Seeing great photographs is an important step to creating great photographs. Unsplash is an online resource that can help your students.
“Since Unsplash launched over two years ago as a simple Tumblr blog that hosted a handful of free-to-use photos, the site has grown to host over 30,000 high-quality images and is widely regarded as one of the best free stock photo resources on the Web.” — Abhimanyu Ghoshal, The Next Web
What is great about Unsplash.com? It provides free high-resolution photos for commercial and personal use.
Why is Unsplash.com great for educators?
A professional panel picks the featured photographs. You and your students can pick which photograph you would feature from the photographers’ photo set. Comparing your and your students’ choices with the professionals is where the learning happens. Why was a photo judged to be the best among a photographers’ photo set? Was it composition, color, lighting, focus, etc.
To try this now, here are photos from four of the featured photographers. Pick the photograph from each series you believe is the best. The answers from the panel are at the end of the post.
Photos by Jeremy Bishop
Photos by Brennan Ehrhardt
Photos by Olenka Kotyk
Photos by London Scout
Photos by Jacob Sciacchitano
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P.S. To keep your eye sharp, Unsplash.com adds 10 new featured photos every 10 days
*Answers: Jeremy Bishop 2, Brennan Ehrhardt 1, Olenka Kotyk 3, London Scout 3, Jacob Sciacchitano 2
This post appears in a media resource blog written by Paul Pfeffer, Director of Education. Visit Get Smarter Quicker for more media tips.