GRADES: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: None
Length: One trimester/one-half credit (may not be repeated for credit)

Course Description

In this course, students 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 use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom to create various independent and group projects.

Course qualifies for Fine Arts and Career & Tech credit.

Required Material

  • Chromebook or other type of computer
  • Headphones
  • Digital Camera – can be checked out from the school

Course Resources

  • Nikon Website
  • Digital Photography School Website
  • LinkedIn Learning Website
  • Adobe Website
  • other texts and websites applicable to the field

Course Calendar


  1. Course Introduction
  2. Classroom Introduction
  3. Classroom Computers
  4. All About Me –> Add Portfolio Creation after this next term
  5. What is Photography?
  6. Creativity
  7. Introduction to GMetrix
  8. Adobe Photoshop Part 1
  9. Camera Operation (include Shapes as test-assigmnment)
  10. Introduction to Adobe Lightroom
  11. What is a good photo?
  12. Tripod Basics
  13. Composition
  14. Aperture
  15. Shutter Speed
  16. Exposure (mention ISO)
  17. Introduction to Lenses
  18. Masters of Photography: Vivian Maier
  19. Reflections
  20. Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
  21. Color Splash Effect
  22. Masters of Photography: ??? –> Find Different Person
  23. Fast Shutter Speed
  24. Lightpainting
  25. A Brief History of Photography
  26. Miniature World
  27. Careers in Photography
  28. Portfolio Website

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