Digital Photography I

Grades:  9-12
Credit: 0.5

This course is a hands-on course. Students take pictures using Canon Powershot cameras, or a personal DSLR camera while learning the basics of photography. Students study the art elements and principles of design as well as the photography rules of composition. They learn how to use the camera settings such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO to create good photographs. Students gain valuable skills by working with the powerful Adobe Photoshop CC program to edit their photos. The culminating final project is a collection of photographs following a theme. Students write their own artist statement and present their final photos to the class.

Class fees:  $27.00 (payment of the fee allows the student to bring home projects from this class)

*Course availability may vary 

Advanced Digital Photography

Grades:  9-12
Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Digital Photography I

In this course, students continue to explore their personal photography styles and interests. Students go more in-depth with Adobe Photoshop and how to edit photos. Students also explore how photography skills can used in a variety of professions, such as photojournalism and portrait photographers.

Class fees:  $27.00 (payment of the fee allows the student to bring home projects from this class)

Note: This course will be offered as a hybrid class - it will meet face to face and have required online components

*Course availability may vary 

Intro to Digital Photography C@SH 565

Grades:  10-12
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: View C@SH requirements specific to your grade level

The course introduces students to the basic processes and techniques of digital photography. The course
covers camera operation, shooting styles, image adjustments, and correction using the image-editing
software Adobe Lightroom. Students will learn how to use photography as a creative tool for
self-expression, social exploration, and documentation. Students will address the social impact of
photography in history. A course fee is required and students need access to a (DSLR) Digital Single Lens
Reflex camera. Spectrum does have a limited supply of cameras for student check out, which are
available to all Digital Photography students. Students should be prepared to work 3 or more hours
outside of class time during the semester both taking photos and in the lab editing.

Class fees:  $27.00 (payment of the fee allows the student to bring home projects from this class)
Offered odd years

Anoka-Ramsey Community College ART 1155 (meets MnTC Goal 6)

*Course availability may vary