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 Photoshop Adobe Lightroom to create various independent, group and community projects. Projects may include: Studio photography (portraits and products), photojournalism, event photography and/or photo collage.

Note: Course qualifies for Fine Arts and Career & Tech dual credit option. 

Note: This course is accredited with Skagit Valley College’s “Digital Photography” course (MIT 213). Completion of this course with a grade of “B” or better in each qualifies for credits from Skagit Valley College. Requires additional steps (see below).

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 – Course Introduction

  1. Student Questionnaire
  2. Course Introduction
  3. Classroom Introduction
  4. Classroom Computers
  5. Portfolio Cover Design
  6. Padlet
  7. Portfolio Creation
  8. Register in SERS for Dual Credit

B – Advanced Photography Basics

  1. How to pick up a print from the CTE Copier
  2. Advanced Digital Camera Basics
  3. Advanced Camera Lenses Basics
  4. How to change a lens
  5. How to hang artwork in a gallery
  6. Basic Photography Refresher
  7. Speedlight Basics
  8. Studio Lighting Basics
  9. Basic Lighting Setups
  10. Roland TrueVIS SG-540 Vinyl Printer/Cutter Basics
  11. Paper Cutter Basics
  12. Matting Basics (Print & Mat your two favorite Photos)
  13. Keywords

C – Projects

  1. Surreal Photo Collage
  2. Box Photography
  3. Fog Machine Photography
  4. Landscape Photography
  5. Double Exposure
  6. Still Life Photography (Food, Arrangement, Products, …)
  7. Tiny People, Big Adventures
  8. End of Term Art Show (Spreadsheet, Print, Frame, Tags)
  9. Washington State High School Photography Competition (Spreadsheet, Print, Tags)

Other Project Ideas

D – School Events

Photograph 1 event every other week
// Masters of Photography: Michael Willson // Sports Photography

  1. Event 1
  2. Event 2
  3. Event 3
  4. Event 4
  5. Event 5

Y – Extra Credit

  1. Create an Online Portfolio (Portfolio Website) –> with your own email address, not the school so that you can keep
  2. Photograph additional school Events
  3. Work on the Adobe Certification for Adobe Photoshop.
  4. Prepare for the SkillsUSA Photography Competition (join the Google Classroom with code: gjagu4i –> Discuss with Mrs. Jansen before you start.

Z – Classroom Checkout

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