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’s Creative Cloud (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator) to create various independent and group projects that with some of them benefiting the school and broader community. Projects may include: Nature/Landscape Photography, Action Photography, People Photography, Pet Photography, Lightpainting, Surreal Landscape, Photo collage, Event Photography and/or Portfolio Design.

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. What is Photography?
  3. Portfolio
  4. What is a good photo?
  5. The Good vs. The Bad Photo
  6. Camera Operation
  7. Focus
  8. Composition
  9. Refresher: iMac and Google Drive
  10. Introduction to Adobe Lightroom
  11. Aperture: Learn
  12. Aperture: Practice
  13. Aperture: Apply – Deep Depth of Field
  14. Aperture: Apply – Shallow Depth of Field
  15. Shutter Speed: Learn
  16. Shutter Speed: Practice
  17. Shutter Speed: Apply – Frozen Motion
  18. Shutter Speed: Apply – Blurred Motion
  19. Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
  20. Color Splash Effect
  21. ISO: Learn
  22. ISO: Practice
  23. ISO: Apply (Shapes)
  24. Exposure
  25. Lightpainting
  26. Lighting Basics
  27. Reflections
  28. A Brief History of Photography
  29. Mini Me
  30. Careers in Photography
  31. Finalize Portfolio Website
  32. Portfolio Review

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