Photography 1

GRADES: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: None
Length: One trimester/one-half credit (may be repeated for credit)

Course Description

Students who take this course for the first time will be introduced to the basics of digital photography including: shutter speed, aperture, ISO, depth of field, camera operation, handling & safety, light quality & quantity, composition and professional photo editing software. Students who re-take this course develop and further their skills in digital photography, project-management, team-work and leadership. 

Students use Adobe’s Creative Cloud (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator) and other photography software to create various independent and group projects with some of them benefiting the school and broader community.

Course qualifies for Fine Arts and Career & Tech credit.

Taken Photography before? Check here for the advanced assignments.

Required Material

  • OHHS Google Account
  • Chromebook or other type of computer
  • Digital Camera or electronic device with camera

Course Resources

Course Calendar

Course Overview (tentative)

Unit 1 – Introductions

  1. All About Me // Welcome Back Wednesday
  2. Course Overview 
  3. Classroom Introduction
  4. Google Drive
  5. Adobe Account
  6. Lynda Account
  7. Portfolio Website

Unit 2 – Photography Basics

  1. What is Photography?
  2. Careers in Photography
  3. Criteria for great photos
  4. Photography Keywords
  5. A Brief History of Photography
  6. Elements of Art
  7. Composition (Principles of Design)
  8. Camera Basics
  9. Copyright and Ethics

Unit 3 – Software Basics

  1. Google Photos
  2. Photopea
  3. Adobe Mobile Apps

Unit 4 – Projects

  1. Landscape with Anselm Adams
  2. Portraits with Annie Leibovitz
  3. Reflections with Vivian Maier
  4. Repetition with Andreas Gursky
  5. Consistency with Hilla & Bernd Becher
  6. Color with Steve McCurry
  7. Land Art with Andy Goldsworthy
  8. Street Photography with Henri Cartier-Bresson

Want more projects? Go to the page for Photography 2 to pick and choose.

Unit 5 – Closing

  1. Portfolio Website
  2. Portfolio Presentations
  3. Classroom Checkout