Digital Photography 1

Digital Photography 1a: Introduction

Have you wondered how professional photographers manage to capture that perfect image? Gain a better understanding of photography by exploring camera functions and the elements of composition while putting theory into practice by taking your own spectacular shots! Learn how to display your work for exhibitions and develop skills important for a career as a photographer.

 

Required Materials

  • Computer with:
    • Internet access
    • Slideshow program like Keynote or PowerPoint
    • Word processing program like Microsoft Word
    • Properly labeled folders to organize photo projects
  • A digital camera that offers both automatic and manual control 

Note: Many activities require a digital camera though some tasks can be achieved with the use of a smartphone. The camera features explained in the course are done so regarding digital cameras only and some assignments may be difficult to complete without one.

Any students choosing to use a smartphone will need to make arrangements with their teacher on how to accomplish specific tasks. Students are also encouraged to consult their user manual and download appropriate applications to allow for more advanced controls.


  • Appropriate camera cables
  • Two friends or family members to volunteer as subjects/photo assistants
  • Miscellaneous objects to use for photography subjects (ex: soccer cleat, baseball hat, or a piece of jewelry)
  • Various lighting (overhead lights, table lamps, clamp lights)
  • A complete, plated meal to photograph
  • A tripod or household items to use as a stable tripod-like support for camera
  • An image editing program (GIMP or something similar)
  • Blank paper
  • Colored pencils or markers
  • A camera with video recording abilities (camera phone, digital camera, or computer camera)
  • Props and equipment that can serve as darkroom equipment (boxes, crates, tubs, etc.)
  • Various art supplies (paint, scissors, glue, posters, paper, magazines, etc.) to create original works of art
  • Audio recording device (smartphone, computer program, digital voice recorder)

Optional

  • Printer

Digital Photography 1b: Creating Images with Impact!

Let’s further develop your photography skills by learning more professional tips, tricks, and techniques to elevate your images. Explore various photographic styles, themes, genres, and artistic approaches. Learn more about photojournalism and how to bring your photos to life, and using this knowledge, build a portfolio of your work to pursue a career in this field!

 

Required Materials

  • Computer with:
    • Internet access
    • Ability to download photo programs and applications
    • Slideshow program
    • Word processing program
    • Properly labeled folders to organize photo projects
  • A digital camera that offers both automatic and manual control
  • A video recording device
  • Appropriate camera cables
  • Several friends, family members, and peers to volunteer as subjects/photo assistants and participate in peer reviews/critiques
  • Sketchbook or blank (lined or unlined) notebook
  • Miscellaneous objects to use for photography subjects (soccer cleat, baseball hat, a piece of jewelry, etc.)
  • Various lighting (overhead lights, table lamps, clamp lights)
  • Examples of photographs you’ve taken (complete, almost complete, and incomplete)
  • Access to a community of people in your area that are willing to participate in a community art project
  • Ability to explore and photograph areas outside of your home (public locations, outdoor nature spaces, etc.)
  • A variety of media sources (CF, SD, or DVD formats)
  • Photo/image editing software
  • A variety of art supplies (paint, scissors, glue, posters, paper, magazines, etc.) to communicate ideas, themes, and concepts visually without photography

 Optional

  • Printer