Why This Class

Does your student have a knack for taking pictures? Do they naturally use photography to capture their experiences or share their personality with the world? If so, you want to help them develop their interest to see where it might lead. This course helps by introducing your student to the principles of pictures that move people.

Mentors in this course guide students through a series of projects that help them master the fundamentals of professional photography. Students learn the guiding principles of composition, lighting, and image editing and practice using various colors, subjects, and the rule of thirds to tell a story with their pictures. Students also explore the history of photography and learn to navigate their digital cameras confidently. Along the way, mentors encourage students to share their work with peers and exchange constructive feedback.

By completing this course, students refine their unique points-of-view as photographers. They become more sensitive to the nuances of excellent pictures and more comfortable using photography to express themselves and inspire others.

Overarching Questions

Why are photographs an essential element in society and media?

How can good composition make my photos more interesting?

How do I use the different settings on my camera?

What is the role of light in photography?

How can I use photography to share my thoughts with the world?

Reading List


This course requires a digital camera and photo editing software. Please see the book list in SIS for details.

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 9th (Freshman) – 12th  (Senior)

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 5

Format: Live

Credits: 0.5

*Please note that students will need a digital camera with at least 8 megapixels, 4x optical zoom or greater, optical image stabilization (or a tripod), and basic photo-editing software to participate in this course.

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Please note that program and course descriptions are subject to change as we continuously improve our curriculum throughout the year.