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Spooky Long Exposures with Digital Photography

Updated: Jan 22, 2023

Background Information: Prior to this lesson, students learned how to manipulate shutter speed with light painting. Lesson was inspired by the reel on Instagram from Canon USA.

Learning Objective:

  • The student will learn how to manipulate shutter speed using a DLSR to create long exposures.

  • The student will create original photographs that match a given theme.

  • The student will work collaboratively with peers to create original photographs.

Anchor Standards:

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

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

  • Anchor Standard 3: Refine and complete artistic work.

Essential Questions:

  • What conditions, attitudes, and behaviors support creativity and innovative thinking?

  • What factors prevent or encourage people to take creative risks?

  • How does collaboration expand the creative process?

  • How do artists work?

  • How do artists and designers determine whether a particular direction in their work is effective?

  • How do artists and designers learn from trial and error?

Enduring Understanding(s):

  • Creativity and innovative thinking are essential life skills that can be developed

  • Artists and designers experiment with forms, structures, materials, concepts, media, and art-making approaches

  • Artist and designers develop excellence through practice and constructive critique, reflecting on, revising, and refining work over time.

Adjustments or Adaptations:

  • Students may work in groups of 2-3, but must take their own images

  • Students may use cell phones with shutter speed manipulation abilities

  • Students may alter the flash to continuous lighting for more control

Project Duration (2-3 Days):

  • Introduction. Brainstorm and Research: 1-2 Days

  • Project Time: 1 Day

  • Reflection and Critique: 1 Day

Reflection Questions:

  • What challenges did you face when creating long exposures?

  • What did you find successful about your final images?

  • if you could change anything about the project, what would you change?

Teacher Example:

Student Examples:

Happy Photo-ing!


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