Welcome!

More and more of the information we consume today comes in digital form. We view it on computers, tablets, gaming systems, and phones. Likewise, more and more of the work our students are producing here at California Lutheran High School is in digital form as well. This site is meant to be a place to share what our students have learned and created.

Work appears in reverse chronological order below. To see work from particular courses, click the ‘Categories’ links on the menu at the left…or just click the links below.

Filter Madness

Photo by Iris D.

Photo editing software give us the ability to apply a vast variety of filters to add subtle…and not so subtle adjustments to photos. For this project, students were to take an original photo and apply a variety of filters to their work, and then share five results that tey found interesting.

Click the links below to check out the students’ work:

Let’s Go Crazy!

Composition by Tim C.

While learning our mad Photoshop skills, we just HAVE to exercise our new powers. As the saying goes…”With great power comes great responsibility.” For this project, students took an original photo, then added some elements from other sources to…well, go crazy!

Check out their creations here.

After & Before

Photographers today have great power. If they don’t like an element of a photo, they can remove it…or add something that wasn’t really there. This type of editing is unethical in photojournalism, but happens all the time in portrait photography and advertising. In this project, students were asked to take a photo, and then remove some distracting elements to make it a better photo. In the slideshow above, the AFTER photo comes first…then the original.

If you’d like to take a closer look, check out the online album here.

Green Seas Awards Show

This is the time of year for award ceremonies. Celebrities walk the red carpet, showing off their designer attire. The media is abuzz over the top candidates for each award.

After viewing the ‘Green Seas’ episode from the BBC series Blue Planet 2, the biology class was divided into groups and tasked with nominating organisms for four different categories:

  • Top Predator
  • Most Valuable Organism
  • Most Unusual Organism
  • Cleverest Creature

Check out the presentation above to see the nominees…and of course…the winners of each category (Click the ‘Full Screen Icon’ to get the full effect. Thankfully, there are no acceptance speeches.

Photo Safari: Rule of Thirds

Photo by Hannah Y.

Beginning photographers have one rule of composition…put your subject in the dead center of the photograph. In photography class, we spend a great deal of time talking about composing interesting photos. One of the most basic rules of composition is the ‘Rule of Thirds‘ which divides the image into thirds horizontally and vertically. Objects of interest are placed along one of the lines or at the intersection of lines.

Check out the photos taken by the class here.

Hidden Faces

Photo by Lily B.

Photographers see the world differently. A photograph is a small piece of the world frozen in time and place. In this project, our C-Hawk photographers were tasked with looking at the world differently…looking for faces in everyday objects.

Check out the class photos here.