Middle School Photography A

How can learning about photography and using a camera to take pictures of my world help me see it differently?

Why Take This Course?

Middle School Photography A

Learn to see the world through a lens in Middle School Photography A.

Photographs play an important role in our world today. We photograph to preserve memories, document events, and create artistic works. This course introduces students to the basics of photography, including camera functions and photo composition. Through a variety of assigned projects, students will engage their creativity by photographing a range of subjects and learning to see the world through the lens of their cameras. Although this is a self-paced course, a live class will be held on the first Tuesday of each month during the school year. Some kind of digital camera is required (phone cameras are ok; digital cameras are preferred).

Course Framework

Unit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
How can understanding the history of photography help you take better pictures?How do you work with and care for your camera?How do you choose a photo subject?How can you compose a good photograph?What are backgrounds and foregrounds?
What is photography and how did it develop?What are the basic features of point-and-shoot cameras?What makes a great photograph?How do you focus correctly?What is the foreground and how can you add foreground elements to a photo?
How do cameras work?How can (and should) you care for your camera?How do you know what will make a good photo subject?What is the rule of thirds?What is the middleground and how can you create one?
What equipment do you need to get started?What are the most common causes of camera damage?How does the purpose of a photograph influence the creation of the image?What is framing in a photograph and why do photographers use this technique?What is the background and what makes it good?
What are the steps to transfer images from a camera to a computer?How are elements of design and art used in photography?What are the differences between portrait and landscape orientations of photographs?How can you draw attention to your subject?

Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase

AuthorTitleRecommended ISBN
All materials will be provided: Middle School Photography from eDynamic Learning


  • Recommended Grade: 6th, 7th, 8th
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: 2
  • Format: Live/Self-paced - Class meets 1st Monday of each month
  • Credits: 0.5
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