Hey! Welcome to the Photo Club at Pat Brown High. Here you'll find updated works by students, recaps of classes, and info on upcoming classes and events. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 3:30pm - 5:00pm in Room 21. Stop by to check it out, and invite your friends. Look forward to seeing you!

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Student Photos: Abstract Photography

This week, students were introduced to abstract photography. This includes various forms of macro-photography, water photography, and light/long exposure photography. We did some experiments with water, vegetable oils, paints, candles, flashlights, and creativity. Here are some of the results they came out with.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Recap: Perspective

Perspective is all about angles. Taking a picture of something from above looking down usually devalues it, while looking up usually gives it greater significance.  Closeups of of normally small objects like flowers can give attention to details, or give it greater prominence.

We also looked at some forced perspective photography which positions something up close and something far away to give interesting illusions. It also takes advantage of abnormal camera angles.




Thursday, October 21, 2010

Recap: Beauty in Everyday

The journal topic for today was: What is beautiful in the world?

Following that topic, we learned took a look a a photo collection that seeks to capture beauty in common everyday things.

"Artiseverywhere" by Jay Morrison



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Recap: Leading Lines and Diagonals

A useful technique in photography composition is the use of lines. Lines can be found naturally anywhere, such as roads, tracks, and buildings. The use of lines that all converge at a single point, such as a road leading into the horizon, helps give a feeling of perspective. Lines can also be used to lead the eyes to focus on a certain object.

Diagonals, especially when used to cut across horizontal and vertical lines, adds a sense of dynamics or motion to a photo.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Recap: Street Photography

Today students looked at some more examples of collections from prominent photographers. These sets focus on street photography.

"Street Portraits" by Michael Itkoff



"The Street" by James Wakefield


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Recap: Rule of Thirds & Frames

Today we went over 2 techniques in photo composition: The 'Rule of Thirds' and 'Frames.' The Rule of Thirds is when you apply a grid to a photograph that is split up into thirds horizontally and vertically. Main objects in the photograph should line up with the points where the lines cross. Similarly, natural lines such as the horizon should be close to one of those lines, rather than in the middle. This helps creates a naturally pleasing photograph. Here is an example of a picture with the Rule of Thirds:

Framing occurs when the main object of a photo is surrounded by a frame that is part of the picture. A frame can occur on 2, 3, or all 4 sides of a photo. Here is an example of a frame:

Here are some student photographs that show off the Rule of Thirds and framing:


Student Entry: Nature is Coming to an End - Faviola

Here what you see in these pictures, the back is like a black and white, desert like background. The background symbolizes that nature is coming to an end and there is not enough people to save the planet. The important symbol here in these pictures is the flowers. The flower symbolizes hope and a chance to save the earth. The question that comes in to my mind is, “What can we do to save nature? Is there a day where nature is coming to an end?” My advice to myself is try to save it with other people, try to save nature because it is important to all of us because without nature, we have nothing.