Understanding What You See



The student will review images from well established social justice photographers, describe what they see in a photograph, identify the mood of a photograph and determine what elements contribute to creating that mood. They will analyze color, light and shadow, and how they contribute to a photograph's meanings. The student will create their own image in that photo matching mood, color, light and shadow observed.

After plan is approved by the teacher, the student will use a digital camera and tripod (or other available devices, such as camera phones or tablets) to execute a plan for "Picturing Social Issue" by taking a series of 25 shots with partner or self timer. Edit for best choice and follow Adobe Photoshop lessons to complete the illustration.

Lesson Time

Jo Teeuwisse introduction
60 Minutes
40 Minutes
Small group discuss
15 Minutes
Research and Plan
60 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
    • Production and Managerial Arts
    • Design, Visual, and Media Arts
    • Performing Arts
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California English Common Core Standards (2)
California's 2013 CTE Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • The student will understand the feeling of an image by listing facts and then giving their opinion of the mood of an image.
  • The student will analyze color and define how color contributes to the message of a chosen image by reviewing and studying the photo illustrations of Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse in a whole class exercise.
  • The student will diagram the source of light and shadow in an image, and communicate how light and shadow influence the meaning of the chosen image.
  • The student will explore a career as a photo illustrator through the work of photo illustrator Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse.

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