About Our Digital Photography Program

The Digital Photography program will provide your child with the essential skills needed to work in the field of photography. We will explore many techniques in the area of photography. What is make of the composition? What type of lighting is best? What are the functions of a camera? How to operate different types of camera? How to utilize Adobe Photoshop editing tools? These are all questions that will be answered throughout the course of the program. Students will have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience. If your child wants to have fun while learning real-life skills in the area of digital photography, then this is the program is for them.

Instructor Bio

Mindi Cooper has been a Career and Technical Education (CTE) instructor at Shadow Mountain High School since 2007. She has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership/Principalship. Ms. Cooper has been running the Photography Program for 13 years at Shadow Mountain High School. She is the advisor for SkillsUSA Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) Photo Club, which is a national student organization for the Digital Photography Program.

Student-Acquired Skills

Students who are enrolled into the visual arts program will acquire skills that will transfer into the student's everyday life. Students will continue to build and enhance many of these skills, enabling them to effectively communicate with others verbally as well as through written forms of communication. The students will begin to take on leadership roles and over seeing and management of projects and much more!

  • Ability to work individually and collaboratively
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Performance and presentation skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills

Digital Photography Course Plan

Digital Photography 1-2

This is an introductory course in the world of photography. Students will learn how to use Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras in a variety of situations and for a variety of purposes, including nature, still-life, portrait, action, and low-light situations. Students will also learn the fundamentals of art and the history of photography and will study famous photographers, their works, and their styles. Students develop leadership and community service skills through participation in a career technical student organization (CTSO).

 

Digital Photography 3-4

This is the next course for the career-minded photography student. Emphasis in this class is on advanced work with the camera and commercial aspects of photography as an art form. Current trends and the work of contemporary photographers are studied. Digital equipment is available for student use. Students are encouraged to create portfolios. Students develop leadership and community service skills through participation in a career technical student organization (CTSO).

 

Digital Photography 5-6

Designed for the third year career-minded photo student, the advanced photo curriculum emphasizes photography as an art form as well as the commercial aspects. Each student will complete a portfolio of his or her year’s work. Students develop leadership and community service skills through participation in a career technical student organization (CTSO).

 

Digital Photography 7-8

The advanced photo curriculum places an emphasis on digital darkroom techniques for correction and enhancing images and software and hardware color management. Current trends and the work of contemporary photographers are studied. Each student will complete a portfolio of their year’s work. This course offers time for extended work on individual projects and working beyond the classroom. Students develop leadership and community service skills through participation in a career technical student organization (CTSO).

Successful Career Pathways

  • Photojournalist
  • Forensic Photographer
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Photography Teacher
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Travel Photography
  • Freelance Photography
  • Commercial Photography

Photography Instructor

Mindi Cooper

Mindi Cooper

mcooper@pvschools.net