Robbin Rae
CTE Teacher

Photo Roman: Story from the Len's POV

Lesson Plan Published 9/12/19 Last updated on 2/28/20

Students will be able to tell a story using 12-24 still shots demonstrating proper use and framing of the basic camera shots and angles.

Preproduction (4-5 hours)

  1. Lecture: Basic camera shots and angles.
  2. Activity: Create a poster identifying the basic camera shots and angles. Images may be drawn or cutouts.
  3. Lecture: Framing shots and composition.
  4. Workshop: Basic camera functions (zoom, focus, enabling grid). Review basic camera shots, angles, and composition.
  5. Activity: In pairs or in groups, paying close attention to composition, capture still images illustrating the basic camera shots and angles.
  6. Lecture: Storyboarding.
  7. Activity: Storyboard Photo Roman

Production (1-3 hours)

  • Lecture: Roles and responsibilities.
  • In groups, capture shots for Photo Romon. Use props and locations to drive the story. Allow for pick up shots.

Postproduction (3-5 hours)

  • Edit photos in Photoshop.
  • Organize photos in a timeline adding titles/credits. This may be done in a Photoshop timeline, video editing app, or Powerpoint slides. Alternatively, may compile images in Preview as a single .pdf document.


  • In one sentence, what is the story being told?
  • Looking at camera position and framing, character action, props and wardrobe, sound; what works in this film? What could you have given more attention to?
  • Do the editing cuts reflect story progression? Are there moments when the editing brings you closer to the character(s) or takes you out of the story?
  • Thinking about pre-production; writing, shot list and schedule, what could you have done to improve your production?
  • What did you learn from doing this directing exercise?


  1. Reduce leadup activities.
  2. Challenge students by using an exact amount of shots.
  3. Add specific lighting chose to Photo Roman
  4. Add sound effects
  • Adobe Premiere Pro

    Edit media in its native format and create productions for film, TV, and web.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • Lightroom

    The cloud-based photo service for people who love photography.

  • Photoshop Elements

    Organize, edit, create, and share your photos.

  • Premiere Rush

    Create and share online videos anywhere.

Age Levels
1+ Week
  1. Digital camera
  2. Adobe Photoshop
  3. Storyboard
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Ben Wickenden

Posted on 2/26/20 6:21:22 PM Permalink

​Thank You!