Middle School

Middle School Photography 1b

0.5 Credits
18 weeks

Do you have vacation photos or pics of your pet that need a little editing? How about getting ready to add that new selfie you took to your social media platform? Taking photos is an art, and editing photos is a skill that many photographers seek to master. Explore how to manipulate angles and lighting, the purpose for different types of photo files, how to use different software to edit photos, and safe places you can store them. You’ll be well on your way to being an editing guru when you’re done with this course.

Major Topics and Concepts

Unit 1: Vacation Photos

  1. Discuss how to prepare to photograph a vacation
  2. Identify some common vacation photographs
  3. Describe some of the problems that people have when photographing vacations
  4. List tips for improving vacation photographs
  5. Apply vacation photograph tips in your hometown

Unit 2: The Wild Side

  1. Identify common problems found in photographs of animals
  2. Explain solutions to common animal photography problems
  3. Discuss some general tips for taking better animal photographs
  4. Describe specific tips to use while photographing birds and pets

Unit 3: Photographing People

  1. Discuss how lighting can affect photographs of people
  2. Recognize some ways to improve images of people
  3. Identify some of the pros and cons of posed and candid photographs
  4. Define self-portraits and explain how to create unique self-images
  5. Describe the role and responsibilities of a branding photographer

Unit 4: Managing & Editing Your Photos

  1. Describe the common file types used to save digital images and the advantages and disadvantages of each
  2. Explain the importance of photo organization
  3. Discuss methods to back up photos and the importance of saving your photos in more than one place
  4. Apply common photo-editing functions to your own photographs

Unit 5: Photographer Etiquette & Display

  1. Discuss and follow photography etiquette
  2. Describe some of the rules and laws that influence and affect photography
  3. Explain the steps involved in printing, mounting, and framing photos
  4. Plan a display of your photography

Unit 6: The Bigger “Picture”

  1. Describe photography as a career and the different career paths that photographers can take
  2. Use public speaking skills, strong writing skills, and technological understanding to market yourself as a photographer
  3. Explain the steps to build a powerful portfolio
  4. Discuss how to find your personal photography style and communicate your photographic journey to your audience

Course Materials

  • Digital camera
  • USB cable (as needed to transfer photos)
  • Word processing software
  • Slide presentation software
  • Free online photo editing software
  • Free graphic design software like Canva


Vacation Photography

Students will demonstrate an understanding of vacation photography by summarizing tips for taking vacation photos and explaining the telling of a story in photographs.

Animal Photography

Students will demonstrate an understanding of animal photography by evaluating the challenges of photographing animals, summarizing tips for photographing animals, and creating animal photographs.

Photographing People

Students will demonstrate an understanding of photographing people by differentiating between types of light, comparing posed and candid photos, and creating photos of people.

Finalizing Photographs

Students will demonstrate an understanding of finalizing photographs by summarizing methods to organize photos, describing file types, and evaluating photo editing techniques.

Photography Etiquette

Students will demonstrate an understanding of photography etiquette by explaining the responsibilities of a photographer and summarizing rules that impact photography.

Photography Portfolio

Students will demonstrate an understanding of a photography portfolio by explaining the process of building a portfolio and evaluating their personal photography style.