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MS Digital Photography 1a

Photographs are all around us, and each helps to tell a story. This course teaches students to create their own stories through photos. They will learn the basics of camera, lighting, and how to choose great subjects to create magazine-worthy photos. Students will amaze their friends and family with their newly learned skills.

Course Details

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to

  • Define photography
  • Discuss the early history of photography
  • Discuss how cameras work
  • Discuss how to transfer images from a camera to a computer
  • Explore the basic functions of point-and-shoot cameras
  • Examine some of the basic features of point- and-shoot cameras
  • Discuss some of the common risks to digital cameras
  • Learn how to care for your camera so that it will continue to work effectively
  • Discuss and identify the elements of art
  • Review the principles of design
  • Apply aesthetic scanning to evaluate a piece of art
  • Use the four-step method of art criticism to evaluate a piece of art
  • Explain some of the differences between good photographs and great photographs
  • Identify the purpose of photographs
  • List the subjects that can be captures by photographers
  • Discuss how the rule of thirds helps photographers take appealing photographs
  • Discuss different ways to focus photographs
  • Define and apply the photography techniques of leading lines and filling the frame
  • Identify and use the technique of framing in photographs
  • Describe the differences between portrait and landscape orientation in photographs
  • Examine how the work of others can help improve our own photographs
  • Define foreground, middleground, and background
  • Discuss how framing can be used in the foreground of an image
  • Describe some of the problems that can occur in foregrounds and background and explain how these problems can affect the quality of a photograph
  • List some of the techniques and methods that can be used to draw attention to the subject of the photograph and apply them to your own work
  • Explain how the use of foreground, middleground, and background can add depth to a photograph

Required Materials

  • LMS Access
  • Digital camera: "point and shoot" or above
    *A Smartphone may be used for most required tasks; however, appropriate applications will need to be installed to allow the student to make the necessary adjustments to the camera mode, shutter speed, and aperture.
  • Paper and Pen/Pencil for note taking
  • Camera cord to transfer images to the computer
  • Image editing software
  • Lighting tools for side, front, and back lighting
  • Webcam
  • Standard laptop or desktop computers with Windows or Mac OS
  • High-speed internet connection (Cable, DSL)

Module Topics

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Photography
  • Unit 2: Meeting Your Camera
  • Unit 3: Photography as Art
  • Middle School Photography Midterm Exam
  • Unit 4: Choosing a Subject
  • Unit 5: Elements of Composition
  • Unit 6: Backgrounds & Foregrounds
  • Middle School Photography Final Exam

Accreditation

Laurel Springs meets the highest standard of academic excellence. We are fully Accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC) and Cognia. We offer a broad catalog of courses approved by the NCAA Division I & II and the University of California A-G.

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