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Photography 11

​What to Expect:
Photo 11 is about using a camera to make art.  Through a large variety of assignments we explore different techniques to make photos more interesting and more artistic.  We also explore how to use photo editing software to enhance photos and create digital art.

Course Syllabus


Design is not a mysterious force put into an art work. The elements and principles of design are used to make better images. Effective design can also can create a style, tell a story, or communicate an emotion. A design must consider its content, its purpose, its medium, and the audience for whom it is meant. Throughout the year the elements and principles of design will be stressed.



​Techniques of creating art are sometimes very complex. There are many different ways to create an image. The more techniques that an artist is able to employ, the more flexible they will become in creating just the desired outcome. Students will learn a wide variety of specific composition, camera and software skills.


This is a project-based course. Nearly all learning outcomes will be demonstrated by the creation of projects.

There are written components to most projects. These written components are used to provide you with an opportunity to explain the intention of the image and provide for self-reflection.

The photography component of projects is mostly about your ability to take photos according to the assigned criteria.

We will cover the following units:

  • The Elements and Principles of Design

  • Basics of Photoshop

  • Using Aperture software

  • Camera safety and operation

  • Photo Foundations - Exposure, Focus, Zoom

  • Photo Critique

  • Controlling shutter speed

  • Controlling aperture - depth of focus

  • Photo Foundations - Composition

  • Techniques for drawing attention to the subject

  • Pinhole Photography

  • Portraits with natural / available light

  • History of Photography

  • Pinhole Photography

  • Masters of Photography - pre-1970

  • History of Photography timeline project

  • Sports Photography

  • Light Painting

  • Photo Typology project

  • Portfolio project


Content Weighting:
Your final mark will be based on the following breakdown:
Projects 75%
Test/Quizzes/Portfolio 20%
*Photo Shoot of a  school club, event, activity, or sport 5%

*Photo Shoot is done in groups of 2. Images captured may be used for the Riverside Yearbook.

Due Dates:

Projects have strict due dates. You will be marked on professionalism for all projects. Late projects will result in lower (or no) marks for professionalism. A valid note from a counselor, a teacher (in case of field trips, etc) or a guardian will protect you from losing marks. If no note is accompanying the project, then marks will be deducted.

Extra Marks:
There will be opportunities for extra marks, either through extra assignments or extra-curricular involvement on behalf of the school.



All equipment necessary for this course will be provided. There is a full class set of cameras, so every student has their own camera to work with during class.
Students are welcome to bring in their own camera.  Students will only be able to sign the school cameras out if their parents have signed a Photography Contract.

Students will be charged for any prints over the minimum requirements for the course.

Most handouts will be posted on the Internet. Access to the internet will be necessary; however that does not necessitate having Internet access at home. The school has a drop in computer lab and computers in the media room. Students will need to plan their time accordingly.​


All Media created on school property, and all footage used for school projects must be appropriate for school showing/use.
Inappropriate material includes:

  • promoting drugs or alcohol

  • containing course language

  • violent scenes

  • racial slurs or attacks

  • sexually suggestive scenes

  • revealing illegal activities

Inappropriate media* will result in:

  • immediate zero on project

  • prohibition from equipment use

  • possible administrative action

Signed consent must be obtained before filming/recording any individual.
Students must obey copyright laws.
*Content decisions are at the discretion of the Media teacher


Please complete the Getting To Know You Assignment (Jeong) at the beginning of the course. Use this link for Mr. Schoenhals' Classes: Getting To Know You Assignment (Schoenhals).


You'll be tracking your progress in this course using a site called Simplegradebook. Use the Simplegradebook Tutorial to create your account and get connected.

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