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

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

Course Resources

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

Course Calendar


  1. Course Introduction
  2. Indirect Self-Portrait
  3. Portfolio
  4. What is Photography?
  5. Camera Operation
  6. What is a good photo?
  7. The Good vs. The Bad Photo
  8. Focus
  9. Composition
  10. Aperture: Learn
  11. Aperture: Practice
  12. Aperture: Apply – Deep Depth of Field
  13. Aperture: Apply – Shallow Depth of Field
  14. Shutter Speed: Learn
  15. Shutter Speed: Practice
  16. Shutter Speed: Apply – Frozen Motion
  17. Shutter Speed: Apple – Blurred Motion
  18. Shutter Speed: Apply – Lightpainting
  19. Shutter Speed: Apply – Zoom Effect
  20. ISO: Learn
  21. ISO: Practice
  22. ISO: Apply – Shapes
  23. Exposure
  24. Lighting Basics
  25. Introduction to Lightroom Web
  26. A Brief History of Photography
  27. M is for …
  28. Creating Great Images with your phone
  29. Texture
  30. Careers in Photography
  31. Reflections
  32. Portfolio Review

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