Portrait PBL


Create a beautiful photograph and accompanying caption through Project Based Learning

This Gets You
to identify the qualities of powerful photographs and effective captions, and to put it to the test behind the camera.

Keep in Mind
our 3 Photography and Video Tips. Keep an open mind and take risks. Taking someone’s photograph or displaying work we’ve created to an audience can be intimidating. Challenge yourself and support those around you to create something to be proud of. 

  1. Frame the activity: What is the theme for the images and captions? ex. Who am I as a school leader? What does engaged learning look like?
  2. Empathy Interview: Find out more about the subject you will photograph. If you are taking portraits, focus you questions to understand more about your partner and their connection to the theme. If the photos are more open ended, seek insights and themes that will help in your search for the image.
  3. What makes a great caption? Look to exemplars in magazines, newspapers or online. Brainstorm as a group what makes a great caption.
  4. Writing Captions:  Using the Caption writing tool and the insights drawn from the interview, craft a caption for your subject. Try to write at least 3 keeping in mind what makes a great caption.
  5. Seek feedback on your captions, and make revisions.
  6. What makes a Powerful Photograph? Share exemplars of powerful photographs and brainstorm what makes the images memorable, powerful or unique. Look at the 3 Tips for taking great photos.
  7. Write your ‘Treatment’ on the Caption Tool. What will you look for when you go shooting?
  8. Shoot a Roll of Film: Analog cameras used rolls of 12, 24, and 36 images. Shoot at least a roll of film keeping in mind the rule of 3’s, lighting, and steadying your camera.
  9. Select the top photos taken, choose 1 and publish. Pair it with your caption.
  10. Exhibition: Gallery Walk the images.