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. Introuction to the iMac
  7. Introduction to Google Drive on the iMac
  8. Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
  9. Color Splash Effect
  10. Camera Operation
  11. Focus
  12. Composition
  13. Aperture: Learn
  14. Aperture: Practice
  15. Aperture: Apply – Deep Depth of Field
  16. Aperture: Apply – Shallow Depth of Field
  17. Shutter Speed: Learn
  18. Shutter Speed: Practice
  19. Shutter Speed: Apply – Frozen Motion
  20. Shutter Speed: Apple – Blurred Motion
  21. Shutter Speed: Apply – Lightpainting
  22. Shutter Speed: Apply – Zoom Effect
  23. ISO: Learn
  24. ISO: Practice
  25. ISO: Apply – Shapes
  26. Exposure
  27. Lighting Basics
  28. Surreal Composite
  29. A Brief History of Photography
  30. Reflections
  31. Water Splash // Dye in Water
  32. Careers in Photography
  33. Finalize Portfolio Website
  34. Portfolio Review

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