Posted by: dbjaquith | January 25, 2015

Photography Revisited

The bubbler is working!

The bubbler is working!

Photos of still lifes were taken indoors on a rainy day.

Photos of still lifes were taken indoors on a rainy day.

After several months of waiting, third graders have finally gotten onto laptops to edit their photographs! Students each get an entire class to play with iPhoto, to crop and manipulate color and add vignettes. They are coached by those who last used the same laptop. Peer coaching reinforces skills and helps to consolidate understandings.

What does digital photography teach? First of all, technology skills. Learning to use a digital camera and laptop are life skills, ones students can practice both in school and at home. Digital photography also teaches students about artistic behaviors. By collecting a folder of digital images, students learn that art making does not have to be immediate. Artists pace themselves, knowing what they can do now and what can wait for later. These image collections can be accessed

A leaf becomes abstracted in iPhoto.

A leaf becomes abstracted in iPhoto.

and added to, providing future opportunities for photo editing. Third, students learn that it’s OK to make mistakes! Photo editing involves decision making, and no decision has to be permanent. By duplicating images, do-overs are possible and encouraged.

Digital photography is one of many art media available to students at Franklin School. For some, it may be the media through which they best express their ideas, beliefs and emotions.

Color expectations change in iPhoto!

Color expectations change in iPhoto!


Responses

  1. Absolutely amazing. The photos and how you taught them about digital alteration. It is such a great lesson for more reasons than I can say.


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