Digital Photography I *

Have you ever wondered how photographers take such great pictures? Have you tried to take photographs and wondered why they didn’t seem to capture that moment that you saw with your eyes? The Digital Photography I course focuses on the basics of photography, including building an understanding of aperture, shutter speed, lighting, and composition. Students will be introduced to the history of photography and basic camera functions. Students will use the basic techniques of composition and camera functions to build a portfolio of images, capturing people, landscapes, close-up, and action photographs.

Required materials: 

  •  Manual camera or digital camera with manual settings (the camera needs to allow for the mode, shutter speed, and aperture to be adjusted) 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. 
  • Image editing software
  •  Reflector (white paper, poster board,sheets, or a wall)  
  •  Access to a slideshow application, such as PowerPoint

Unit 1

Lesson 1: Introduction to Photography

Lesson 2: The History of Photography

Lesson 3: Aperture and Shutter Speed

Lesson 4: Elements of Composition

Lesson 5: Lighting


Unit 2

Lesson 6: Special Techniques

Lesson 7: People

Lesson 8: Landscapes and Places

Lesson 9: Documentary and Action

Lesson 10: Putting the Pieces Together


* This course requires you to prove your ability to adhere to the expectations of HHSO prior to being enrolled into it. Therefore, coach approval is required.