Week 2 – What Gives you HOPE!

Part 1 – Background

Last weeks assignment dealt with the distancing, the change in daily life, the unknown of the next day, etc. By this point on the calendar you will been away from school as you knew it for close to one month. Around you has begun a new normal. Lunch via Skype, not having to get dressed for school, no longer carrying backpacks to class, and the list could go on and on.

Watch the video below.

Part 2 – Assignment

Part A – Photographing

Photograph what gets you through and what gives you hope. What around you keeps you positive in and ready for when the GREEN light comes back into our lives? Find at least 3 items that give you the feeling of HOPE. Photograph them keeping in mind the Elements of Photography.


Part B – Editing

Photograph those things. You can use the apps from the last assignment like Snapseed, Photoshop Express, or Lightroom. But be creative, search your phone app store for “Photo Filter Apps”. You’ll find ones based on calendar years like 1967, or Retro Filter for some very unique looks. The Online Learning Page has others.

Whatever you do make sure you use the SAME filter/edit for each photo.


Part C – Collage

Using a collage app or your computer place your best 3 images together. Here’s a list of the best collage apps. You may or may not already have one of these. 


New HOPE garden planned for Austin in the future by the airport.

Part 3 – Turn-in – Due April 13th


Commercial Photography 1 –

Using your Schoology account turn in your best image to the assignment area. With your submitting go to the comments section of Schoology and describe what about the images you captured give you hope for the future. All collages due by 4PM.

To find comment section on phone look for an icon like this one:

On the computer in the top right are of your submission you will see a comment section. When you’re logged in it will have your photo next to the “Add a comment” window.



Commercial Photography 2 & Practicum –

Turn into your Wix blog your best 3 images, either individually or as collage shown below. With your submitting on your blog post include what about the images you captured give you hope for the future.

Email your instructor once the images are posted john.smallwood@killeenisd.org. NO EMAIL. NO GRADING. Zero.



Part 4 – Examples

Before placing them in the collages I edited the images using SnapSeed app only. The collage below was done using the PicPlay-Post app.


The PicPlay-Post app is okay but it leaves a watermark on the image. I then used an app I read about through a social media blog called MOLDIV. Very cool app and loads of options. Free. And no watermarkering.

Again EDIT your photos before combining images. And BEFORE turning in your assignment.

What about these images give me hope?

My faith is very important whether it’s doing church from home or meeting with my Sunday morning bible study online. My faith is with me no matter the world around me. Whether it’s political issues, financial crisis, health concerns, etc. my trust in God has been a strong hold throughout my lifetime. And just as I continue to believe in a better life each day, month, and year, wildflowers continue to bloom each spring. They come back as a reminder of better things to come, sometimes not as many as in previous years past but they bloom. These are things that bring me hope for the future.