Digital Photography I


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> Contact Information
Donna Lehman
Phone: 240.236.7479
Text @digitalp1 to this number 81010

> Introduction
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the digital photography program at Middletown High School. This is an excellent opportunity for students to get an introduction to basic concepts for acquiring digital images and the process of manipulating the images through the use of Adobe Photoshop software. Student will have hands-on learning with Photoshop to make selections, crop images, use paint, editing tools, filters, layers styles, adjustments, and effects. Students will produce a portfolio of digital photographic work. Students will use problem solving to develop artworks. Students will critique their artwork based on the elements of art and principles of design.

> Course Objectives
Students will be able to…
- Learn art concepts through the elements of art and principles of design.
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.
- Improve and develop digital photography skills.
- Demonstrate the use of a digital camera, scanners, and printers.
- Explore digital imaging in society.
- Compose and produce well-crafted digital images.
- Create projects that yield individual creativity and personal interpretation in a final portfolio.

> Grading Policy
County Benchmark Exams are required for this course. Each exam will count no more than a regular exam/project grade in
the term in which the benchmark is administered.

Course Grades will be calculated as follows:

(70% of the Course Grade) Projects are worth 40 points and are graded on a rubric system:


Objective 10 points - Did the student follow the objective of the project?
- We will go over the objective and assignment for each project
and students will get a handout on each project.

Composition 10 points - Composition based Foreground, Middle ground, Background,
Rule of Thirds, Division of Space

Color and Value 10 points - Full range in values, rich
- Use of color(s) and color scheme

Growth 10 points - Effort to create something that challenges you.
- The work is unique and demonstrates devoted time.

Benchmarks are worth 40 points and are graded on a rubric system:

Required Benchmark Exams Points

Portrait Benchmark with research component 40 points

Landscape Benchmark with research component 40 points

Still Life Benchmark with research component 40 points

Written Response Benchmark Assessment (Essay) 40 points

(20% of the Course Grade)
Critiques: verbal (15-20 points) and written critiques (25-30 points). Critiques are at the end of each
project. Verbal critique grading is based on Comments and Etiquette.
- Comments: Student are required to make 4 comment based on Analysis, Judgment, and or Interpretation.
- Etiquette: Students are required to be polite, quiet and attentive to their peers during critiques

(10% of the Course Grade)
Classwork: including worksheets and exercises (10-50 points).

Please note: In accordance with FCPS Reg. No 500-05, a student who fails the second term of a one semester course due to lack of acceptable effort may be failed for the course regardless of total quality points earned. Failure due to lack of effort will be preceded by ample notification to the student and parent/guardian and approval by the principal.

Late Work: If the assignment is not turned in by the due date it will be late (1-7 days late work will drop one letter grade, 8-14 days late your grade will drop two letter grades) Two weeks after the assignments due date the assignment will not be accepted for credit.

Academic Dishonesty: Students may not give or receive unauthorized aid on any assignment. Students will be held to the expectations and actions included in the MHS Honor Code found on the MHS Website.

Digital Photo I Website: (updated every Friday with upcoming week & Shooting Assignment)

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> Tutoring: I am available during Knights Quests Study Hall and most days from 2:15 pm – 2:45 pm. See me for availability.

> Instructional Materials needed: Students are required to bring pencil or pen, notebook paper, binder with pockets to class daily. Students need a 10-22 mega pixel digital camera and 4 GB flash drive (minimum 4 giga-bite USB drive).

Note: Damaged or lost school-owned materials (cameras/tripods/books) become the obligation of the student/parent. A replacement fee will be charged for damaged or lost items.

> Lab Fee: A $50.00 fee is required for Digital Photography. The fee is used for printing inks, supplies, photography paper, mount board, photo sleeves for presentation. Pay the course fee online at School Cash Online:

> Classroom Procedures
1. Be in your seat on time and immediately log on.
2. Bring all necessary materials to class
3. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself
4. Be respectful. No swearing, teasing, or yelling
5. Be respectful of all art and school materials
6. Follow all directions. No cell phones and No headphones

> Student Expectations
READY: Focused and alert | Bring required materials | Assigned work completed | Be in your assigned seat when the bell rings

RESPECTFUL: Observe classroom safety guidelines | Honor commonalities and celebrate differences | Support an encourage classmates |
Use appropriate language at appropriate times

RELENTLESS: Complete all assignments on time and with integrity | Give your best effort | Be open to feedback and capitalize on
opportunities to improve

FCPS REGULATION: FCPS regulation prohibits students from taking unauthorized photographs of others during the school day and during bus transportation.

> Discipline Procedure
1. Verbal Warning/conference with student
2. Student Conference and Parent Contact
3. Teacher Detention and Parent Contact (If it is a Cell Phone Offense, phone is taken until the end of class)
4. Office Referral and Parent Contact (If it is a Cell Phone Offense, the phone goes to the front office)

The following Behaviors are considered serious classroom offenses and warrant immediate office referral:
1. Destroys Property 
2. Refuses to do what the teacher instructs
3. Behavior stops class
4. Hurt another person

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