Digital Photography

Course Description

Understanding the tools available opens the possibilities to create images with impact. In Digital Photography, students will study the history of photography as well as the basic operation of a digital camera. As they are introduced to different styles of photography and photographers, students will begin to develop artistic skills as well as their own voice through their photographs.

Course Requirements

Grade Level

9 – 12

Materials

Digital camera (tripod, lenses, lights optional), paper, scissors, glue, access to photo manipulation software

Duration

1 Semester

Credit Value

0.5

Prerequisites

None

Major Concepts

  • History: Study the history of photography, the impact of photography on historical events and the development of photography equipment.
  • Movements: Analyze art movements through the photography lens including Expressionism, Dada and Surrealism.
  • Design elements: Explore different techniques, design elements and the Rule of Thirds.
  • Equipment: Understand equipment used in photography including point-and-shoot cameras, 35mm cameras, lights, lenses, accessories and software.
  • Projects: Create a mixed media project and a personal photography portfolio using acquired best practices.
  • Artists: Study the styles and portfolios of well-known professional photographers.