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will milne
Photographer and Photography Educator

Photography Project: Painting Recreation Composite

Project Published 7/17/18 Last updated on 8/18/18

This project was originally written for an advanced-level digital photography class, but could easily be adjusted for a graphic design class or lower level class.

Brief Description: (please see attached PDF for lesson plan)

This project helps to develop students compositing skills while simultaneously learning about art history.

Students choose a famous painting and then work to replace various elements of the painting (people, items, etc...) with their own photographs, paying special attention to the pose, lighting, edit and more.

See files for more information!

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Duration
1+ Week
ISTE NETS-S
Communication and Collaboration, Digital Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation, Technology Operations and Concepts, Critical Thinking Problem Solving and Decision Making
Materials

DSLR cameras, lighting equipment, computer or tablet equipped with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

CC License
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Ratings
5 / 5 • 13 Ratings

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Ahmed Belal

Posted on 12/2/18 5:37:09 AM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing

Patrick Caster

Posted on 11/16/18 9:40:16 PM Permalink

​I do this assignment with on difference, the students must recreate the painting with a photograph. They must find a painting and then replicate the pose, costume, lighting and composition.

Ginger Sisco-Cook

Posted on 10/4/18 3:12:23 PM Permalink

What a great idea. An opportunity to teach technical skills along with the history of art. Thanks for sharing!​

will milne

Posted on 10/4/18 3:31:05 PM Permalink

​Thanks!

Judy Durkin

Posted on 9/24/18 5:45:09 PM Permalink

I love the concept and will do it with my Yearbook students since they are the only ones with access to cameras. I think I will also open it up to clip art.

Dr. Tarek Bahaa El Deen

Posted on 9/19/18 6:45:52 PM Permalink

​Hi Will

Really it's very helpful Project

I appreciate your work, thank you for sharing

I'll use it in my graphic design class.

I know my students are going to benefit from this!

Avonn Nova

Posted on 8/16/18 2:16:51 AM Permalink

​Wow this is a nice way to assess the skills of the students.

Alister Gray

Posted on 8/15/18 9:03:10 AM Permalink

​Thanks very much. Great simple idea that can be as complex as the students want to make it

Dena Wilson

Posted on 8/8/18 5:45:17 PM Permalink

What a great project. And easily adaptable to specific classes or age groups. ​

will milne

Posted on 8/8/18 5:54:15 PM Permalink

​Thanks!!

Ron Kusayanagi

Posted on 8/8/18 4:09:10 PM Permalink

​Great research project and using digital skills to apply for the 21st century.

Farah Mahbub

Posted on 8/8/18 2:11:19 PM Permalink

​What a wonderful idea, I will certainly do this assignment with my students.

Sung Yumi

Posted on 8/8/18 2:08:16 PM Permalink

Brilliant project!

will milne

Posted on 8/8/18 3:15:46 PM Permalink

​Thanks!

Héctor Adolfo Bernal Sandoval

Posted on 8/8/18 12:19:23 PM Permalink

​Thanks for the material

Maarten Vanthiel

Posted on 8/8/18 12:16:49 PM Permalink

Two downloads come without extens​ions.

will milne

Posted on 8/8/18 3:15:08 PM Permalink

​Those might be the two URLs that link to helpful information from Adobe Create.

Jessica Campbell

Posted on 8/8/18 12:11:01 PM Permalink

​I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!!! Definitely using this year. Thanks for sharing!

will milne

Posted on 8/8/18 3:15:36 PM Permalink

​Of course! My students always have a lot of fun with it and learn about art history at the same time.

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