Photography classes emphasize the movement away from the casual snapshot and towards the realm of artistic photography.  Pre-AICE Photography lays the foundation and is open to all Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors regardless of their involvement in the AICE program.  AICE Photography is also open to all students what have taken Pre-AICE Photography as a prerequisite. A limited number of cameras are available for the students to check out to take photos off campus.

Pre-AICE Photography

Pre-AICE Photography focuses on developing the photographer’s eye in the use of the elements of photography to make interesting and unique photographs. Students will be assigned specific topics and tasks to photograph.  Success in this course will require the student to take pictures beyond the school grounds.  Imagination and creativity are essential to a successful photoshoot.

Students will also learn how to adjust the camera settings for various photography scenarios.  The goal is to move away from shooting in Auto modes and use the camera in a more meaningful way.  They will understand how ISO, shutter speed, and aperture settings all affect the final image.

Famous historical photographer such as Louis Daguerre, Ansel Adams, and Dorothea Lange will be studied and their style of work analyzed.  Students will also learn about some modern trends in photography and analyze how current photographers use the elements of photography in their portfolio of work.

Adobe Photoshop will be utilized to edit digital images and create a variety of composite projects when multiple elements are layered together. Digital Design 1 is not a required prerequisite, but will provide a helpful base of knowledge.

AICE Photography

AICE Photography is only available to students who have successfully completed Pre-AICE Photography.

In this advanced level, students will expand their knowledge and skill in developing a theme and communicating it in a visual medium. Students should be taking their photography to the next level by researching modern photographers who have a style or aesthetic they wish to emulate. Multiple photoshoots developed by the student will make up the bulk of the Coursework for their portfolio to be submitted to Cambridge for external evaluation.

A final culminating portfolio will be developed around a theme/topic prescribed by Cambridge.  This high-quality portfolio collection should be a showcase of their strengths in visual communication.