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I plan to develop a high school level photography class for our co-op. Does anyone have any resources you'd recommend?


So far, I'm thinking that I'd like to cover:

  • Basics of how a camera "sees"
  • Snapshots vs. Photography
  • Composition
  • Light (& Shadow)
  • Exposure
  • Perspective
  • Macro Photography
  • Landscape Photography
  • Portraits
  • Action
  • Still Life

The text that Landry Academy uses for one of their courses focuses pretty heavily on the digital aspect -- saving files, editting, online scrapbooks, that sort of thing. I'd prefer to teach a course about how to compose and take photos with any kind of camera.


Any ideas or suggestions would be much appreciated!

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Creative Live has produced a series of "podcast" lectures by John Greengo that is outstanding for beginners, explaining focal length, aperture, shutter speed, etc. It is ten, 2-hour sessions for $129. Even though it is entitled "digital photography", it really applies to both print and digital photography: "Fundamentals of Digital Photography".


For a "textbook" that covers it all, perhaps consider Michael Langford's "Basic Photography".

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I might be able to help. I did a course like this before my photography degree, it was a brilliant course, I still have my folders and could outline what we did, I just have to get them back as I think they are in my husband's car since I lent them to his brother. Basically it went through all aspects really methodically with lots of exercises. I'll write more when I track them down.

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You are brilliant! I've been on these forums for several years and have never thought to winnow my search results to only the title. So, of course I spend far too much time slogging through irrelevant posts in any search I do. For that one tip alone, I am forever grateful.


Having just gone through the threads on this much more efficient search, I came up with many more resource ideas to paste on my OneNote page.


Thank you!

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I'd prefer to teach a course about how to compose and take photos with any kind of camera.


I just wanted to say that I love this approach. It is too easy to think only about the latest and greatest photoshop and digital skills which will be fleeting as technology keeps changing. Having a good eye, thinking about composition, and creative seeing are skills which will last a lifetime and transcend technologies.

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