Photography Classes @ MERHS

Photo 2 Syllabus

Essential Questions (that we have to ask ourselves again and again):

  • Why are photographs art?
  • Are all photographs art?
  • What choices can I make to express myself to the viewer of the image?
  • Technically, how do I create a photograph?

Content (what are we going to learn?)

  • How cameras work
  • Relationship of shutter speed and aperture
  • History of photography
  • Composition – seeing the scene in front of you
  • Camera angles and focal length
  • Photojournalism
  • Conceptual photography
  • Directed scenes
  • Group portraits
  • Self portraits
  • A step further – installations and other art forms
  • Digital photography
  • Personal expression
  • Visual problem solving
  • How to participate in a critique

Outcomes (what will we be able to do?)

  • Consciously make choices that communicate ideas
    in our photographs
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using a digital camera and
    digital editing software
  • Use and maintain photographic equipment
  • Solve visual problems creatively
  • Reflect on artwork of ones own and of others
  • Participate constructively in critiques


Assessments (what things will be graded?)

  • Photographs
  • Written Assignments
  • Digital Skills Assignments
  • Art History Project
  • Final Project
  • In-class projects
  • Critiques
  • Participation


Grading Criteria (what is our grade based on?)

  • Level of Self-Challenge
  • Content and communication of work
  • Rubric of each assignment
  • Effort and Attitude


Grading Percentages

60 photos
20 critique and discussions
10 written assignments and digital skills
10 classroom citizenship and work ethic


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