Goals and Roles

Seeing the image is only the first step in the creation process. You must first understand the settings and processes of your camera in order to record what you see. To be successful you must not only understand the basic principles common to all cameras, but also the more advanced settings. Technical portions are required learning but it also important to understand that there are no visual rules which cannot be broken. There are MANY ways to capture a great photographic image! Once you have mastered technique, try to enjoy and embrace experimenting with settings, positioning, and lighting to create truly great and unique photographs!


Module Outline:

In this Module students learn the technical and creative uses of aperture, shutter speed and ISO, and demonstrate how combinations of the three elements give very different results. Students also discover how a correct exposure is obtained through the combination of shutter speed, aperture and ISO, which make up the photographic triangle.


Curricular Outcomes:


A. Creating and Presenting

A1. The Creative Process: apply the creative process to create a variety of art works, individually and/or collaboratively. 

A2. The Elements and Principles of Design: apply the elements and principles of design to create art works for the purpose of self-expression and to communicate ideas, information and/or messages. 


B. Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing

B1. The Critical Analysis Process: demonstrate an understanding of the critical analysis process by examining, interpreting, evaluating, and reflecting on various art works. 


C. Foundations

C1. Terminology: demonstrate an understanding of, and use correct terminology when referring to, elements, principles, and other components related to visual arts.

C2. Conventions and Techniques: demonstrate an understanding of conventions and techniques used in the creation of visual art works.

C3. Responsible Practices: demonstrate an understanding of responsible practices related to visual arts.


Photography Cheat Sheets for Every Occasion


Check out this Amazing Document outlining MOST things we will discuss in this MODULE!


Part 1: Composition

Watch this VIDEO.


10 Rules of Photo Composition

Leveraging Composition to Create Compelling Photographs



Explore the images and links below outlining the common rules of Composition:


A. Rule of Thirds – creating asymmetry

The Rule of Thirds in Action

The Rule of Thirds

B. Using Lighting to Add Mood

Using Lighting to Add Mood

C. Lines (Diagonal, Leading)


D. Colour


E. Texture


F. Symmetry


G. Viewpoint


H. Background


I. Depth


J. Framing


K. Orientation (Vertical v. Horizontal)


This is a great article outlining the above rules.

Assignment – Compositional Scavengerhunt (see below)


Written Assignment: Composition Worksheet


Part 2: Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO – The Exposure Triangle

Shutter Speed and Aperture Review – Handout

Watch the following videos and read the articles.

TRY the DSLR Camera Simulator and DSLR Camera Sim

The Exposure Triangle:


TRY this AWESOME Interactive for Exposure!



Aperture: definition

Focus and Depth of Field

Understanding Depth of Field

Apertur and Depth of Field assignment

Aperture Exemplars


Shutter Speed: definition

Explore the links below.

Freezing Motion with Shutter

Slow Shutter Magic

Shutter Speed Exemplars

Playing with Shutter: Watch the videos below


Slow Shutter with Moving Background

Painting with light



Bracketing – What is it and what does it do?


Motion and Depth of Field Assignment



Understanding ISO

Understanding ISO – 4 Simple Steps



Practicing with a Camera Formative activity using my camera settings

How to create a proof sheet in PS.

Part 3: Critique




Complete the activity linked below.

Portfolio Display

Add your best images to your PORTFOLIO

Carbon Made Tutorial

Portfolio Grading Rubric