Digital Photography Unit Plan

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

Digital photography may seem like a snap to students who post their photos on social media every day, but there's a lot more to it! Take your high school students on a journey through the history, technique, and future trends of digital photography.

Digital Photography

When they capture selfies and snapshots of friends for social media, students are using digital photography skills. Although they may have mastered the selfie, they could still have lot to learn about the history, technique, and equipment involved in digital photography. In this unit, students take a journey through the basics of photography technique, explore the history of analog photography, predict the future of digital photography, and create their own photo essays. By the end of the unit, students will have gained the knowledge and skill to carefully and thoughtfully compose digital photos.

Photography Basics

Many photography techniques apply to both analog and digital photography. Use this Photography Lesson Plan to explore the evolution of photography over time, as well as essential techniques.

Supplement or support this lesson with the ESL Photography Lesson Plan, which covers important vocabulary and concludes with a creation of a short photographic children's book. Although it serves as an excellent resource for English Language Learners, the vocabulary and breakdown of camera components apply to all students, as does the creative children's book project.

History and Future of Photography

Explore more about the history of photography with this Portrait Photography Lesson Plan as a springboard for comparing the past and present. Consider linking the lesson to real life by exploring past analog portraits to present-day digital selfies. Explore potential future trends in portrait-style digital photography, as well.

Add a research piece by asking students to explore online resources about digital camera technology trends and report their findings to the class. They could also create an advertisement for an upcoming release of a new device or an enhanced functionality. Team students up to brainstorm new features that they could add to their current digital cameras or devices to enhance the photography capabilities.

Another research option is to have students create a timeline of camera equipment from the earliest days of analog photography to present day digital devices. They could also compare current digital cameras on the market and compare their features, determining which is the best one to purchase.

Add a writing component by having students select one of the ''Digital Photography'' options from these History of Photography Essay Topics. Alternatively, they can address the other options provided and make their own connection to digital photography.

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