Social – Political Propaganda Project

Social Political Propaganda Project

Social-Political Propaganda Project:  This project explores social political propaganda imagery, typography and the use of color as a compositional tool. Student Checklist

Students are required to;

  1. Choose a social political topic
  2. Photograph a subject(s) to use as the main focal point of their project
  3. Use Photoshop and text to enhance their message
  4. Write a short summary (see description below)

Original Photography:

_____            Part 1: Take notes of your camera settings and choice of camera/lens, include all setting, light reading, f-stops, shutter speed, and lighting style used.  Note the students who help you complete your project and what roles they participated in during production.

_____            Part 1: Original photography will be critiqued and graded on the overall thoughtfulness and design of image

_____            Part 1: Photograph subject in RAW with Gray Card

_____            Part 1: Color balance in camera RAW using the image with your gray card

_____            Part 1: Subject(s) in focus

Assembling of Image in Photoshop:

_____            Part 2: Create and label a new folder on your desktop for each project

_____            Part 2: Duplicate the background layer before retouching

_____            Part 2: Use of multiple non-destructively layers

_____            Part 2: Use of various Selection tools to choose image part. (Remember to lower the Opacity mode to help align your images when needed)

_____            Part 2: Use of Layer masks (zoom in, use a hard or soft edge brush)

_____            Part 2: Use of Clipping Masks to improve/alter the individual layers without affecting the entire image

_____            Part 2: Save As > (always keep your multi-layered Photoshop file) Do not email any images files until you have been giving an ok to do so.


 _____            Part 3: Final output; 11X14 @ 300 DPI, Vertical or Horizontal 22X14 @ 300DPI

_____            Part 3: Email flattened JPEG file, keep PSD file on computer

_____            Part 3: Save As >

_____            Part 3: Subject email heading; propaganda project

 Written Summary: (Understanding of Media) 

_____            Part 4: Written summary in Word, include your name, period and the date

_____            Part 4: Describe your image in photographic compositional terms. Include the shot details based on your camera and lighting settings/set-up.  Describe what photography tools were used in the making of you project and explain why you chose each.

_____            Part 4: Explain the message behind your photo collage. Include a personal reflection of your final work.

Photography Rubric:

4 – Excellent work – Met all requirements and handed in work either early or on time – 100%  3 – Good work – Met most requirements and handed in work on time – 85% 2 – Satisfactory – Met few requirements – work handed in late – 70% 1 – Incomplete – Did not meet any set requirements and/or no work was submitted – 55%


  • _______ Photo: Uses the appropriate semi-automatic and manual camera settings for a given situation
  • _______ Photo: Uses a Gray card to set proper exposure
  • _______ Photo: Uses a Hand held meter
  • _______ Photo: Sets up and shuts down a studio set
  • _______ Photo: Sets up and uses Tungsten lighting
  • _______ PS: Creating and using layer masks
  • _______ PS: Retouching images using the PS retouching tools
  • _______ PS: Cropping, resizing and using rulers and guides
  • _______ PS: Work in Adobe Camera Raw
  • _______ PS: Converting images to black and white
  • _______ PS: Scanning images and preparing for output
  • _______ PS: Preparing an image for printing
  • _______ Social: Working independently in the photo studio
  • _______ Social: Critiquing the work of professional, peers and one’s self
  • _______ Social: Speaking with Subjects before, during and after a photo shoot

Common Core:

Key Ideas and Details

  • RST.9-10.3.      Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.

Craft and Structure

  • RST.9-10.4.      Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9–10 texts and topics.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

  • RST.9-10.7. Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.

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