Photography, as a nonverbal language, allows students to increase their visual perception and provides a medium for creative expression. The history of photography will be evaluated in the context of historical, social, cultural and artistic developments. Students learn to understand the artistic qualities of the photographic medium while acquiring the techniques for utilizing photography for expressive purposes. Instruction includes studio and field techniques, photojournalism, fashion photography, and commercial, portrait, scientific, nature, wildlife and sports photography. In producing their own works and by studying the photographs of others, students will develop a base for making informed aesthetic judgments. Integrated throughout the course are career preparation standards which include basic academic skills, communication, interpersonal skills, problem solving, workplace safety, and technology and employment literacy.
About the Team: This structure of this course and the materials contained within it were created by a team of educators from across the state with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Specialist Glenn Dawson.
From CALPADS: Advanced Visual/Commercial Art (Capstone)
This capstone course in the Visual/Commercial Art sequence applies learning from Introductory and Intermediate Visual /Commercial Art in a project based environment. Course work will focus on 2-D and 3-D artistic products and their application to an industry/commercial environment. Skills and knowledge will be demonstrated in both the educational and work based setting. Instruction will focus on applying student knowledge of drawing, painting, graphic design, photo, and 3 –D forms in industry environments. Students will create artistic products that demonstrate entry level workforce skills and comprehensive knowledge of industry practices.
|Occupation Name||Occupation Code|
|Photographic Process Workers||51-9131.00|
|27-1027.00||Set and Exhibit Designers|
|27-4014.00||Sound Engineering Technicians|
|27-4031.00||Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture|
|27-4032.00||Film and Video Editors|
|51-9131.00||Photographic Process Workers|
Students will learn to:
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:
Lessons in this unit will teach students about the history of photography, from the first inventions to present day techniques.
Lessons in this unit will cover introducing students to the photographic industry's standard software, Adobe PhotoShop CS, to advance lessons in utilizing such a powerful tool.
Lessons in this unit will teach students about the many professional career opportunities, needed skills, and equipment utilized in today's digital photography world.
Lessons in this unit will teach students the importance photography has played in social reform throughout history and photography techniques that can be used as tools for social change.
The Art of Seeing includes lessons in subject and background
awareness, observation, familiar, preconceptions, and compositional
elements such as form, texture, pattern, color, line, shape, rule
of thirds, the golden section, naturalistic photography, dominance
and subordination in photography.
Lessons in this unit will include many techniques in indoor portrait lighting, subject posing guidelines, camera settings with flash as well as constant lighting, and the many different styles in today's portraits.
An essential skill for professional photographers is knowing how to retouch portraits using Adobe PhotoShop CS software. Lessons in this unit will cover the several techniques used by professionals to retouch young and old subjects with pleasing results for the client.
Students will learn how to capture great outdoor portraits and avoid the many lighting pitfalls by studying lessons in this unit. From camera settings, to using reflectors and diffusers, flash, to general posing techniques this unit will teach students how the professionals create such stunning outdoor portraits.
This unit will cover techniques that will teach students about the world's great artists, their styles, techniques, lighting concepts, color schemes all with the use of PhotoShop CS.
Lessons in this unit will teach students how to create in camera effects and manual controls techniques of the digital camera.
In this series of lessons, students will learn how photography and the digital processes in Photoshop merge to enhance our creative and problem solving abilities.
Students will learn about and create double and multiple exposures using digital methods, try their hand at rendering compelling HDRI images using multiple exposures, then move onto creating simulations of large format photography through digital compositing methods.
In the capstone project, students design an artistic multiple exposure portrait that can visually tell a story, give insight into someones motivations or just create a beautiful and creative portrait through digital compositing methods.
The learning goals with this project are to understand the history of film photography and how those methods influence modern digital photography. Students will learn powerful image editing workflows and enhance their skills in both photography, design and story telling.
Any classroom with access to Photoshop, digital cameras, tripods and the desire for creative and challenging fun will enjoy these hands-on projects. Digital compositing and incorporating image manipulation into the photographic work flow is a must have skill for anyone that intends to study photography or work in the creative field.
Lessons on the basic settings and functions of a camera. You need to know what these buttons, switches and settings do before you take a picture.
In this unit, students will use techniques in digital photography to research, generate and identify a relevant social justice issue. In the understanding of digital resolution for the web and print, students will explore the relationship between pixels and vectors; apply their knowledge of area and the unit square; and will explore reproduction using scale factor, proportions, congruence, and similarity concepts.
The student will find a photograph that represents this issue, write a newspaper article that illustrates their knowledge of the issue. Next students will identify lighting in photo, learn about digital resolution and use a digital camera and a tripod to shoot themselves to fit in the photograph as if they are a part of the scene in the style of Jo Teevwisse photography.
The student will use editing programs like Adobe Photoshop to place their own image in the picture, matching lighting and pixel resolution. The final "Picturing Social Justice" image will be paired with a letter to the family or community as if they were the person in the picture experiencing the event first hand. The written information and final image will be prepared for the use on the web, a printed poster size and proposed mural size.
In addition to the CTE/STEM focus of the unit/project lessons, educators will find academic lessons in Math and English Language Arts (ELA) that supplement the primary core area of study..
We never see ourselves. Other people form a perception of who we are. Can a photograph see inside your soul? Can a photograph see your dreams or fears? What does the photographer see? Is the photographer's point of view a mirror of the photographed? What if the photo moves?
In a partner project or small group, students will explore the question, "What do you see?" In this partner or group project, students are asked to walk in someone's shoes and create a sequential series of portrait photographs that will become a cinemagraph, also know as an animated gif.
Prior to the photo shoot, students work with a partner or in a small group to plan the sequence of photographs they will use in Photoshop's unique animation tools to create the cinemagraph.
Students explore taking small video clips and photographs to create a cohesive sequence. The final composition of images should show an understanding of the conventions of looping animated gif. The sequence should be creative, carefully planned and bound by the idea that the cinemagraph will have one motion element.
This lesson will review the basics of portraiture and build on student's prior knowledge of Photoshop. Students gain an understanding of how to animate in Photoshop utilizing the timeline in Photoshop Extended, explore sequencing photos to create the illusion of motion and make animated gifs for the web.
In addition to the CTE/STEM focus of the unit/project lessons, educators will find academic lessons in Math and English Language Arts (ELA) that supplement the primary core area of study.
*Note: Students should have basic Photoshop experience. For Photoshop Extended CS5 or CS6 with the animation or timeline feature.
The structure of this unit and the materials contained within it were created by Gayle Nicholls-Ali (CTE), Casey Byington (Math), and Ken Lovgren (ELA) with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Specialist Gregg Witkin.