Photography HOMEWORK

Motivational Banner Photo

This project asks you to create a motivational banner using whatever material you may have. Post-It Notes, napkins, paper, etc… Please create a banner with a motivational word, message or phrase. Hang the banner wherever, inside or outside, on a wall or a tree, that’s your choice. Last step is to photograph the banner and then upload to your website. Please remember to give the photograph the title. MOTIVATIONAL BANNER and then insert the photo below. THANK YOU

photograph an outfit with a significant memory

This project asks you to remember a significant moment in your life. Positive or negative, happy or tragic, but think of the outfit/clothing you wore. The outfit can be hung or laid out upon your bed or floor. Using your cell phone camera please photograph the entire outfit. Thank you for sharing with me this important memory.

Movie that made me cry (or almost tough guy)

This project can be drawn or sketched if you prefer but at the least please photograph your device ( T.V., laptop, iPad) and capture any scene from the movie that made you cry or emotional because it was that darn good.

Fix it and document it

For this project I would like for you to discover or fix that thing you’ve been staring at forever but never got around to fixing it. Like a broken pencil or a hole in your jeans find something in need of repair. Photograph it and then fix it and photograph it once more (before and after). Upload to your website with a title.

Flash photo under your bed

In this project you will simply turn the flash on your cell phone camera. Look under the bed and take a picture! No moving things or cleaning up just take a picture as it is. (If your bed is on the floor or there is no space under your bed then you don’t have to take one, no point deduction)

A beginning course that teaches students how to use a digital camera & digital darkroom skills

Designed to educate students on how to use industry standard digital editing software, hardware and digital camera equipment. Instruction in design, rules of composition, history of photography, master photographers and careers in photography are covered. The CA Visual Art Standards create the framework for students learning skills related to digital camera uses.

Vantage Points and Frame


(Courtesy Daniel Solomon)
Daniel Solomon

Vantage Point and Frame are essential choices that must be made by photographers no matter what their ultimate goal for image making.

This act of choosing what to include and exclude, what is our central focus and what is on the periphery (outside the frame), as well as the vantage point and point of view of the camera provides context and meaning. The use of the photographic frame as constructed in the camera’s viewfinder is central to reflecting the intentional visual and conceptual concerns in how photographic meaning is considered.

Give particular attention to your use of the photographic frame and your vantage points

  1. Shoot From A Low Angle: Bug/Worm’s Eye View

Shooting from a low angle is probably the most popular alternative to eye-level perspective photography. It can be challenging because you may have to squat, sit, kneel or lie down to capture your image. It’s worth the effort because it provides an out-of-the-ordinary look at your subject and the results can be stunning.

Saul Gonzalez

Saturday, Juan Talavera, age 3, left, and his brother Carlos, age 2, right, try some cotton candy from the midway at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. Daniel Solomon/The Eureka Reporter


Start by identifying your subject and find a low angle to shoot from. You might even want to place your camera or iPhone on the ground for additional support. You can use leading lines or anything in the foreground to draw the viewer into your image.

Focus on the interesting angles you find when your camera is really close to the ground or better yet, on the ground, level with or looking up at your subject. You could also experiment with flipping your iPhone so the camera lens is closer to the ground. This will provide an even stronger low-angle effect.

  1. Shoot From A High Angle: Bird’s Eye View

Looking down towards your subject is another way to get a new and unique angle with your perspective photography. You don’t necessarily need to climb to the top of a building to accomplish this, but that is one popular possibility. In fact, if you can gain access to the upper floors or the roof of a tall building, you can discover some amazing vantage points.

Hannah Vega

There are other ways to get above your subject, whether you’re standing on something that gives you a little lift or if you’re just naturally taller than your subject. It could be as simple as looking down into the cup of coffee you’re holding, with your feet and the ground beneath them included for depth.


You could also try this technique with portraits by having your subject lie on the ground or sit and look up at the camera. Just be sure the angle flatters them and enhances their appearance.

Go above and beyond your typical habits and present your surroundings from top to bottom. The view you create might serve as an exciting new perspective that you can use again and again, improving your photography in the process.


GOAL: While paying attention to your FRAME complete 5 Bird’s Eye View and 5 Bug’s Eye View photographs and upload the best to your individual websites. Title the assignment VANTAGE POINT AND FRAME

BUG’S EYE VIEW and insert your 5 photos

BIRD’S EYE VIEW and insert your 5 photos