Basic Photography (e-book)

Basic Photography (e-book)

Publisher: Kitty Stellby
Author: Kitty Stellby
$54.47

This is a Basic Photography Course, designed for beginners with little to no knowledge of photography or the art of taking good pictures. It has been created to fulfill a Fine Arts Elective course within a home schooling or private school environment.

Possessing an aptitude for taking pictures can be helpful in any number of life situations, so this course will provide students with a skill that will prove useful throughout their lives. It could even be the beginning of a profitable, exciting career. Professional photography is a vocation that can be practiced in conjunction with any number of fields, which offers a interesting and varied selection of career paths to consider.

Material covered within this course-

  •  We begin with a comprehensive outline of the history of cameras, the art of photography, and careers in photography.
  •  A discussion of the physical structure of camera equipment, film, and digital imaging familiarizes students with the various parts of a camera and how it works.
  •  Instruction is given in all aspects of good photographic technique - composition, lighting, focus, exposure settings, and more!
  •  This course culminates with the implemention of good photographic techniques - which will be illustrated by the students taking various types of pictures including- portraits; action; flash; and night shots and interiors without flash - putting what they have learned during the course into practice.

This course includes-

  •  One B&W printed copy of the textbook
  •  Unlimited e-mail support is provided at no additional charge for the duration of the semester. (Students have one year to complete the course.)

The students will complete the assignments in the textbook and can then e-mail them to Ms. Stellby for grading and to critique the pictures. The curriculum includes both written and shooting assignments.

This course is graded on completion, not on talent, so if your child does not show a propensity for photography, this will not be reflected in their final grade, given that they complete all the assignments, and follow directions to the best of their ability.  A written grade will be provided if required for credit.  The author of this programs recommends it for 1/2 Credit in Fine Arts.

Camera Requirements-

If using a Film Camera ...

  •  35mm SLR (Single Lens Reflex) Camera
  •  Camera must have at least a 50mm Lens
  •  A Flash Unit - it is acceptable if flash is built-in on camera
  •  Manual Focus capability - even if camera has Auto Focus (AF)
  •  35mm Film - 4-8 rolls at least
  •  Access to photo processing
  •  Ability to digitalize photos to be sent online - by either obtaining the photos on a CD at processing or having access to a scanner¹

If using a Digital Camera ...

  •  Digital Camera
  •  Must have Manual Focus capability - even if camera has Auto Focus (AF)
  •  Must have Manual Control of: Shutter Speed, f/stop [aperature] and Flash
  •  Ability to send in digital photos via e-mail¹

¹You may send actual photos to Ms. Stellby for grading, provided you include return postage, if necessary.

If you don't have a camera that meets these requirements, see below for purchasing and pricing information.

If using a Film Camera ...
  •  The camera outfit as described will cost around $200 to purchase new.² Cameras can be purchased through Porter's Cameras Online Catalog - or any good local photo dealer.
  •  Cost of Film: ~ $18 - $48
  •  Cost to process film: Varies by location

If using a Digital Camera ...

  •  The digital camera as described will cost around $400 to purchase new.² Cameras can be purchased through Porter's Cameras Online Catalog - or any good local photo dealer.
  • The make and model of the digital camera is irrelevant and you may use whichever brand you prefer - as long as it offers the features and functionality described above

²If you already own a film or digital camera that is available for the student's use - and meets all of the above requirements - there is no need to purchase a new one.

Please include the following information in the comments section when ordering this title-

  • Parent(s) Name
  • Students Name
  • Students Age
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Is a grade needed from the teacher?

This item comes directly from the publisher. 

Kitty Stellby received her training in photography in the US Navy, and served for 10 years as a Navy Photographer and in Naval Photo Intelligence. Since leaving the Navy, she has taught photography and free-lanced in legal photography.  She has a degree in secondary-education in California, hold an ACSI credential, and has 6 years of experience in classroom teaching.

Book Title Basic Photography (e-book)
Publisher: Kitty Stellby
Author Kitty Stellby

This is a Basic Photography Course, designed for beginners with little to no knowledge of photography or the art of taking good pictures. It has been created to fulfill a Fine Arts Elective course within a home schooling or private school environment.

Possessing an aptitude for taking pictures can be helpful in any number of life situations, so this course will provide students with a skill that will prove useful throughout their lives. It could even be the beginning of a profitable, exciting career. Professional photography is a vocation that can be practiced in conjunction with any number of fields, which offers a interesting and varied selection of career paths to consider.

Material covered within this course-

  •  We begin with a comprehensive outline of the history of cameras, the art of photography, and careers in photography.
  •  A discussion of the physical structure of camera equipment, film, and digital imaging familiarizes students with the various parts of a camera and how it works.
  •  Instruction is given in all aspects of good photographic technique - composition, lighting, focus, exposure settings, and more!
  •  This course culminates with the implemention of good photographic techniques - which will be illustrated by the students taking various types of pictures including- portraits; action; flash; and night shots and interiors without flash - putting what they have learned during the course into practice.

This course includes-

  •  One B&W printed copy of the textbook
  •  Unlimited e-mail support is provided at no additional charge for the duration of the semester. (Students have one year to complete the course.)

The students will complete the assignments in the textbook and can then e-mail them to Ms. Stellby for grading and to critique the pictures. The curriculum includes both written and shooting assignments.

This course is graded on completion, not on talent, so if your child does not show a propensity for photography, this will not be reflected in their final grade, given that they complete all the assignments, and follow directions to the best of their ability.  A written grade will be provided if required for credit.  The author of this programs recommends it for 1/2 Credit in Fine Arts.

Camera Requirements-

If using a Film Camera ...

  •  35mm SLR (Single Lens Reflex) Camera
  •  Camera must have at least a 50mm Lens
  •  A Flash Unit - it is acceptable if flash is built-in on camera
  •  Manual Focus capability - even if camera has Auto Focus (AF)
  •  35mm Film - 4-8 rolls at least
  •  Access to photo processing
  •  Ability to digitalize photos to be sent online - by either obtaining the photos on a CD at processing or having access to a scanner¹

If using a Digital Camera ...

  •  Digital Camera
  •  Must have Manual Focus capability - even if camera has Auto Focus (AF)
  •  Must have Manual Control of: Shutter Speed, f/stop [aperature] and Flash
  •  Ability to send in digital photos via e-mail¹

¹You may send actual photos to Ms. Stellby for grading, provided you include return postage, if necessary.

If you don't have a camera that meets these requirements, see below for purchasing and pricing information.

If using a Film Camera ...
  •  The camera outfit as described will cost around $200 to purchase new.² Cameras can be purchased through Porter's Cameras Online Catalog - or any good local photo dealer.
  •  Cost of Film: ~ $18 - $48
  •  Cost to process film: Varies by location

If using a Digital Camera ...

  •  The digital camera as described will cost around $400 to purchase new.² Cameras can be purchased through Porter's Cameras Online Catalog - or any good local photo dealer.
  • The make and model of the digital camera is irrelevant and you may use whichever brand you prefer - as long as it offers the features and functionality described above

²If you already own a film or digital camera that is available for the student's use - and meets all of the above requirements - there is no need to purchase a new one.

Please include the following information in the comments section when ordering this title-

  • Parent(s) Name
  • Students Name
  • Students Age
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Is a grade needed from the teacher?

This item comes directly from the publisher. 

Kitty Stellby received her training in photography in the US Navy, and served for 10 years as a Navy Photographer and in Naval Photo Intelligence. Since leaving the Navy, she has taught photography and free-lanced in legal photography.  She has a degree in secondary-education in California, hold an ACSI credential, and has 6 years of experience in classroom teaching.