Digital Photography 1, Week 1

LESSON TITLE: Digital Photography 1
TEACHER NAME: Jennifer November
GRADE LEVEL: 7th & 8th
CLASS TIME: _1.5_Minutes _1_Days/week _1_# Session(s)
SUBJECTS COVERED –  Digital Photography


Students will view a powerpoint on digital cameras and film cameras, see and hold film cameras.

Students will understand the differences in vocabulary words and which applies to digital photography and film.

Students will learn the different parts of the camera and label a diagram.

Students will use digital cameras, glass objects and set up a glass scene in nature.

Students will upload their images to computers to view in photoshop and show the class.

Students will use filters on photoshop to experience an idea of the tools available to manipulate photos.



  • Digital cameras
  • Glass objects
  • Computer with Photoshop
  • Outdoor area for photo shoot



Camera Diagram here is a pdf of the worksheet I handed out for them to fill in while I went through the powerpoint.

Camera Casing- The casing is all around your camera, its that plastic body. It protects the camera’s iner workings, and also helps keep light away from the film. If your casing is broken, light could be seeping into your camera, and exposing your film

Shutter button- Generally located on the top right of the camera, it’s the button that opens the shutter, and lets you expose your film to get your picture. By holding the button half way down you will cause the automatic lens to refoucus on the subject you are pointing to.

Lens- Obviously, located on the front of the camera. The lens lets the light into the camera, and then onto the film.

Shutter- You can find it tucked behind the lense, and it controls the ammount and duration that the light enters the camera. If your shutter gets stuck, ask your teacher, its usually a quick fix, but it could be a serious problem.

F-stop wheel- It’s the spinning wheel you can find located on the part of the camera where the lense sticks out. You can spin it, and line it up with a little diamond or dot on the wheel in front of it, to find out what f-stop you are on.

aperture- an opening, hole, or gap. The aperture allows a certain amount of light to be exposed onto the film. The numbers on the camera lens indicate the gauge of the hole, a #22 would be the smallest size and a 3.5 would be the largest.

View finder- You can see it near the middle of the camera on it’s back. It lets you see what you’re taking a picture of.

Lightmeter- Little meter you can see when you look through the view finder. It shows how much light is going into the camera. If it’s up high, too much light; way down, too little. I like to keep it slightly below the middle, thats just a personal preference.

Tripod mount- You can see it on the camera’s underside, and it looks like a little screw-hole, because it is one. Most tripods are the same size, so any camera can hold any tripod, without worry.

ISO in traditional film photography- ISO (or ASA) was the indication of how sensitive a film was to light. It was measured in numbers (you’ve probably seen them on films – 100, 200, 400, 800 etc). The lower the number the lower the sensitivity of the film and the finer the grain in the shots you’re taking.

ISO in digital photography- ISO measures the sensitivity of the image sensor. The same principles apply as in film photography – the lower the number the less sensitive your camera is to light and the finer the grain.



Photography Camera Parts



I worked with students all at one table to show them the slide show and to show them digital examples of my own photos. For my photos I used wine bottles for the glass objects, but for their images they used glass vases we had at the school.


We began with the students


The slideshow in the beginning of my lessons seems to be a common trend for me. I feel that the visual representation of information is important in the introduction of any art lessons. The slide show walked students through the parts of the camera and the filled out a worksheet with lines that corresponded to the camera parts. One thing I pointed out in the lesson and in the powerpoint that I could get across on the worksheet alone is the difference between a digital camera and a film camera and how different references to their parts like the shutter, or the meaning of iso is affected and what their definitions are.

After learning the parts of the camera I took the students outside, each of the 6 of them carrying one or two glasses vases. I had them together work on setting up an interesting composition with the glasses pieces and then do a photo shoot with the set up.

I asked them to take one vase and set it up in an area that would make it blend in.

One where it was up close.

And one where it would blend into the background.

They seemed to really enjoy working with this. I had them upload their camera cards to the computers and pull up three or four of their most successful pictures. We viewed them and talked about what we liked and what we might change.

I had them save their photos and let them know that can use any of the photos they take at any point throughout the class.


Below are examples from my photos.


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