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GCSE Photography (extra curricular) Ed Excel specification. Unit 1 (Coursework) - Project 1: Angles, Viewpoints and Frames. Task List.

All work should be carefully mounted in sketchbooks and card portfolio sheets preferably black sheet pages with the sharpest possible presentation. Dont forget to comment on the work in detail (avoid too many historical facts and give your opinions instead). Your front covers should also bear the title of this unit be creative with designing your title page.

1) Produce a study of a chosen photographer that looks at Angles, Frames and Viewpoints. Get a printout of their work and place it into your book giving detailed commentary (eg, Name of photographer, title, date, describe the work, composition, effects, lighting, focus, likes and dislikes). Then try to produce your own version of their photograph, re-creating the scene in their style. Then comment on your own version and suggest improvements. Suggested photographers: Jaromir Funke, Lee Friedlander, Eva Besnyo, Bill Brandt, Marc Ribou, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, James Nachtwey, Jeff Wall, Peter Marlow, David Hockney, Astrid Klein, Jan Groover, Ted Vancleave, Slinkachu, John Batho or another of your own choice. 2) Take a range of your own photographs on unusual Angles, Frames and Viewpoints, black and white and/or colour. You should take care to ensure these are all in focus. These can be building views, close-ups, views from windows, from above, below, through gaps in the fence, in-between railings or curtains, in mirrors, reflections, 3-D perspective views, projections or shadows into corners, (thinking about the background behind the subject, images taken from a range of different angles, images of people over shoulders, lined up across a distance or depth of field. Viewpoints that contain lens motion or slow shutter speeds across a minute or more, people at work seen from the feet or from below. Once in your books each photograph should be commented on written or typed in detail, describing the image in terms of composition, lighting, focus, effects, giving likes and dislikes and suggesting how the image could be improved. 3) Collect a range of secondary (found or by someone else) images showing interesting angles, viewpoints and framed areas daytime or night-time. These should be used to fill at least 3 pages and should be carefully mounted into your books with full comments presentation style may vary but you must fill the pages. 4) From the previous task aim to visually re-create at least one of the images as a photograph you have set up and taken yourself. Ensure you comment about this work describing difficulties, successes, focus, composition, lighting etc how your version differs from the original and how you might improve and/or what ideas this could lead you to next. 5) Take a new and improved range of photographs that look at two specific areas of viewpoints, angles, frames etc. ie two of the following: Through template frames, through gaps, worms eye views (from below), giants eve views, ie looking down from a chair, close ups to faces, teeth, eyes, mouths, feet etc, fisheye views, views up stairwells, views through gaps etc, etc, etc. Annotate/ comment on these in detail and suggest how you might improve. 6) Present your Photograms from time spent in the darkroom, so that you are showing at least one black and white version, and at least one colour toned version. Describe in detail how you produced them, and suggest what you might do next time. 1

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7) Start experimenting with your photographs, using a range of art or photographic materials and methods, eg 3-D relief, repetition, photocopying, over-painting, photographic toner, bleaching, scratching burning, cutting, collaging, transparent overlaying. 8) Using digital manipulation, such as Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paintshop Pro, Corel PhotoPaint etc. Produce a range of experimental images using your own photographs. This could be double exposures, applying artist filters, lasso cutting and repeating images, warping and distortion, photo filtering, superimposing etc. This should all be placed into your books with clear descriptions on how this was done and suggestions for improvement saying what you may do next with these effects. These are early ideas. 9) Write up an interim evaluation about how successful your work has been so far and what ideas you are likely to be using for further development. Explain what area of this topic you will be focusing on, perhaps using a brainstorm and state what photographs you will take towards developing your own personal project. Perhaps make a link to a specific Photographer. Also mention areas of weakness you feel you might have and what techniques you would like to improve on. 1 page. 10) From all of the above tasks you should now have decided exactly what area of angles, viewpoints, frames you would like to look at for a later personal response or final piece. Take a new range of photographs specifically for this and document them across three pages fully annotated. 11) Produce a critical study and re-creation of a photographers work you would like to base your ideas on from now on and fully describe their work giving, likes, dislikes, comments on the lighting, focus, depth of field etc. Write also about how you could improve your own version. 12) Experiment with the pictures from task 10 both chemically and digitally using a range of manual and photoshop based techniques these should be your first main ideas. Try to bring in some of the styles of other photographers or secondary images you have looked at as part of these ideas. Minimum of four pages. 13) Produce about five pages of developed ideas. For example taking your best one or two ideas and making changes and improvements to the lighting, cropping, using blur filters, reframing, colour tinting or enhancing, taking improved pictures or compositions, shadows etc., increasing the amount of digital manipulation, applying another photographers style etc. Each slight change you make should be kept and/or printed/processed and documented in your work journals as development. 14) Produce a layout ideas page for how you think your personal response/final piece should look. See task 16 for help on this. Perhaps sketch out layouts in pen and use thumbnails to map this out and use one or two larger versions of your more finalised photographs to show what you have ended up with as a result of all your research, picture taking, experimentation and development.

15) Produce an A1 Development board showing a range of layout options and ideas for your final piece or personal response this should include thumbnails test pieces, samples, croppings as well as larger A4 trial run versions of your final piece. Unit 1 (Coursework) - Project 1: Angles, Viewpoints and Frames continued

16) Produce a final piece or personal response that is the result of all your previous work and developed ideas. This may take the form of A1 display boards showing a few of your final developed pictures or perhaps a range of experimental effects, framed images, a presentation box of images or transparencies, image maker textile banners, a constructed book of best photographs, a 3-D structure coated with photographs etc, etc. 17) Write up a full evaluation covering the following points: Evaluation What was successful/unsuccessful about this unit? Explain why? What techniques did you use in your experimentation? What photographers did you look at and what attracted you to their work? What changes did you have to make between your trial run and your final piece and explain why you needed to make the changes? What improvements would you still make to your final piece and why? How would you carry out this unit if you started it again from scratch?

ED Excel Assessment Objectives: AO1 Develop Ideas through contextual* and other sources and critical understanding**. AO2 Refine Ideas with Experimentation, materials, media, resources and processes. AO3 Record Ideas and observations through visual and/or other forms. AO4 Present a Response(final piece) clearly linked to (and as a result of) your development AO1 AO3

*The work of other photographers, cultures, designers, artists, craftspersons or linked secondary images, relevant to the theme. **Your knowledge and ability to write about/discuss techniques, processes, composition, meaning, use language specific to photography and the creative process, suggest other options or improvements etc.