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Basic Photography for Beginners: Ages 8-11

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

Beginner Level
6 lessons//6 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Getting 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 share for feedback.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Showcasing Your Subject
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 filling the frame. Assignment: Choose a subject and showcase your subject using one of the techniques we discussed.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Choose a subject and work on using your focus to bring attention to it. We will revisit autofocus, and discuss how to move your focus away from the center of the frame. We will talk about the difference between auto and manual focus. Assignment: Create a photo where you are using your autofocus to make sure your subject is the sharpest part of the photo.
 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
How do I set up a shot that is interesting and pleasing to the eye? We will review the elements discussed. Assignment: Create an interesting photo by selecting and showcasing your subject and composing the image using one of the techniques we discussed.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
We will review all topics discussed. Final Assignment: Your picture that is your absolute best of the best. When you upload your photo, tell me why it's your favorite and what you did to create it.
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!
Homework Offered
Students will be assigned a photo taking task each week that they will complete on their own and then upload to the course page. If students wish, they may share their work with the class for feedback. However, public sharing is not required. Remember, the more you take pictures, the better you'll get!
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Students' assignments will be informally assessed by the teacher to determine if progress is being made.
Grades Offered
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!
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Parents may need to assist students with uploading photos from their camera to the classroom.
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(20)
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 47 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-11
3-6 learners per class

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