Students in Photography I will learn the basic principles and fundamentals involved in digital photography. This instruction will include camera use, with an emphasis on understanding the various functions of a digital (point and shoot or DSLR) camera, the digital darkroom that includes the mastering of photo manipulation software and photography presentation techniques. This is a basic course. So, whether you are 6 or 65, every aspiring photographer has to understand the fundamentals of photography. Creativity, coupled with the technical skills, will be nurtured as the student's progress.


Students will be given a variety of photographic assignments lasting in duration from 2-3 weeks. This gives the student time to check out a camera (see  CAMERA LOAN AGREEMENT ), if needed, and ample time to work in the classroom. Each assignment in Photo I is designed to reinforce, in a creative manner, the camera's controls and functions and to understand the true nature of photography. In addition, each assignment builds upon the knowledge gained form the previous assignment. Because of this building process, it is the student's responsibility to stay current and not fall behind. Thus, it is very important to use class time wisely and not to hand in work late.


Student's progress will be determined in several ways including individual consultation, class critiques, quizzes and tests. Student grades reflect student achievement and not student behavior. The final grade is calculated using the quality points and not percentages, letter grades, number or point systems as per APS policy

*****Your grade will be determined each quarter by the following measures:****





The criteria for evaluation of assignments is:

CREATIVITY - the extent of personal vision and effort evident in the student's work.

TECHNICAL QUALITY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP - the degree to which the student has learned and applied the craft of photography in camera and darkroom use.

MEETING THE OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT - the extent to which the student has "solved the problem" based on the description of the assignment and the parameters discussed.

WORK ETHIC - The manner and consistency with which the student works. Consistent effort is much better than frantic madness.

*****As you can see, projects are a major portion of you grade and are used to determine your understanding of the subject and problem presented to you. Keep in mind, however, the turning in of all of your projects on time does not necessitate a grade of an A for the quarter. *****

The individual projects are assessed using the  “Project Assessment”   rubric and then the appropriate quarterly grade will be assigned according to the Arlington Public Schools grading scale.