Camera & Photography
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Ideas and Sample Projects by Grade Level

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Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
Investigate how different color profiles combine colors to produce an image. [E]
Investigate how light passes through pinhole apertures of different sizes. [E]
Investigate the use of the Golden Ratio and the Rule of Thirds in the composition of famous photographs. [E]
Find out how cameras can take pictures [E] [P]
Build a pinhole camera [E] [E] [E] [P]
Digital Cameras & Photography Science Fair Projects & Experiments

Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
Research black and white photography and darkroom equipment. [E]
Experiment with pinhole photography and determine the correct exposure times for different indoor lighting levels. [E]
Find how colors represented by a CMYK (Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Black) model reflects light. [E]
Measure the resolution of a pinhole camera as a function of pinhole diameter. [E]
Build and test a flash extender for a camera's flash attachment using a Fresnel lens. [E]
Use infrared photography to measure the transmission and reflection of near-infrared light by ordinary objects in our everyday surroundings. [E]
Measuring the Speed of Moving Objects with Stroboscopic Photography [E]
What Speed of Film Is Most Tolerant to Light? [E] [P]
View sunspots through a telescope or 'pinhole' camera [E] [E] [E]
Does Price Reflect Quality of One-Time-Use (Disposable) Cameras? [E] [E]
Build your own Trail Camera [E]
Does Using a Lens Affect the Quality of a Photograph Using a Pinhole Camera? [P]
Build Your Own Ring Flash [E]
Build your own Tilt-Shift PC Lens [E]
Build your own View Camera [E] [E]
Build Your Own Water-Proof Camera Housing [E]
Digital Cameras & Photography Science Fair Projects & Experiments

High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Effects of Agitation on Black and White Film Developing. [E]
The use of external flash at shutter speeds higher than the maximum sync speed. [P]
Measure the quality of a photographic lens. [E]
Build a Panoramic Camera [E]
Recognize and count objects such as coins using an optical image acquisition device (scanner, web camera, etc.) and a computer analysis program written in VB6. [P]
Research Stereoscopy and Build a Stereoscope [E]
Improving Binocular Vision in Stereopsis Impairment Using Optical Devices [P]
Let's Build a Stereo-Zoom Microscope [E]
Camera and photography experiments [E]
Digital Cameras & Photography Science Fair Projects & Experiments
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