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Janet, a professional photographer, explores techniques and viewpoints that help her to take exciting and creative photographs of her model using a basic digital camera. She uses the local urban environment as a backdrop for still and action images. She analyses the printed results in her studio and explains how she believes that some pictures work better than others.
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2 February 2010

Classroom Ideas

By encouraging children to instantly become a photographer and adopt a photographer’s mindset, they feel special and have an important purpose placed upon them. They can precede their photography by discussing the kind of photographs they want to take, what the images might say to the viewer and the purpose of their images.

They should also be prepared to persist to achieve the best results, understanding that the best images are always selected from a much wider range of rejected photographs. Use of digital photography is ideal for capturing images which can be selected or rejected at no cost before printing, unlike film cameras. Encourage them to take pictures from nontraditional views and angles, through mesh, fencing gaps or distorting surfaces (for example to see the differing effects produced).

Avoid always choosing poses and holiday snap images in favour of moving or informal subjects for greater naturality. Ordinary automatic cameras are ideal for this task so remind them that it's enjoyment and not perfection that is paramount. Using simple language and transferable skills, the processes and techniques shown encourages pupils to explore the concepts of space, form and shape in order to compose their photographs.