Home: Senior Photo 2020

Haere mai! Whakaahua 2020

Welcome to senior photography 2020

Kia ora koutou and welcome to the WHS senior photography learning site. This site functions both as a learning site for all of our senior photography students at WHS and as a place to share our work with the world.  On this page you will find key information that will orientate you to the course. You should read all of the information below carefully. It will also be explained to you in the first class of the year. All of the year’s tasks and assignments will be available from the pull down menus above. (Please note that at the time of publishing, the Photoshop course is currently not uploaded – it will follow early in term 2).

What you need to complete NCEA photography

In order to complete NCEA photography, it is essential you have the following:

  • A DSLR camera (a mirrorless camera is also fine). Entry models such as the Canon 3000D runs about $500 at Noel Leeming (you will also need to factor in money to buy an SD card, and a small camera bag). Purchasing second hand is also an option, or, you may have a family member you can borrow a camera from (you will need consistent access to it throughout the year). You can discuss camera choices with your teacher (though ideally you should have one from the start of the course as it is a course requirement that is listed in the curriculum handbook).
  • A device, ideally a laptop. If you only have a chromebook you will be able to complete some class tasks with it, but for any serious photo editing you will need something else. Having a computer at home will work, but it will mean you will have less opportunity to learn (and have assistance with) basic photo editing skills in class.

How we learn in the photography classroom:

Kahurangi Rito Whakaaro Akonga Art Treasures: Visual Art Culture at WHS

In the photography classroom we work as a collaborative group to build our knowledge together. Below are the main six principals that we will adhere to in order to develop an inclusive learning culture in our photography class.

Forum for our learning:

Google+ Community

On the lefthand side bar you will see a link to our Google+ community. You will need to request to join this group. This group is a forum for us to document the knowledge we have built together and practice the six principals discussed above. In order for you to get the best out of the Google+ community and, to learn the most from each other, you need to be an active participant on the forum. What does that look like? It means:

  • Posting your work to the forum (both when directed to by the teacher in in-class tasks and also whenever you feel you have something worth sharing)
  • Making sure you view each others work and also offer comment on each others work (again, much of this is built into class tasks, but you should also look for any opportunity to contribute to each others understanding)
  • If some leaves a question for you in one of their comments, you need to respond to them.

We will practice commenting on each others work early in the course, but in general a good approach to providing meaningful feedback is:

  • Start with the technical and formal approaches (we will be learning about these in class)—How is composition used? How are the visual elements used? How is focus and exposure used etc?
  • Offering an emotion or feeling that the photo elicits from you. How do the above elements contribute to that emotion?
  • What do you think the photo might mean (does it have a ‘meaning’)?
  • What questions can you ask of the artist? Questions might take the form of ‘have you considered…. (a different or variation on the approach they had taken technically or formally), or ‘I think the photo is saying …. what was your intention for the work?

A note on digital storage and file management

It is important that you consider how you store and back up your files right from the start of this course. Having all the images on your SD card is not a storage solution!  All files should be offloaded from your SD/CF card immediately after a shoot onto your laptop/computer. This prevents images being lost in the case of SD or CF card failure or you accidentally deleting things to make more space. You must also have a cloud or other backup solution that backs up the files from your laptop/computer—the easiest way to do this is to use the Google Drive app on your computer.  (You will most likely need to store your files ‘locally’ initially rather than having them only on the cloud as you will probably need to complete basic editing tasks etc which will require the files to be on your computer).

Level 2 Assessments and Timelines:

The following information is contained in the course guide, but is reproduced here for your convenience. Take careful note of what credits are available, and when the submission dates are.

Level 3 Assessments and Timelines:

The following information is contained in the course guide, but is reproduced here for your convenience. Take careful note of what credits are available, and when the submission dates are.

May 10, 2016