This lesson follows "A Lesson in Seeing" nicely.

The purpose of this lesson is to teach students to really see the world around them. So often, we go about our daily lives without noticing the details. We get used to the way things are and forget to stop and appreciate things. Especially today, with so much technology and so many choices around us, it is important to slow down sometimes.

Before having students take any photos on a given day, I have them choose an area to explore with their eyes. Their job is to notice everything that would be part of their picture. A great way to do this is to have them draw what they see. Ask them why they think their choice would make a good photo, and have a discussion about the elements that would appear. Look at what the background is, whether their is a main subject to the photo, and why they made that choice. Explore whether there is anything that can be done that will improve the composition, such as moving or removing an object, or adding something.

Then give the cameras and have them make photos of something. Discuss the results.