Category: Advanced Photo Assignments

P.4 Wednesday 2/1/23: Photo Color Palette Photoshop Activity!

Today’s Agenda:

  • Complete and turn in yesterday’s Color Scheme Photo assignment.
  • Click here to check out the inspiration for today’s Color Palette Photoshop Activity: Cinema Palettes
  • Photo Color Palette-Photoshop Activity

Photo Color Palette-Photoshop Activity 

You’re going use the Eyedropper Tool in Photoshop to sample colors from a photo. You’ll create a color palette like the Cinema Palettes you looked at but with your own photo! I think it’s a fun thing to make, hope you enjoy!

  1. Open the Photoshop Template I made for you here: Color Palette Photoshop Template File
  2. First DOWNLOAD, then open the Photoshop file. And before you begin anything, save a copy to YOUR OneDrive.(If the link doesn’t work, I also saved a copy of the file on the USB flash drive that is on my desk, just ask the sub for it.)
  3. Use a photo YOU have taken and already have saved.  Pick one that you think has nice combination of colors. Open in Photoshop.
  4. Below is the video (plus the link, in case it won’t play on Edublogs). I didn’t record any audio, it is all visual.  Those more familiar w Photoshop should be able to follow it.  Those who are newer to Photoshop, seek help from your classmates!  They won’t bite…

Shortcut reminders: 

  • To resize a photo: CTRL+T (hit enter after you resize)
  • Zoom out: CTRL+”Minus sign”
  • Zoom in: CTRL+”Plus sign”
  • To deselect (get rid of a selection area): CTRL+D

P.4 Tuesday 1/31/23: Color Schemes Activity

Today’s Agenda:

  • You can take photos for your photo challenge indoors only today.
  • Begin the “Color Scheme Photos” blog assessment below, due tomorrow…

Color Scheme Photos-Blog Assessment

Color Schemes Photo

Step 1: Google Image search “color photography”

Step 2: Save a photographic image to demonstrate the following color schemes: (total of 8 photos)

  1. Primary Colors
  2. Secondary Colors
  3. Monochrome Color
  4. Complementary Colors: (in any shade or tint)
    1. Red & Green,
    2. Violet & Yellow,
    3. Orange & Blue
  5. Warm Colors
  6. Cool Colors

Step 3: Place the photos in a gallery on a blog post titled, “Color Scheme Photos”. Caption each photo with the color scheme it demonstrates.

Yay!  You’re done!  Turn in on Teams.




Period 4 Monthly Photo Challenges

Monthly Photo Challenges

Part of improving any skill or talent is PRACTICE. The following challenges ask that you observe your surroundings more carefully to capture interesting photographs.

These challenges are to be completed on your own time, or when you are finished with class projects/assignments. Though I encourage capturing the photos with DSLR cameras when possible, using your phone’s camera also works.

You will need to complete TWO challenges a month. I will post a separate Teams Assignment for each challenge. Due dates are listed below.

For each challenge you will need to post your best 3 edited photos.  You will post ALL photo challenges on the same blog post every time. You will simply add a new gallery for each challenge. (So, you’ll be attaching the same link for every photo challenge assignment on Teams.)

You can select which 6 challenges you want to do and in what order.  BUT, the first two challenges are MANDATORY (obscured self-portrait and shooting through color).

­Due Dates: 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26

Adv.Photo-Tuesday 1/24/23: Intro to Editorial Photography


  • Finish the double color exposure portraits if you still need to catch up.
  • Blog Activity and Video

Blog Activity: Intro to Editorial Photography

Due at end of period Wednesday 1/25/23

-Click the link below to read the article:

What is Editorial Photography?

-Create a blog post that answers the following questions:

  1. What is editorial photography? How is it different from advertising?
  2. What are some kinds of editorial photography? Can you think of more examples (think about magazines or articles you’ve looked at)?
  3. Summarize the 3 steps to planning an editorial photoshoot:
  4. Summarize the 5 Editorial photography tips and tricks:

-Watch the following video and answer the video questions on the same blog post:

Video Questions:

  1. What are some of the types of photography that Tom mentions he makes?
  2. Why is it important to bring your interests into your photography?
  3. What two things does Tom Schierlitz tell students?
  4. Which of his photos or series did you find most interesting?
  5. What type of editorial photography would you want to photograph?


Wednesday 1/18/23: Double Color Portraits


  • Finish Collage and turn in if you haven’t already
  • Take Portraits for the Double Color Portrait Assignment

Double Color Exposure Portraits

Tuesday 1/17/23: Concluding The Best Year Photoshop Collage


  • Adding drop shadows (optional but looks cool!) to your collage images.
  • Complete as much of your collage as possible. Leave about 10-15 minutes at the end of the period to complete the last steps of turning it in.
  • Follow Postingt instructions below and turn in link on Teams (new students, follow the alternate instructions).

The Best Year Photoshop Collage-Posting Instructions:

-Once your collage is saved as a JPEG, post your finished collage in full size on your blog. Title the post “Best Year Collage”.

-Copy and paste the prompts + your responses from the Word document under the collage for me to reference.

Publish your blog post and attach the link in the Teams assignment.

Here’s my blog post example:

New students: we will create your blog website this week. In the meantime, attach the JPEG file of your collage + your Word doc in Teams.  We’ll post them on your blog later. 🙂

Tuesday 1/10/23: Welcome Back to Second Semester!

Welcome back, everyone!

Today’s Agenda:

“The Best Year” Photoshop Collage Assignment

Due Friday 1/13/23

Objective: Reflecting on the year behind us and setting goals for the future are both valuable endeavors. Here is your chance to take some time to think about where you’ve been and where you’re going.With this digital collage, you will refresh your memory on some Photoshop techniques as well as learn some new ones. In addition, you’re developing your ability to communicate ideas visually.

Part I:

Step 1: Fill in your responses to the prompts below. Pay attention to the number of responses required for each one.  Use this Word Document to type your responses and then save to your One Drive: The Best Year Word Doc

Step 2: Next, search for images online or for photos on your phone to represent EACH of your responses-THAT’S 18 IMAGES TOTAL. Save to your OneDrive as JPEG files. (If they don’t save as JPEG, take a screenshot using the Snip Tool instead.)

The images don’t have to literally illustrate your response, it can be symbolic.  Ex: a red rose can represent your hopes of talking to your secret crush this year. 😉 Use images that inspire you and reflect your personality, aesthetic, or style.

Step 3: Open this PowerPoint with a collage criteria and tutorials: Digital Collage Instructions and Videos

Please use a headset to view videos. They are located on the round table.

You can also try some self-paced Photoshop Tutorials that show you some of the same tools plus others.  Open up Photoshop, on the top right click Help. Then select Hands-on Tutorials.  Below are screenshots of tutorials you may try (indicated with red checkmarks), though you can try any you want:


Student Collage Examples:

AdvPhoto Monday 12/5/22: Photo Final

Final Photo Portfolio Project

Due on Monday 12/12/22. Present to class on Tuesday 12/13/22.

For your final, you will produce a series of photographs that demonstrate good exposure, composition, and a creative/observant eye. Create a photographic response for each of the prompts below:

  1. A photograph that demonstrates something you find beautiful.
  2. A photograph with a unique perspective.
  3. A photograph that emphasizes the main subject with either creative framing device or contrast.
  4. A photograph that reveals something about you.
  5. A photo of your choice that demonstrates thoughtful composition.

Think out your shots before you start! Here some things to consider…

  • Who/what are you representing?
  • What are you excluding (not showing)?
  • Where are you standing (angles, locations)?
  • When are you taking the photo (time of day or what lighting situation)?
  • Why are you making this picture?
  • How might this picture affect others?

Use the PowerPoints below for reference:

Elements of Art in Photography

Camera Angles

Rules of Composition

Posting Instructions:

Post to your blog as a gallery with only 1 column. Change “Link To” to Media File! Caption each photo with camera settings.

AdvPhoto: Photo Project: Family Multiple Exposures

Shizu Saldamando-Inspired

(Up to slide 35 only)

Homework over break:

  1. Get snapshots and portraits of family and/or loved ones
  2. Photograph various textures/fabric/patterns
  3. Photograph various locations

Week of 11/28-12/2: Family Multiple Exposures

Produce the following composites using blending modes on Photoshop to create double and multiple exposures:

  1. Family portrait + an interior or exterior space (interior preferred) that you took*
  2. Family portrait + a fabric/pattern photo that you took*
  3. Family portrait + interior/exterior space* + self-portrait*

To begin a multiple exposure composite, create a new file on photoshop 8×10 or 10×8 inches with 300 ppi.  You will place the photos you’re working with on this blank document/canvas.

Experiment with opacity and image adjustments to create various results.

Post the best one of each composite to your blog. Include an artist statement for each photo to explain what you are showing us and why.  Explain your artistic decisions!



PowerPoint: Double Exposure Steps

Turn in to Teams by end of 12/2/22.