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Learning from Photographs

Looking At... Thinking About… Learning From PHOTOGRAPHS
If you look carefully, you will see more. If you know more, you will look differently. - Unknown


Image Analysis Guide

What is the MOST IMPORTANT part of this photograph?

Why is this the MOST IMPORTANT part?

What IDEA does the MOST IMPORTANT part of this photograph communicate?

What objects, images, symbols, etc. communicate this IDEA to the viewer

What is IMPORTANT in YOUR LIFE that relates to the IDEA in the photograph

If you were creating a photograph or using the IMPORTANT IDEA from your life, what images, objects or symbols would appear in your composition?

Create a sketch or description of your new photograph.





Describe exactly what you see in the photograph.

Look in the foreground, middle ground and background for details.

What people and objects do you see?

What is the setting?

What is the season?

Is it a posed photo or a candid photo?

What evidence supports your responses?

What do you know about this time period or event?

How do you know?

What puzzles you about this photo?

What do you want to know more about?

What can you conclude from what you see?

How do the people and objects in the photo help you make your conclusions?

What conclusions do other students make? Are your conclusions similar or different?

Amanda Linn-


Photography Rubric

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1 Poor

2 Moderate

3 Good

4 Excellent

Technical Qualities

Exposure, burning, and dodging, dirt, dust, stains...

Poorly executed, little regard for print quality

Technique may be erratic with little sense of challenge

Most technical aspects are successful; materials generally well handled

Excellent print quality


Eye movement, space, usage, organizations, etc.

Composition is poor, little consideration

In contrast to work that receives a score of 1, there is at least some sense of decision making

Composition is generally purposeful

Excellent. Composition is purposeful


Fulfills the assignment, shows intent

Solutions tend to be trite

Shows a sense of effort and some decision-making

The level of work may be inconsistent, but the work is strong enough to offset its weaknesses

Shows a sense of inventiveness or imagination, a sense of styles, or engagement with experimentation.

Communicative Properties

Visual impact, emotional reaction, mood, etc.

There is little, if any evidence of thinking

Work shows a real sense of effort, but problems are not successfully resolved.

There is successful engagement with some aspects of communication through technique

Shows obvious evidence of thinking, it may address fairly complex visual or conceptual ideas, the image is presented in an effective way to communicate.




x5 / 80 points