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Northstar Academy

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Christian school for grades 4-12

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Digital Photography

  • Name:

    Digital Photography (FOTO200)

  • Department:

    Fine Arts

  • Credits:

    0.5 (semester course)

  • Suggested Prerequisites:


Digital Photography


Students in this course will be challenged to think about how they view the world around them and what God’s standards of beauty include. Students will spend time with their camera in their hands developing skills in using camera settings to achieve desired effects in their black and white images. Students will begin to understand and apply elements of composition and design in their photographs. Students will analyze and critique images and create two portfolios to showcase their work. Students will also investigate significant developments in the history of photography.

Special Notes:

Digital cameras are required for this course–An SLR or a point and shoot. Cell phones can not be used. Students will need to read the manual and learn to use it. The camera must have settings other than “Auto” so that the student can change the exposure settings. This course can be taken to satisfy the graduation requirement in Fine Art.


Wouldn’t it be great to spend time learning something that you would use for the rest of your life? Northstar’s Digital Photography class is just that. We are surrounded by images all the time – take this course to learn how to make your photographs stand out.

It’s practical if you want to use your photographs to promote a business or sell a product. Most importantly, you will be able to preserve your precious memories of your lifelong adventures with friends and family. Photography combines science with art. Come join this class and experiment with subjects all around you. It will change the way you look at the world!

If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.

Student Feedback

The set up for this course was very organized.


I value how personal the lessons are, and how much interaction there is among peers despite it being an online school. I like how you manage to make lessons fun and enjoyable, which makes the work a lot more fun to do. I found the discussions and being able to critique and get critiqued by others really helpful. Also the portfolios and hearing your feedback on my pictures through that.


I found that getting out there and actually taking pictures helped me learn the most. Just playing around with the camera and the settings taught me a lot. I loved this class so much! It was probably one of the best courses this semester!