Middle School Photography

What do you think makes a photograph great? Do you want to take fun, interesting photographs of people, places, and pets to post for your friends or hang on your wall? Photo images are everywhere today. Sometimes we see hundreds in one day. But it’s obvious that not all photographs are the same – some are definitely cooler than others. In Middle School Photography: Drawing with Light, you’ll learn how to take those excellent, jaw-dropping photographs that you see in magazines and on your favorite social media sites. You’ll learn the basics of using a camera and how to avoid common photography mistakes. Once you get the hang of this process, you’ll be taking photos that will amaze your friends and have them wondering how you do it!

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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.

Units at a Glance

Unit 1: Introduction to Photography

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.

Unit 2: Meeting Your Camera

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.

Unit 3: Choosing a Subject

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.

Unit 4: Elements of Composition

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.

Unit 5: Background and Foreground

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.

Unit 6: Managing and Editing Photos

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.

Unit 7: Vacation Photos

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.

Unit 8: The Wild Side

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.

Unit 9: Photographing People

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.

Unit 10: Photographer Etiquette and Display

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.

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