SchoolArts Magazine

September 2016

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examples. Then we practice identify- ing various textures. Students find examples in magazine photographs and cut them out, paste them in their sketchbooks, and label them with descriptive words such as "sandy," "silky," and "prickly." Focus on Texture After I've confirmed that students are comfortable with the concept of texture, we move on to analyzing photographs of texture. I ask students to flip through their Focus on Photog- raphy textbooks to find examples of photographs that emphasize texture. Then we analyze the compositions and techniques the photographers used. I make sure to point out that the photographers use contrasting textures, adopt unusual perspectives, or photograph close to the objects, as these are techniques students can use in their own photographs. Macro Mode Next, students learn how to photo- graph texture using the macro mode on their cameras, which allows stu- dents to photograph objects close up and in focus. I demonstrate how to select the macro icon on the camera, which typically looks like a tulip, and explain that photographs in this setting turn out best when you turn off the flash, resist the temptation to zoom in, position the camera a few inches from the subject, and hold the camera steady. Students practice using the macro setting to photo - graph items in the classroom such as school supplies, jewelry, and their hands. I also show them how to use a tripod to hold the camera steady. Sometimes setting a camera on a ledge or pressing your elbow against your body works, too. Texture Photography Once students have mastered using the macro mode, we prepare to pho - tograph around the school building and grounds. Before starting, we brainstorm different items around the school that have noticeable textures. I also review tips, such as getting close to objects, photographing from unusual angles or perspectives, and looking for contrasting textures. As a class, we walk around with the cameras and photograph differ - ent objects and scenes with notice- able texture. The school's flowerbeds, 30 SEPTEMBER 2016 SchoolArts This lesson represents one wa elp students break from their established modes of taking quick snapshots to see their world from a different point of view.

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