As we move further into the ditigal age the photography department at North Tahoe High needs to begin using ditigal cameras in the photography class.
Over the next few years, I would like to build up a class set of Ditigal cameras.
To get enough digital cameras for the photography class to use. Unlike film cameras, there are many advantages to using digital cameras when teaching depth of field, shutter speed, and aperture. One reason is because the students see the affects of the camera options instantly. When students learn how to use the elements of expose on digital camera, they will be able to use that knowledge and apply it when using film cameras. Students will better understand the photography concepts and apply their knowledge on a technology they are more likely to use in their future.
With Digital I will have the knowledge of seeing what the students have accomplished each day on their photography lesson, and this will help me measure their achievement daily. I will also have the chance to show students what they need to do to take better photos and they can do it instantly. When we are use film cameras; we need to develop film, make a contact sheet, and then a print to see how the elements of exposure affected their photo. This process could take a week or longer to measure their success. But on a digital camera we can see the effects instantly.
Students can see if they took a photo that meets the objectives instantly or take more photos if needed. With film it can take a week to see if they have a photo that meets the objectives and then retake their photos.
Students and teacher will be able to measure success and achievement instantly. Reteaching can happen right away.
I have a few options: (10 cameras or Class set)
If I get 10 cameras; then I plan to slowly incorporating the cameras into the curriculum. In the beginning students share the 10 digital cameras while also using film cameras. Students will share the cameras, some will shot in film and others will shot digitally. Students will install the free photoshop app on their chromebooks. Students will then use photoshop to enhance their photos while some students are doing the same thing in the dark room with their film. Students will have to take turns with the digital and film cameras and will be able to complete photography lessons on both types of cameras.
(if I get 10, I plan on writing a grant each year till I get a full set and have the photography department buy a camera a year)
When I get a class set; Students will be able to use both types of cameras on all photography lessons from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. Students will have specific cameras checked out to them and they can simultaneously work on both types of cameras while completely the lesson. Students will be use photoshop on their chromebooks. They will be able to see the effects of camera exposure instantly and apply the knowledge when shooting with the film camera. (Cannon educational camera program has promotions that make each camera cheaper the more cameras you buy)
Over the next few years, the photography department will slowly phase out film cameras and move towards only using digital cameras. This change from film to digital, over time will save money. Printing digital photos is a lot cheaper and safer than developing film chemicals and making prints with an enlarder. Film processing over the last last few years the price has increased and will continue to go up. It's a shame to lose the art of film photography. But we do need to move into the future.
I think by having more digital cameras, this grant can be applied throughout the school. My PLC can use the cameras along with other staff at the school. Teachers and students can use the cameras to take photos and videos of events in the classroom. My photography students can use the cameras to take yearbook photos of sports and events. The cameras can be available as a resource for others to use when needed.
My PLC this year is working on visual literacy. If teachers wants use a camera to incorporate visual literacy into their curriculum they can.
The Photography will use their budget for upkeep of the cameras and for replacement memory cards. Photography department will also pay for ink and photo paper needed to print out the digital prints.
Over the next few years the photography department will buy a camera a year out their budget and write more grants until they get a class set.
Up to 32 students per year for many years to come. Each camera last 7 to 10 years.
10 Cameras Total is: $4680.92
30 Cameras Total is: $13,721.02 (class set)