Digital Photography

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Digital Photography is a semester class that covers the fundamentals of cameras, lenses, lighting, image editing software (Adobe’s Lightroom/Photoshop), and other basic photographic equipment. Digital Photography will cover essential camera concepts and functions such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and the production of a correct image exposure. School fields trips, class assignments, and student projects will comprise of portraits, still life’s, food photography, and other photo related compositions based on the principles and elements of design. This class is an introductory course and is intended for students looking to explore or improve their skills in digital photography. Some studio fees may apply to this course.

Class Outline

  • Principles of digital photography and digital processes.
  • Black/White and Color photography.
  • Camera operation and camera model differences.
  • Composition and framing for photography.
  • Photographs for the printed page, and for the web.
  • Principles of lighting and lighting effects.
  • Depth of field and shutter speed.
  • Capturing, importing, and scanning digital imagery.
  • Photo essay approaches and collage.
  • Careers in photography and art related fields.
  • Camera lenses and the various makers of camera equipment.
  • Graphic design and layout concepts for photography.
  • Digital darkroom and the software available to photographers.
  • Digital photo editing and retouching of images.
  • HDRI (High Dynamic Range Imagery).
  • Photoshop introduction and understanding key concepts of digital photo correction.

Class Outcome

  • Use history, techniques, terms and ideas of Photography.
  • Familiar with the basic operation of the Macintosh computer system.
  • Learned to use the Internet to research and retrieve information relating to digital photography.
  • Become adept at using Adobe Lightroom to solve Communication Design problems.
  • Students will understand the role of other photo software applications such as Photoshop, scanning software and Lightroom.
  • Used sketches as a preliminary step to solving problems on the Macintosh.
  • Learned to present design work in a professional manner.
  • Students will have learned the process of initiating positive, constructive criticism of design projects.
  • Recognize the importance of and built the sense of discipline and strong work ethic required in the Graphic Arts industry.

Course Standards

  1. Photography Principles and Concepts: Students will correctly operate a digital camera and lighting equipment while employing proper compositional and conceptual techniques.
  2. Composition and Elements of Photography: Students will appraise a photographic work for historical and conceptual significance, and esthetically justify how an image employs principles and elements of art and design in its composition.
  3. Camera Skills and Technique: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of how the camera’s aperture, shutter functions, exposure, white balance, RAW files, and other key features/concepts found on a digital camera.
  4. Lighting and Photography Equipment: Students will be able to execute proper placement of camera flash equipment, constant lights, and studio lights to produce direct, diffused, and silhouette lighting.
  5. Experimentation and Practice: Students will explore digital software tools to manipulate photographs and prepare image files with correct color, resolution, and file format for both print and screen output.
  6. Digital Tools and Software: Students will use non-destructive editing techniques to correct, improve, alter, and combine original photographs and digital images using Apple hardware, Adobe software, and other forms of creative applications.
  7. Demonstrate and Communicate Photography Concepts: Students will explore and demonstrate correct digital camera operation in the planning and execution of a complex photographic composite requiring multiple images specifically composed for digital manipulation.
  8. Involvement and Collaboration: Students will effectively work independently and consistently on tasks to produce photographs/images in response to client/teacher generated projects.
  9. Artistry and Portfolio: Students will be able to design and produce an entry-level professional quality portfolio consisting of black and white photographic prints and digital color images.
  10. Completion and Critique: Students will be able to finish photographs/images that demonstrate various problem-solving design strategies and verbally deliver a presentation describing the thought process of their photographs.
Time: 8:30 - 1:30

Photography Field Trip

Layman Farm
October 15
Students will have the opportunity to photograph farm animals, visit the pumpkin patch, walk through the corn maze, and other farm activities.
Cost: $7.50
Lunch: Pack
Permission: Signed
Rain Day: Oct. 22
Time: 8:30 - 1:30

Photography Field Trip

Virginia Safari Park
October 29
Students will have the opportunity to photograph many different kinds of wild animals, tour the park on a wagon ride, and visit the gift shop.
Cost: $10.00
Lunch: Pack
Permission: Signed
Rain Day: TBA

Graphic Arts Club

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Photography Club

A place where students can learn about digital photography, lighting, cameras, lenses and editing software.

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