MS Digital Photography 1a
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
- 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
- Standard laptop or desktop computers with Windows or Mac OS
- High-speed internet connection (Cable, DSL)
- 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
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