t understand the power of using close up framing
  • Students will be given a fast and fun exercise in groups to motivate them to use close ups and composition (rule of 3rds)

HOW:

  • Let students know that by the end of today they will understand how to create a well composed, engaging and creative photograph
  • GROUPINGS
    1st things first: divide into groups of 4-5, using age then friends and families (please ask students if they think they will work better with someone other than siblings (We know, in some instances, grouping siblings can be an issue)
  • Recap what they have learned: Different types of photos, using different angles and the rule of 3rds. Now its time to put this knowledge into use. But first, one more tool to explain: FRAME SIZE and the power of the CLOSE UP!
  • Show by demonstration with iPad mirroring to large screen and a volunteer as your subject… what the difference between FRAMES are: Close Up / Medium Shot and Wide shot is and why they are employed ie: CU is used to get the detail of a subject (eg: the emotion in the eyes) Medium can be used to have the subject in relation to the environment. Wide shot can be used for landscapes and more expansive shots.
  • Once this is taught proceed to the Exercise:
    • over 10 minutes each person, in each group has 1 minute to take a as many shots as they can of their other group members and use:
      a) Close Up
      b) Medium shot
      c) Wide shot
      They have to try and employ rule of 3rds and as many crazy angles as possible. Up high, on the floor etc. It will get crazy but FUN hopefully?!
    • REFLECTION: Once this is done come back and choose a photo or two from each group to show on the big screen. Give positive feedback and Point out if they have achieved some interesting frames. It will also lead the discussion into lighting…

WHY:

  • Students get to apply their new knowledge in the context of groups which helps them embed and remember what was taught
  • Recapping also will remind them what has been taught
  • Doing a demo will engage the students in how to shoot close ups
  • The exercise will get them excited and creative, having fun with their new knowledge
  • iPad with STOP MOTION app

Head Coach:

  • Lead tutorial
  • Float and help groups where necessary
  • Keep warning of time limit and announce hand over to next group member and time the 1 minute out

Coach:

  • Organise iPads ready to distribute to the groups and fill out iPad allocation form
  • After exercise, collect iPads and keep them organised on a desk easily accessible for the Head Coach
  • You will need to allow groups some time for handing over the iPad to the next group member. Perhaps give them some time to think about what they want to shoot
  • If a large group (say 30-40) you’ll need to divide into different rooms
The Magic of Lighting

WHAT:

  • A short introduction to the basics of lighting so students understand how to adjust for the major shooting exercise in session 2

HOW:

  • How light can change the character of a shot
  • Mirroring to large screen
  • Demonstrate with iPad on tripod a subject (child volunteer) and one light LED how DISTANCE, ANGLE and the TEMPERATURE of the light can affect the image of the subject
  • Keeping the camera, framing and camera angle in the same position and subject in the same position, adjust the light to various positions…
    • Down low
    • In front
    • Up high
    • Behind for a silhouette, etc
  • Use an LED light so you can adjust the temperature and intensity using the dial on the back. For a good reference use this site
  • Another way to adjust lighting is with the iPad photo app’s editing tool. Show briefly how this can make up for lack of the right lighting when the shot was taken or help achieve a look you are after. This will lead nicely into the editing session.

WHY:

  • This will give students a powerful understanding of how they can achieve different effects when lighting a subject
  • Apple TV and/or HDMI adapter to mirror to Monitor
  • iPad and photo’s on photo’s reel taken from previous task/demo

Head Coach:

  • Lead tutorial
  • Float and help groups where necessary
  • Keep warning of time limit and announce hand over to next group member and time the 1 minute out

Coach:

  • Organise iPads ready to distribute to the groups and fill out iPad allocation form
  • After exercise, collect iPads and keep them organised on a desk easily accessible for the Head Coach
  • You will need to allow groups some time for handing over the iPad to the next group member. Perhaps give them some time to think about what they want to shoot
  • If a large group (say 30-40) you’ll need to divide into different rooms

Session 2

The Power of Editing

WHAT:

A quick introduction to the functions of editing in the iPad’s camera app

HOW:

  • Using the photo’s of the subject taken from the previous demonstration on lighting, go through and use the various filters, showing what’s possible
  • Show how you can adjust the colour variance to extreme’s – like contrast, colour temp and see what sort of cool effects you can get
  • Lastly, show how you can adjust the framing and composition using the cropping tool. This will help when photo’s, in the taking of the shot, have not been framed as well. Keeping in mind, whether the photographer will want it portrait or landscape?

WHY:

  • Informs students about the tips and tricks of editing
  • How it can inform their shoot with editing in mind
  • How to recover poorly taken photo’s
  • Apple TV and/or HDMI adapter to mirror to Monitor
  • iPad and photo’s on photo’s reel taken from previous task/demo

Head Coach:

  • Lead tutorial

Coach:

  • Assist and give stars to participants where possible
  • Setup for the shooting task

Get the kids involved as much possible. It will add to the engagement of the demo.

The Shoot 

WHAT:

The major project of the workshop where students create their best photo’s for framing and exhibition

HOW:

  • In their groups, students will visit photo “stations” where, at each station, there will be a different style of photo to be taken. ie: Studio portrait, creative and extreme Close up:
  • Set up:
    • Station 1: Studio set with tripod, background stand and 1 or 2 lights.
    • Station 2: Creative: Near as much natural light as possible with a table and some props and a light.
    • Station 3: Landscape/or ACTION: If you have access to an outdoor area, this will be a lot easier. If not an “action shot” station could be better. Students can choose an action and take a “burst” by holding down the button. This will need a lot of natural light and the action being shot, almost needs to be done in slow motion to get a clean, focussed shot.
  • Timing at stations
    In workshops of 30-40 students, you need to manage the groups carefully to keep them engaged. You might need to have 2 of each station
  • Those groups who are not taking photo’s can begin creating their frames and choosing their montage design in the sprocket app
  • Time for photos
    Each student in each group should have approx 5 mins to take their photo (so 25 mins at each station = 75mins to complete the 3 stations)

WHY:

  • Students work collaboratively, adding ideas to each other’s photo’s and helping to achieve it
  • Students work to time frames to make sure they complete the task
  • Students have a variety of photo’s to choose for their MASTER shot/s to include in the frame
  • 1 x tripod mount and iPad / PER GROUP
  • Background stand
  • 1 or 2 lights
  • iPad allocation sheet

Head Coach:

  • Announce the task and guidelines around it
  • Float amongst groups to assist and give guidance
  • Delegate time duties to assistant Coach/s

Coach:

  • Float and assist group during session
  • Make sure after each group member takes their series of shots they create a folder on the iPad’s camera roll so each member knows which photo’s are theirs

Session 3

EXHIBITION

WHAT:

Students prepare a mini exhibition of their photographs for parents and carers to enjoy and acknowledge their efforts as a finale to the end of the workshop

HOW:

  • Each group will pick a spot on the wall or use mobile white boards to set up their exhibit. Use pins and/or blue tac to mount their frames to the wall in the formation and order they would prefer. Get them to think about their design a little – eg: What shape formation would you like to do?
  • Above each groups exhibit will be a piece of paper or some other creative way they can display their group name
  • They can each write a description of their portrait / montage photograph explaining their subject and what techniques they used/learned:
    • Here is a template with Blue areas indicating parts they fill in
    • My piece is called: Sad Face. It is a montage (choose the format ie: montage, portrait, landscape) and series of extreme close ups (ECU’s) on a different part of a face that has a sad expression. photo 1) The corner of the mouth, 2) the eye and 3) a close up on the right side of the face. In editing, I used ……. and ………….. What feeling or thought do you have when you look at the photograph? What do you like about my photo?
  • As parents enter allow them to wander the exhibition for a short time before the Oscar and certificates are awarded and StarTime whoosh is completed. It will need to be close to the start of the exhibition, so parents and children don’t leave beforehand. When a parent wants to leave with their child, dismount the framed photograph/montage and get them to sign out as usual

WHY:

The exhibition is an important end to the day. It is evidence to the students and their parents of what they have learned and celebrates their achievement. I will also motivate the students throughout the day in getting their photograph/montage completed.
  • Students understand that every photograph is a “story” to be presented to an audience. Every choice you make on how it is presented will affect how the audience engages with your photo
  • Students help their audience identify their work
  • The writing of a description re-incorporates and embeds the learning and also helps parents identify what their child has learned
  • To show they can run a professional show and that StarTime is teaching them not only photography skills but presentation and exhibition skills as well
  • Framed photographs ready
  • Pins and/or Blue Tac
  • Cards, paper and Pen for writing descriptions

Head Coach:

  • Together with the Assistant Coaches choose where each group will exhibit
  • Assist students in pinning up their framed photographs
  • Perform the Welcome speech to parents, briefly explaining what the workshop’s Aims and Outcomes were and how StarTime’s values are embedded

Coach:

  • Assist students in pinning up their framed photographs
  • Help students write their descriptions
  • Some groups will take longer than others – especially some younger ones. The priority is to have at least 30 second film to show at the exhibition for parents. So, the majority need to have at least 30 second film with a music track added to it. VO, Titles and SFX can be added for advanced group and those who have time
  • When groups create VO be sure to find a quiet area to record and use a mic where possible. Advise that they should use voices appropriate for their character
  • With enough time, some groups can be directed to create subtitles and or motion graphic title using the “intricate app.”