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Beginner Photography 10

 Photography 10 Course Overview

Big Ideas

Photography is a unique art form that captures images for artistic expression.

Traditions, perspectives, worldviews, and stories are shared through aesthetic experiences.

Growth as a photographer requires time, patience, and reflection.

The creation of photographs relies on the interplay of mind and body.

Photography offers unique ways of exploring our identity and sense of belonging.



This is an introductory photography course, which means that you do not need any experience. Photographs are everywhere. We see photography hanging on our walls, in the magazines we read, and on the websites that we surf. We can buy cameras in many places, including the disposable cameras that the grocery store sells. Some people even take photographs as their job.

In this course, you will focus on digital photography and the ways that you can improve the photographs you take by using simple techniques with even basic digital cameras. Digital photography has made it easier than ever to take photographs, but the person taking the photo is still important when it comes to taking a good photograph. The photographer must put the picture together in front of the camera and tell the camera when to take the picture.

Where does this course fit?

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Graduation Status: One of the Grade 10/11/12 ADST/Arts Education options for graduation
  • Recommended for Grade 9 students and above

Course Materials

  • All instructional materials are provided in the course online.
  • You will need a digital camera. A mobile camera will work as well.

Brief Outline



1.  Introduction to Photography

In this unit you will define photography and begin to find out how your camera works.

2.  Meeting your Camera

In this unit you will explore photography by introducing you to the basics of your digital camera and how to care for it.

3.  Choosing a Subject

One of the challenges that all photographers face is creating a great image. In this unit, we will explore some of the elements that go into creating great photographs.

4.  Elements of Composition

The key to taking great photographs is knowing what elements make a good photograph and using those elements to help you put a great photograph together. In this unit you will look at some of the elements that can create a great photograph.

5.  Backgrounds & Foregrounds

If you look at a photograph that makes you feel as if you are standing in that location, seeing the same scene as the photographer, you are looking at a great photograph. In this unit you will learn how to make a photograph interesting.

6.  Managing and Editing Photos

In this unit, you will look at some of the technical computer aspects that affect and influence photography, including the file type an image is saved as and using photo-editing software.

7.  Vacation Photos

For many people, photographs are a way of capturing and creating memories of their vacation. You will consider some of the ways that you can spice up your vacation photographs and create images that really do capture what you see on your travels.

8.  The Wild Side

Animals can be cute, exotic, scary, and beautiful. They can be large or small, have interesting patterns, convey emotions, and behave in fascinating ways. In this unit you will identify common problems found in photographing wild animals and pets.

9.  Photographing People

One of the most common photography subjects is people. We photograph people at events, on vacations, and in our homes. We photograph people to capture memories and to create representations of the people around us. In this unit you will see how light affects photographs of people and find ways for improving images of people.

10.  Photographer Etiquette & Display

It is important to know that photographers also have responsibilities. You cannot just photograph anything you see or do whatever you want with photographers. In this unit you will learn about printing and displaying your photographs.

Assessment Percentage Breakdown

Assessment Type

Percentage of the Course



Online Quizzes (open book, 3 attempts)


Online Midterm Exam (open book)


Online Final exam (open book)


You have up to a year to complete your course. 

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