Course: AR110 Basic Photo

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Subject Area: Art

Type: Standard

Credits: 0.5

Course Information:

In this introductory course, students will learn the historical, technical, artistic, and practical nature of photography. Students will learn how to set up a DSLR camera manually to allow for more creative control over their images in addition to solving exposure issues. Basic techniques in composition and PhotoShop will be taught, allowing students to expand their creative response in their images. The history of photography and photographic techniques will be learned through readings, discussions, and the study of images. This class is a prerequisite for Photo Studio. Students will need an SDHC memory card for this class.



  • Understand compositional concepts in design such as negative space, framing, and rule of thirds

  • Understand what an exposure is

  • Understand how to manually set up a digital camera (Shutter Speed, aperture, ISO), including manual focus.

  • Understanding of shutter speed: its role in exposure as well as its role in freezing or blurring moving objects

  • Understanding of aperture: its role in exposure as well as how it affects Depth of Field

  • Knowledge of photo management/organization, filing and editing

  • Basic understanding of tools and techniques in PhotoShop, including basic editing techniques and compositing (putting multiple images together to create a piece of digital art).


  • Demonstrate ability to take an in focus and well-exposed photograph using manual settings and manual focus

  • Construct quality photographs that utilize basic composition techniques and concepts

  • Demonstrate the ability to photograph a variety of subject matter while considering unique and creative perspectives.

  • Measure and mount finished artwork for display


  • Students are able to analyze and critique their own work in written form as well as work done by other artists

Notes:  Students will need an SDHC memory card for this course.