How to Teach a Photography Course
As you master the art of photography, sharing your expertise and know how by teaching a photography course is
both rewarding and profitable. Taking on a teaching engagement will
expand your network of contacts in the photography field. It is a great
resume builder and it can be highlighted on your website or within your
portfolio that you show to potential clients. Here is a step-by-step
approach about teaching a photography course for beginners.
Materials You Will Need
- Pen and paper
- Tutorial materials
- Photo-editing software
Step 1 - Camera Basics
With your students, demonstrate digital camera basics. Provide them
with an additional lesson about film cameras. Show the pros and cons to
both types of equipment. Discuss the differences between the two
technologies. Work through demonstrating each different component on a
digital camera. Show them how to locate and replace batteries, how to
insert and eject a memory card. Discuss the purpose of a viewfinder and
preview screens. Go through each function button and component
carefully. Discuss how each component helps you take a great photograph.
Have all of your students take notes. Provide them with great
handouts and takeaway materials. Giving a small comprehension based
quiz at the end of this section is great to keep your class on task.
Step 2 - Take Simple Photos
Using the basics your class has just learned
in the first step, create a practical exercise for every one of your
students to complete. During class hours, take your students on a field
trip. Show them how to take exterior photos using the exterior settings
on the digital camera. Discuss the different types of lenses that could
be used to photograph the landscaping in different ways and
highlighting different aspects. Head indoors, and show your students
how to take a variety of photographs of objects, products and angles.
Discuss and show the differences between photographing still, inanimate
objects and moving subjects. Go through the usage of zoom and
wide-angle functions as well.
Have the class practice their skills. Develop
a mini project for the students, asking them to bring in the best
sampling of their indoor and outdoor photo shoots. The sampling will be
a great basis for the beginnings of your student's portfolio of work.
Step 3 - Review the Photographs
Collect the student's sampling of photographs.
Review them first by yourself and then in front of your class. Use
constructive criticism to point out and teach the basics of great
photographs. This will also give you an opportunity to show your class
how to view a photo, save it, delete it and change or improve the
composition of lighting.
Step 4 - Print Your Photos
Demonstrate how to print your photos. Show the
difference between home and professional printing. Show color
correction and demonstrate how to size a photo and select the
appropriate type of photograph.
Step 5 - Show Photo Editing
Demonstrate the basics of photo editing.
Discuss the different types of software options and show how these
types of software programs may be used to correct, manipulate and
re-touch photos that have already been taken.
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