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Portrait Photography Encourages Discussions on Expression 

Sophia's edited photoPortrait photography is the opening unit in a new Art and Technology elective for 6-8 grade students.

Students are considering how photographs of a person can capture their personality. Students are also learning how photo editing can adjust a viewer’s perception of the person in the photograph.

Students began the unit by taking photographs of each other in various poses and capturing different expressions. Students reviewed the photos and discussed what they thought the body language and facial expressions of the person in the photograph suggest about their personality or what they were feeling.

Next, students chose a photograph of themselves and used editing tools to adjust brightness and color, or to crop or rotate the images. They then discussed how the changes to the original images changed the way they felt about them; for example, changing an image from color to black and white might make it seem sad or even scary.


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