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Why Photography? On a daily basis we are bombarded with photographic imagery; from television and the news media to billboards, the Internet and advertising. As well as being consumers of, we are all creators of images. The mobile phone has seen to that. Most of us carry a camera in some shape or form. We print these images; we put them on ‘Facebook’ , ‘You. Tube’, 'snapchat' and other social networking sites. Higher Photography will give you the opportunity to improve these skills and to develop a greater understanding as to how these images influence and shape us.
Entry requirements: This course is aimed at S 6 students. While there are no formal entry requirements, a National 5 or Higher in Art and Design would prove useful. The Art and Design department has a small number of digital cameras but it would be helpful if candidates had their own camera. These should have access to manual controls. Do not rush out and buy a new camera, please consult with Ms Macaulay or Mrs K first of all! Higher Photography would be good preparation for those young people who are considering a career in Photography or applying for Art school. Photographers are employed in a number of different areas: Press and Media, Medical and Forensics, Fashion, Wedding, Product Advertising, The Armed Forces, Portraiture, Art Photography, The Leisure Industry.
Higher Photography – Course Outline Pupils will complete 2 Courses Image Making and Contextual Imagery And your mandatory Added Value Portfolio and Written Exam A portfolio of work will be compiled over the course of the year which will be sent off to the SQA for assessment.
Higher Photography – Image Making Unit In the Image Making unit you will demonstrate a good understanding of basic camera techniques These will include controlling: • Shutter Speed • ISO • Aperture/ depth of field • Flash • Exposure Bracketing • etc
Higher Photography – Image-Making Unit You will also demonstrate Digital Imaging skills You will – • Demonstrate competence in importing images into a digital environment • Demonstrate competence in image manipulation within a given software package • Produce a series of digitally enhanced or manipulated images to meet the requirements of a given assignment • Output final images into appropriate printing media
Higher Photography – Image-Making Unit Critical Study You will – • Demonstrate an ability to technically and aesthetically analyse photographs by established photographers • Produce a brief study into the life and work of two acclaimed Photographers
Higher Photography – Contextual Imagery Unit • Produce 2 folios of 35 photographs on different themes. • Communicate personal thoughts, feelings and ideas using photography • Evaluate the success of chosen images from your folios • Reflect on Strengths and areas for improvement in your photographic practice
Higher Photography – Added Value Portfolio Practical Assignment Pupils choose to work from one of the following briefs • Natural World • Youth Culture • Photo Surrealism • Technology • The Urban Environment • The Visual Elements in the Environment • Other……
Higher Photography – Added Value Portfolio Project work You will be assessed on • Planning • Development • Evaluation
Higher Photography – Added Value Project Plan You must decide how you will interpret your theme from what angle you will approach it You may wish to consider • Where • Who or what • When • How • Accessibility Your decisions and choices should be presented in a plan of between 500 & 1000 words 20 marks
Higher Photography – Course Outline Development You will plan and conduct 12 photo-shoots of 35 images for your project and reflect on the suceess of your images From these shoots you will choose 12 ‘finished’ images (no bigger than A 4, no smaller than A 5) The images submitted must clearly demonstrate your theme and your interpretation of theme You will be marked on technical elements (print quality) You will also be marked on how your images link to your theme and your technical approach Your work should be backed up with contact sheets and supporting notes that detail your final decisions regarding • chosen images • size • orientation • manipulation used 70 marks
Higher Photography – Added Value Portfolio Evaluation The evaluation should contain the following • Summary of assignment • Assess the effectiveness of image choices • Assess the effectiveness of chosen approach • Justify the use and success of any camera used • Describe how you coped with any unforeseen events • Justify the use and success of any digital techniques • Assess how effective you were in planning your project The evaluation culminates in a 1 1/2 hour exam into which you can take one page of A 4 notes to help you. Your plan, development and evaluation will be presented in an A 4 folder for submission to the SQA 10 marks SQA examples 2011 -
Higher Photography – Added Value Exam Question Paper – 1 x hour 30 marks 30 marks https: //www. picturecorrect. com/tips/the-history-of-photography/
It was common for families to have lots of children, and also common for them to die before their fifth birthday. In this picture, the youngest child has died and is propped against a stand for the picture
Long exposures when taking photographs meant that the dead were often seen more sharply than the slightly-blurred living, because of their lack of movement
On some occasions eyes would be painted on to the photograph after it was developed, which was meant to make the deceased more lifelike (left) while other times death was more obvious
The whole household - including a cat - has gathered round a dead child on the floor, who is posed as if sleeping