Photography 11 


Photography 11 is a locally developed course that meets the requirements set out in the BC Ministry of Education learning outcomes for Media Arts 11. The course is a mix of theory and practice. Students will appreciate the dichotomy between theory and technical proficiency in photography. Students will be able to create a print that is technically perfect, and containing content that is meaningful and thought out. By the end of the course it is expected that students will be able to:


Attitudes/ work habits

Work to one’s personal best to overcome problems and understand concepts

Work in a team atmosphere to overcome problems and understand concepts

Maintain an organized work environment


Develop film into negatives

Print photographic prints

Make contact sheets

Modify and customize images (analogue and digital)

Create a negative library

Convert documents into digital files using a scanner

Manipulate these images with digital retouching software

Organize their digital files


Understand the basic operation of a manual digital/ film SLR Camera

Understand the theory behind how film and digitally based photography works

Understand how photo paper works

Comprehend the role that photography has played in society over the centuries

Identify and differentiate fields of photography



****Students are required to come to class with a pen and paper. These are essential****


Your own film and or digital SLR camera is an asset, as it means that you will be able to work at your own pace.


A portable USB flash drive



Evaluation will be transparent, meaning that marks breakdown will be available for every assignment.

You will be marked on a number of things.

Marks will be based on the quality of the negative, the quality of the print, inclusion of contact sheet, and content. For each assignment there will be a marks breakdown on the assignment sheet. Digital assignments will be marked on many factors including digital retouching, and good resolution images handed in, ready for print. Proper file format and naming protocols are also important

Late assignments will not be accepted unless accompanied by a note you’re your parent/guardian.


This class has a certain amount of freedom to it. There are opportunities to work outside of the classroom. With this freedom comes responsibility. If you do not attend lectures, you will probably fail this class! Regular attendance is mandatory.  You are expected to be in class, on time, every class for attendance.


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Modules are designed with a learning outcome (usually the title of the module). Each Module contains:

Sometimes summative assessment will be used, and at other times, formative assessment.

What this means is that you will be graded along the way on a number of criteria, as opposed to just the final project being marked.


Module 1 Class procedures

Drawers will be assigned

Students will download/install app on their phones and sign up for account

Student emails will be collected

Classroom cleanup and garbage/ recycling overview

Fire drill/ emergency procedures overview

Introduction to

Students will be given workbooks (In class work time to decorate these)

Any forms will be handed out

Module 2 Visual Elements

Students will be shown Visual Elements powerpoint

Students will be given Analogue Visual Elements assignment (In class work time)

Students will be given Digital Visual Elements assignment

Students shown Kodak Visual Elements Composition video

Analogue Visual Elements due

Module 3 Introduction to and saving conventions

Students shown “Save Here”, download procedures, and naming conventions

Students possibly shown site and sign up for account

Students shown how to create a PDF slideshow in Photoshop

Digital Visual Elements Due

Module 4 Introduction to pixels/ pixel review

Complete overview/ review of pixels (notes)

Pixel worksheet 1.1 completed and submitted

Module 5 Introduction to Camera metering/holy triangle

Students shown the Holy Triangle (lecture, notes)

Camera Simulator website shown

Theoretical worksheet assigned/due

Module 6 The Camera

Introduction to the nomenclature of the camera

Introduction to different Camera Modes (Manual, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Program Mode)

Nomenclature test due

Module 7 The Shutter

Handout/ link(s): How a camera shutter works(video)

Different effects using different shutter speeds

Demonstrations of different shutter speeds

“Blur” PowerPoint Presentation

New assignment: Blur

Reading: Langford pg. 31,34-35, 116

Blur Assignment due

Module 8 Aperture

Aperture notes

Powerpoint Aperture”

Handout/link(s): Aperture , ,, “Depth of Field”

Rec. Reading: Langford, pg 30, 32-33, 36-37

Depth of Field Project due

Module 9 ISO

ISO notes

Assignment of ISO project        

Demonstration of changing ISO on different digital cameras

Reading: Langford pg. 38

 ISO project due  

Module 10 White Balance

Introduction to the concept of White Balance

White Balance Notes

White Balance Project due

Module 11 Photoshop

Work on Photoshop Projects 1,3, and 4 “The Vegetable Project”

Click here and select “04Start.psd” to download the file for project 4

Vegetable Project due

Module 13 The RAW photo format

Introduction to camera raw (notes)

Introduction to/ review of Levels

Introduction to Curves   

Module 14 Lenses

Lens powerpoint shown  

Lens quiz assigned/ due same class

Module 15 Camera Types

“Types of Cameras” PowerPoint presentation

Click here for an example of a very basic camera

Quiz: different camera types (see “Types of Cameras” Powerpoint)

Quiz due end of class

Module 16 Magnum in Motion

Magnum in Motion Assignment introduced/due 


 Module 17 Pinhole cameras