3 Intermediate Scope / Sequence

Intermediate Digital Photography (Photo 12)

This is an updated Scope and Sequence for this course offered this school year (2013-14). The standards have been molded around both the Common Core Standards and the Visual Arts Standards in most states. Note that these follow topics presented in the class and don't follow the actual weekly or daily practices or hour by hour outline. Some subjects such as composition are spread out over all the different weeks and units of the class. What this chart provides is the sequence or order of instruction along with the scope or objectives of each section. 

Overall the standards shown in yellow highlight the key objectives for students who complete this program. For full success a student needs to complete at least 90% of all lessons and projects. Emphasis in assessment is on presentation of images and the students evaluation of both their own and other students work. State standards look for students to be able to express their ideas in both subjective and objective formats. 

Photography has two key elements: Subject and Treatment. In this class students will be held to an advanced standard of quality in the work they submit. Assignments will all need to have a clear and interesting center of interest or subject while still illustrating the advanced treatment technique for each section. Students MUST have a camera with manual exposure controls with a DSLR preferable. Entering students should have had enough previous experience to know basic composition and exposure and have a good idea of what makes a photo interesting to others. 


Unit Topic & Resource


Students demonstrate learning by . . .



Students will. . .

1. Camera Equipment Basics

  • Types of cameras
  • Image Sensors Advanced
  • Exposure - Auto or Manual
  • Built in Modes
  • Lens Characteristics

Students read a chapter on camera equipment and watch two video presentations on cameras. Each student is asked to find and read their owners manual for their camera. 

This chapter is identical to the Basic Photo class in its direction to identify the controls available on their camera, however, the type of equipment required for this section is more advanced so the controls are more sophisticated. 

Identification of controls on their own camera

Share with other students what camera they are using and what they like about its features

Students will be able to identify common controls on an advanced camera on a diagram provided

Short Quiz

Forum - Group Discussion

Photo Projects

Students will be able to identify key camera controls found on an advanced level camera or DSLR by multiple choice photo labeling

Students will be able to identify the type of camera they are using for class as well as features of other cameras they might wish to purchase. Students will explain the features they like using proper terms. 

Students will be able to discuss what image sensors are in a digital camera and how they effect the files size of the image and the print quality using appropriate technical terms and understanding

Students will demonstrate control of their camera by shooting and displaying a photo taken close to home of an uncommon subject. 

2. Digital Workflow

  • In Camera Operations
  • Color Theory
  • Light Quality
  • White Balance
  • Lens Choices
  • Composition of Subject
    • Point of View
    • Thirds
    • Negative Space
    • Rhythm
    • Geometric Design
    • Texture
    • Leading Lines
    • Framing

Students will experiment with internal camera control options on an advanced camera and present an example of them to the class in a forum .

Students will demonstrate understanding of color theory and its relationship to light on a quiz on theory and termonology

Students will examine differences in images based on lens focal length and illustrate the differences in two photographs of their own presented to the class. 

Composition skills and advanced techniques will be presented in images submitted that illustrate: View point,  Rhythm, Geometric Shapes and an understanding of Negative Space. 

Photo Projects

Forum Discussion


 Students will examine the internal controls available on their camera and design a photo display that will illustrate one of the following: Photo Optimization, ISO Expansion, Image Stabilization or other advanced controls unique to their camera. Each display will include images along with information about how they were prepared. 

Students will work with color as a composition element and present an image to review showing how color can impact an image. 

Students will recognize an image that has had the color saturation level adjusted and properly describe it in a discussion forum. 

Students will answer quiz questions correctly demonstrating an understanding of color theory, white balance and lens choices available on an advanced camera. 

Students will select subjects that illustrate advanced composition concepts such as rhythm, point of view and negative space used by advanced photographers and present them to the class for evaluation. 

3. Exposure Control

  • Variables of Exposure
    • Shutter
    • Aperture
    • ISO
    • Light Quantity
  • Equivalent Exposure & EV Compensation + or - 
  • Dynamic Range and Histogram
  • Manual Exposure
    • f16 Rule starting point
    • Histogram Examination

Students demonstrate understanding on a test covering processes and terms used in exposure. 

Students will apply understanding of manual control of exposure in a photo project that has them make a number of exposures in manual mode rather than auto and then report on what they discovered. 

Students demonstrate understanding by making images using exposure controls that challenge them to manage the camera on their own without the use of auto controls. 

Photo Projects

Forum Discussion


 Students will be able to use the shutter and aperture together to make an image in manual mode. 

Students will be able to explain the four variables of exposure and how they work together to produce an image. 

Students will be able to control exposure in ways that will enable them to create a silhouette any time of day. 

When given a photo that has an exposure error students will be able to identify the problem and its cause as well as its cure. 

Students will know the f16 rule and how it applies to recognizing a normal exposure for different lighting conditions. 

4. Presentation of the Image

  • Levels Adjustment - Auto
  • Levels Adjustment - Manual
  • Photoshop Editing Basics
  • Cropping Close
  • Saturation
  • Sharpness
  • Shadow - Mid - Highlight Control

This chapter works with the images after they have been taken out of the camera and placed in the computer. Different software types and processes will be presented to students. 

.Students will demonstrate an ability to take a raw, unedited photo, and treat it using common tools and processes in software such as photoshop. 

Photo Projects

Forum Discussion


Students will be able to take images from their camera and know how to manage their storage and treatment options in the computer. 

Students will be able to take any photo and process it to present it either as a print or on the computer screen with its color, composition and sharpness made as crisp as possible. 

5. Light and Color Management

  • Light Direction
  • Exposure and Color Saturation
  • White Balance & Color


Students will demonstrate a knowledge of different light types and styles and explain how they change the way an image appears to a viewer. 

Photo Projects

Forum Discussion


Students will be able to look at a subject and manage the options for lighting angle, source using the camera controls that make the image look the way the photographer wants it to in the final image. 

Students will be able to make their images perfectly balanced for color and saturation using camera and computer techniques

6. Controlling Image Detail

  • Motion Control - Tv Mode
  • Depth Control - Av Mode
  • Background Included
  • Background Simplified

Students know how to use the shutter to control the way motion of the subject presents on an image. 

Students know how the aperture controls the depth of focus presented in a photo. 

Students combine previous knowledge of point of view with the camera controls to be able to make an image look the way it was perceived in their mind before the process began. 

Photo Projects

Forum Discussion


Students will present samples of images produced using shutter control that both stops and blurs motion of a subject.

Students will present images where the background focus is managed by the aperture to either include or exclude its impact on the subject. 

7.Flash & Fill Photography

  • Built in Flash
  • External Flash
  • TTL or Manual Control
  • Reflector Fill

Students will know the process of light control used by the professionals. 

Students will use flash equipment to improve lighting and contrast in an image. 

Students will understand the difference between main light and reflected light on a subject. 

Photo Projects

Forum Discussion



8. Moving toward a Career

  • Journalism
  • Fine Art
  • Industrial & Commercial
  • Education

Students will explain at least one career path and what it takes for success in that career in a discussion. 

Forum Discussion

Personal Essay

 Students will examine at least one career path and understand the skills and training required for success in that field. 

Students will examine their own interests and be able to discuss their future plans for photography


Every student in Intermediate Photography will finish the class with a presentation of a portfolio of images that contains a minimum of 30 images that demonstrate their ability to select a subject and treat it so that it attracts viewer interest. Images will be posted on any one of a number of online resources. Students may begin working on this at any time and may include images taken before this class began as long as they illustrate their skill level. 

Portfolio images will demonstrate both skill level and interests and will be useful in any future study a student plans after examining career options.