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 (provided by the school)
  • iMac (provided by the school)
  • Headphones (provided by the school)
  • Nikon D3500 (provided by 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


A – Classroom Introduction

  1. Student Questionnaire (Worksheet)
  2. Course Introduction (Presence or Notes)
  3. Classroom Introduction (Google Form)
  4. Classroom Computers (Google Form)
  5. Portfolio Cover Design
  6. Padlet
  7. Portfolio Creation

B – Photography Basics

  1. What is Photography?
  2. Fabulous Photography
  3. Phone Photography vs. DSLR
  4. Careers in Photography
  5. A Brief History of Photography
  6. File Formats & Sizes

C – Introduction to Photography Equipment

  1. Camera Expectations & Safety
  2. Camera Body Parts
  3. Camera Operation
  4. Shapes (include Introduction to Adobe Lightroom)
  5. Tripod Basics
  6. Lens Basics
  7. How to change a lens
  8. Small activity to use the other lens

D – Introduction to Composition

  1. Composition Basics (incl. Programmed Auto Mode)
  2. Composition Collection

E – Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Pre-Assessment Photoshop

  1. Adobe Photoshop Basics
  2. Color Splash Effect –> include a Master of Photography
    Mid-Assessment Photoshop
  3. Miniature World –> include a Master of Photography
  4. Warhol Portrait
    Post-Assessment Photoshop

F – Introduction to Aperture

  1. Aperture Basics (incl. Aperture Priority Mode)
  2. Aperture Exposure Series
  3. Shallow Depth of Field
  4. Deep Depth of Field

G – Introduction to Shutter Speed

  1. Shutter Speed Basics (incl. Shutter Priority Mode)
  2. Shutter Speed Exposure Series
  3. Frozen Motion
  4. Blurred Motion

H – Introduction to Manual Mode

  1. Exposure –> Note: Mention ISO
  2. Reflections –> include Masters of Photography: Vivian Maier
  3. Lightpainting –> include a Master of Photography
  4. One more project??

Z – Classroom Checkout

  1. Knowledge Test
  2. Portfolio Completion
  3. Equipment Return
  4. Computer Checkout
  5. Gallery Walk