Digital Photography Unit Plan

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been part of the whirlwind world of teaching middle school for 20 years. She has a Master of Education degree in instructional design.

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.

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