Advanced Digital Photography - CTE Online Model

by CTE Online Admin

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.

Program Information
CTE Certification Elements
California English Common Core Standards (14)
California's 2013 CTE Standards (27)
California Math Common Core Standards (7)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (53)
California Academic Content Standards (31)
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.

History of Photography

Lessons in this unit will teach students about the history of photography, from the first inventions to present day techniques.

Camera Obscura
55 Minutes
Printing Pictures with you inkjet printer
60 Minutes

Adobe PhotoShop CS

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.

Introduction to PhotoShop
50 Minutes
Introduction to Designing Digital Composites
50 Minutes
Making Selections with Marquee Tool
50 Minutes
Making Selections with Lasso Tool
50 Minutes
Making Selections with Color
36 Minutes
Pen Tool
75 Minutes

Careers in Photography

Lessons in this unit will teach students about the many professional career opportunities, needed skills, and equipment utilized in today's digital photography world.

Life Size Cardboard Cut-out in high resolution
0 Hours
Advertisement/Creating a Print Ad (1 of 2) Intro
80 Minutes
Photograph Theme for a Book Cover
2 Hours
Advertisement/Creating a Print Ad (2 of 2)
80 Minutes
Careers in Printing
65 Minutes
Let's buy a camera
95 Minutes

History and Social Impact of Photography

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.

Story, Audience Message
50 Minutes
Intro to Photographic Surrealism
2 Hours
Story Telling in 6 Pictures
2 Hours

The Art of Seeing

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.

Seeing Composition
90 Minutes
Use of LINE in Photography
120 Minutes
Digital Storytelling 1
100 Minutes
Basic Elements of Texture
120 Minutes
Digital Storytelling 2
100 Minutes
Creating Motion in Photos
90 Minutes
Unusual filters to make a Horror Movie
90 Minutes
Stopping motion in photos
60 Minutes
Digital Storytelling 3
2 Hours
Digital Storytelling 4
2 Hours
Materials Safety Data Sheet
2 Hours
Working With Light
3 Hours
Architectural Photography
60 Minutes
Color Theory
75 Minutes
Understanding Digital Resolution
80 Minutes
Digital White Balance
2 Hours
Art of Self Portrait
75 Minutes
60 Minutes

Indoor Portrait 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.

Portrait Retouching in PhotoShop CS

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.

Red Eye Removal/Change Eye Color
55 Minutes
Teeth & Eye Whitening
90 Minutes
Correcting Blemishes & Smoothing Wrinkles
60 Minutes
Removing (skin) Shine
45 Minutes
Retore Old & Damaged Photos
90 Minutes
Content Aware Fill
75 Minutes

Outdoor Portrait Techniques

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.

Creating Art with PhotoShop CS

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.

Comfort Icons
95 Minutes
Picasso & Cubism
120 Minutes
How to "Cartoon" an Image
55 Minutes
A Few of my Favorite Things (collage making)
115 Minutes
David Hockney Inspired Artwork (Collages)
180 Minutes
Nature Works-Andy Goldsworthy
180 Minutes
Nature Pictures
150 Minutes
Splat/Paint Spatter Art Project
180 Minutes

Advanced Camera Techniques

Lessons in this unit will teach students how to create in camera effects and manual controls techniques of the digital camera.

The Digital Darkroom: Editing Photos with Photoshop

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.

Camera Basics

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.

Understanding ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed
150 Minutes
Rule of Thirds
55 Minutes

Picturing Social Justice - STEM Integrated Unit

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..

12 Hours
7 Hours
7 Hours

Someone Else's Shoes: Creating a Cinemagraph - STEM Integrated Unit

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.

8 - 10 Hours
4 Hours
4 Hours