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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

18 weeks

Overview

Do you enjoy taking photographs and are ready to take your photos to the next level?  This course will focus on portrait, landscape, product, and documentary photographs.  Techniques will include how to take photographs that create a mood and depict emotion.  You will also learn ways to use light and composition that will make your photographs stand out.

See the “Projects” tab for more information on the Project option of the course or “Experience” to see information on the Experience option.

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 or cell phone camera

 

Major Topics and Concepts

Portrait Photography

Landscape Photography

Product Photography

Documentary Photography

Career

Portrait Photographer

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of portrait photography by explaining the use of the exposure triangle, analyzing composition in portrait photography and creating portrait photos that depict emotion.

Project

You are the art director for a small magazine and part of your responsibilities is to take portrait photos. The photos you take will be used in the next edition of the magazine. You will not have the opportunity to read the articles ahead of time so you will want to have a wide variety of photos to select from; you will create a portfolio of photos that include a variety of exposures and compositions.

Career

Landscape Photographer

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of landscape photography by explaining the use of natural light, analyzing composition in landscape photography, and creating landscape photographs that depict a mood.

Project

You are a real estate agent for a local real estate company and you are creating a portfolio of land that could potentially be for sale. The photos would be shared with clients to see if the property would fit their needs.

You will learn about composition and mood in landscape photography. When taking your photographs you will look for landscapes with streams, hills, lakes, trees, and/or other natural elements that would appeal to a variety of clients.*

*If you do not feel you will be able to access a landscape for this project, please meet with your instructor to brainstorm options.

Career

Product Photographer

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of product photography by explaining the use of artificial light, analyzing composition in product photography and creating product photographs designed to entice consumers.

Project

On a daily basis, you view photographs that are meant to introduce you to a product. As an advertising manager for an online shopping website, you will take photos of various products to persuade consumers to buy your products. You will learn how to use light and composition in product photography and how to take a photograph that entices consumers to purchase a product.

Career

Documentary Photographer

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of documentary photography by explaining storytelling through photography, evaluating composition in documentary photographs, and creating documentary photographs.

Project

You are a journalist for your local newspaper. Your editor has asked you to create a series of documentary photographs that visually tells the story of your town. The photographs will be kept on file for present and future use.

You are to capture images that are high quality, easy to read, truthful, and communicate a meaningful story about your town. Your photography portfolio should include photographs of people, places, objects and/or events.

Status

Open

Experiences allow you to explore a career field you’re curious about while mastering competencies for school credit. Through experiential learning, you will learn skills and apply these skills to tasks you would complete as part of a career, rather than completing traditional assessments like essays or tests. During your experience, you’ll work with a professional in the field to support your learning. You’ll earn a badge for your accomplishments, which you can share on social media and higher education platforms, or with colleges, potential employers, peers, and/or colleagues to display your qualifications.

Here’s how experiences work:

  1. Each competency you work on is addressed through a separate deliverable predetermined by you and your instructor.
  2. Guided learning for each module consists of research and/or work with a professional in the field. Your instructor will coach you through this process.
  3. Each module culminates in a final demonstration of understanding, which includes a deliverable and a discussion-based assessment with your instructor.

Here’s an example:

Let’s say you’re curious about a career in healthcare. You decide you’d like to learn about this career area, make a professional connection, earn a badge and earn competencies for your 9th grade English requirement. While enrolled in English 1 Experiences, you conduct research to better understand language and structure in writing. Then, you work with an Occupational Therapist who helps you apply this understanding to the creation of an informational video. The video aims to advise the family members of patients regarding adaptive equipment and accommodations to help them support their family members as they go about their daily tasks. You’ve earned the Language and Structure in Writing competency! (This is just one example of the many ways experiences can bridge competencies to careers.)

*A parent/guardian permission form and background check of the outside expert are required for students to work with outside experts without parental supervision.

 

*Please have an idea for an outside expert in mind prior to enrollment or consult with our counseling department by emailing [email protected] prior to enrollment for support identifying one.

Credits .5

Competency Group Overview

Meets art and ICT graduation requirement

Competencies

  • Portriat Photography
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of portrait photography by explaining the use of the exposure triangle, analyzing composition in portrait photography and creating portrait photos that depict emotion.
  • Landscape Photography
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of landscape photography by explaining the use of natural light, analyzing composition in landscape photography, and creating landscape photographs that depict a mood.
  • Product Photography
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of product photography by explaining the use of artificial light, analyzing composition in product photography and creating product photographs designed to entice consumers.
  • Documentary Photography
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of documentary photography by explaining storytelling through photography, evaluating composition in documentary photographs, and creating documentary photographs.

Pre-Requisites

None

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