High School

Digital Photography 1

0.5 Credits
18 weeks
Open

Projects allow students to demonstrate competence and understanding of concepts and skills by completing a career-related task. For example, the assignment might be to create a mural, a package design, a speech, a film review, or a movie set – you name it! These creative projects are about applying your learning acquired through in-depth research to real-world career tasks.

Each competency will be addressed through a project that is based on a real-life career task. Here are the careers you will explore in Digital Photography 1 Projects:  Art Director, Real Estate Agent, Advertising Manager, and Journalist.

Please also review the competency statements to learn more about the major topics and concepts covered in this offering.

Note:  A digital camera is recommended.  A cell phone camera can be used with an app that allows you to adjust the shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

Competencies

Portrait 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.

Projects

Project: Art Director

You are the art director for a small magazine and part of your responsibility 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.

Project: Real Estate Agent

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.*

Project: Advertising Manager

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.

Project: Newspaper Editor

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.

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Digital Badge

Join an exciting opportunity to explore portrait photography alongside a professional expert! If the plan is to delve into this career field, make valuable connections, earn a badge, and fulfill competencies for Digital Photography, this experience is for you.

For instance, to fulfill the Portrait Photography competency, you’ll engage with a professional photographer either virtually or in person. They’ll guide you through the process of creating portraits, offering insights on lighting, composition, and capturing the essence of your subjects. Through hands-on practice with friends and family, you’ll develop your skills and passion for photography. Finally, you’ll showcase your understanding by compiling a portfolio of your portrait photographs.

Here’s how Experiences work:

  • Each competency you work on is addressed through a separate deliverable (final product) predetermined by you and your instructor.
  • 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.
  • Each module culminates in a final demonstration of understanding, which includes a deliverable and a discussion-based assessment with your instructor.

Obtaining an Outside Expert:

Before enrollment, please have an idea for an outside expert in mind. We have over 200 pre-approved outside experts in our Mentor Catalog that you can use for your Experience. You can search this catalog for experts by their career, location, and expertise. If you find an expert you would like to work with for this experience in the catalog, please contact your instructor so they can connect you with them.

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

Competencies

Portrait 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.