Photography 1 - HBHS Photography

Photography 1 Syllabus

Course Description

Photography 1 is a year long course available to students in grades 9-12. Students who earn an A or B in this course are eligible to receive 3.0 units of college credit through Orange Coast College. This course will help the students become well rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography. Four areas of instruction will be emphasized: How cameras work, how composition works, how lighting works, how to use photo editing software. Students will, generally, receive basic instruction, demonstration, and see samples of the desired outcomes, at the beginning of each period. They will be allowed to go outside and shoot assignments, based on what they are learning. Perhaps the most useful part of classroom instruction will be daily reviews of photos students have shot the previous day(s). They will see what makes a successful photo and what does not. All students will be required to create and maintain a blog to display their photographic work throughout the year.

Course Topics

1) Various Camera Modes

2) Flash Modes

3) ISO settings

4) White Balance Lens

5) Focal Length

6) Exposure Compensation

7) Focusing Options

8) Depth of Field (Depth of Focus)

9) Portraiture

10) Landscape

11) Action Photography

12) Still Life

13) Indoor Photography

14) Fine Art Photography

15) Black and White (Monochrome)

16)Basic Techniques of Lighting (Including: Front, Side, Back, Diffused, etc.)

17) Basic Photo Composition (Including: Rule of 3rds, Leading Lines, Framing Subjects, etc.)

18) Basic Photo Editing (Photoshop & Adobe Camera RAW)

19) Special Photoshop Creative Ideas involving use of layers

20) Knowledge of Pixels, Mega Pixels, DPI, PP


-All students MUST turn in a Technology Usage Contract, signed by both the student and a parent/guardian before he or she will be able to use classroom equipment.

-Students are to handle all class equipment, (including computers, cameras, lights, etc.) with care. Students misusing school equipment will lose the right to use the equipment and may be removed from the class (See below).

-Cell phones, head phones, I-pods, etc. may be used for classroom assignments only.

-Students are to avoid shooting photos in or near other classrooms so they will not disrupt the teaching and learning of others.

-Students are not permitted to leave the school campus during class time to shoot photos. Students that are found in outside of the designated shooting areas will not be allowed to use class time to take photographs and will have to complete assignments as homework.

-Food and beverages are not permitted in the classroom at any time.

-Class lab time is expected to be spent working on assignments. Students will not be allowed to defer shooting photos, or editing photos until a later time.

-ALL assignments must be turned in on time to receive credit. Assignments that do not meet the requirements may be resubmitted, if originally turned in on time.


Students will pay a $25 material reimbursement fee. Fees are used to cover the cost of photo paper and ink cartridges for the printers. All prints made from such material will become the property of the student for his/her possession and use. Students who are unable to pay the fee should talk to the Mr. Schwab as soon as possible. All checks should be made out to: Huntington Beach High School. Please include your Student ID# on the check.


All students will be allowed access to the equipment needed to successfully complete this course. It is critical that all students abide by the following rules and treat all equipment with extreme care so that all students will continue to have access to high level photographic equipment. The purpose of this agreement is to make sure that both students and parents understand the responsibility and consequences that come along with the privilege to use school equipment. This policy applies to the use of computers, digital cameras, scanners, printers, lighting equipment, and any other technology used as part of the class. All students agree to immediately report any problems or issues with classroom equipment once they begin using it. Failure to do so may result in a student being held responsible for damages made by previous students. Students are responsible for all equipment checked out and/or used for this class.

Computers: Classroom computers are to be used for class assignments only. Games, social networking and other activities are never allowed. Students must log off of the computers after using them. Students must properly eject the SD cards/camera cord before disconnecting from the computer. Do not install any software onto the computers.

Internet: The Internet is to be used only in order to complete class assignments. Students may only visit school appropriate websites with classroom computers.

Cameras: Cameras that are checked out by students must be cared for diligently and remain in the student’s sole possession until returned to the teacher. Students must have a valid school ID at all times before they will be allowed to check out a camera. Lens caps must be securely placed on all lenses at all times, except when be used to take photographs. Students must use the camera strap at all times while handling the camera.

Printers: Students must get teacher approval before printing any images. Proper printing procedures and layouts must be followed in order to avoid wasting paper and/or ink.


Consequences of violations include, but are not limited to any of the following:

-Revocation of technology usage privileges including computers and cameras

-Revocation of Internet access

-Possible removal from class

-School suspension or expulsion

-Financial liability for damaged school property

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