I learned a lot about myself. I now know I have what it takes to take an apple and make it something you would see in a cook book. I can adjust and maneuver light in a way that makes a picture so abstract you can’t tell what it is. The feeling you get when you present a good picture to your class is like showing off a pair of million dollar shoes.
— MJ Germeroth, 11

"Burning Sunset"
by: Kacey Stamey, 11

"Night lights"
by: Alyssa Howington, 10

Photo 1

This course introduces students to the principles of photography and fundamental camera and composition techniques through weekly assignments. We cover photojournalism, symbolism, still life, natural light, studio lighting and portraiture. During the second semester, students work to design and produce a printable portfolio representing the skills learned through the year. In addition, students' work will have the opportunity to be published in the newspaper and yearbook. We edit and design on Adobe programs, giving students real world training on industry standard software which looks great on resumes. Students in the class will need a camera and are required to pay a $15 fee to cover printing of select photographs. 


Second year photographers form the core of the publications photography team. As leadership positions are available they will be offered to those who have proven their skills and dedication throughout the previous year. Leaders participate in weekly publications meetings and help guide and direct the content being produced by the program in addition to shooting, organizing, and planning all photo needs. Experienced staffers have more responsibility and also help to maintain the equipment and studio space.

Portraits & Studio work

Creative work

Every spring photography 1 students design and publish a portfolio of their images.
Click below to see a selection of their work.