EDUCATOR'S GUIDE: INDIVISIBLE - Lesson

STAND IN THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S FOOTSTEPS: Angle, Framing, and Light

This exercise introduces students to the artistic language and construction of photography. Photographers make decisions about composition and content when creating an image. To have a photographer communicate his or her ideas clearly, an artist considers numerous details when making the exposure and when printing the photograph in the darkroom. Angle, framing, and light are three important considerations.

The Carolina movie theater for sale, Spruce Pine
Gelatin silver print
© Debbie Fleming Caffery 1999

 

Angle is a term that commonly refers to the vantage point or direction from which the artist photographs the subject. Have students spend five minutes just looking at the photographs, and then ask them to respond to the following:

Listener Aya Cash, age 17, takes a support call from an anonymous youth during her shift at Youthline
Silver dye bleach print
© Lauren Greenfield 1999

Framing is another technique that affects the composition and content of a photograph. The photographer frames the subject, determining where the edges of the image will be. Through framing, the photographer decides what is and is not included within the picture.

Light is one of the most powerful photographic influences. It reveals details, creates shadows, and often contributes to the mood or feeling of the work.

   
 

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