Course Description

Prerequisite: None 

We are an image-based society...ever wonder what goes into making a photographic image really exciting and not just another “snapshot”? Photography Level 1 introduces students to the basics of camera operations, effective composition, and both digital (Photoshop) and traditional darkroom techniques. Students will explore the medium of photography from both a technical and an artistic vantage point, with emphasis on creating effective, imaginative, and eye-catching images. A variety of projects will be introduced, including (but not limited to) studio lighting and working with a model, candid photography, location shoots, portraiture, macro photography, architecture, and graphic design. Students will also explore the possibilities for artistic manipulation of their photographs in the form of paintings, collage, hand tinting /toning, digital manipulation and more. This course is suitable for students who intend to pursue photography, filmmaking, graphic design, visual arts...or for those who simply have a curiosity and desire to improve their skills in a fun environment!

Note: Students should have access to a digital camera. A simple “point and shoot” automatic will suffice, although a digital SLR camera would be an asset. A film based, 35mm camera will also be utilized. Minimal supplies will be provided to students. Should a student wish to use optional materials to enhance or to elaborate upon the learning outcomes, these may be purchased directly or through the school on a cost-recovery basis.

Course Code

MVA--09 PH

Grade Level