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Basic Photography for Beginners: Ages 12-14

Misty Van Staaveren
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(20)
In this 6 week course, students will learn the basics of using a camera, subject, focus, zoom, and composition.

Class experience

6 lessons//6 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Get to Know Your Camera
Get to know each of the buttons/features of your camera. We will go over the power button, how the lens works, flash, autofocus, view finder. We will also learn a few tips and tricks. Assignment: Take pictures to get to know your camera. Choose your best photo to present to the class, and be ready to share why you chose that particular picture.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
What is the subject of your picture? How do you showcase your subject in the best way? Some topics discussed will be the framing technique, rule of thirds, and very light explanation of depth of field. Assignment: Choose a subject and showcase your subject using one of the techniques we discussed.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Learn the difference between auto and manual focus and which one is right for you. We will discuss how to engage autofocus and change the area of the shot where the focus represents. Assignment: Experiment with focus, and use different areas of focus for your subject.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
How to take photos from far away. Learning how to best judge your distance when taking photos. Assignment: Use your zoom to take pictures of something from far away. Don't forget to use all of the other information we've learned to create an amazing shot!
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Putting it all Together
Putting it all together. Put together all the elements that we have learned over the past few weeks and create an amazing photograph. Assignment: Put everything you've learned together and create an amazing photograph!
 Week 6
Lesson 6
We will meet to discuss our final photos. No new lesson.
  • Students will learn the basics of how to use a camera. Students will learn how to choose and showcase a subject using various techniques such as framing, depth of field, and the rule of thirds. Students will learn how to use a zoom feature on their camera to take photos from a longer distance. Students will be able to take portraits. Students will be able to improve their photo taking skills by using the techniques taught in this course.
I've been a teacher in a traditional classroom since 2002.  During that time, I have experience with pre-K through 8th grade.  To further my interest in photography, I completed the New York Institute of Photography courses and received my certificate of completion in 2006.  I've also completed several online training to strengthen my skills.  I have photographed weddings, real estate, and portraits professionally but I absolutely love photographing nature and macro shots!
Students will need a digital camera to complete this course.  It does not have to be anything fancy or high-tech.  As long as it takes pictures, it's fine!
Parents may need to assist students with uploading photos from their camera to the classroom.
Joined July, 2020
Teacher expertise and credentials
Texas Teaching Certificate - Elementary Education
California Teaching Certificate - Elementary Education
Hi there!  I am so excited to be a part of Outschool!  I have been teaching in the classroom for the past 20 years.  I've taught Kindergarten, First Grade, and Third Grade and I have been a substitute teacher for grades pre-k through 6th.  I am a... 
Group Class


for 6 classes
1x per week, 6 weeks
30 min

Completed by 3 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-14
3-6 learners per class

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