Congratulations to our students on meeting another publication deadline. Issue II of The Mosaic Monthly was distributed today and we hope you enjoy reading all of the articles and sections. We are looking forward to producing our final issue, which will be published on our last day of journalism class -- January 28, 2013.
Today, we took some time to understand photojournalism -- the art of story telling through photos.
After going over the elements of a good story and a good photograph, we divided into two teams and used a random assortment of photos to tell a story. We enjoyed trying to guess the "story behind the photos" of the opposing team.
I handed out a "Photo Essay Assignment" sheet that describes the Christmas break homework (see below). I think the students will have a lot of fun with this. As promised, here is a link to some photo essays they can study to better understand the concept. Students should use a stand-alone camera (no phones) if it is available to them. If not, a phone camera would be acceptable. I handed out poster boards to those students that wanted them.
We used the last 15 minutes of class to practice taking photographs that played with different forms of light (natural lighting, flash, creating silhouettes). We shared our opinions on which photos were better and why. A couple of students tried their hand at photography and incorporated the elements of varied perspective, varied distances, angles, changes in lighting, and emotion. Nice work!