Advanced Photography

GRADES: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Photography or Basics of Visual Communication
Length: One trimester/one-half credit (may be repeated for credit)

Course Description

Students in this course develop and further their skills in digital photography, project-management, team-work and leadership. Students use Adobe’s Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator) to create various independent, group and community projects. Projects may include: Stop motion animation, photo collage, studio photography (people and products), photojournalism, event photography and 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. Introduction to the iMac
  7. Introduction to Google Drive on the iMac
  8. Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
  9. Color Splash Effect
  10. Introduction to advanced Digital Cameras
  11. Introduction to Lenses
  12. Masters of Photography: Annie Leibovitz
  13. People Photography (Project)
  14. Introduction to Studio Lighting
  15. Portrait Photography (Project)
  16. Masters of Photography: J. B. Shepard
  17. Pet Photography (Project)
  18. Product Photography (Project)
  19. Finalize Portfolio Website
  20. Portfolio Review

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