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Practical Photography A6: Inspirational Panel

No matter how sophisticated the camera, the photographer is still the one that makes the picture – Doug Bartlow

Practical Photography A6: Inspirational Panel

Assignment guidance: The aim of this project is for you to learn, understand and demonstrate knowledge and skill in creating an original piece of Art work that will provide promotional material and content for subject areas within the curriculum. The project will allow you to develop your skills and apply your knowledge and understanding of photography through exploring a range of digital techniques and photographing subjects and curriculum areas around the school with a commercial and promotional purpose. ● You will record your ideas and research in your sketchbook. The research that you culminate will be displayed as a series of final prints in response to the title ‘Inspirational Panel’. You must reference the work of other artists/ photographers and make clear links to your own, in order to assist your technical ability and inspire your ideas. Critically evaluate both your work and the work of other artists/ photographers. ●

The project will follow a number of camera workshops. You will be encouraged to photograph as often as possible in order to best further your technical skills and refine your ideas for A6. You will need to complete the following tasks to the best of your ability to ensure a complete project: T1 - Title Page & Mind Map T2 – Words & Quotes inc. Artist/ Photographer Research T3 – 1st Photo Shoot inc. HW Contextual Research T4 – Initial Edits & Design Ideas T5 – 2nd / 3rd + Photo Shoot, Skills Tests - Evidence of Technical Development T6 – Refine Edits & Final Panel Plan – Photoshop Edits T7 – Further Artist/ Photographer Research & contextual evidence. T8 - Personal Response – Final Outcome for the Inspirational Panel.

Practical Photography A6: Inspirational Panel

For this assignment you should invent, prepare, explore, develop and create a unique photographic piece of promotional material for your chosen curriculum area.

Practical Photography A6: Inspirational Panel The concept for this assignment should be your own ideas / work. So long as you can justify the link and make connections to a photographer/ photographers of your choice, then this can be developed to suit. For example, the outcome could be a photographic panel styled on one of your chosen photographers incorporating image and text. It could be a represented through a depiction of a style of photography for example, Studio, Fine Art, Documentary etc. The outcome can remain abstract and ambiguous or have a narrative and clear purpose. It may be that you choose to incorporate Fine Art and Photography and create parts of the panel by hand. Different manipulation techniques could be used in Photoshop to add filters or other abstract effects. Be creative and use your imagination. – Think outside of the box! How can you best present that subject. You may choose to continue to work and develop ideas following on from a photographer you may have previously studied or have been inspired by. You will need to show clear links between your work and the work of other artists/ photographers. Evidence will need to be shown of technical ability and progression of both digital camera and Photoshop skills through preparatory work. The dimensions and quantity of prints for this assignment should be dictated by you. The response should be created to fit your area of study accordingly. You will need to build a body of prep work prior to your final outcomes demonstrating your ability to research, resource, develop and refine your response with inspiration drawn from the work of other artists and photographers.

Practical Photography A6: Inspirational Panel In order to gain the maximum marks for your coursework it is important to meet the criteria set by the examining board AQA. The four key words to remember are:

“Successful sketchbooks, workbooks and logbooks demonstrate genuine engagement with the subject and the ability to explore a range of ideas and processes. They can shed light on a personal journey of discovery and provide genuine insights into candidates’ intentions and the development and resolution of their ideas. They can also provide insights into the extent that candidates have been influenced by the work of others.”

We will be marking you on your ability to:

Practical Photography A6: Inspirational Panel

Practical Photography A6: Inspirational Panel This assignment is to be done in your sketchbooks and any digital work should be completed in Photoshop whilst working in Mac. ●

Further develop and refine your skills in Photoshop. Create a series of edits and screen shots to document your development in a range of manipulation techniques.

As preparation towards planning your photo shoots, photograph in a range of locations with a range of subjects/ objects in a variety of creative environments. Remember the rudiments of photography, explore framing, composition, colour, focus, backgrounds etc.

Justify your ideas, make sure the project flows. Always keep fluid paths in your sketchbooks detailing the development of your project.

Learn how to use the research that you have gained to inspire your own work.

Develop your skills in Photoshop, experiment merging a range of images together to work towards creating a final outcome that could perhaps represent a series of photographers/ advertising campaigns – remember to draw on your creative skills if necessary developing your preparatory work by photographing independently and more often outside of lessons – consider the props you could use. – Costume/ lighting/ equipment.

Understand the exam criteria, the weighting of your coursework in relation to your exam. Review and refine you work to develop and improve it.

Be prepared to develop your research outside of school as well, always look for new ways to resource your projects. Attend Art/ Photography catch up sessions as often as possible, in order to utilise the resources and facilities available to you at the Academy.

Practical Photography A6: Inspirational Panel TIPS: ●

Visit our online ‘Art Gallery’ to see more examples.

Go to our YouTube page to watch demo’s and tutorials.

Plan your assignment carefully using your sketchbook to write, explain and document your intentions and ideas. Utilise the resources available to you.

Take time to assess your work as it progresses and make changes where appropriate. Be critical of your work and others. Get used to annotating all of your ideas in order to refine and develop your work as it progresses throughout the project.

Learn how to annotate your work effectively and with meaning so that it can communicate itself to a larger audience.

Think carefully about your composition. Take a step back and view your work objectively. Take the time to plan your photographs. Explore a range of presentation

ideas, consider either a series of photographs in the form of a story or sequence eg. a diptych or triptych.

Practical Photography A6: Inspirational Panel Do you have a smart phone? If so you can use the camera on your phone to access online resources to help you with this assignment. All you need is a QR code reader app, point your phone web browser to one of readers below: ●

For iPhone users. Go to iTunes and search for: QR Code reader

Once you have a reader/ app on your smart phone. Simply take a quick snap of the code(s) below, and you will be redirected to the required resource, directly on your phone.

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