Mood Challenge


Create a grid of eight images that visualizes a specific mood, using a combination of found stock photography and photos you take yourself.

PartDueTime needed
A Design &
B Documentation
Apr 16 2015, 11:59pm1.5 hours (90 minutes)
C FeedbackApr 17 2015, 11:59pm40 minutes
D ResponseApr 18 2015, 11:59pm20 minutes


This assignment aims to build understanding of the following:

  • combining images
  • curves
  • finding stock photos
  • grids
  • image frames
  • levels
  • sharpening
  • Assignment details

    Part A: Design

    Part B: Documentation

    Part C: Feedback

    Part D: Response

    Examples of Student Work

    Click on any of the images below to see a full example of Parts A and B of the Challenge.

    Mood Challenge by Adrianna Owens

    Mood Challenge by Robyn Feinberg

    Professional Examples

    'Cozy winter camping' Mood Grid


    Part A: Design

    Step 1: Read

    Read the following book sections:

    Step 2: Think

    To come up with a 'mood' concept for a group of images, there are several thinking steps required.

    2a. Think of a topic that you are interested in that you can easily visualize. Your topic must include one item from the following three lists:

    Emotive word:

    Times & dates:


    Some examples created from choosing one item from each category include:

    2b. Write a list of keywords associated with your topic that could be photographed.

    For example, a list associated with the subject 'wild winter hiking' could include:

    Step 3: Take photos

    3a. Follow David Calvert's instructions.

    Step 4: Find stock photos

    4a. Create a user account on Getty Images.

    4b. Enter each of the keywords on your list into the search feature in Getty Images.

    4c. Find one or two images that fulfill the requirements of each keyword.

    Pro tip: Collecting more images is always better than collecting not enough.

    Step 5: Create grid

    5a. Open Indesign and create a new document 800 pixels wide by 1600 pixels high. Set a margin of 10px on all sides. Here is a screenshot of the settings you need:

    5b. Set up your grid.

    Using the 'Document Grid' as a background, draw your grid using the Guides feature. Drag a

    5c. Create your eight image boxes, and place your images.

    5d. Change your the position and cropping of your images as necessary to achieve the best composition.

    5e. Re-edit any images in Photoshop if their lighting, color, contrast or saturation does not fit within your grid composition.

    Step 6: Output

    6a. Export a PNG image from Indesign.

    6b. Open your PNG in Photoshop, and choose the option File/Save for web. This will optimize your PNG for best display on WebCampus.

    Part B: Documentation

    Step 1: Write

    Write in a text editor of your choice (for example Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, or Google Documents), one to two sentences (50 words) about your image.

    1a. Write a list of photo credits, like this:

    1b. Answer ALL of the following questions about your image:

    1c. Save this text document on your computer/hard drive.

    Step 2: Submit

    Click on the 'Webcampus Discussion Board' link at the top of this page.

    2a. Create a new thread by clicking the 'Create Thread' button in the top left corner of the Discussion Board forum.

    2b. Enter the name of your mood board as the title of your thread.

    2c. Add your optimized image to your thread.

    2d. Copy and Paste your writing from the text editor to WebCampus.

    2e. Save your thread.

    Part C: Feedback

    Step 1: Look

    Read and view the Challenges posted by your class members in the discussion forum.

    Step 2: Choose

    Choose three of your fellow students threads to give feedback comments. Do not comment on threads that have three feedback comments already; this ensures every submission entry will get three answers.

    Tip: If you give feedback early, you will get more choice as others will not have had a chance to give feedback yet.

    Step 3: Write

    3a. In the text editor of your choice, write your feedback. Provide the following information in your feedback:

    3b. Save these answers on your computer or removable hard drive.

    Step 4: Submit

    4a. Create a reply thread for each of the three Challenges you chose to answer by clicking the blue ‘Reply’ button on the bottom left corner of the thread.

    4b. Copy and paste your answers from your text editor into the reply threads for each question and submit your reply thread.

    Part D: Respond

    Step 1: Read

    Read the feedback posted in your discussion forum thread.

    Step 2: Think

    Think about the feedback you received, and identify which comments were most helpful.

    Step 3: Write

    3a. In the text editor of your choice, write a response to the feedback. In this response:

    3b. Save this response on your computer or removable hard drive.

    Step 4: Submit

    4a. Create one reply comment for all the feedback you received by clicking the same blue ‘Reply’ button used in Part C. This will add a reply below all of the comments you received.

    4b. Copy and paste your response from your text editor into the reply thread and submit your reply thread.