TCH031: Digital Photography I

This list is representative of the materials provided or used in this course. Keep in mind that the actual materials used may vary, depending on the school in which you are enrolled, and whether you are taking the course as Independent Study.

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Scope & Sequence : Scope & Sequence documents describe what is covered in a course (the scope) and also the order in which topics are covered (the sequence). These documents list instructional objectives and skills to be mastered. K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

Course Overview

This course focuses on the basics of photography, including building an understanding of aperture, shutter speed, lighting, and composition. Students are introduced to the history of photography and basic camera functions. They use the basic techniques of composition and camera functions to build a portfolio of images, capturing people, landscapes, close-ups, and action photographs.

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Course Length

One Semester

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Course Outline

Unit 1: Introduction to Photography
Unit 2: The History of Photography  
Unit 3: Aperture & Shutter Speed
Unit 4: Composition  
Unit 5: Lighting
Digital Photography I Midterm Exam
Unit 6: Special Techniques
Unit 7: People
Unit 8: Landscapes & Places
Unit 9: The Close-Up
Unit 10: Documentary & Action
Digital Photography I Final Exam


  • Discuss how cameras work.
  • Learn what happens inside the camera when you take a picture.  
  • Investigate how an image is created by the camera.  
  • Learn some of the basic terminology for photography and cameras.
  • Examine how a simple pinhole camera can be constructed at home.  
  • Discuss the usage of pinhole cameras and how they were used before modern photography.
  • Discuss the development of the first camera in the early nineteenth century.
  • Investigate some of the advances that were made to cameras and photograph production through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  
  • Examine the development of digital cameras.  
  • Discuss the changes in the stock image industry.
  • Understand aperture and shutter speed.
  • Discuss how different aperture and shutter speed settings can influence a photograph.
  • Examine how aperture and shutter speed settings influence each other.
  • Investigate some of the common camera modes.
  • Discuss how aperture and shutter speed can be used to create nighttime photographs.
  • Discuss composition and how it applies to photographs.
  • Examine some of the common “rules” of photography composition.
  • Investigate how the “rules” can improve photographs.
  • Discuss how and when to break the “rules” of photography composition.
  • Discuss the importance of light when taking photographs.
  • Examine the advantages and disadvantages of natural and artificial lighting.
  • Investigate some tips and techniques for using light in outdoor photographs.
  • Learn about the lighting equipment and accessories for studio photography.
  • Discuss some tips and techniques for studio lighting.
  • Discuss the use of filters in photography.
  • Examine the fundamentals of black and white photography.
  • Learn some tips to help improve black and white photographs.
  • Investigate how to create panoramic photographs.
  • Learn tips and techniques for capturing firework photographs.
  • Discuss portrait photography.
  • Examine tips on taking portraits.
  • Learn tips and techniques for photographing children.
  • Investigate how to take group photographs.
  • Discuss some of the arrangements that can be used for large group formal photographs.
  • Learn about the different types of landscape photography.
  • Discuss some of the challenges in taking landscape photographs.
  • Examine some general tips for taking landscape photographs.
  • Discuss the importance of focal points in landscape photography.
  • Investigate how to approach different types of landscapes.
  • Understand how macro photography is by photographers.
  • Discuss different equipment and accessory options to use in creating macro photographs.
  • Discuss the basic techniques of macro photography.
  • Investigate some popular topics for macro photography.
  • Examine how best to take macro photographs of flowers and insects.
  • Discuss tips and techniques for taking sports photographs.
  • Understand the basics for the technique of panning moving subjects.
  • Discuss tips on photographing pets.
  • Examine wildlife photography and the basics of capturing wildlife on “film.”
  • Investigate documentary photography and how best to approach this area of photography.  
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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling