Photography Workshop with Brian Cregan
This year Ms Mullally’s fifth class did a five week workshop with a photographer named Brian Cregan. He showed us some of his camera skills that he uses when he takes a picture. We worked on how to take pictures of plants, buildings and people. We really enjoyed doing the workshop with Brian.
Photograms are made by putting objects on photo sensitive paper and exposing it to light. We went outside and collected plants and other specimens and we used these for our photograms. We exposed them for 10 minutes and the dark blue paper went light blue where the light hit it. We put them in water and the colours reversed so the outside was blue again. We brought in everyday objects and used them for our photograms.
We learned different camera skills with Brian. We took pictures at different angles such as a worm’s eye view, a birds eye view, close ups and a wide shot. A worm’s eye view is where you put the camera on the ground and take the picture. A close up is where you take a picture close up to the person and only show the head and shoulders, but you don’t use the zoom. A bird’s eye view is where you take a picture from above and a wide shot is where you get a picture of the person or object from the top to the bottom.
We went on a class tour to the Botanic Gardens with Brian. A tourist guide named Glyn showed us a reconstructed Viking house. We went into a greenhouse full of cacti and palm trees. We saw lots of interesting plants. We completed a scavenger hunt with our camera skills around the botanic gardens. We really enjoyed our trip to the Botanic Gardens and got some great photos!
We learned a lot about pinhole photography with Brian. A pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens. We used shoe boxes to make ours. Light from a scene passes through a pinhole in the box and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box, which is known as the camera obscura effect.
First we got our shoe boxes and painted the inside black. Then we decorated the outside of the box with different coloured paper and some pictures we took.
Next we cut a hole in the box and put our pinhole in. Then we made a flap of black electric tape for the pinhole to make sure no light got in. Then we brought it into the dark room which was set up in the sensory room in our school as it was the darkest room to work in. We could see in there because we had a red LED light. Then we put the photo sensitive paper into the box and we brought it outside, opened the flap and left it outside for 20 minutes. After that we closed the flap and brought it back into the dark room and put it into the chemicals. The chemical we used first was called the developer, that made the picture appear on the sheet, then we put it in the water that washes off the chemicals. Finally we put it in the fixer that would stop it from fading away. Then we put the photograph in a tub of water to wash off the fixer, after that we let the pictures dry overnight and they were developed. Some of them turned out really well, it was a great experience.
Photograms: It was very interesting the way the sun light made a shadow on the photo sensitive paper.
Camera skills: We had great fun exploring the different ways of taking pictures.
Botanic gardens: It was enjoyable learning about the different plants and trees and the green house was very interesting.
Camera obscure: It was amazing the way that the image that was in front of the pinhole projected on to the photo sensitive paper. This was our favourite activity and the results were great.
Overall: We had a fantastic few weeks learning about photography and using the skills ourselves to create some really effective pieces of work.