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Photography - Beginner to Brilliant

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Subject Categories:
Academic Elective, Career Exploration, Photography and Videography

This course gives students the fundamentals of photography and equips them to develop their photography in personal and professional directions. Students first learn how to utilize camera settings, work with natural light, and employ composition techniques. Then they learn editing with Adobe Lightroom and work on developing a personal style. From there they focus on building a portfolio, storytelling and communication, and working with unique external factors, like people and physical settings. The class explores different types of photography, including portrait, landscape, action, product, and event/wedding photography, to help students identify their preferred subject and niche. Throughout the course students keep a reference notebook, and perform weekly shooting assignments and exercises. There are also short reading assignments before each class, occasional in-class quizzes, and regular participation in class photo critiques. Upon completion of the course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of manual exposure, composition, natural light photography, and editing in Lightroom; a foundational understanding of different types of photography, working with clients, and creating conceptual and communicative images; and the ability to self critique their work to continue moving forward on their own. They will also have the start of a portfolio filled with professional and intentional imagery.

Notes and Requirements
Grade Levels*:
9, 10, 11, 12
(* Determined by Date of Birth and declared Grad Year. Enrollment outside these grade levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.)
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