Place Assignment


New York circa 1932. “Night view, Manhattan.” Photo by Berenice Abbott (1898- 1991)

Due for Critique (Thursday October 27):

  • 6 or more 5×7” prints
  • A typed paragraph (5-7 sentences) describing why you chose this place (visually why it interested you; why it’s important). Include in your paragraph:
    • Where you photographed
    • What caused you to choose this location – why is it important?
    • What you saw when you arrived; what you chose to photograph and why
    • How your images all together tell the viewer about this place. Are you happy with the results?
    • Include your name
    • Print in 14 or 16 point font (so we can read it on the wall)

Assignment Goals:
* Explore a place outside of your house or school
* Choose a place with visual interest to you: look for shapes, shadows, textures, angles, patterns
* Choose a place that has meaning: a street, a barn, a bridge, a place of worship, a field, a stream, a forest, a graveyard, a factory, a room–inside, outside, rural or urban!
* Shoot one entire roll at the location. Get some wide shots (far back) and close ups (details). Play with composition and design.
* If the light isn’t right you may want to return when it is better.
* Try to get just the place. If people are in it, they should be apart of the place, not the main subject.

Download the Place Assignment Lecture (with examples) here: 

Lecture – Place Assignment

Your Photo Field Trip Blog Post

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Post their best images, with writing, from our photo expedition from Porter to Harvard Squares in Cambridge. This is what needs to be in your post:


  • Make sure you finish editing your images (which includes correcting and enhancing) before publishing them
  • Export your collection as JPEGS. Choose 2500 pixels as your long image edge. Choose maximum quality. You will upload these images (rather than your originals). These images will show all of your edits.
  • Publish your collection — no fewer than 8 images, no more than 20.
  • You may publish as a slideshow, mosaic, or other arrangement…OR, you may weave the images into your writing (see bel0w), like an article.


  • Write three short paragraphs.
  • In paragraph one, describe your thinking before the trip. What you were looking for? What were you challenging yourself to capture?
  • In paragraph two, tell some specific stories from about your photography from the shoot. What was as you expected? What surprised you? Who or what did you see that drew your eye, and how did you photograph it?
  • In paragraph three, reflect on the field trip. What did you learn about photography?In general, what interests you about cities, design, architecture, people and culture? Do you enjoy being in the city? Did the trip change you as a photographer? How will this experience affect you in the future?

Digital Photo Field Trip to Cambridge!


A street candid by photographer Alex No Logo

We are planning a field trip for a full day, on Thursday, October 13th, to Cambridge to shoot photographs. This trip will give the students an opportunity to document urban subjects, like people and architecture. This will also help photography students understand the many great photographers they have studied this year, who spent their careers exploring big cities with cameras in their hands. We hope to get great new material to print by the end of the semester.

Some inspiration / context: 

Street Photo Slideshow with links

Some details…


We will get ourselves to Cambridge by train and walk through a variety of interesting locations, capturing images as we go. We will have lunch in Harvard Square and take the train home, returning by the end of the school day.


We will be taking the Commuter Rail from Concord to Porter Square. We will walk to the Lunder Art Museum at Lesley University School of Art and Design to see a retrospective of the work of photographer Irving Penn. We will then walk to Harvard Square, taking photos as we go. We will have lunch in Harvard Square. We will enter the “T” at Harvard Square, take the Red Line back to Porter Square, and the Commuter Rail back to Concord.

Chaperones and Guidelines

Students will be accompanied by a chaperone in groups of five or six, but will be encouraged to spread out a bit to explore their environment and to take photos (photo taking in a herd doesn’t work well!). Students should bring a cell phone to stay in contact with their chaperone and their teacher.  

Adobe Lightroom Tutorials


  1. Importing your Images: Step by Step instructions
  2. Organizing your photos (Flags, Stars, Color tags): Organizing photos video
  3. Developing Basics: Developing basics video
  4. Quick Develop:


  1. White Balance:
  2. Selective Hue, Saturation and Luminence:
  3. Vibrance Vs. Saturation:
  4. Enhancing images with Clarity, Vibrance and Saturation: (link)
  5. Highlights, Shadows, White and Blacks: (link)
  6. Dodge and Burn with the Adjustment Tool: Dodge and Burn

Click here to watch more short videos from expert trainers:

Adobe Lightroom Tutorials online