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School Photography Courses


BEGINNING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR SCHOOLS

- for study and leisure -

This course is intended for the beginning photograher. It introduces the digital camera and helps each participant to acquire the basic techniques in taking good photographs on a consistent basis. The content is tailored towards secondary school students so that they can use the skill to compliment classroom work and school activities where good photography can be an asset. This is a hands-on course and students are expected to take lots of images for evaluation during the course.

Objective:

At the end of the course the student should be able to:

  • Understand the key elements of a good photograph.
  • Know how to handle and control a digital camera.
  • Recognise different photographic environment.
  • Know the basics of digital editing and printing.
  • Submit a portfolio of 12 images for critique.

Course Outline (6 sessions of 2 hr. each)

Session 1

  • Introduction to the digital camera
  • Basic camera settings
  • Indoor practice

Session 2

  • The basics of good photography
  • Categories in Photography
  • Aperture control
  • Depth 0f Field
  • Outdoor practice & evaluation

Session 3

  • Photographic composition.
  • Speed control and its effects
  • Outdoor practice & evaluation

Session 4 (Optional off-school field trip

  • Manual exposure control
  • Metering and further exposure control
  • Outdoor practice & evaluation

Session 5

  • Indoors Photography
  • The electronic flash
  • Flash techniques
  • Studio techniques
  • Indoor practice

Session 6

  • Final outdoor practice & evaluation
  • Basic image editing
  • Evaluation of students' portfolios
  • Certificate presentation and prize giving

Fee

  • $70 per student (min. 10 students, one teacher may sit in free).

Material Supplied

  • Colour Course Manual with worksheets
  • A Certificate of Attendance for those who have been present for minimum of five sessions
  • Two prizes for the two best portfolios

Equipment Required

  • School: to provide a classroom environment with LCD projector and screen. A classroom with curtain is preferred.
  • Student: Participants are expected have a digital camera, with selectable aperture and speed priority, and manual modes.

    ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR SCHOOLS

    - Photography with the mind and the heart -

    This course is designed for those who have foundation knowledge in photography and is aimed at helping them to approach the subject in a purposeful way. It introduces participants to the advanced features in digital cameras and to achieve accurate exposure control in the field. The techniques in flash photography are covered in greater details to cope with different scenes. It will also help students in preparing for competitions in a systematic manner. The course finishes with further exposure in image editing and manipulation with PhotoShop Element.

    Objective:

    At the end of the course the student should be able to:

  • Understands the limits of the image sensor and use of histogram
  • Know how to use the electronic flash in different photographic scene
  • Know the use of editing software to enhance images
  • Understand the criteria for photography competitionSubmit a portfolio of 12 images for critique.
    Course Outline (6 sessions of 2 hours each)

    Session 1 - ADVANCED CAMERA CONTROL

  • The latitude of image sensors
  • Interpreting histograms for exposure control
  • The camera’s auto focusing system
  • Camera lens and focusing techniques
  • Practice: Camera exposure & focusing

    Session 2 – FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Full and fill flash
  • Indoor photography
  • Night photography
  • Practice: Flash photography

    Session 3 – IMAGE EDITING

  • Five-step editing workflow
  • Using layers in image editing
  • Manipulation: text, borders, stitching and stacking
  • Practice: Editing practice or demonstration

    Session 4 – PHOTO COMPETITION

  • Competition as a means of improvement
  • Categories in photography
  • Further techniques in composition
  • Digital image preparation
  • Image presentation – Digital and Print
  • Personal portfolio
  • Practice: Photography by categories

    Session 5 – OUTDOOR SESSION

  • Experiment in composition
  • Exposure control
  • Use of filters
  • Hyper focal point in landscape photography
  • Focusing on moving subjects

    Session 6 – IMAGE CRITIQUE

  • Presentation of personal portfolio
  • Prize and Certificates presentation

    Fee:     $70 per student (min. 10 students, one teacher may sit in free).

    Material Supplied: Course notes & worksheets. A Certificate of Completion would be awarded to participants who attended five of the six sessions. Additionally, two prizes would be awarded to the two best portfolios submitted for critique.

    Equipment Required

  • School: to provide a classroom environment with LCD projector and screen. A classroom with dark curtain is preferred.
  • Student: Each participant should have a digital camera, with selectable aperture, speed priority and manual modes. The DSLR is the preferred camera type.
  • Students are expected to use the school’s facilities & activities extensively for photography practices.