• Photography of architectural spaces highlights the photographers challenge of representing three dimensional reality onto what will be a two dimensional print. Architectural spaces provide the photographer with opportunities to exploit the 'Elements and Principles' of design: shape and/or form


  • The goal of this project is to create 5 architectural photographs using Heritage Woods school as the subject matter.

    1. Learn the basics of composition.
    2. Learn the basics of how to use the EOS Camera.
    3. Learn how to import an image into iPhoto.
    4. Learn how to crop and edit an image in PhotoShop.
    5. Learn how to convert to black and white in Photoshop.
    6. Learn how to submit an image electronically.


Conceptual Relevance / Content

The images need to be different from one another. They may not be images taken of the same content from different angles. Look around the school for unique areas and unique view points. The images do not have to be immediately recognizable. The images are supposed to highlight the architectural structures of the school. Try to think of the space as a sculpture rather than a building. Capture images that don't include people.

Skills Covered


  1. How to carry and hold a camera.
  2. How to turn on, off, check battery, and properly return a camera.
  3. Images are to be taken with a digital camera set on the highest resolution.
  4. How to adjust for backlighting ( this will be a problem when the light outside of a window is brighter than inside the building)
  5. How to use a tripod (a tripod may not be mandatory)
  6. How to take pictures without a flash. The camera flash could be a problem, so it may be necessary to turn the flash off.


  1. How to open an image into Photoshop.
  2. How to convert a colour image into grayscale.
  3. How to adjust the brightness, contrast and levels of an image in Photoshop.
  4. How to crop an image.
  5. How to resize an image.
  6. How to save in the proper format.
  7. How to submit the photo to the instructor.


1) Elements and Principles of Design - 20 points

There are numerous elements and principles of design. This project will be focusing on the elements of shape, form, lines, and value and the principles of perspective and repetition.

Shape is a closed line. Shapes are considered two dimensional. May be geometrical like a square, triangle or circle. It may be organic, natural, or free formed. Shapes can also be considered as positive and negative space.

Form is a three-dimensional shape. Circles become balls, squares become cubes, and triangles become cones or pyramids.

Lines can be straight, curved, diagonal, zigzag, or implied. They can be used to draw the eye of the viewer to a specific subject. Lines can be used to create both shape and form.

Value is the difference between light and dark. Look for rich blacks, bright whites, and a wide variety of greys to form a good black and white image.

Perspective is created by the location of the photographer. We can change our persective by looking up or down, getting yourself down low or up high, or by choosing between outside and inside.

Repetition is the use of the same object, line, colour, shape, or form in order to draw the viewer into the image.

2) Creativity / Originality - 50 points

Look at the project with fresh eyes. Try to be innovative with your subject matter, point of view and composition. A thoughtful and careful approach to your imagery will assist you in considering different options.

3) Professionalism - 20 points

Professionalism is based on the attention paid to the accurate and careful presentation and submission of the final project.

Photos should be edited in iPhoto and Photoshop


  • 180 pixels/inch
  • Longest side = 10 inches
  • Framed
  • Saved as JPG

Submit your 5 photos to the Block 5 Handin folder

Photos should be properly named: example - PrenskyR_Arch1.jpg


  • Image / Image Size / Longest side to 10 inches / Resolution 180
  • Image / Canvas Size / Add 20 pixels of white to both (1220 / 1820)
  • Image / Canvas Size / Add 40 pixels of black (1260 / 1860)
  • Image / Canvas Size / Add 200 pixels of white (1460 / 2060)

4) Write-up - 10 journal points

Complete the following write-up in your journal. For each photo, answer the following questions:

E and P of Design: Explain how you employed the assigned Elements and /or Principles of Design. Be specific.

Creativity / Originality: What are some of the creative aspects of this photo?  What choices did you make (zoom, angle, perspective, settings, etc)?

Self-Evaluation: What mark do you deserve out of 10 and why?