Clickin’ Kids: An Intro to Digital Photography

Teacher Name: Angie McCue
Tuition: $200.00 per year, payable in monthly installments of $25.00
Discount for Semester Payment: No
Supply/Materials Fee (due at registration): $35.00
Deposit (due at registration): $25.00
Grades: 7th-12th
Minimum Class Size: 10
Maximum Class Size: 20
Midterm Enrollment: No
Class Time: 5th Hour
Prerequisite: Read your camera manual before the 1st day of class.
**Estimated homework hours: 1-2 hours/week

Required Materials or Books:
•Digital DSLR camera. A DSLR is best, but a mirrorless hybrid camera may work also. (Please communicate with the 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 the class.
•Adobe Photoshop CC software subscription for the duration of the class (student discounted subscription is $9.99/month).
-Available here: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/students.html
•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)
•Optional: A flash drive to back up digital work and transfer images.

Textbook – None required. Handouts will be provided to students and
kept in a 3-ring binder or folder.

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 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 for children offers a wide range of exciting and valuable learning experiences. Benefits include: learning new skills, which can boost children’s self-esteem; encouraging planning and presentation skills which allows children 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. Having kids learn photography at any age can therefore further fortify their academic progress, increase vocabulary and stimulate creativity. Thus, photography is indeed a life skill! There are many ways in our digital age to deliver instruction in photography, however, none match the effectiveness, productiveness, and affordability as the hands-on and in-person experience geared explicitly to homeschool students as the BVC Digital Photography Class.

Clickin’ Kids – 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, a photo journal, presentations, preparing prints for display, in-class worksheets, photo projects and presentations. Students will receive basic instruction, 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 in this class.

At the end of the course, students will understand: How to operate and use the essential features of a DSLR camera to have creative control of their images. Understand the fundamentals of photography and DSLR camera settings and modes. Have a grasp on what a truly “good” photograph is and how to achieve it and know how to use photo editing software to improve the overall appearance of an image.

**Parents, please be advised that although photography is an art class, it can be strenuous since photography instruction requires time outside of class practicing what they are learning via shooting and editing digital images weekly.

**There will be four organized class photo shoot outings scheduled on a day other than Friday (one in September, November, February, & March). It is vital that students attend these outings to achieve full understanding through the application of each of the concepts being taught. Parents are welcome to join the class on the outings or may leave their student alone with the group unless otherwise instructed. These outings are fun, hands-on shooting opportunities that students will enjoy and benefit from.

About Angie McCue

My name is Angie McCue. My husband, John and I have homeschooled all 4 children since our oldest began kindergarten (over 19 years) and have graduated our 2 oldest. Our children have attended BVC for over 16 years, and I previously served on the committee for 10 years.

Photography has been a passion and pursuit since I was just 11 years old. I’ve studied photography for many years including studying photography at Sam Houston State University as my college major. I currently own and operate a successful part-time photography business and completed the Professional Photographers Association’s (World's largest trade association for professional photographers) rigorous certification process (CPP) in 2017. I firmly believe photography can be a beneficial and rewarding skill for students of all ages and can be used to develop and nurture essential problem solving, communicative skills and the creativity needed for everyday life as well as in many different career fields. Thus, photography is a valuable life skill! I've taught photography courses at BVC since 2009.