Top Photographers of Park Ridge High

Top Photographers of Park Ridge High

Year 10 students from Park Ridge State High School have been busy practicing photography this year in a unit called ‘Top Photographer’ that involved a number of unique and creative challenges.

The ‘Top Photography’ challenge was carried out by more than 20 students during Term 4 and consisted of four unique briefs. 

From holiday themed shoots to editorials and commercial photography, nothing was off the table.

The students’ teacher Symone Bentley says this was a fun unit which allowed the students to put the skills they’ve learnt throughout the year into practice. 

“It was an introduction to photography class,” Ms Bentley said. 

“The students were taught composition and how to use the cameras throughout the year and ‘Top Photography’ was an opportunity to use those skills.” 

The first challenge was called ‘Fusion Foods’ where the task was to cook a pancake breakfast and an iced coffee then photograph the meal for a hypothetical restaurant’s website and menu. 

“They were given a design brief for a made up company named Fusion Foods who were looking to upgrade their menu and they needed some photos to show off a modern food look,” Ms Bentley said. 

Student Sommer won this challenge.

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The Fusion Foods photography challenge

The second challenge was a Halloween themed shoot where students had to photograph a self made spooky set with a human subject. 

“For that one they did a more holiday themed shoot so they had to create their own Halloween set,” Ms Bentley said. 

It taught them the skills required in the real world such as set design, and makeup and costume design and the winner was student Kiara. 

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The Halloween Shoot Challenge

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The third challenge was ‘Toy Ganza,’ where students explored toy photography by designing photos for the front cover of a toy magazine. 

“The students had to come up with three shots of the toys to create a story,” she said. 

“Some students created mini sets for their toys while others used backdrops we had in the class.”

This challenge was won by Kya Lee and her shoot revolving around DC movie character Harley Quinn. 

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Kya Lee’s winning shoot from the Toy Ganza challenge

See other honourable mentions from the Toy Ganza Challenge below:

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Last but not least, the final challenge was a festive Christmas photoshoot. 

Ms Bentley says that she is extremely proud of the students’ work and it was a joy to watch their creative independence flourish. 

“It’s not like your normal class work,” she said. 

“It allowed them to develop their own style because everyone views through the lens a lot differently. 

“So every time they created it wasn’t me saying ‘Okay this is what we are going for,’ they got to create their own vision of how they saw each of the challenges.” 

Ms Bentley says photography is a great creative outlet for the students to pursue.

“A lot of people think photography is just point and shoot but it’s not, it’s a whole lot more,” she said. 

“I like how we capture the moment.

“I don’t have the best memory but by taking a photograph I get to relive that moment over and over again. 

“I think the kid’s have a real interest and passion for it.”

‘Top Photographer’ is planned to continue in next year’s photography class. Meanwhile, check out some of the other creative endeavours Park Ridge High students have been up to throughout the year. 

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