Photography provides an interesting activity or project for youth of all ages. Photography introduces you to a useful hobby and a career field; giving you educational guidance as you develop skills in taking and using pictures. You will also gain an appreciation of photography as an art, science and communication tool that will help you to observe and appreciate your surroundings. Photography is an excellent way to record events, ideas and situations in picture form for later use.

Photography, Level 1

Focus on equipment basics, learn picture-taking techniques, the concept of lighting and flash, photo composition, approaches, sequencing and evaluating photographs. Learn how to take photos you want to keep and share with others.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

To complete this level, explore each of the four Project Areas (equipment, lighting, composition and skill building), take part in two organized project experiences and two leadership/citizenship activities.

MATERIALS

Focus on Photography, PHOTO1, $7.45

Photography, Level 2

In Level 2, you will explore depth of field, aperture and shutter speeds, hard and soft lighting, silhouettes and flash techniques. You’ll also learn how to evaluate composition using the Rule of Thirds, Golden Triangle and Golden Rectangle and understand positive and negative space. Other topics include taking candid pictures, adjusting shutter speeds, panning techniques, close-ups and panoramas.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

To complete this level, you should explore each of the four Project Areas (equipment, lighting, composition and skill building), take part in two organized project experiences and two leadership/citizenship activities.

MATERIALS

Controlling the Image, PHOTO2, $7.45

Photography, Level 3

Level 3 takes you to wide-angle and telephoto lenses, filters and special film, light meters and different light sources. Learn to shoot reflections, use framing and viewpoints, still-life, formal and informal portraits, symmetry, patterns, texture, color composition and pictures with purpose.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

To complete this level, you should explore each of the four Project Areas (equipment, lighting, composition and skill building), take part in two organized project experiences and two leadership/citizenship activities.

MATERIALS

Mastering Photography, PHOTO3, $7.45

Videography, Level 4

This is a digital storytelling project using video cameras. Youth will learn how to use video cameras, a tripod, video tips and how to capture and transfer video footage. Youth will plan and carry out a video project in the form of a family vacation movie, a PSA or a documentary. It is advisable to understand the basics of photography before beginning in this project.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

Create a short practice video on a subject of your choice and a longer video that has a script and uses storyboard techniques. This video will demonstrate digital storytelling and follow the rubric requirements in the book.

MATERIALS

Movie Magic, 5325, $8.50

Photography Independent Study

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