Photography


Photography
BSA Supply No. 35930

Beyond capturing family memories, photography offers a chance to be creative. Many photographers use photography to express their creativity, using lighting, composition, depth, color, and content to make their photographs into more than snapshots. Good photographs tell us about a person, a news event, a product, a place, a scientific breakthrough, an endangered animal, or a time in history.

Requirements

  1. Explain how the following elements and terms affect the quality of a picture:
    • Light--natural light/ambient, flash
    • Exposure--aperture (f-stops), shutter speed, depth of field
    • Composition--rule of thirds, leading lines, framing, depth
    • Angle of view
    • Stopping action
  2. Explain the basic parts and operation of a film camera or digital camera. Explain how an exposure is made when you take a picture.
  3. Discuss with your counselor the differences between a film camera and a digital camera. List at least five advantages and five disadvantages of using a digital camera versus using a film camera.
  4. Do ONE of the following:
    • Produce a picture story using the photojournalistic technique of document-ing an event. Share your plan with your counselor and get your counselor's input and approval before you proceed. Then, using either a film camera or a digital camera, produce your approved picture story. Process your images and select eight to 12 images that best tell your story. Arrange your images in order, then mount the prints on a poster board. If you are using digital images, you may create a slide show on your computer or produce printouts for your poster board. Share your picture story with your counselor.
    • Choose a topic that interests you to photograph for an exhibit or display. Get your counselor's approval, then photograph (digital or film) your topic. Process your images. Choose 20 of your favorite images and mount them on poster board. Share your display with your counselor. If you are using digital images, you may create a slide show on your computer or produce printouts for your poster board.
  5. Discuss with your counselor the career opportunities in photography. Pick one that interests you and explain how to prepare for such a career. Discuss with your counselor the education and training such a career would require.

Resources

Scouting Literature

Art, Cinematography, Computers, Graphic Arts, and Journalism merit badge pamphlets

Books

  • Burian, Peter K., and Robert Caputo. Photography Field Guide: Secrets to Making Great Pictures, 2nd ed. National Geographic, 2003.
  • Busch, David D. Mastering Digital Photography. Muska & Lipman, 2003.
  • Davies, Paul Harcourt. The Complete Guide to Close-Up & Macro Photography. David & Charles, 2002.
  • Eastman Kodak Company, editors. The Joy of Photography. Perseus Publishing, 1991.
  • Frost, Lee. Teach Yourself Photography, 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill, 2004.
  • Grimm, Tom, and Michele Grimm. The Basic Book of Photography: 2004 Edition. Plume, 2003.
  • Horton, Brian. Associated Press Guide to Photojournalism, 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill, 2001.
  • Johnson, Bervin M., et al. Opportunities in Photography Careers. McGraw-Hill/ Contemporary Books, 1998.
  • Kelby, Scott. The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers. New Riders, 2003.
  • London, Barbara, John Upton, et al. Photography, 7th ed. Prentice Hall, 2001.
  • Long, Ben. Complete Digital Photography, 2nd ed. Charles River Media, 2002.
  • Norton, Boyd. The Art of Outdoor Photography: Techniques for the Advanced Amateur and Professional. Voyageur Press, 2002.
  • Sammon, Rick. Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Digital Photography: 107 Lessons on Taking, Making, Editing, Storing, Printing, and Sharing Better Digital Images. W. W. Norton, 2003.
  • Shaw, John. John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide. Watson-Guptill, 2000.

Magazines

eDigitalPhoto
Primedia Inc.
745 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10151
Web site: http://www.edigitalphoto.com/
E-mail: edigitalphoto@palmcoastd.com

News Photographer
National Press Photographers Association
3200 Croasdaile Drive, Suite 306
Durham, NC 27705
Telephone: 919-383-7246
Web site: http://www.nppa.org/news_and_events/magazine/

OnLine Photography: The Journal of Fine Art Photography
Web site: http://www.onlinephotography.com/

PhotoGraphic Magazine
Toll-free telephone: 800-800-3686
Web site: http://www.photographic.com
E-mail: photographic@palmcoastd.com

Photo Techniques
6600 West Touhy Ave.
Niles, IL 60714
Telephone: 847-647-2900
Web site: http://www.phototechmag.com/

Popular Photography & Imaging
1633 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Telephone: 212-767-6000
Web site: http://www.popphoto.com/

Organizations and Associations

American Society of Picture Professionals
409 South Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: 703-299-0219
Web site: http://www.aspp.com/

International Association of Panoramic Photographers
8855 Redwood St.
Las Vegas, NV 89139
Telephone: 702-260-4608
Web site: http://www.panoramicassociation.org/

National Press Photographers Association
3200 Croasdaile Drive, Suite 306
Durham, NC 27705
Telephone: 919-383-7246
Web site: http://www.nppa.org/

Photographic Society of America
3000 United Founders Blvd., Suite 103
Oklahoma City, OK 73112-3940
Telephone: 405-843-1437
Web site: http://www.psa-photo.org/

Professional Photographers of´┐ŻAmerica
229 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 2200
Atlanta, GA 30303
Toll-free telephone: 800-786-6277
Web site: http://www.ppa.com/

Student Photographic Society
229 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 2200
Atlanta, GA 30303
Toll-free telephone: 800-339-5451, extension 237
Web site: http://www.studentphoto.com/

White House News Photographers' Association
7119 Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-7119
Telephone: 202-785-5230
Web site: http://www.whnpa.org/