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. Student Questionnaire (Worksheet)
  2. Course Introduction (Presence or Notes)
  3. Classroom Introduction (Google Form)
  4. Classroom Computers (Google Form)
  5. All About Me
  6. Portfolio Creation
  7. What is Photography?
  8. Camera Operation
  9. Tripod Basics
  10. Shapes (include Introduction to Adobe Lightroom)
  11. Introduction to GMetrix
  12. Adobe Photoshop Part 1
  13. What is a good photo?
  14. Composition
  15. Adobe Photoshop Part 2 // Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
  16. Color Splash Effect –> include a Master of Photography
  17. Aperture –> make it more specific with props
  18. Shutter Speed –> make it more specific with props for fast and slow
  19. Exposure –> Note: Mention ISO
  20. Reflections –> include Masters of Photography: Vivian Maier
  21. Introduction to Lenses
  22. NEW PROJECT –> include a Master of Photography
  23. Lightpainting –> include a Master of Photography
  24. A Brief History of Photography
  25. Miniature World –> include a Master of Photography
  26. Careers in Photography
  27. Creativity
  28. Bind your Portfolio

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