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    To Shoot or Not to Shoot

    • Grade 9
    • Language Arts Graphic Arts/Commuications Technology
    Queen Charlotte Intermediate School
    150 North River Road, Charlottetown, PE, C1A 3L3
    Telephone: 368-6970
    Fax: 368-6983

    Linda Shaw-Packard, Graphic Arts/Language Arts (
    JoAnne Jay, Teacher-Librarian (

    Implementation Plan

    Teacher's Role

    To introduce project and outline what the project entails.

    To facilitate and guide students through the project.

    To organize and supervise photoshoot fieldtrip.

    To provide due dates.

    Teacher-Librarian's Role

    Provide printed periodicals, vertical files, and other non-fiction resources.

    Could participate in the fieldtrip.

    Schedule for Activities and Time Frame - 1-2 periods for introduction/explanation of project, 1/2 day for photoshoot, 1 45-50 minute period to develop, 1 45-50 minute period to print photos, 2 cycles of individual time to complete

    Step 1

    This project will involve groups of 4 taking pictures of some of the incredible local architecture. You will do the following : Choose 2 sites

    a. Kirk of St. James Church

    b. St. Peters Cathedral

    c. Beaconsfield House

    d. St. Paul's Cathedral

    e. St. Dunstan's Basilica

    f. Province House

    g. The George Coles Building (the old Court House)

    Step 2

    Next you have to do some reading from the brochures in the classroom to find the following information:

    a. Who was the architect/builder?

    b. When was it constructed?

    c. Where was it constructed?

    d. What was it constructed with?

    e. What is the style of architecture?

    Use the following as possible guidelines for your shots, but be creative:

    a. front door/doors

    b. front door close-up/detail

    c. steeple/s of church

    d. window/s

    e. close-up of window detailing

    f. 3/4 front view

    g. sign indicating what the building is

    h. detailing of porch/verandah around Beaconsfield

    i. the view from the front steps

    j. 2-3 shots of your choice (something you find interesting)

    Note: The windows of the churches may be difficult to get a good shot of. If this is the case then do not waste the film.

    Step 3

    Now you will have to prepare your film for developing. Then develop the film, dry, print the pictures, dry, mount, and label. You will be creating a book for this photo essay. Remember the steps that were followed when you did the Elements and Principles of Design Project. Ask if you have forgotten them.

    Step 4

    VALUE = 50 MARKS

    Helpful Hints: Don't forget, when you were reading your booklet on photography,you learned about form, shape, texture, values, space, silhouette, framing, pattern

    and movement. Remember to watch for these aspects when choosing the composition of your shots!

    Evaluation: Assessment of Students, Evaluation of Activity.



    Please answer the following questions as you read through the "Basic Photography Elements". (The answers can be found in John Hedgecoe's book, Complete Guide

    to Photography, copyright 1994, pages 44-51, 66-67, 72-79, 156-157, and 160-163.) Be neat and use correct spelling. Check posters for some definitions. Thanks!


    Shape, Silhouette, Form, Texture, Pattern, Foreground, Middle ground,Background, Composition, Perception, Artifacts


    1. Pattern is all around us.

    2. It is not a good idea to have only one dominant element in a picture.

    3. When taking a photograph, placement of the dominant feature is vital.


    shape->1. This essential element is the most basic to our understanding of scenes and objects. ___________

    2. What do you use as your light source when working outdoors? ____________________

    form->3. What element adds the third dimension, depth, to a work?__________________

    4. The most powerful element, which is pure form, happens when the texture, form or color is reduced to produce what? ____________________________________

    silhouette->5. What is the first thing that a picture needs to do? ______________

    6. The appearance of form depends on what? ______________

    7. Should lighting while shooting a picture depicting "form" be simple or complex? ___________ Why? ____________

    8. Name one of the so-called rules of photography, ______________ and what happens when you do the opposite of this rule?_____________________________________

    9. Many of the best photographs were taken by what kind of light? ____________

    texture->10. The appearance of "texture" in a photograph is dependent on what?______________________

    artifacts->11. Name three specific areas where one can find pattern? ________________, ________________, and ________________.

    perception->12. Name three things that determine a response to our perception of tonal value.

    a. _____________________

    b. _____________________

    c. _____________________

    tone-> 13. What does tonal range refer to in photography? _____________________

    14. List five different types of perspective used in photography. __________________, _________________, __________________,____________________ and __________________.

    15. What is the difference between low-key and high-key photographs?

    16. What is a full-tone photograph?

    17. We know photography is more perception than anything else. Name these perception devices that are mentioned in Project 16 (page title of booklet).

    _____________________, _______________________,

    _________________________, and _______________________.

    18. In photography we mostly want what to compliment and support our subject and not take away from it? _________________

    19. Frames can be used to help compose a picture. What else can they be an immense help in doing? _____________________

    20. List five things you can use as a frame when shooting a picture. ______________, _______________, _______________, ________________, and _______________

    21. A frame can be a huge help when it comes to placing a greater emphasis on what? ___________________

    22. From what viewpoint do photographers take nearly all of their pictures? _________________________

    23. Shooting a still life is more a matter of what two factors? ______________________, and _______________________

    24. What is the most critical aspect of still-life?

    25. The essence of a good still-life composition is what?

    26. When choosing objects for a still-life they should logically appear to belong together somehow. List 5 different ways these chosen objects could be linked. _______________, _______________, ________________,

    ________________, and _________________.

    27. Name two vital ingredients of successful still-life photographs. ________________ and ____________________

    28. What is the most difficult discipline in still-life photography?

    29. Explain "Shooting around a subject".

    30. List as many different viewpoints you can think of to shoot a picture.

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