Manual DSLR Photography 101 + 201 for Teens (Flex Class Version)

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Learn how to work with aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to gain the skills to take beautiful photos without any automation from the camera, and build a portfolio of work covering a range of subjects and themes!

Class Experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Beginner Level
- Students will learn how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO work together to create a photograph. Students will also learn how to use these settings to create photographs.

- Students will learn the basics of effective photograph composition.

- Students will explore specific four 200-series topics in photography: Portraits, Night Photography, Street Photography, Black & White Photography

- Students will practice sharing and receiving positive and constructive feedback.

- Students will create mini-portfolios around a specific theme in a final project.

- Woven in with the lessons, students will also learn a little bit about famous photographers from history.
I hold a BA in Studio Art/Photography and Psychology, and am trained both as a photographer and as a Montessori assistant teacher. As an educator I have experience teaching children pre-K through high school. 
Each week students will be tasked with taking photos connected to the content taught that week. They will need to submit it within the week that the content is shared, and provide feedback on peer's photos during the following week. 
All learners will need:

#1 A DSLR camera and lens, or other camera with a manual exposure mode to adjust the settings for aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. (Make sure you have a memory card and battery + charger, too!)

#2 The means to upload the photos to a computer, tablet, or cellphone with an internet connection and web browser. For example, with a cable for the camera or a memory card reader. Please make sure your learner can upload photos to the device prior to class, so they are ready to complete your projects and focus on learning how to use their camera. 

If you are unsure if your camera has a manual exposure mode, you can check the camera instruction manual, or feel free to message me! A film SLR camera could also be used, but the photos must be scanned to digital files, and with developing time learners would have less time to complete the projects each week.

Many introductory DSLR cameras are available for relatively low cost used or new. 

- Nikon D3400 or D3500
- Nikon D5500 or D5600
- Nikon D7000, D7100, D7200, D7500 
- Canon Rebel T8i / 350D
- Canon Rebel T7 / 2000D 
- Canon Rebel T6 / 1300D
- Canon Rebel SL3 / 250D
- Canon Rebel T100v/ 4000D (Canon camera with lowest recommended retail price)

A few old edition options that are still great to get started with learning manual mode on a budget: 
- Nikon D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300 (old versions of D3500)
- Nikon D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300 (old versions of D5600)
- Nikon D70s, D70, D80, D90 (old versions of D7000)
- Nikon D40, D40x, D50, D60 (old versions of D3000 and D5000 series) 
- any older Canon Rebel
Learner progress is assessed through participation: posting their images in the classroom and offering the specific amount of peer feedback on others' posts. Constructive and supportive individual feedback will be given by the instructor as well, following their posting of peer feedback. 
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
External Resources Details:
Wordwall is used for concept practice, no sign in is required.
Padlet is used for resource collecting and sharing, no sign in is required.
Google Drive is used for project planning, no sign in is required.
Pinterest is used for project inspiration and examples, no sign in is required. 
International Center for Photography Artist Info Pages and PBS are used for resource sharing, no sign in is required.
Youtube is used for resource sharing, no sign in is required.

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Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(1,045)
Hello! I am a teacher on Outschool who loves to share artistic photography and human-animal psychology classes! My goal is to offer high-quality learning experiences that support curiosity, inspiration, and understanding. All classes are held... 
Flex Class


for 10 weeks
10 weeks

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(18)
Completed by 136 learners
No live video meetings
Ages 13-18
2-10 learners per class

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