img_0342-apple-yellowred-finalYear 10

Project structure for Photography – Lens and Light-Based Media

Portfolio of work developed using a range of approaches to photography and including personal journals for analytical exploration  (completed and presented by the end of June).

Summer project : mini exploratory photographic brief and gallery work to support personal projects

Year 11

Personally motivated  project (based on strengths in aspects explored in year 10)

Resources: Packs provided to each student at the start of the course to support understanding of the camera, photographic techniques, approaches to research, analysis and useful websites. (intranet links available to support project work)

Gallery visits / workshops occur each year to support both coursework and exam units

The course covers:

Digital photography

Students will be expected to develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • The use of light as the most important element in photography
  • The basis of digital photography, including pixel and digital processing
  • Viewpoint, composition, focus, shutter speed, exposure
  • The use and qualities of image acquisition hardware and software
  • Image manipulation and analogies between digital and other forms of photography
  • The relationships between colour and tone for screen- and print-based media
  • Contextual connections between students’ digital work and the work of others, extracting and using meaningful information
  • The use of a range of source material, software and hardware in the generation and development of ideas

Photography genres

Students will be expected to develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • The production processes in a range of photography genres, such as photojournalism, landscape, portrait, fine art etc
  • Qualities of lighting in both studio and location-based work
  • The suitability of tools and equipment for different genres
  • Qualities and functions of various genres
  • The relationships between photography genres and how they relate to genres in art and design
  • Contextual connections between their genre photographs and the work of others, extracting and using meaningful information
  • The work of others as a means of extending their genre vocabulary

Power points:

  • Thematic enquiry and response
  •  General research, sequential development of a theme and self-evaluation
  •  Imaginative and personal responses justified through writing, drawing and experimental contacts

Journal:  Primary use for developing creative approaches that complement the power points

  • Analysis of photographers that expand understanding (aesthetic and technical aspects )
  • Gallery visit documentation
  • Resource for personal interests on photography outside project brief
  • Notations and sketches: exploring ideas / designing compositions / planning shoots

During the course students will:

  • Learn to analyse their own work and that of photographers  and artists through critical analysis and show influencing features within their own work.
  • Through open appraisal in class, learn to be positively critical of their own and others’ work, enabling them to become more confident about the standards expected and the ways of achieving them.
  • Work on long term and high quality projects.
  • Develop an experimental attitude and personal way of working, enjoying their own creativity.
  • Develop an idea through thorough research and experimentation, from conception to realisation.
  • Take more responsibility for pushing their own ideas within the constraints of the new techniques used.
  • Become more aware of their surroundings and culture reflecting their own attitudes and reactions through their work.

Be able to decide on the techniques appropriate to the idea being developed and work accordingly.

Valuables in school

Students who study GCSE or A Level photography are allowed to use their own cameras. Cameras should be delivered to the Photography Department at the beginning of the school day where they are stored safely under the school’s care. All cameras should be collected from secure storage before 3.30pm. We regret that we cannot take liability for cameras on the way to or from school.