Hillsdale High School Photography Classes:
There is one thing the photography must contain, The job of the artist is to deepen the mystery.
the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism.
But realism is not enough, there has to be vision, -Francis Bacon
and the two together can make a good photograph.
Digital Photography 1-2
This is a basic course in photography designed to offer experiences with a point-and-shoot camera and DSLR cameras in class. Various camera settings will be learned to offer greater creative and technical control. This course builds the foundation for visual literacy regarding both form and content of photographic images. The elements and principles of design as they relate to photographic composition are emphasized. Students learn framing within the viewfinder and explore various compositional principles. Students also learn to examine images critically and lighting techniques for portraits and still lives in the lightning studio. Digital processing techniques are introduced using Adobe Photoshop. Assignments in the first semester will focus on studio portraiture and principles of lighting. Students learn to use studio strobes and light modifiers. Emphasis will be placed on the creative and commercial aspects of studio portrait and still life photography. Retouching and enhancing images in Photoshop will be taught. Successful completion provides a foundation for further study in the AP Photography course. This class is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Students interested in completing the AP Photography program should complete the Digital Photography 1-2 sequence during their sophomore or junior year. This class requires a time commitment outside of school to be successful. An average of three hours a week outside of school is required.
This AP course is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of the art of photography and wish to develop mastery in the concept, composition, and execution of their ideas. AP Photo is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios or evaluation at the end of the school year. In building the portfolio, students experience a variety of concepts, techniques, and approaches designed to help them demonstrate their abilities as well as their versatility with techniques, problem solving, and demonstration of the principals of design. Students also develop a body of work for the Concentration section of the portfolio that investigates an idea of personal interest to them. The portfolio is due in May. Five photos will need to be printed and matted for the Quality section of the portfolio. Twelve artworks are required for the Breadth section based on the principals of design. We will have assignments for each principal required for your portfolio. You will also take twelve photos in the concentration section of your portfolio. If your questions remain unanswered, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.