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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

18 weeks

Overview

Have you wondered how professional photographers manage to capture that perfect image? Gain a better understanding of photography by exploring camera functions and the elements of composition while putting theory into practice by taking your own spectacular shots! Learn how to display your work for exhibitions and develop skills important for a career as a photographer.

During this course, you will learn career-related skills and earn a badge for this accomplishment. A badge is a digital certification of your career-related learning that you can share on social media and higher education platforms, or with colleges, potential employers, peers, and colleagues. Select this link to learn more about badges.

Course Requirements

  • A digital camera that offers both automatic and manual control

    Note: Many activities require a digital camera though some tasks can be achieved with the use of a smartphone. The camera features explained in the course are done so regarding digital cameras only and some assignments may be difficult to complete without one.

    Any students choosing to use a smartphone will need to make arrangements with their teacher on how to accomplish specific tasks. Students are also encouraged to consult their user manual and download appropriate applications to allow for more advanced controls.

  • An image editing program (GIMP or something similar)
  • A camera with video recording abilities (camera phone, digital camera, or computer camera)
  • Audio recording device (smartphone, computer program, digital voice recorder)

 

Major Topics and Concepts

Unit 1: Taking The First Shot

  • Identify and explain basic camera anatomy and function
  • Discuss the main subjects found in photography
  • Explain how to care for and maintain camera equipment
  • Describe how a camera is held and used

Unit 2: Moving Into Manual

  • Explain the significance of file format
  • Identify different types of camera lens and how they function
  • Discuss the workings of a light meter.
  • Discover the importance of exposure and overall lighting effects

Unit 3: A Snapshot of History

  • Explain the difference between art and fine art photography
  • Identify and discuss selected artists who have contributed to the development of photography
  • Identify and discuss general themes and trends in different periods of photographic history
  • Describe the mechanics of early photographic systems

Unit 4: The Nature of Light

  • Identify light sources and describe how they differ
  • Explain how to effectively use available light
  • Describe safe and proper use of photographic tools and processes
  • Discuss the characteristics of color and how they are affected by light

Unit 5: Creative Composition

  • Explain various composition techniques and their effects
  • Identify the appropriate lens for a subject
  • Discuss how a camera lens relates to visual composition
  • Describe the basic components of a tripod and other support equipment

Unit 6: Producing Great Images

  • Identify job titles associated with digital photography
  • Discuss the interrelationship among artists
  • Describe the various stages of production
  • Explain photographic terms and jargon

Unit 7: Manipulation and Management

  • Explain how image editing and manipulation affects the craft
  • Apply design skills to create original works of art
  • Discuss the significance of image distortion in digital photography
  • Define and discuss the boundaries of copyright protection

Unit 8: Presenting Your Work

  • Discuss the key components of a photographic exhibition
  • Create an artistic statement
  • Explain the various ways a print can be mounted and installed
  • Identify the important factors in a budget

Career

Portrait Photographer

Status

Closed

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Camera Anatomy and Function – Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic camera anatomy and function by identifying the parts of a camera and using various camera modes, such as auto, manual, aperture and shutter priority to take original photographs.

Project

You are a portrait photographer assistant at a department store. You have decided to apply for a junior photographer position. To showcase your photography knowledge and skills you are putting together an informational display for the store’s photography customers. The display will show the camera anatomy and function by identifying the parts of a camera. You will also compose a portfolio of proofs that you have taken using various camera modes, such as auto, manual, aperture and shutter priority. These proofs will be used in the informational display to show how camera modes change the outcome of photographs.

Career

Journalist

Status

Closed

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

History of Photography – Students will demonstrate an understanding of History of Photography by explaining the techniques for creating a variety of values in History of Photography and using ink to create a History of Photography drawing.

Project

You are a journalist for a magazine. Your article will analyze the history of photography. In your article you will analyze how the camera has changed over time, and how photography has been used throughout the years. You will include photographs that you have taken to serve as examples of today’s photography.

Career

Commercial Photographer

Status

Closed

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Light and Composition in Photography – Students will demonstrate an understanding of how photographers use light and composition in a photograph by explaining how light is used in photography, explaining various composition guidelines, and taking original photographs that use various types of light and compositions.

Project

You are a commercial photographer for a large company that takes photos for grocery store ads, online food companies, and other food industries. You will create a portfolio of at least ten photos of food for a company of your choice. The portfolio will serve as photo options for the company’s advertisements.

Career

Fashion Photographer

Status

Closed

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

The Artistic Process in Digital Photography – Students will demonstrate an understanding of careers in digital photography and the stages of production by identifying jobs associated with digital photography and completing the pre-production, production, and post-production stages for a photoshoot.

Project

You are a photographer for a highly respected clothing line. You have been asked to put together a plan for the upcoming photoshoot. The designer wants to see some sketches of the poses that you think would best display the clothing line in magazines and billboards. You will sketch out a couple of the poses that you would like to use in your photoshoot to present to the designer and models.

Career

Fine Arts Photographer

Status

Closed

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Image Editing and Presentation -Students will demonstrate an understanding of image editing and presentation by using a photo editing program to manipulate photographs, planning an exhibit and creating a photography portfolio.

Project

You are a fine arts photographer. You have been asked by a museum to put together a collection of your photographs for an exhibit. The photos need to be unique and show off your photo editing skills. The museum would like to see your photography exhibit portfolio before setting up your exhibit.

Status

Open

Experiences allow students to demonstrate mastery of competencies through various real-world or hands-on learning opportunities, such as travel, service learning, independent study, internships or entrepreneurship. During an experience, students elect to meet all or some of the competencies in a particular competency group (ie. English 1, Economics, Biology, …), as an alternative to taking the course. Each experience is customized to the student’s opportunity. The student works with a VLACS instructor to determine deliverables that demonstrate mastery of the competencies and secures an outside expert to enrich the experience.

In Experiences students will:

  1. Meet weekly with their instructor.
  2. Secure an outside expert.
  3. Plan the experience prior to completing it. Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.
  4. For many experiences, spend time at a business or other location.

Types of Experiences:

Independent Study

By signing up for an independent study, you will be able to direct your own learning, identifying what you want to learn and how you will demonstrate that you have mastered your learning objectives.

Internship

Internships allow you to gain professional experience, make connections, and become familiar with a career while working on site with mentors and professionals in a career of your interest.

Travel

While travel can be a great experience for learning life lessons, it is also an excellent way to acquire the knowledge and skills that allow you to demonstrate mastery in a variety of competencies. The world is a classroom and travel experiences will connect your real-world experiences to the learning that you seek.

Service Learning

In-Service Learning, you collaborate with members of your community to address issues to improve your community. You will connect your service with discipline-specific content so that learning can take place through problem solving and collaboration.

Entrepreneurship

Starting your own business is a great way to learn. This type of experience allows you to engage in an entrepreneurial experience and receive credit for competencies you master through this experience.

Credits .5

Competency Group Overview

Meets art and ICT graduation requirement

Competencies

  • Digital Cameras
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of digital cameras by describing digital camera anatomy, explaining digital camera modes, and differentiating photographer views.
  • Camera Functions
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of camera functions by explaining aperture, explaining shutter speed, and explaining ISO.
  • Historical Photography
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of historical photography by identifying significant developments in photography, describing historical uses of photography, and examining historical photographs.
  • Light in Digital Photography
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of light in digital photography by comparing types of light in digital photography, analyzing the impact of light in digital photography, and creating photos using types of light in digital photography.
  • Composition in Digital Photography
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of composition in digital photography by explaining techniques in digital photography and describing support equipment in digital photography.
  • Professional Photography
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of photography careers by identifying photography careers and describing the stages of production.
  • Photo Editing
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of digital photo editing by evaluating the role of digital photo editing, comparing digital photo editing software, and examining copyright protection.
  • Digital Photography Presentation
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of digital photo presentation by explaining components of a digital photography exhibition, creating an artistic statement, and creating a presentation of digital photographs.

Pre-Requisites

None

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