Course Outline

Course Description/Curriculum Map

75 tips for Canon Cameras!

Public Domain Image Sources

Camera Simulator

Adobe Videos


Copyright clean searches

Creative Commons

Seven Creative Projects

Step by Step quick skills


9 Common Mistakes and how to fix them

12 more tips!

Recycle Ink and Cell phones



Competencies / Outcomes

Students will learn to:

  • Perceive and understand photography as an art form, using the vocabulary of design principles and visual art elements to describe and discuss their own and others' work.
  • Understand the role of photography in reflecting past and contemporary cultures.
  • Understand the role photography plays in communications and its use as a visual language.
  • Critique orally or in writing the effectiveness of photographs in terms of artistic value and communication of meaning.
  • Understand how the critical thinking, creativity, resource and time management skills learned in this course apply to other arts and to other career areas.
  • Use technology as a tool to create individual works of photographic art.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of photographic composition and development of a "photographic eye."
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of photography.
  • Demonstrate competency using cameras and equipment (digital or darkroom).
  • Demonstrate competency using basic studio lighting.
  • Synthesize the technical and artistic aspects of the course.
  • Show an appreciation and application of aesthetic factors in photography.
  • Compile a portfolio, including an artist's statement and a selection of the student's best prints, suitable for employment or college applications.
  • Participate in community opportunities for exhibition and competition.


This course follows the CTE Digital Photography Model, as part of the ARTS, MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT Pathway


In this course, we will be using:


Canon Rebel T3i DSLR

Canon Powershot point and shoot cameras

Smartphone cameras

Personal cameras



Adobe Photoshop CS6


Online editors (Picasa, Pixler, PicMonkey, others)

Smartphone Apps



FirstQuizPhoto studyguide

PhotoQuiz1 Google form

Photoshop tools quiz studyguide

Photo/Photoshop intro quiz studyguide

Fall Final Quiz

Final Studyguide