Photography 1, 2 & 3

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    Photography I

    Photography 1 is a semester class that focuses on understanding the basic operations and functions of a DSLR camera and the manipulation of its settings to achieve high-quality photographic images. Furthermore, we will explore the idea of composition using elements of art and principles of design, lighting, and creative manipulation using editing software. Students of all ability and experience levels are welcome. We will study the history of photography, practice art criticism, and explore the connection between photography and storytelling in our modern world. Students will also learn how to organize and optimize their photographs for print and online purposes, including how to prepare their work for exhibition and/or sale. This class encourages student initiative, cooperation, and creativity, as well as independence, motivation, and responsibility. After the completion of Photography 1, students can continue developing their photographic knowledge, experience, and portfolio in Photography 2.

    Photography 2

    Photography 2 is a semester class for students who have already taken Photography 1 and want to further develop their photographic skills in effective and high-quality image making. Using DSLR cameras, students will explore technical, artistic, and commercial aspects of photography. More specifically, we will delve into the technical workings of camera operation, use a range of lenses, utilize dynamic composition and experimental lighting, and further familiarize ourselves with editing software for creative manipulation. We will also have the opportunity to investigate and glean inspiration from artists in the photographic world. This class encourages student initiative, cooperation, and creativity, as well as independence, motivation, and responsibility. Students will prepare a portfolio of work to exhibit at the completion of the course. After the completion of Photography 2, students can complete application for AP Studio Art 2-D Design.

    Photography 3

    Photography 3 is a semester class for students who have already taken Photography 2. Students will ideate, compose, make, and manipulate digital images using Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Camera Raw. Students will delve ever further into the finer details of DSLR and 35mm film camera settings/equipment, effective composition, masterful lighting, creative manipulation (both in-camera and post-production), and presentation of high-quality photographic images. Students will venture out into PDX to view and photograph the city, they will practice working with clients, and discover the reality of making a living as a photographer. In short, this course is a time for photographic, creative, and human exploration, challenge, growth, and discovery. Students will prepare a portfolio of work to exhibit at the completion of the course. After the completion of Photography 2 and/or 3, students can complete application for AP Studio Art 2-D Design.