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Manual DSLR Photography 101 + 201 for Teens

Katherine Causbie - Photography
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(1,061)
Through a series of intro and intermediate projects, explore shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to make creative choices and take more compelling photographs. Work in a small group to learn science and art of manual photography in depth!

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Beginner - Intermediate Level
3 units//10 lessons//10 Weeks
Unit 1Manual DSLR Photography 101
3 lessons3 Weeks
Manual DSLR Photography 101
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introduction to the Camera's Manual Mode (Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO) ✏️
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Troubleshooting and Feedback 📑
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Composition ✏️ 📑
Unit 2Manual DSLR Photography 201
4 lessons4 Weeks
Manual DSLR Photography 201
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Night Photography✏️ 📑
Tech Skill: Varied Ranges of Light / Camera Setting Skill: Metering Modes
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Portrait Photography✏️ 📑
Tech Skill: Quality of Light / Camera Setting Skill: White Balance
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Street Photography✏️ 📑
Tech Skill: Observation & Timing
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Black and White Photography ✏️ 📑
Tech Skill: Tonal Range + Previsualizing Tone / Camera Setting Skill: Working in Monochrome
Unit 3Final Projects
3 lessons3 Weeks
Final Projects
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Final Project Overview and Planning ✏️
Setting visual intention
 Week 9
Lesson 9
Preliminary Images Feedback
 Week 10
Lesson 10
Final Project Presentation
- 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 be able to apply and describe the principles of effective photograph composition.

- Students will learn to speak about their work with pride, and share it with the group.

- Students will practice the vocabulary and concepts covered in class through positive and technical discussion of everyone's photos each week.  

- Students will explore specific four 200-series topics in photography in order to refine their ability to use manual settings in challenging light, and expand their understandings of additional technical settings: Portraits, Night Photography, Street Photography, Black & White Photography

- Students will create mini-portfolios around a personally-selected visual goal in a final project.

- Each class, students will expand their knowledge of the possibilities of photography, through learning about a the work of a specific photographer 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. 

Homework Offered
Photography projects will be assigned each week. Projects are set up to encourage discovery, experimentation, and exploration, and help facilitate the photography learning process of applying what is covered in the lesson. The following class, each student will turn in their work to share and discuss their experience and any questions around the assignment. They will also share positive feedback with each other as a way to practice the language around the new terms and concepts. Small class sizes ensure plenty of 1:1 support and discussion of each student's work.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Assessment is informal and growth-centered. Learner progress is evaluated through review and discussion of their images using manual photography technique and the terms/ideas from class. Material is cumulative, so assessment is always done for the purpose of clarification and refinement moving forward (rather than memorization or correction).
Grades Offered
The focus of this class is on exploration and discovery through experimenting with the various skills and techniques. Class is not usually graded, but I can offer a grade if needed for your schooling system based on effort and participation upon request, simply message me before the end of class.
 1 file available upon enrollment
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. Examples: - 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
Some photographers and/or photo theorists who we learn about may have photography work or analysis that involves nudity and themes of sexuality, much like you might encounter in an exhibit at an art museum or in fashion photography. We will not explore these in class, but there is the possibility that students come upon them during further research. 

External Resources Details:
Padlet is used to submit work, no sign in is required.
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 are used for resource sharing, no sign in is required.
Youtube is used for resource sharing, no sign in is required.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(1,061)
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... 
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for 10 classes
1x per week, 10 weeks
70 min

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Ages: 13-18
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