Thursday, September 27, 2012
Homeschool High School Elective: Photography
My daughter Sierra is in 11th grade. She loves photography and takes amazing pictures and has an incredible eye for picture taking. I can’t even begin to understand how she sees what she does, but I would say it is a gift she has. My new fall blog topper picture was taken by her along with some other very pretty pics. So this year for high school we decided to make photography her elective.
Not finding a lot of online curriculum guides for this topic and not wanting to turn this into another set of workbooks and tests (who wants to kill the joy of something someone loves to do and turn it into a chore? :), I chose to do this on my own. I want the study to be hands on, educational and enjoyable.
I will be having her research various topics about photography (photo taking techniques, different types of lenses, F-stop, Macro settings, etc), research & discuss some on the history of the camera, taking lots of pictures, creating several photo projects and in the spring our local community college has a non-credit photography class available that I will look into her taking.
High school electives are a great way for students to learn and explore topics that motivate and inspire them. Who knows, some may turn into lifelong hobbies and some may be the beginnings of career choices for them.
A few more of Sierra’s recent fall photos…