Photography with Year Three

I’ve recently enjoyed several happy afternoons working with the three year 3 classes at Wheelers Lane Primary School.  A selection of the work is available via this linkIMG_1338

Using cameras on the school iPads, pupils were able to develop their photography skills and stretch their creativity.  The project was linked to the KS2 Geography curriculum and culminated in a field trip to Kings Heath High Street.


The first session was classroom based, the aim being to gain confidence with the cameras. The photographers were asked to find bright colours around the classroom to photograph, along with a number of other challenges:  photograph corners, why corners? – photograph ‘looking through’, photograph patterns.

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We also discussed the importance of seeing lines within a composition, alongside practical issues of how best to hold the iPads whilst photographing and selecting our favourite images.

The second session with each class involved taking images outside around the school site, we had lovely February sunshine for these sessions and were able to capture shadows, patterns, signs, diagonal lines and other things that interested us.

For the final session, each class had planned the route from school, to All Saints Church, pupils had developed their own photographic interests and were engaged in capturing lots of images.  We also photographed the points of the compass.

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Many thanks to all staff and students for a successful, enjoyable project.


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Why Corners?

When teaching photography, I try to establish precision from the get go.  I want the photographer to consider how they are taking the photo, not just what they are taking.  I suggest looking around the edge of the frame to decide what to include, what to exclude from the image.  We always check our photos and think if & how they can be improved. Many good photos have been taken by chance, I want strong compositions to be taken purposefully.

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Corners are everywhere, they are commonplace but also abstract enough to encourage and enable original thinking – the definition of creativity.  I will often challenge new photographers to find and take pictures of corners.  It requires precision, which develops composition skills, yet it’s wonderfully open to interpretation, which allows children to work at a level they choose.

That’s why corners.


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#160mc Four-week project highlights

Well done (to all those who know they deserve it) for the time, effort and creativity you put into the films screened yesterday.  With only one or two exceptions the technical standard of the work was very high.  You’ve all been asking for more feedback, below are Sanna’s detailed remarks, do have a look.

I wanted to highlight what I felt were the most interesting film from each group – CMYK.  Productions that pushed the envelope, creatively, technically, narratively and experimentally.  The following films did all those things:

C – Nobody’s Fate – POV shot warning regarding work-based mishaps

nobodys fate

M – The Man who didn’t like Star Wars – B&W bench-based chat

Y – The Trip – A big night out turns messy

K – The Coin – Parallel fates play out

I also wanted to give special mention to:
The Last Game – Russian Roulette with great violence and accompanying sound
Demons Within – Revenge-chiller with snappy cinematography
Caffe Noir – Moody coffee-shop thriller

Don’t feel disheartened if your film isn’t mentioned above, the standard was high. Consider what would have improved your work and put this in your evaluations.  We work together to get better.

Lets get all the films uploaded onto Vimeo and added to the group 16oMC 4 Week Project

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ATC vulnerable witnesses

For the ATC

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Film for the Law Commission

I’ve just completed a film celebrating 50 years of the Law Commission.  It was screened last Thursday in the Houses of Parliament.

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Adnaan Khan – Reference

Adnaan was a media production undergraduate working on his final project when I first met him, as his tutor I was instantly impressed with his dedication and passion for his work, he is an intelligent, reliable young man with great drive, a good sense of humor and excellent interpersonal skills.

We stayed in touch after he graduated and I was eager to involve him in my professional work as his technical abilities on set match his other attributes.  He has proved himself invaluable on a number of projects, working with some high profile clients, he’s eager for knowledge and ready to offer ideas and solutions under pressure.

I continue to work with Adnaan and can highly recommend him, below is some of the work we have produced together.

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Filming with Geese Theatre at Countess of Chester Hospital

We’re producing a series of training videos addressing Capacity.


Lou and Dave getting into role.


Dave as a 80 year old dementia patient.  Only his arm makes it into the final cut, quite a buff bicep for an 80 year old.


Emma checking I’m fit to begin filming.

Thanks to Emma for the photos, Geese Theatre for an enjoyable shoot as ever and Rosie for her wonderful input.

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