Tuesday 2/16/21: Faking Photograms using Snapseed App

Today’s Agenda:

  • View some of the Capturing Life photos from the weekend
  • Intro to Snapseed: Creating Photograms (those caught up can experiment)
  • Catch Up on Work!


A photogram is a photographic image made without a camera. It involves placing things on the surface of a light sensitive material and then exposing them to light. Traditionally this process has been done using photographic paper. During this lesson, you will learn how to fake creating a photogram using your mobile phone and editing.

  • Step 1: Do a quick Google image search for Photograms and have a look at some of the fantastic examples.
  • Step 2: Using a sheet of white paper (or a white surface such as a kitchen counter, t-shirt, or pillowcase), arrange a few found objects on top. The focus is on finding objects with interesting shapes and with various levels of transparency. Found natural objects work great! Flowers, leaves, twigs, etc.
  • Step 3: Take a the shot from above using bird’s eye view camera angle. Tap the screen to make sure it is focus. Take at least 5 photographs (you can tweak/change the objects in between shots if you like).
  • Step 4: Choose your favorite photographs and edit them using Snapseed.  Begin with the crop tool to cut out any extra space on the edges. Then use ‘Curves’ tool to convert it to a negative image. Finally, use the ‘Noir’ filter of your choice on to complete the photogram effect. We will watch the video below to see how to do this. Screenshots are also provided below.
  • Step 5: Turn in your best Photogram before and after in Teams. Due TODAY by the end of class!

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