Category: Photo 1 Assignments

Practice Quizzes as Study Guides

Here are all 4 practice quizzes again. This time they are unlocked so you can take them as many times as you like.  Use them as study guides for the final quiz. 

*** If you haven’t taken one of these quizzes for points, do so from the Teams assignments, not these links! ***

Practice Quiz #1: Camera Angles + Rules of Composition

Practice Quiz #2: Exposure, Aperture, & Depth of Field

Practice Quiz #3: Shutter Speed & ISO

Practice Quiz #4: Portrait Light Patterns + more Camera Settings

*** If you haven’t taken one of these quizzes for points, do so from the Teams assignments, not these links! ***

Photo Portfolio

Photo Portfolio Steps

Select your best 6-8 photos that you took while taking this class.  They should represent your best work!  Get the opinions of others if you need help selecting.

Use gallery mode with 1 or 2 columns, set link to Media File! Turn in the link on Teams.

Due same day as Photo Essay Project.

Monday 5/8/23: Practice Quiz #3 + Video Tutorial w/ Blog Activity

Today’s Agenda:

  • Take today’s practice quiz on Teams.
  • Watch the video tutorial (link below and in Teams)-use headsets
  • Blog Post: Post two photos using the techniques from video (include the before photos, so a total of 4 images being posted)

If the video below doesn’t play, try this link instead: Presets and Copying Edit Settings

Blog Post Instructions

  1. After watching the video tutorial, open two photos that you’ve taken from the same photo shoot in Lightroom.
  2. Find a preset that you like and customize it to your liking.
  3. Copy those edit settings to the other photo and export both as Jpegs.
  4. Create a blog post titled, “Presets and Copying Edit Settings”.
  5. Upload your before & after photos side-by-side using a 2-column gallery.
  6. Publish and turn in on Teams! Good job!

Mon 5/1-Tues 5/2: Practice Quiz + College Apps + Past Due Assignments

  • Head over to Teams to take today’s practice quiz.  Remember, some of these very questions will be on the final!
  • Complete college applications for Chaffey and San Bernardino Valley College.
  • Catch up on missing and incomplete assignments: authentic portrait project and the student photo essay analysis blog post. (Photo 1)
  • Catch up on missing and incomplete assignments: editorial projects (Adv. Photo)

Photo Essay-Final Project + Blog Activity

Let’s talk finals…

  • Final Exam: About 30 questions (study guides to follow)-On finals day (Seniors: May 18th)
  • Final Project: Photo Essay Project-Due Monday May 22nd (Seniors: May 17th)
  • Final Portfolio: Select your best 6 photos taken for this class (I will show you how to add a tab to your blog to place your portfolio gallery in)- Due Monday May 22nd (Seniors: May 17th)

Click here for details of the Photo Essay project: Photo Essay Project_PPT_2023

Blog Activity: Student Photo Essay Analysis

Due Friday 4/28/23

Below I included many past students’ photo essay links.  Choose at least 5 links to VIEW photo essays produced by past students (but I HIGHLY recommend looking at all of them if you have time!). Then select the 2 that you find most interesting and answer the following questions on a blog post for each:​

  1. Who’s photo essay did you pick? (Find the student’s name and photo essay title.)
  2. What kinds of things do the photos show us? Literally! Quickly describe each photo.
  3. What is the photo essay about?​​
  4. Did you learn anything from the photo essay? How did it make you feel? What did it make you think about?

***If it asks for a passcode to view, it is “photo”. ***

@whyknotte – Fern’s photos (

Final Essay Project | Jacobs Photoblogs (

Photo Essay Project – Joshua’s Photo Blog (

Reality of Covid-19 – Victoria’s Photo Blog (

My Dad (Photo Essay Project) | Anahi’s Photo World (

Photo Essay Project – Academic Stress – Photogenic Cat (

My Photo Essay – Itzel’s photography (

photo essay project- portraits | $elene photo blog$ (

Culture and Fun | rubi’s photo blog (

Our School Environment – A Photo Essay – The Photo Diaries (

My photo essay project: my friend peter | yamans photo blog (




Photo Essay_MomWorkingHard.pptx

Friday 4/21/23: Photojournalism Analysis + Reviewing Angles/Composition

Today’s Agenda:

  • Take the 10-question practice quiz on camera angles and rules of composition (located in today’s Teams assignment)
  • Blog Post Activity: Photojournalism Analysis

Here are the PowerPoints we used for Camera Angles and Rules of Composition, you may use them with the practice quiz:

Camera Angles.pptx

Rules of Composition.pptx

Blog Post Activity: Photojournalism Analysis

The Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles recognizes the work of photojournalists in the area every year.  These 17 images in the folder below are the 2022 winners from SCNG (Southern California News Group). This news group includes several newspapers, including some in the Inland Empire.  (One of these photos is taken in Fontana!)


1.Click this link to view the photographs that received award recognition withing the SCNG (Southern California News Group): Folder w SCNG Winning Images

2. Pick a photo that you think is great and answer the following questions IN COMPLETE SENTENCES:

    • What do you see in the photo? Describe what you see as if describing it to someone who cannot see it.
    • What camera angle did the photographer use? Which rules of composition do you see in the photo and how? Or did they break a rule?  What other camera or lighting techniques are demonstrated?
    • What story is this photo telling? Give me your best guess as to what is going on and what is the backstory. What sort of mood or message can we get from the photo?
    • Why did you select this photo?  What makes it great?

3. Save the photo or take a screen shot so you can upload to your blog with the info above. Title your post, “Photojournalism Analysis”.

4. Now click on this link to get a little more info on the photos: you get the story right?

5. Publish your post and turn into the corresponding Teams assignment.

If you want to see all the winners (including college student winners) from this competition, click here: