Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Trick Photography Explained

October 29th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, October 29, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The American Museum of Photography – Photographic Fictions

(www.photographymuseum.com/photographicfictions.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Explore the history of trick photography with this website from The American Museum of Photography. The museum offers an exhibit called “Photographic Fictions: How The Camera Learned To Lie” that documents the history of how photographers used the camera to create pictures that tampered with reality. This online exhibit is really a companion to a book by the same title.

The exhibit is set up like a book – you simply click your way through the chapter pages to see great pictures and read text that illustrates the progress of trick photography from altered daguerreotypes to composite photographs designed to fool the eye. When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes: 

  • Introduction: Tampering With Perfection – Find out how early photographers used embellishment to improve upon reality.
  • Montages, Multiples & Mischief – Discover the secrets of double exposures and the art of creating photomontages.
  • Do You Believe? Spirit Photography, 1868-1935 – In early photography a person who moved out of camera range after only a portion of the exposure was completed would appear as a see-through blur or a “ghost.” One photographer claimed he had taken actual photographs of ghosts, starting a fad of spirit photography and a scientific controversy that lasted well into the 20th century. See the images and read the story in this section.
  • Seeing Double: Creating Clones With a Camera – In the 1860s, photographers developed techniques to duplicate people – causing them to appear twice in the same photograph. These double-exposure novelties were popular for more than three decades.
  • Faux Snow: Climate Change In the Studio – See how photographers created Winter climate conditions in their studios.
  • “Did You Ever Have a Dream Like This?” – Check out the home-grown surrealism of trick photographer “Dad” Martin.

This online exhibit provides a really fascinating peak at the development of an art form of illusion. It makes one question the belief that “the camera doesn’t lie.” 

Note: Today’s featured website houses other exhibits by the American Museum of Photography as well. We have not previewed the other exhibits, so our suggestion (as always) is for parents to review the content for suitability before sharing it with your children.

Learn about Digital Photography

August 27th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, August 27, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Digital Photography School

(digital-photography-school.com/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website created by Darren Rowse provides a bonanza of digital photography how to’s and helpful hints to make the most of your digital camera.

The best place for your student to start is on the “Digital Photography Tips and Tutorials for Beginners” page accessed by hovering over “Tips & Tutorials” on the upper menu, then selecting it from the list. On this page students can learn: 

  • The basics of exposure
  • How to use digital camera settings and features
  • Handling and care of a digital camera
  • Using a flash
  • Understand depth of field
  • Nature and wildlife photography
  • And much more!

Parents will want to check out the entry called “13 Lessons to Teach Your Child About Digital Photography” to help their children learn some basics of taking a photograph.

When your student is finished going through all the beginner information you may want to dig deeper using the upper menu to discover tips for taking portrait and landscape pictures, explore the cameras and equipment that is out there, and learn about ‘post production‘ of their photos with editing software and more.

There are courses that can be purchased from this website, but visitors will find a lot of great free information about photography that they could easily create their own short course for their student.

Picture Perfect Museum of Photography Tour

August 26th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, August 26, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The American Museum of Photography

(http://www.photographymuseum.com/guide.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Take a picture-perfect guided tour of the American Museum of Photography with this website. Don’t let the home page of this tour dissuade you from visiting.

When arriving at today’s link you will see a page of text with many underlined links that will take you to different destinations. After reading through the text to learn more about the different exhibits, in the Exhibitions paragraph, locate the “Exhibitions Floor” link to go to the meat of the tour. When the page opens choose one of the 3 exhibitions available: 

  • Inventing Modernism – Learn about the beginnings of modernism in photography and examine example of this art form.
  • Beneath the Wrinkle – Discover the photography of Clarence H. White and how his work transformed when he was commissioned to illustrate a narrative for McClure’s Magazine: “Beneath the Wrinkle” by Clara Morris.
  • Auto Chromes: The World Goes Color-Mad – Explore the first steps into color photography.

Back at the home page you will find more adventurous tours into the world of photography with such online exhibits as: 

  • Special effect photography including photography noir, fictions, photomontage, faux snow pictures, creating clones with a camera, “spirit photography”, and more
  • Photography with a historical and cultural significance
  • Animal photography
  • Masterworks of Photography
  • Architectural photography

When you are finished digging through the museum check out the “Research Center” to learn about various photographic processes, preservation of photos, and more.

Note: As always, please be sure to preview this website before allowing your students to visit as there may be some images that some will find not suitable for children.

Bookmark this one to include in your art studies.

Fun Facts About Fungi

November 3rd, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, November 3, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fun Facts About Fungi

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision; however, non-readers will need help navigating the site and younger children may enjoy some of the interactive games.)

 

This website is designed to help kids learn all about fungi.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu that includes: 

  • Experiments, Puzzles, & Games – Click on this section to find activities that will help you learn about fungi. Learn the parts of a mushroom, discover where fungi live and grow, cook with fungus, try a science experiment or two, and play an online mushroom hunt game.
  • Fun Facts About Fungi – This section contains fascinating information about the biodiversity of fungi. Learn about various forms of fungi including mushrooms, lichens, and slime molds. Find out how insects coexist with fungi, learn the history of penicillin, and discover how forms of fungi are used in medicine and industry.
  • Teacher’s Guide – This section is really a site map that displays the topics covered in the items mentioned above.
  • Meet The Authors – Read a brief bio on the creators of this website.

This site provides a great introduction to the study of fungi. If your students want to know more, try this site as well:

Fungi — See stunning photography of fungi, yeasts, slimes, molds, rusts, etc.

Free Molecular Investigations for Students

September 8th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, September 8, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Molecular Expressions: Powers of 10

(http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersof10/

index.html)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 3-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free activities that allow students to explore the fascinating world of optical microscopy through amazing color photographs. You’ll see images of the cellular levels of everything from hamburgers to superconductors.

When you get to the site, you will see a brief introduction that explains that you are about to take a virtual journey from the Milky Way to the microscopic world. In successive orders of magnitude, journey from the Milky Way Galaxy “into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.” When you are through watching the display, use the menu on the left side of the screen to explore: 

  • Optics Timeline – See highlights of important events and developments in the science of optics from prehistory to the beginning of the 21st century.
  • Student Activities – Investigate light, optics, and color with an assortment of online activities. Discover more about:
    • Animal Vision
    • Eclipses
    • Cameras and Photography
    • Binoculars, Periscopes, & Kaleidoscopes
    • 3D Images & Holograms
  • Tutorials – Access a curriculum resource package for elementary grade students that combines scientific inquiry, hands-on and interactive computer-based instruction, text, and animated manipulatives for a variety of learning experiences. Some of the activities include:
    • Newton’s Prism Experiments
    • Refraction of Light
    • Microscope Magnification
    • Optical Illusions
    • Human Vision

You can also explore digital video galleries to learn more about digital microscopes and the spectrum of applications. The content on this site is massive, so bookmark it to return often.

Fantastic Cell & Science Animations!

March 31st, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, March 31, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Cells Alive!

 

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 4-12, children with parental supervision)

 

This terrific, ad-supported site offers free animations, interactive and colorful illustrations, amazing photography, and interesting text to help visitors learn about the many forms and functions of cells. It was developed by a photographer with 30 years of experience capturing film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research. When you get to the site, use the menu to explore categories that include:

*Cell Biology – Learn about the structure of plant, animal, and bacterial cells that includes interactive animation of mitosis and meiosis, and a quiz to check your knowledge on cell structure and function.

*Microbiology – Get familiar with viruses, bacteria, and parasites from E.coli to strep to HIV – and take the quiz on microbes.

*Immunology – Don’t miss the anatomy of a splinter, the workings of allergies and mites, making antibodies, and take the quiz on the immune system.

*Microscopy – Get the scoop on the latest techniques for cell imaging and research and visit The Crystal Gallery for some eye-popping microscope images.

You can also examine cell models, view an animation of the cell cycle, watch the “Cell Cams” that let you see in real time how long it takes for cancer cells and bacteria cells to double. Solve some puzzles and take some quizzes too.

You can purchase downloads, but no purchase is necessary to access the free content.

This is a “must see” site for anyone studying the sciences in grades 6 and up. Younger students will find aspects of it interesting too  – parents can preview the site to determine which parts will be of the most interest to their kids. Bookmark this site to return often.

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