Digital Photography provides students the opportunity to learn both practical skills and portray their creativity through a medium that is very relevant to our society. Oakstone’s photography courses are flexible and provide students the opportunity to shoot both on and off of school grounds, incorporate field trips and also examine the cultural and historical significance of photography as an artistic medium and a journalistic device. Through this, students learn about the tremendous impact photography can have and the stories it can tell.
In Digital Photography I students learn basics in digital photography equipping them with skills to both identify and capture a quality composition. They work both as teams and individually to “create” shots that implement various aspects of strong composition. Students focus on a variety of forms of digital photography, including portraits, candids, landscapes, cityscapes, still life, black and white, macro, and several others. In addition, students have the opportunity to use Photoshop Elements 6 to edit their shots and practice artistic expression, while preparing their shots for publication and presentation.
Students who have completed Digital Photography I may also further develop their skills by taking Digital Photography for Publications. In this course, students implement prior knowledge in projects based on/for publication. Students will further develop skills in editing and preparing photographs as a process in developing various assigned or self-determined projects, allowing flexibility for students to grow and explore the type(s) photography that they prefer.
Digital Photography is an integral part of student’s experience at Oakstone as it also prepares them for other courses and extracurriculars, including Yearbook and Print Publications, and also provides them with foundation skills to take photographs during students’ various travel opportunities.