Digital Photography

Digital Photography I: Creating Images with Impact!

Course Description:
In the digital photography course, students will learn creative photographic skills and processes. Students will build a portfolio of work and explore the fields of photography and graphic arts.




Unit 1: Introduction to Photography
Objectives:
Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

* Discuss how cameras work.

* Learn what happens inside the camera when you take a picture.

* Investigate how an image is created by the camera.

* Learn some of the basic terminology for photography and cameras.

* Examine how a simple pinhole camera can be constructed at home.




Unit 2: The History of Photography
Objectives:
Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

* Discuss the usage of pinhole cameras and how they were used before modern photography.

* Discuss the development of the first camera in the early nineteenth century.

* Investigate some of the advances that were made to cameras and photograph production through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

* Examine the development of digital cameras.

* Discuss the changes in the stock image industry.




Unit 3: Aperture & Shutter Speed
Objectives:
Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

* Understand aperture and shutter speed.

* Discuss how different aperture and shutter speed settings can influence a photograph.

* Examine how aperture and shutter speed settings influence each other.

* Investigate some of the common camera modes.

* Discuss how aperture and shutter speed can be used to create nighttime photographs.




Unit 4: Composition
Objectives:
Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

* Discuss composition and how it applies to photographs.

* Examine some of the common “rules” of photography composition.

* Investigate how the “rules” can improve photographs.

* Discuss how and when to break the “rules” of photography composition.




Unit 5: Lighting
Objectives:
Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

* Discuss the importance of light when taking photographs.

* Examine the advantages and disadvantages of natural and artificial lighting.

* Investigate some tips and techniques for using light in outdoor photographs.

* Learn about the lighting equipment and accessories for studio photography.

* Discuss some tips and techniques for studio lighting.




Unit 6: Special Techniques
Objectives:
Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

* Discuss the use of filters in photography.

* Examine the fundamentals of black and white photography.

* Learn some tips to help improve black and white photographs.

* Investigate how to create panoramic photographs.

* Learn tips and techniques for capturing firework photographs.




Unit 7: People
Objectives:
Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

* Discuss portrait photography.

* Examine tips on taking portraits.

* Learn tips and techniques for photographing children.

* Investigate how to take group photographs.

* Discuss some of the arrangements that can be used for large group formal photographs.




Unit 8: Landscapes & Places
Objectives:
Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

* Learn about the different types of landscape photography.

* Discuss some of the challenges in taking landscape photographs.

* Examine some general tips for taking landscape photographs.

* Discuss the importance of focal points in landscape photography.

* Investigate how to approach different types of landscapes.



Unit 9: The Close-Up
Objectives:
Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

* Understand how macro photography is by photographers.

* Discuss different equipment and accessory options to use in creating macro photographs.

* Discuss the basic techniques of macro photography.

* Investigate some popular topics for macro photography.

* Examine how best to take macro photographs of flowers and insects.
 


 

Unit 10: Documentary & Action
Objectives:
Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

* Discuss tips and techniques for taking sports photographs.

* Understand the basics for the technique of panning moving subjects.

* Discuss tips on photographing pets.

* Examine wildlife photography and the basics of capturing wildlife on “film.”

* Investigate documentary photography and how best to approach this area of photography.

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