Photograph an Awesome Series; Ignite Your Creativity

Kristin Savko, eLearning Developer, Photographer, Designer

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6 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Welcome!

    • 2. Types of Photo Series

      1- Types of Photo Series.pptx
    • 3. Developing Your Idea

      2- Developing Your Idea.pdf
    • 4. The Power of Photo Composition

      3- Composition.pdf
    • 5. Basic Editing and Effects

    • 6. Creating Your Collage


Project Description

Create a Photo Series Collage


  1. Research photo series

    After watching the Types of Photo series video, visit my Photo Series Pinterest board and/or do some additional research on photo series on your own. Before moving on to the next unit, you should have a solid idea of what a photo series is.


    (Just for giggles, this is the first photo series I shot when I was in college...back in the film days")


  1. Create a word list

    In the Developing Your Idea video, we talked about developing your idea using a word list.

    Now it's your turn. Go ahead and brainstormthe photo series that you would like to complete by creating your own word list.

    After you're done, remember to post your list to your project to get some feedback from your peers.


    As a reminder the steps to creating a word list are:

    1.Pick a topic and write it at the top of the paper

    2.List words and phrases that come to mind

    3.Out of ideas? Stop.

    4.Circle favorites

    5.Cross out dislikes

    6.Possibly start over by using one of the circled items as a new topic

  2. Create a shot list

    Create your shot list.  Remember, your shot list is your list of photographs that you plan to take as part of your series.

    It can be as detailed or as freeform as you'd like. List out approximately 8-10 images that you'd like to photograph. 


  3. Create a Pinterest mood board

    Now that you have a word list and an idea for your series, create your own Pinterest mood board.

    Your mood board can be specifically about the subject of your photo series, or it can be images that help capture the mood that you would like to convey. You want your mood board to help you develop your ideas and your subject by giving you a visual representation of your subject. In other words, you mood board should help you really see your theme clearly.

    You can visit my Pinterest mood board for an example.

  4. Share your idea

    This is a great time to get feedback on your idea. Post a scan or photograph of your word list or sketches and/or a screen capture or link to your Pinterest mood board.

    Remember, constructive feedback is how we grow as artists. Please help out some fellow classmates and give them feedback on their work.


  1. Practice basic photo composition

    Now that we've talked about composition, for practice, try framing images with your camera in different ways. What techniques do you like best? Is there a technique you'd like to apply to this series?


    Remember, we discussed the following elements of composition:

    • Rule of Thirds
    • Leading Lines/Curves
    • Line and Form (Shape)
    • Framing
    • Repeating Elements or Patterns
    • Symmetry
    • Texture and Detail
  2. Photograph your series

    Time to get out there and start shooting! Work from your shot list, but it is just a guide. If inspiration strikes, go with it! Have fun and take lots of photos!

    Remember to practice and look for elements of composition as you photograph. Try to frame the same subject in different ways and see what you like best.

    Your series can be photographed in out outing, or it may need to take place over a series of photo sessions. That will most likely vary based on the particular subject of your series.


  1. Edit and create effects

    Edit and create effects to your photographs to enhance your images and your vision. You can use Pixlr as discussed in this section's video, or you can use any other photo editing software you are comfortable with, including: Photoshop, Instagram, PicMonkey, etc.

    As you edit, keep in mind:

    • Edits should be subtle and enhance your photos. Don't over do it.
    • You final images will need to work together- They should have a similar look and feel
    • You shouldn't add text or frames to the images during this step of the process. We will do that as part of the final step.
    • You may not want to apply any edits or filters to your final project, and that's ok! (However, I would suggest playing with a few images just for practice)
    • Have fun with your photos!
  2. Select final series images

    Select your final series images and post them to your student project. 

    Hint: You will receive better feedback to your project if you note what editing you did to your photos (Did you adjust the saturation? Apply a filter? What program did you use).

Collage and Share

  1. Assemble your project

    Time to select 4-9 of the photographs from your photo series to assemble a collage.

    You can use or any other software of your choosing. 

    As you assmeble your collage, keep in mind:

    • How the arrangement of images looks
    • Maintain a consistant look and feel for your photos
    • Possibly adding frames or text to the collage
  2. Share your project

    Upload your final project. Can't wait to see it!

Additional Resources

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