Advanced Photography Reflection (Q1, Fall 2015)

Vivian Maier Self-Portrait
Vivian Maier Self-Portrait

Advanced Photography – Quarter 1 Reflection

The H-Block Advanced Photography students have discussed what they feel is important to them in this class. They have agreed on three main ideas (listed below). Mr. Gooder agrees to evaluate this class according to these criteria. Students will first write a reflection and share it with their teacher, who will respond in writing.

The reflection itself is an assignment and will be due on Friday.

Directions: Write a paragraph (5 or more sentences) describing your work in each of the following categories. Please pay attention to each of the bullet points (although you don’t need to make a list). You should cite examples of your (ie which projects or images you excelled on, or specific lessons or experiences, in and out of class), and reflect on ways you can improve as you move forward (things you want to learn, pay more attention to, and so on). 

Optional: The class decided that each student should have the option to suggest the letter grade they feel you deserve in each category. Mr. Gooder will assign his own letter grade and compare them. If they differ, he will split the difference. You may prefer Mr. Gooder to do the grading, and just work on the reflection (without assigning grades). 


  • Excludes outcome of print–more about each student trying to do the best work they can
  • Focus on desire to improve, applying techniques, overcoming challenges, reshoot as needed
  • Use class time effectively
  • Try new things (ie painting with developer, solarization, different print sizes, image cropping, and so on)
  • Open to suggestions from teacher and peers
  • Meets deadlines and gets work in on time
  • Pays attention to teacher’s comments (listening and learning shows up in the work)
  • Attention to detail (doesn’t leave negatives out; uses darkroom notebook)
  • Shoots more than just the assignments
  • Tries to improve and grow as a photographer
  • Prompt and prepared – good attendance


  • Demonstrates good darkroom étiquette:
    • washing trays
    • pushing prints into chemistry
    • moving prints along
    • cleaning up your enlarger station / things organized into drawers
    • cleaning up (ie drying prints) for the rest of class
    • careful with the rotary door
    • Watch the phones
  • Helps other students through:
    • Giving constructive feedback while working
    • Participation in critique when work is done–pays attention, looks at work
    • Insightful comments on other peoples work
    • Respecting other points of view
    • Helping to maintain a non-competitive atmosphere in class, or engages in healthy competition

Quality of Work

  • Demonstrates darkroom skills (dodging/burning; filter choice; focus; easel setup; clean negs)
  • Makes choices about individual style or related to what you are trying to express with the print
  • Develops strong negatives (good values and density)
  • Negatives and prints show originality; effort in terms of finding subjects and locations
  • Negatives and prints show variety
  • Shows a distinct point of view; has a story to tell
  • Note: while art is subjective, we agree that all work should be of high quality according to the above criteria