Middle School Photography

Course Overview

Units at a glance

In this unit, we will begin our exploration of digital photography. We will learn about some of the early history of photography and some basics on how cameras work. We will discuss what basic equipment is needed for photography and we will talk about how to get digital images from a camera to a computer.

In this unit, we will learn more about point-and-shoot cameras. We’ll discuss some of the common features of these cameras, including some of the settings and buttons that are usually included on them. We’ll also learn more about how to take care of your camera.

In this unit, we will discuss how photographers choose a subject. We’ll discuss what makes a good subject for a photograph and some of the rules of design that photographers may use in their photographs. We’ll also identify and discuss some of the different types of photographs.

In this unit, we’ll learn more about composing good photographs. Composing a photograph means that we think about the items we are taking a picture of and try to arrange those items in a way that people will like when they see the photograph. Photographers use many different techniques to compose their photographs, including the rule of thirds and framing.

When photographers create a photograph, they look at a three-dimensional scene or object and have to figure out how to turn that into a two-dimensional image. This is not always easy to do. To add depth to images and to prevent them from looking flat, photographers often work with three different parts of an image: the foreground, middleground, and background. In this unit, we’ll learn more about these three areas of a photograph and how they can work together to prevent images from looking flat and can, instead, give the photo depth and greater dimension.

In this unit, you will learn more about managing and editing photos once they are transferred to a computer. We’ll discuss the common types of files that are used to save digital images and the good and bad points of each. We’ll also learn more about managing the digital files and common photo-editing functions.

If you’ve ever sat through a slideshow of someone’s vacation photographs, you probably already know that not everyone takes good shots of their travels. We want to capture the beauty, excitement, fun, and unique aspects of the places that we travel to as well as the personality of the people that we travel with. But, often these characteristics just don’t appear when we print the photographs. In this unit, we’ll learn more about how to improve our vacation photographs so that the next time you show someone photos of your travels, you’ll wow them with the photographs that you took.

In this unit, we will learn more about photographing animals. We’ll discuss some of the common problems that photographers have when photographing animals and discuss some tips for avoiding these problems. We’ll also spend some time learning about photographing birds and pets.

In this unit, we will learn more about photographing people, including how to create self-portraits. We’ll study some tips for improving photographs of people, including working with light. In addition, we’ll discuss the choice of posed versus candid (non-posed, natural) photographs. Finally, we’ll look at creating self-portraits and some creative ways of capturing your own image in digital form.

In this unit, we will learn more about the rules and laws that photographers should follow. Although you may be taking pictures only for fun, you should still be polite and respectful to other people and follow the laws that relate to photography. We will also discuss how to print your digital images and how to display them once you have printed them.

Course Highlights

Tell a story with your photographs.
Improve your photographs by learning to compose and light your photographs for the best effect.
Explore how to make your vacation, people, and animal photographs stand out.
Learn the basics of operating your camera and choosing great subjects.

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