CTC Summer Photography Friends



ROP Career Training Center

Mr. Alaniz



As we approach close to the end of the summer photography classes, collecting all the points the class has to offer is of high priority. As of today your grades have not been posted 🙂  I want to make sure everyone gets opportunity to graduate the class. There are some students who are in need of some credit (points). Please be make sure to complete these assignments to earn extra points. Work diligently and with no interruptions as these will be the last assignments where points can be collected, they will be awarded on Saturday, July 13, 2019 these along with your previous scores will reflect your final grade.


The following assignment is to be presented on July 15, 2019

1.- Come ready to present your Spark website to the class on Monday, you will share why you selected the photos and the camera settings used. Be ready to share with the class ( you will be given 10 minutes) and show us your favorite photos.  When presenting your work to the class be sure to answer these questions :

a) In this class I learned :

b) How do plan on using your photography skills as you graduate High School?

c)  What were the easiest and most difficult parts of this photography class?

d) How has photography changed the way you perceive the elements that surround you: School, people, nature, life, family?

d) What areas of photography would you like to explore?

e) What was the best part of this class?

Please review your Spark website, it should contain the following class assignments and links to other work such as the photo essay listed below on this page.

What is photojournalism?
Black and White abstract photos
Digital media cards: different digital cards
What is the reciprocity law, provide a paragraph
What is composition? Provide examples/images
Fearlessphotagraphy.com ( choose your favorite photographer/photo – provide link)
About professional photo labs ( How to sign up? Pricing and Options)
Class photos – Movement/Black and white/ guiding lines
Bracketing photos sequences (at least 2)
Resume notes
Sky images
Capturing Shadows and creating light painting (Class photos)
Hard shadows/Free style shooting
2.- Let talk about the principles of composition, write a paragraph on the following principles :

Rule of Thirds – Centered composition – Symmetry -Leading lines – Patterns and Textures – Filling the frame – Rule of odds – Depth – Negative Space – Balancing the elements in the frame (image) – Golden Triangles

Present at least 20 images (Spark) showing these principles of composition and explain below every image the principle used in every image.

3.- Now let’s close strong 😉 If you’re looking for your dream job, you have to be prepared to act quickly. That means having an incredible, on-point, “you had us at hello” resume. Is yours in working order? You will need to condense your experience into a compelling marketing document, address resume gaps and job hops. You will present a typed resume in class this Thursday ( if you already have one, fine tune it and bring it to class if not start working on it) here are some tips and templates, don’t forget to add this ROP class 😉


Here is a resume temple you can use


John Doe Student

4567 1st Street  •  Badtown, New York 10001  •  (123) 456-7890  •  john.student@email.com


Self-motivated and highly reliable university student positioned to contribute strongly to customer service operations demanding tact, enthusiasm, and an exemplary work ethic.

  • Customer Service: Able to utilize strong math skills, team orientation, and interpersonal strengths to ensure provision of high-quality customer service within fast-paced retail environments.
  • Communication & Presentation: Charismatic communicator in speech and in writing. Build lasting relationships with both peers and customers.
  • Organization / Computer Skills: Outstanding time-management and organizational abilities. Technical proficiencies include Microsoft Office Suite and social media.
  • Key Strengths: Intelligent and loyal team member, readily listening to others, acknowledging peer accomplishment, and contributing to positive and productive work environments and team morale.


B.A., Business Administration (Anticipated June 2020); 3.87 GPA

New York University, New York, NY

Dean’s List; Rush Chairman, Alpha Beta Kappa; Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society.



Student, Business Administration (2016-Present)

Currently pursuing comprehensive four-year course of study in business administration, laying solid groundwork for eventual career in technology sales. Completed coursework includes negotiation, statistics, and principles of management. Enthusiastically lead group projects and mentor peers in subjects including writing and mathematics.

  • Earned Dean’s List recognition for every term of attendance.
  • Volunteered as guide to high school students participating in college orientation sessions.
  • Selected as dormitory RA tasked with ensuring the welfare of 50 student residents.


THE GAP, New York, NY

Sales Assistant (Summers 2017 and 2018)

Demonstrated engaging customer service skills and a solid work ethic as Sales Assistant for busy retail store. Greeted customers and helped in product selection, check-out, and merchandising.

    • Willingly stepped up to work overtime to ensure adequate staffing during sales events.
    • Earned ‘Employee of the Month’ awards during both summers of position tenure.





*All photo essays are to be presented on a new SPARK web page and presented via link on your current spark page as discussed in class. Your photo essay is due on Saturday, July 13, 2019. Please note, no late submissions will be accepted.

Grading Scale

(Possible points 10)

What exactly are the elements of a good photo essay? A photo essay is meant to communicate information, generally in a persuasive way. Photo essays are generally persuasive essays, which means they need a subject or theme, a direction, and a sense of purpose.

Photo essays need to have a narrative. They communicate information or express an opinion by telling a story. There are a few ways you can choose to do this. A strict narrative will focus explicitly on a person or group’s experience over a set period of time. Like most stories, it has an introduction, climax, and resolution. For example, imagine a photo essay on an immigrant’s journey to America. You may start with pictures of their hometown, move to the struggles of filing paperwork, raising money, and the actual trip, then resolve with them in their new home.

Imagine compiling an essay of photos on a central theme, such as people in poverty. You may not be telling a strict story, focused on a single experience, but there’s still a narrative there. You’re presenting the story of poverty in America.

Grading Criteria

  • There is a text description of the essay’s theme before the images postings.
  • Your photo essay has at least 35 strong images (properly exposed – composition is crucial and  it will be considered) but not more than 45 (photos can be on a grid or on a sequence one by one).
  • All of your images have text captions (How to write photo captions)
  • Photo essay has direction and sense of purpose.
  • All images in the photo essay must be taken by the student.
  • Photos in the essay must not be altered (photo filters added or cloned – color corrections are acceptable)
  • Your site has a paragraph with your biography, photo credit (your name) at the bottom of the page is present and there is an e-mail to contact you.
  • Photo essay must be turned in on the due date as no points will be assigned after the due date.


5 Extra points if the following is present on your web page.

  • Camera settings are included in the captions for every image (f/3.5 – ISO 3200- S 1/60)
  • A small video clip of you narrating (no longer than a minute) why you chose the photo essay topic and why you enjoy the photo class is embedded at the bottom of the web page.
  • A creative self-portrait is embedded in your web page. Yes, it can be a bit abstract 🙂

Can’t think of a topic for your Photo Essay?

Consider these ideas   

  • Street Fashion
  • Follow the change
  • A protest
  • Your dad’s job
  • A local event (perhaps a farmers market)
  • Education (your classes)
  • A day in the life of
  • A landmark

Don’t forget to do your research about your essay… Have fun 😉

As a final note your final written test is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 11, 2019. Subsequently the hands on camera test will take place on Monday, July 15, 2019.