Learn how to effectively use a camera to take better photographs. The class will cover technical skills of creating and editing images while engaging in artistic expression.  Students will apply  compositional ideas while allowing room to experiment with personal style and choice. SLR cameras will be utilized to explore photographic materials in both traditional darkroom and digital environments. Emphasis will be placed on the foundations of photography including the presentation of work and responding to the work of others.

Course Requirements: 9-12th grade                Prerequisite: None


    In this project, students will learn how an image can be affected by placing an object on top of the paper during the paper's exposure to light. In a plain sense, the students are creating silhouettes of objects. One variation is allowed in this project: the use of transparent or partially transparent objects. If an object is at least partially transparent, light is allowed to pass through it and onto the light sensitive paper.


    Magazine prints are much like photograms in one respect, you lay an object on top of photographic paper and expose the paper. The change is that the material is now a double sided magazine image. This is much like a double exposure photograph because two images appear on one piece of paper. The images are also negative images. Some of these images tend to look eerie because they are negative double images.


    A pinhole camera is simply a dark box with a tiny hole at one end and photographic paper on the other end. There is no lens to focus the light. Instead, the pinhole projects a dim upside-down image on the paper. The image below is an example of a pinhole camera, again, this is just a box with a tiny "pin-hole" at one end. These cameras must be reloaded after each exposure because they can only hold one piece of paper at a time.


    In the first digital photo shoot, students focus on two different techniques: Macro photography, and photography aimed at creating a Dominant Focal Point.  Students will use digital SLR cameras to complete these assignments and edit them in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.


    The second photo shoot emphasizes good composition.  Often we will take a field trip to give students more opportunity to find subject matter that interests them.  They may choose to check out a camera to take home as well.  Assignments may include: Framing, Leading lines, Rule of Thirds, Repetition and a "choice" photograph.

  • PAINT!

    Students learn about non-objective photography by experimenting with paint or food coloring. This allows students to create interesting images that focus on color, pattern, textures, movement and rhythm.  Specific assignments for this photo shoot may include Non-Objective photography, a Triptych and a "choice" photo.


    Photos are taken at the same time as the "paint" photos.  A triptych is a group of three photos that are show together and have a common thread that ties them together.  This may be similar color schemes, different angles, time progressions or many others.


    Students create light paintings by opening their shutter for long periods of time in a dark room. During the time the shutter is open, the camera records any light that passes through the frame.  Lights are used to "paint" in the area of the photograph.

​ Refine photography skills by placing emphasis on advanced techniques in camera use and image editing.  Students will create a cohesive body of work or portfolio that begins to explore their own personal style of photography through independent planning and problem solving.  Personal growth will be the result of guided or independent exploration regarding which techniques would successfully communicate artistic goals and perspective. Career opportunities and life-long applications of creating photographic images will be examined.Course Requirements: 10-12th grade     Prerequisite: PHOTO I


    This is a chance for students to brush up on their knowledge of composition and the elements and principles of design.  This is also a helpful review of the functions of the camera such as Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, Depth of Field and Exposure.


    Shooting on location and in different types of environments can be very important for photographers.  Field trips allow us to challenge ourselves to try new photographic techniques in new locations.  Our most common locations for field trips are downtown Lincoln's Haymarket District and parks such as Pioneers Park.


    Students study and use different lighting techniques for portraits.  They may bring in other students as models if necessary.  Students may use a "studio" approach, but may also take photos in different settings.


    This type of portrait emphasizes the personality of the subject in the photo.  The photographer's goal is to use the "environment" around the subject including the background, poses, clothing etc. to give clues to the personal identity of the person in the photograph.


    Two different types of panoramas are taught.  Standard panoramas attempt to show a large expanse of area in one photo with the least amount of distortion in the image.


    Two other types of panoramas are taught in addition to the "standard" technique.  A "broken" panorama chooses to emphasize imperfections by overlapping photos and sometimes mismatching the photo (size, arrangements, etc).  Polar Panoramas are standard panoramas that are wrapped around themselves to create spherical panoramas that resemble small planets.


    Normal photos have a limited dynamic range (the amount of light and dark areas shown in the same photo).  High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos are a combination of the light and dark areas of multiple photos of the same area.  By combining these together in post-processing the photo is able to show more realistic tones.  HDR photos may also be used to create a very unrealistic effect to the photo in which the subject seems to "glow".


    This type of photography blends multiple images together.  This can be done using multiple methods, mostly using Adobe Photoshop.  This method allows for more control on how the image overlap and blend together.


    Lomography effects mimic a "film" effect of a lomo camera.  This emphasizes flaws in the image that create textures, lighting effects and color shifts in the image.  Many of these effects are similar to effects found in popular "filter" packs for editing photos.  Students will learn to create these effects from scratch or create Photoshop Actions to easily reproduce the effect.


    Students create light paintings by opening their shutter for long periods of time in a dark room. During the time the shutter is open, the camera records any light that passes throught the frame.  Lights are used to "paint" in the area of the photograph.


    Two special effect mixtures of video and still frame photographs. A stop motion animation blends still frame photographs together to create a video. The process allows you to create effects that are not possible for normal video. A cinemagraph is a video that has been frozen in time except in one small area. This gives the viewer the effect of a still frame photo with some small movement.


    This project emphasizes the need to create connections between photos that the student takes.  This may be similar subject matter, style or techniques the student uses to create the work or it may be a theme that is visible throughout the body of work.  Students are asked to come up with a series of 8-12 photos that match this description and to present the work together in a creative or interesting way.

For the serious student. Students will continue to evolve their personal style through independent research and student-driven inquiry.  Knowledge of the sophisticated use of a variety of camera, lighting and darkroom techniques is needed.  Contemporary photography styles will be explored to more fully develop artistic ideas for their own work.  Critique becomes essential for individual growth.  Students will be responsible for planning/preparation of exhibition quality work and portfolios for post-secondary opportunities.

Course Requirements: 10-12th grade     Prerequisite: PHOTO II


This student organized event is the culmination of all of the photography work students in Photo 3 do during the term.  Students choose the venue and organize the event down to the smallest details.  They decide how to present their work and set up for the show.  This is a great opportunity for them to see how artists not only have to create work but promote and present their work to the public.

This course prepares students to pursue careers in photography. The curriculum encourages students’ creative vision while stressing strong technical skills. Mastery of SLR camera controls is necessary as well as the drive to explore new techniques and continue to develop their own personal artistic style.  Modifications of the curriculum may occur to fit individual student goals while still maintaining a strong connection to the LPS visual art standards.


Course Requirements: 10-12th grade     Prerequisite: PHOTO III