8th-12th: Big Shots-Digital Photography 1

Teacher Info:

Teacher Name: Angie McCue
Teacher Email: angiemccue2@hot.rr.com

Monthly Cost, Fees and Deposit

Tuition: $160 per year, payable in monthly installments of $20
Supply/Materials Fee: $25 (due at registration)
Deposit: $20 (due at registration)
Venmo Address: @Angie-McCue

Class Details

Class Time: 5th hour
Grades: 8th-12th
Minimum Class Size: 10
Maximum Class Size: 20
Midterm Enrollment: Yes
Prerequisite: na
Estimated Homework Hours: 1-2 hrs/week
Required Materials or Books: 
•Digital DSLR camera. A DSLR is best but a mirrorless hybrid camera may work also. (Please communicate with teacher to make sure the camera you have or wish to purchase will work or for guidance with purchasing a camera for the class).
•A USB cable to connect your camera to your computer or a memory card reader.
•A 3-ring binder or folder for handouts and information given to students in class.
•Access to a home computer or laptop with enough RAM to run the Adobe software and adequate internal or external storage space for image files. (See adobe Cc for details on memory requirements)
•Adobe Photoshop CC software subscription for the duration of the class (photography subscription is $9.99/month).
-Available here: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/photography/compare-plans.html
•Optional: A flash (thumb) drive to back up digital work and transfer images.

Class Description

Thanks to smartphone and tablet apps, many kids are getting behind a camera earlier than ever before. Selfies and snapshots are fun, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg. Digital photography actually gives kids a whole new way to see the world—from backyard panoramas to family portraits to still-life compositions, it’s exciting and fun to learn photography.

“Photography, in some ways, has become a modern-day extension of how we interact and communicate with others,” Photography offers a wide range of exciting and valuable learning experiences. Including learning new skills, which can boost student’s self-esteem; encouraging planning and presentation skills, which allows students to display their potential through creativity; providing children with the opportunity to be innovative, which gives children the opportunity to communicate their ideas, thoughts and feelings. Teaching photography at any age can further fortify their academic progress, increase vocabulary and stimulate creativity. Thus, photography is truly a life skill! There are many ways in our digital age to deliver instruction in photography, however none are as effective, productive and affordable as the hands-on and in person experience as the BVC digital photography classroom.

Big Shots – Digital Photography course is intended to introduce students to the use of the digital camera as a tool to create art and to communicate visually. Learning is assessed through weekly photo assignments, presentations, preparing prints for display, in-class worksheets, photo projects and class shoot-outs. Students will receive instruction and demonstrations and examples of desired outcomes each week in class.

Camera operation skills, basic photo composition, portrait photography, animals & children, landscape photography, macro photography, commercial and product photography and photo editing are just some of the topics we’ll study.

While great photos can be taken with all sorts of devices, this course focuses on DSLR photography and will not work with point and shoot cameras, smart phones and toy cameras. Moms and/or Dads interested in mastering their DLSR are also welcome to join us by registering as a student.

**There will be at least 4 organized class photo shoot outings scheduled outside of the BVC class days (one in October, December, February, & March). It is important that students attend these outings in order to achieve the full understanding through application of each of the concepts being taught.

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