Digital Photography Handbook Mrs. Wong | Room 200H

Contact Info:

  • awong@natickps.org
  • www.mrswong.org

Email will be the best way to get a hold of me if you cannot find me in the classroom. I always have my email open during school hours and occassionally while at home. Use this if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Send screenshots or photos if you have a specific question about a project.

After School Hours/Extra Help:

  • Tuesday & Wednesday, 2:20-3:20pm, Room 145/200H
  • Red Day CDS, Room 200H

There is only one of me and it is hard for me to get to all of you in a timely manner. Use your peers for help and critique often, if the student to your left and your right cannot solve the issue or help you out, you may ask me if I am available. You are also encouraged to utilize my after school hours or CDS for extra help.


Digital Photography is a semester course that focuses on understanding the basic operations and functions of a digital single lens reflex camera and the manipulation of its settings to achieve a specific result. This course is a project-based course that will teach you the basics of photography on a digital camera. We will be using industry standard Nikon D3400 DSLR cameras to shoot our digital photos. Students will learn about photographic elements of art and principles of design, composition, and lighting. Students will write and speak about aesthetic, technical and expressive qualities in a photograph. Students will learn to critique their own and others work.

Main Objectives:

  • Students will be able to use industry-standard equipment while taking photographs in this class.
  • Students will be able to meet real-world deadlines and learn responsibility for their own work.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the processes for composing a proper photo.
  • Students will be able to illustrate how to use various media tools in order to create multimedia content.
  • Students will be able to recognize and resolve technical issues through creative problem solving.

Course Outline:

  • Unit 1: Fundamentals
  • Unit 2: Composition
  • Unit 3: Post-Processing
  • Unit 4: Storytelling
  • Unit 5: Research


All assignments, along with presentations, rubrics, and due dates will be posted in Google Classroom. Be sure to join our class, the code to join will be shared with you.


  • Desktop Computers
  • Nikon D3400 DSLR Cameras (Provided)
  • Memory Card (Provided)


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Google Drive

This is a difficult class, however if you do the assigned work and participate in class, you will do absolutely fine. This is new to most of you and you are all going to learn at different paces. I am here to help and have given you the tools to be successful. If you need more time to complete an assignment, I strongly encourage you to utilize my red day CDS or after school hours. Cameras may also be signed out to make up work at home.

Take this time to be creative and have fun!

Semester Projects


We will begin and end the semester with a portrait assessment.

Unit 1: Fundamentals

  • Lesson 1 - Aperture: Exposure & Depth of Field
  • Lesson 2 - ISO
  • Lesson 3 - Shutter Speed
  • Lesson 4 - Histograms

Unit 2: Composition

  • Lesson 5 - Composition Techniques: Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines, Repetition, Framing
  • Lesson 6 - Composition Techniques: Fill the Frame, Unique Angles, Relationships, Interaction
  • Lesson 7 - 10 Ways (School)
  • Lesson 8 - 10 Ways (Home)

Unit 3: Post-Processing

  • Lesson 9 - David Hockney Joiner
  • Lesson 10 - Alphabet Photography

Unit 4: Storytelling

  • Lesson 11 - Photo Essay
  • Lesson 12 - Single Photo Storytelling
  • Lesson 13 - Portraits of Empathy

Unit 5: Research

  • Lesson 14 - Famous Photographer Presentation

Classroom Expectations

In the Classroom/School:

  • Be considerate, ready to learn, don’t disrupt the class or other classes, don’t hurt the equipment or each other.
  • Be respectful of others. Our classroom is a small community and those around you deserve respect and fair treatment. Be positive, supportive and helpful. Listen to your peers when they speak in class - what they have to say is important! Only ONE person should be talking at a time. Tolerance is key not to mention that disrespect is rude and will not be tolerated. Disruptive behavior, inappropriate language, negativism, and put-downs are not allowed in this room. You can't expect people to work on your team if you treat them poorly.
  • When the teacher is talking - all eyes up. Pause what you are working on and focus on what is being shared with you. When the teacher is talking, no one else should be. Your attention is required so you do not miss any important information and your peers can hear the teacher as well.
  • School policy will be followed on tardies.
  • If you are disruptive in the halls or other classes, you will not be allowed to go out and shoot. The gymnasium is always off limits for our class.

Work Ethic:

  • Come in on time and ready to work. You should check the board when you come in to see what is going on in the classroom for that day. You will have 10 minutes at the end of class to clean up.
  • Spend the entire class working on projects each day. Students are expected to be engaged in the assigned work. Use your class time wisely. Ask questions, experiment, and push yourself.
  • No cell phones. Keep them out of sight and out of mind. School policy will be followed regarding students who have their phone out during class.
  • No video games. You are in the lab to do your classwork. There is always something to do for our class and playing video games is not an acceptable use of your time.
  • All of your work should be backed up to Google Drive. You are responsible for all of your work so if something happens to your file, you will need to make up the missing work.
  • When absent, check Google Classroom and/or our class syllabus for the current assignment.
  • Plagiarism - Misrepresenting others’ work as your own is intellectual dishonesty. Because research and learning are often best done in groups, collaboration with classmates on many of our assignments is expected. However, all work must be individual and research or any written work must be written in your own words. You will receive a zero for any project or class work that is plagiarized.

Classroom Equipment:

  • Absolutely no food or drink in studio or near the computers. Drinks are allowed if in a sealed, screw top container. We have a lot of expensive equipment in the room and food and drink spills can damage the equipment. If you have any trash at your station, throw it away before you leave. Food is non negotiable. A lot of students use the lab equipment and I don't want to risk any allergens being on shared surfaces. Additionally, food is a quick way to ruin equipment.
  • This is a shared space. Don't leave your stuff laying around. If you take it out, put it away again.
  • Login to the iMac with your period number. For example, for Period 2 your login is period2. There is no password.
  • Please use the classroom iMacs responsibly. If you break them, we no longer have them to use. Be sure when you arrive and when you leave there is a keyboard and mouse at your station.
  • Don't change wiring set-ups, cable configurations, equipment set-ups, or backgrounds unless you ask me first. Again, this is not your personal space. Usually I know what works the best for most situations.
  • Do not move any of the lab equipment without instructor permission.

End of Class:

  • Return cameras and tripods according to equipment procedures.
  • When you're done with a shoot, you're not done until everything is put back in its place and the room is tidy.
  • Make sure all your equipment is put away.
  • Log out of your email account and the computer.


Grading is based on Projects, Class Work and Participation. If you miss one or more classes, you are responsible for speaking with Mrs. Wong about making up work.

Grading Weights:

  • Projects (50%) are the final product you will turn-in at the end of each unit. We will have multiple days for each project and will be lead by instruction and a multitude of resources to help you along. All projects will have rubrics available with requirements for proper turn-in.
  • Class Work (30%) includes daily turn-ins, group work, and other activities that will take place throughout the semester.
  • Participation (20%) is based on whether or not you are prepared for class and are acting in an appropriate and professional manner while in the classroom. You will notice in iPass that this grade starts at 100%. It will be affected and changed based on your actions and readiness in class. Actions that would result in a deduction of 4 points per class are: using class time to socialize, cell phone use and/or video games, being disruptive in class or in the halls, and not returning a borrowed camera the morning after it is signed out. Any lost points can be made up to maintain a 100% in this class through make-up work outside of scheduled class time.

Late Work:

  • If absent missed assignments must be made-up within an appropriate amount of time. If you are absent, please meet with Ms. Wong to discuss a plan for when work will be submitted.
  • Work that is not received at all will receive a grade of zero. All assignments should be submitted to Google Classroom on the due date. On the date an assignment is due, any work not submitted will be entered into iPass as a zero. From that date forward, the student will have one more week to turn in the missing assignment, with a maximum grade decreasing by 10% for each day it's not turned in.

Why Is My Grade Low?

  1. Not completing class assignments
  2. Turning in work late
  3. Poor work ethic
  4. Plagiarism

Notes From Student Handbook:

  1. Final Exams & Seniors: Students will take semester and final exams when scheduled to do so. Seniors may be exempt from the semester exams in January and May at the teachers’ discretion if the student achieved a minimum grade of an A- for the two quarters in the semester.
  2. Incompletes: A grade of Incomplete (I) will be given to a student who has unfinished course requirements because of extenuating factors such as protracted period(s) of illness. It is expected that the incomplete work be completed within ten (10) days after the close of a marking period; however, should a waiver be needed for extended time, the student should contact the Vice-Principal who will discuss the matter with the department head involved. If the work is not completed within the specified time (includes waiver where granted), the incomplete grade will become an F; otherwise the teacher will report a regular grade.
  3. Sports Eligibility: Natick High School requires that students receive a minimum passing grade of D- or above at the close of the marking period (end of each term) prior to the beginning of a season and during said season.
  4. Cell Phones: Natick Public Schools promotes the use of Technology as an effective environment for learning. However, given the degree to which unregulated use of cell phones and other personal electronic devices may interfere with teaching and learning the following regulations will apply. Cell phones and personal electronic devices other than a student’s assigned laptop must be turned off and not visible during the school day in classrooms, hallways during class time and all bathrooms. Cell phones may be used in the cafeteria, courtyard, library, and hallways during CDS and passing time.

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