Abstract Photography

Unit 1: Camera and Editing Basics in Adobe 

                    Project: Texture, Color, and Shape (Abstract Photography) 

Learning Outcomes- 

  • I will be able to identify the parts of the DSLR camera. 
  • I will be able to demonstrate how to meter light exposure in the DSLR Camera. 
  • Students will explore Abobe Lightroom and/or Bridge software to edit and organize images. 
  • Students will locate the photo server and be able to upload images to my folder.
  • Students will construct a digital portfolio with a digital media section.
  • Students will research abstract artists that create Formal abstract photographs to develop my composition skills. 
  • Students will apply knowledge of the elements and principles of art to create a series of abstract photographs. 

National Standards: 

  • Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. 

Enduring Understanding: Media arts ideas, works, and processes are shaped by the imagination, creative processes, and by experiences, both within and outside of the arts.  

Essential Question(s): How do media artists generate ideas? How can ideas for media arts productions be formed and developed to be effective and original? 

  • Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.  

Enduring Understanding: Media artists plan, organize, and develop creative ideas, plans, and models into process structures that can effectively realize the artistic idea.  

Essential Question(s): How do media artists organize and develop ideas and models into process structures to achieve the desired end product? 


Lesson Requirments:

  • 10 images will be graded.
  • At least one contact sheet of 24-36 images.
  •  Top 4 images will be printed, then placed for display.
  • All images will be placed in a folder labeled Color and Texture on the server.
  •  All of your images will be named according to what aspect of the assignment they satisfy. (for example: Color_ Primary, Color_cool2,Texture_rough, Texture_smooth, Texture_aged)
  • The final 10 images will be placed on your Weebly site titled “Abstract Photography” and must have your artist statement below.

Slideshow introducing the lesson and Research/brainstorming for the project.

Explore your every day and get close to your subject.  Make sure to focus the camera on the subject and meter your subject before shooting it.  Think about how you move your camera to create a strong composition.  Also, you need to make sure you have your images set to RAW, not Jpeg.


Artist Statement Questions:

No more than a page. Make an Artist Statement for every project.
Must make a new statement for each assignment and/or body of work. Your artist’s statement should help viewers to understand what you believe to be the most important aspects of your art and the techniques you use to make it. Don’t expect to come up with the statement in one sitting. The time you spend in developing worthwhile statement is invaluable in helping you define your art for yourself. 

Describe: What exactly do you see? What are the facts (title, artist, date made, medium, subject, etc.)? What elements of art are used? How are they used?

Analyze: How are the things you described related to each other? How are the things you described working (or not working) together? What principles of art are employed? How are they employed?

Interpret: What is the artist trying to communicate? How does this make you feel? What does this work make you think of? Maybe this is just the topic, then explain your topic theme.

Judge: Is the work successful? Why? Why not?