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Digital Photography – CTE Program of Study

  • Digital Photography – CTE Program of Study (pdf)

    The Digital Photography instructional program prepares the students to capture an image directly with a digital camera, by capturing a frame from a video, and by scanning a conventional photograph and then applying a wide variety of special effects to it with image enhancing software. An integrated approach to teaching and learning is recommended as students develop interpersonal relations, career development skills, Workplace Employability Skills, and technical knowledge and skills. Students completing this program will be prepared to enter the workforce and/or Post-secondary where they will be able to apply the skills necessary to be in Digital Photography while also having a strong portfolio to support their knowledge and skill. The program is designed and delivered as a coherent sequence of school-based and work-based supervised learning. Students learn leadership skills and develop their leadership abilities through participation in the state-recognized Career and Technical Student Organization, SkillsUSA.

    Digital Photography is offered at all five of our Gilbert Public Schools high school campuses: Campo Verde HighDesert Ridge HighGilbert HighHighland High, and Mesquite High.

    Digital Photography Courses

    • VA146 Digital Photography I
    • VA147 Digital Photography II
    • VA149 AP Studio Art - 2D Design/Photography
    • CT323 Digital Photography Internship
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Soren Fontes - Mesquite High

How has Digital Photo positively impacted your high school experience?

Thinking about it, I always had an interest in the arts, going back to building Legos as a young kid, painting and drawing etc. That further developed to the medium of film and photography. It truly is at my core a passion and allowing me to further advance myself in the pursuit of passion.

What are some skills that you’ve gained from Digital Photo?

I have learned how to properly use film and photo cameras, how to "expose" the picture utilizing the ISO triangle, fixing up images in Adobe Lightroom, editing film and video in Adobe Premiere, changing a simple picture of a green screen to a full-fledged story. As well as Photoshop and giving my work the finishing touch.

Do you have a favorite memory, lesson, or class project from Digital Photo? 

Honestly, every time I was given the tools taught to me by my teacher to make whatever I wished to make with just a simple deadline and creative support I love the process of making projects so, is it safe to say every bit?