Digital Photography 2: Intermediate to Advanced Photography

Teacher Name: Angie McCue
Teacher Email: amccue1@hot.rr.com
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: 9th-12th (14y/o-18y/o)
Minimum Class Size: 10
Maximum Class Size: 20
Midterm Enrollment: No
Class Time: 6th Hour
Prerequisite: Digital Photography 1 or equivalent knowledge and understanding of a DSLR and Adobe Photoshop

Required Materials or Books:
•Digital SLR Camera.
•A USB cable to connect your camera to your computer or a memory card reader.
•A 3-ring binder or folder for handouts.
•Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom 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 – To be announced soon.

Class Description:
This is an advanced course in Digital SLR Photography & Media. Students will explore the technical, artistic, and commercial aspects of photography. The course will include flash techniques, studio strobe usage, advanced digital camera operations and creative digital darkroom techniques with the use of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop software. Class time will enable students to work on independent and group projects. Students will prepare a portfolio of work to exhibit at the completion of the course. They will also produce a website for their photography work and learn ways to market their photography and get work in the field.

Course Objectives:
Upon Completion of this course, among other things, students will: Refine and improve basic techniques of image exposure, advanced composition techniques, be proficient with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, master Image compositing and manipulation, understand how to use a flash and studio lighting techniques to control and manipulate artificial light, describe and analyze photographers, styles and genres, develop knowledge of various forms of image presentation and understand the impact presentation can have on the meaning of images, create a cohesive body of exhibition quality work that collectively explores an idea or concept.

Photo outings and a photo class trip will be discussed in detail at the beginning of the year. Photo excursions will be an extension of class and vital to learning. A class day trip will be planned and taken during the spring semester.

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.