digital images

Q3 Digital Self Portrait

10. Digital Images


Selfies are a popular way to express yourself. Many people snap a selfie and send it out through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat as well as via SMS in their texts. Selfies can capture your emotion of the moment, express support or disapproval, or be intended to give your friends a chuckle. What story do you want to tell when posting a selfie? In this Quest, you will use a selfie or photo of yourself to create a digital media self portrait (a selfie poster).

Internet Safety and Selfies  

Keep in mind that selfies are just like any other internet content. Once it is posted, it can be forwarded and remains out on the internet (practically) forever. When you post a selfie, you need to think about safety and reputation before you click the send button. For more information, review the Cyber Safety Quest 6.Q2 Danger!

  1. Avoid posting selfies with location identification on social media. (You may need to disable GPS options on your apps to do this).

  2. Consider whether or not you would want this image to come up in a search before posting to social media sites, or whether or not you would be comfortable with your friends forwarding this image.

I Can Statements

  • explain why selfies should be examined before being posted online
  • create a digital self-portrait poster

Key Vocabulary

Opacity: Opacity is the transparency of an image. It is easy to see through the image. 

Overlay: Overlaying is covering an image (or adding to the background) with another image, text, etc.

Photo editor: A photo editor is an application that allows you to change a photo.

Selfie: A selfie is a photo of someone (often taken by the subject of the photo) taken with the intention of sending it digitally or posting it online.

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1. In this Quest, you will create an appropriate digital media self portrait (selfie poster) using a photo editing program to express yourself and create a unique selfie. For examples of teens who have created these posters, visit Selfie Project or view the two student-created ones below using iPiccy.


2. Upload a picture of yourself for this project to a space designated by your teacher for work on this project. You might save it in a personal folder, save it on your desktop, or in a shared workspace. Choose a picture that makes you look good and has a quiet (plain) background.

Want to remove the background from your photo so it's just you?
Drag your photo onto the website when it is done processing it, you can download a .png image file of only yourself (this does not work with animals, only people). Example showing the original photo, and the background removed. The result can be edited before downloading.

3. Locate a few images that represent you, favorites things, your beliefs, your hobbies, etc. (as assigned by your teacher). Use Photos for Class or one of the other sites mentioned in Quest one to help you locate online images and background scenes that are copyright-free.

4. Use a photo editor (iPiccy ) to crop or edit these images as needed to prepare them for your media self-portrait.

5. Try changing the opacity (transparency) using the Exposure feature in iPiccy. Experiment with the different effects and filters. Apply and save your images as you work.

6. When ready, upload your images to iPiccy choosing the option to Create a collage. Use the features of the photo editing program to overlay the images, to add textures, words, frames, stamps, etc. that will enhance your digital self-portrait. Save it when done. Share the collage with your teacher. 

Completing this Quest

Follow your teacher's directions for downloading your final product and uploading it to your File Space or posting on your digital portfolio.

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MITECS  Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

2. Digital Citizen
a. Cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices
c. Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property

6. Creative Communicator
a. Choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication
b. Create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations