• Photography Course



    Teacher: Mr. Mayes                                                           Credit: .5


              The photography course is an introduction to the basic techniques and fundamentals of using both film and digital camera’s.  You will learn to use a 35mm camera to take accurate and precise pictures of abstracts and portraits.  You will also be using digital cameras to apply Adobe Photoshop skills at digitally enhancing a photograph to your own person specifications.


    Expected Outcomes


              Completion of this course, students will have received hands-on experience at using both thirty-five millimeter camera’s and digital camera’s.  Students will also have had an opportunity to explore graphic art designs and use graphic design software to develop and enhance photographs for both commercial and residential purposes.   Students will develop a portfolio at the end of the semester that will show their projects and the skills that they have developed in the classroom.


    Content to be Covered


    35 mm Camera                                                            Digital Camera

    Adobe Photoshop                                                       Photography Techniques

    Graphic Design Techniques                                        Story Boards

    Design Process                                                            Digital Enhancement


    Evaluation and Assessment


    Picture Portfolio/Tests  80%

    Participation                  20%








    All assignments that you turn in will be assessed under the criteria listed below. 


    Deadline:  All projects must be turned in on time.  Graphic Designers are forced to meet deadlines and have completion dates on all projects.


    Objective:  All of the assignments will focus on one or two objectives that must be completed.  You will be graded on the efficiency and accuracy that you did to complete the project.


    Performance:  Using the proper techniques of graphic design in order to create and design a project.


    Character:  All work must be neatly done using title blocks and proper labeling of all indicated items.


    Grading Policy


    All Assignments must be turned in within the week of the due date.  This means that students have five days to turn in a project after the due date without penalty.  After the five day grace period students will lose 10 points for late assignments. 


    The portfolio is due a week before the end of the marking period.  Projects that are late will lose three points on each project in the portfolio. 


    Attendance Policy


    Attendance is critical in this particular classroom setting.  The classroom is established and set-up to a real life working situation where people are needed to be at work to complete projects.  Students need to be present in the classroom in order to complete assignments and meet deadlines.  Students will usually not have the software at home to complete projects outside of the classroom.  Failure to come to class will possibly lead to failure of the course.






              After the completion of the course you will be able to identify and complete the following criteria:


    Use photography as a means of communication

    Create a portrait shot of a picture

    Create a picture communicate a point

    Create an action Photograph

    Use the camera to manipulate backgrounds\

    Use the camera to interpret action

    Develop portraits and abstracts

    Use a digital Camera

    Construct business Cards

    Construct Magazine title page

    Basic Understanding of Adobe Photoshop




    Complete all Assignments and meet Deadlines

    Cooperate with teacher and other students

    You are responsible for all make-up work

    Maintain a clean an organized workstation

    Come to class on time and ready to work

    No Food or drink (except bottled water) in the classroom





    1.6.11 A-E

    1.8.11 A

    3.6.12 A & C







    Course Questions


    1.     How are film and digital camera’s the same in theory?

    2.     Why has digital become so advanced in photography?

    3.     What are some advantages of using digital photography versus film?

    4.     What is a pixel and how many colors of pixels can Adobe photoshop recognize?

    5.     What does every good photograph and graphic design need?

    6.     What is the number one variable that affects a photograph?

    7.     What are the two camera controls that affect the appearance of a photograph and how does this occur?

    8.     Picture arrangement should occur by using the rule of thirds and how does placement of subjects occur from this rule?

    9.     What are two questions you should ask yourself before taking a picture?

    10.  What careers are available to a person interested in graphic design and photography fields?