GCSE Photography

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GCSE Coursework Portfolio

1. Introduction to course

Students learn about the early history of photography and its development before beginning to create their own work in the dark room using updated versions of the early processes like photograms (creating images without a camera, using only the light from an enlarger).

Students develop their ideas to create a self-portrait photogram and a thematic study.Students can then scan their images and add colour and contrast using photoshop.

This is followed by building a pinhole camera and producing images with this.

We will visit the historic sites of Rochester, the Castle and Cathedral as well as along the riverside walk.

Students can then scan and  add colour and contrast to their images.

2. How a camera works


Students learn the basics of DSLR camera functions before beginning exercises to understand creative possibilities of composition, exposure, lighting, depth of field, movement and perspective.

3. Portrait Project

Students will learn different lighting techniques, using available light, reflectors and diffusers, and fill flash techniques, before beginning to photograph in the photo studio using tungsten and studio flash, colour gels, disco lights, and other specialist techniques for shooting portraits.

Students will research famous portrait photographers and analyze their individual photographic style.

Students then create a series of portraits based on their own proposal and reflecting what they have learned from the photo technique classes and their artist research.


4. Photoshop tools

Students will take digital photos and manipulate them using Photoshop. They will be taught to use Photoshop to retouch their images and give them an individual look to their own personal taste. Students also will learn InDesign software to help them with their page layouts for the coursework and exam folders.

5. EXAM project

At the beginning of February students receive their exam projects and can choose to create a folder based on one of the questions.

Students will visit museums and art galleries, and be taken on day trips to interesting locations to help with their understanding of the camera and its possibilities and relevance to the course and exam questions. Guest lecturers will be invited to talk about their work as professional photographers and to encourage and critique the students work.





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