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Twelve-Lesson Unit for Grades 7-12
unit is designed to give teens a brief
introduction to photography. It is designed
to be completed in twelve lessons,
one lesson per day for twelve days or one lesson
per week for twelve weeks;
however, you can customize it to any schedule depending
upon how much material you cover and how long you take
to cover it.
Read over General Directions
for Cindy's Unit Studies for information on how
to teach multi-level units.
Photography Unit is
written in the same format as The
Checklist and is therefore organized according to
the scripture, Luke 2:52, “And Jesus increased
in wisdom, and stature, and in favor with God and man.”
note: I have tried to include only links that
are family-friendly. However, when researching the Internet
on photography, you may be presented with links that include
objectionable photos. Before the lesson,
bookmark any links that you wish to include in the lesson
to help eliminate this problem.
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Part I: Acquire knowledge about God and His story
History, & Geography
1: What does the Bible say about photography? Read
the following and discuss.
shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear
you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image
of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the
LORD your God.”
are not to create images to worship; however, Ezekiel
4:1 says, “Now, son of man, take a clay tablet,
put it in front of you and draw the city of Jerusalem
on it.” This shows that
art is to be used for God's purposes.
expects us to use a gift of art for His Glory.
See 1 Kings 7:13-45 as an example. Huram was gifted
in bronze work and created pomegranates, lilies,
gourds, bulls, and lions to decorate the Temple.
Photography is just another form of art which is
to be used for God's glory.
Lesson 2: How does photography fit into His story?
the history of photography:
Timeline of Photography.
The art of photography began in 1839 with the Daguerreotype
and continues today in many forms.
History of Photography. Read how photography
about the life and work of famous photographers. Pick
two or three of the following photographers and research
their life and work. Use Famous
Person Report form if desired.
See if you can discover what their relationship with
God was and how it affected their work. Click
on Significant People
History of Photography site and any other resources
you can find. Some other sites have been suggested
Daguerre - Daguerreotype
Henry Fox Talbot - Calotype
Scott Archer - Collodion process
Maddox - Gelatin, dry process
Henry Jackson & Carleton
Eugene Watkins - Photos convinced Congress to set
aside National Parks
Hyde Wollaston - camera lucida
Clark Vroman - Photography of Indian Missions
Henry Emerson - First photos of ordinary scenes of
Martin - First candid photography, concealed camera
as pile of books or in a leather case
Stieglitz - Established photography as an art form
Hine - First social photographer - Ellis Island immigrants,
war-relief work, victims of the depression
Salomon- Pioneered techniques of photojournalism, candid
photos of diplomatic conferences, criminal trials,
Supreme Court in session
Ray - mocked literal realism, used double exposure,
photo montage, solarization, manipulation to express
scorn for the world, Dadaism & Surrealism,
Rayographs (put objects on photo paper and expose
Hoholy-Nagy - Avant-guard art, Academy of Radical Art,
Design and Social Thinking
Lange - Photograph of bread line in 1932 started her
Strand - people portraits
Weston - Photographer of Hollywood stars, dancers,
1st photographer to receive Guggenhelm Fellowship,
photographed American West, archetypal
Evans - “world's greatest expert at photographing
empty rooms in houses and making them echo with the
people who live there.”
Eugene Smith - “record events
in a way that showed his own compassion for the joys
and suffering of humanity.” Sense
of mission, help increase people's sympathy for fellow
human beings, Depression, WWII heroism, the horror
of modern warfare
Brandt - Surreal photojournalist
Cartier-Bresson - Most influential photographer of
his generation, had a talent for remaining invisible
to people he photographed (used black tape to cover
metal shine on camera). Noted for great timing, photographing
Adams - foremost photographer of the American land
- particularly the West.
White- Visual poems, a metaphor of something else,
Introduced the "Sequence"
Callahan - extreme tonal scales, designs in black and
Karsh - specialized in flawless portraits of famous
Halsman - imaginative portraits of famous people (Albert
Einstein, Adlai Stevenson made into stamps)
Penn - America's foremost fashion photographer, 1943
Vogue cover launched career
Haas - Noted for talent of photographing color, panning,
intentional movement to mix color in background, underexposure
Eastman - Invented "American Film", camera
came preloaded with film, you take shot, send camera
back, they process and send camera back with new film
in it. Invented a system. "you press the button,
we do the rest"
Clerk Maxwell - Additive colors
Ducos du Hauron - Subtractive theory
Muybridge - develops a fast shutter that aids him in
making photographs of objects in motion
Part II: Acquire knowledge about God's Creation
3: Reading. Read a book about photography or a biography
of a photographer.
one or two of the following books, search the Photography
Store, or use your library.
Communication - Do an oral and written project on one
or more of the following:
one famous photographer and write a biography or give
an oral report.
Research and write the definition of: Daguerreotype,
Calotype, collodion process, f/64 Group, Camera Lucida,
Camera Obscura, subtractive theory, wet plate process,
tintype, color photography, panchromatic film, Kodachrome,
a photo lab to see how film is developed and how enlargements
are made. Write a paper or give an oral report on what
are photos restored?
the difference between film cameras versus digital
camera. See Science below. Write a report or give an
depth of field, film speed, and exposure. See Science
a list or database of community resources for photographers:
stores, labs, courses, galleries
a list of camera equipment: tripod, lenses, filters,
a shape (triangle, square, circle) and take a series
of photos of everything you can find that contains this
shape. Mount as displays and then ask others if they
can identify the theme.
four pictures that illustrate: shape, lines, rhythm,
a series of pictures based on a theme or idea: unusual
architecture, flowers, reflections, circles, etc. and
create a display.
a photography studio
a photography exhibit
to frame and display photos.
Take pictures that represent these moods or feelings: happiness,
loneliness, sadness, pride, fun, anger, confusion, boredom,
a slide show with music to accompany the photos.
(Physical Development & Care
of the Temple)
9: Learn how photography can be used to improve health.
Choose one or two activities.
a nature walk and shoot photos of what you see.
photos at a sports event - involves lots of walking!
about photography careers in the medical field: Biomedical
about advertising and fashion
photography. How does
the knowledge of skin care, clothing, and food help
in this area?
Favor with God
Growth, Doers of the Word, Stewardship
how to maintain, clean, and store your camera.
Lesson 11: Develop your God-given gift of photography,
in a photo course at a local vo-tech program or on the
web at: http://betterphoto.com/home.asp or www.lynda.com.
portrait photography: Take a "head shot" of
to go along with a professional photographer as an "assistant" or
even to just watch.
a business card.
Fine Art, Portraits, Wedding, Commercial (Fashion & Advertising),
Architectural, Sports, Newspaper, Forensic, Biomedical,
Law, Travel, Public Relations
one of the photography
careers that interests you and
it. Find out what type of work they do and what
training is needed. If possible, ask to spend a couple
of hours with them and perhaps develop this into an internship
a part-time job in a photo store or lab.
Favor with Man
the church, family, & community, hospitality [decor],
crisis intervention [abortion, substance abuse], respect
for life [adoption, eldercare, handicapped], biblical
12: How can photography be used in social issues and
pictures that tell a story or that illustrate a book
or poem. Prepare an exhibit of your photos.
a photo greeting card or calendar to send to shut in.
you are involved in a homeschool organization that has
a graduation and yearbook, get involved!
a community event and send it to your local chamber of
commerce. Offer to let them use it in their brochures.
to photograph a special event for a nonprofit organization
(outreach project, mission trip, event,etc.)
information on scheduling, see Sample
sure to enter these topics on your copy of The
let me know if any of these links do not work. Email: email@example.com.