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Photography offers exciting and challenging opportunities for students to learn new skills and put them into practice. It involves expanding their creativity and using their imagination to express themselves in a visual way.
During the course, students create their own photographs using a wide range of digital camera techniques in the areas of Still Life, Portraiture and Architecture and Landscape.
It enables students to learn about important developments in photography during the 20th century and the work of some key photographers.
This emphasises the importance of photography as an art form as well as a way to communicate ideas. Students learn to be competent photographers through technical skills, development and artist research.
What you will learn
Students are encouraged to understand the potential of photography and learn:
- how to use a camera properly in manual, aperture and shutter speed modes
- the use of Photoshop to manipulate images
- how to develop and print monochrome images in a dark room
- about working to a brief, theme or topic
- viewpoint, composition, shutter speed and depth of field
- presentation, layout and mounting
- the production of sketchbooks and annotations to explain ideas.
Students may choose to work in many areas of the subject area including:
- landscape and cityscape
The long term plan (LTP) for GCSE can be downloaded below.