Riverside Local Schools
Educating Excellence!



– 1 semester – ½ credit (10, 11, 12)

An introduction to the fundamentals of photography, this course concentrates on using negative films for prints. Basic camera operation, shutter speed, aperture, proper film selection, light metering, film exposure, image composition, and lens selection are topics covered. Darkroom techniques including film and paper processing are implemented. Students will be responsible for researching other photographers, completing written assignments, and keeping a journal. STUDENTS MUST HAVE ACCESS TO A 35 MM SLR CAMERA WITH AN ADJUSTABLE SHUTTER, APERTURE, AND LENS.
Image: "Picasso and the loaves" Robert Doisneau, 1952

I utilize the google classroom as a way to communicate effectively with my students and parents. If you would like to receive updates (either daily or weekly) from the google classroom please email me @ jessica.biller@riversideschools.net . The subject of the email should be your add me, the body of the email should read with your name, your child’s name, and the class and block you would like to be added to. The awesome thing is that you only needed to be added once, ever, once you are in you stay in for ALL their classes forever. You will not be an active member of the class but you will see updates and due dates.

You can also check my google site that I linked all my class calendars: https://sites.google.com/riversideschools.net/jbillerarteacher/home


Another way to stay on top of your child’s progress is to have the Infinite Campus App on your phone. This will allow you to receive text alerts when grades are entered or messages are sent home. Your child can also download this to the phone. You must chose the option to receive the alerts.

Another way to help your child would be to encourage them to download the google calendar/classroom to their phone. When downloading, they should choose allow alerts. Allowing alerts insures they will get an alert on their phone when teachers post things and reminders when things are due. This will also allow them to see all their due dates for all their classes that use google classroom and they can add due date for the classes that do not use the classroom. Ask your child to share their log in so you you can also see their calendars, you can add things for them like clean their room :-)

Lastly, if your child does not want to utilize any of the above they can very easily check their email by opening their chromebook and hitting the preloaded mail box on the bottom of their screen. An email is sent to a student every single time a teacher posts anything to the classroom. Also, by having their log in your can log in from anywhere and check their email as well.



Photo 1 documents are in Photography folder

Extend your learning!

Capture fall, use color film, 24 images (or more if you really get into it!!), get film developed anywhere...if you want to save $ only make prints of images you really want after negatives are developed. All prints (regular 4x6 or larger). If you are using film with an ISO different than 400 make sure you change it on your camera. Remember the rules of composition! Ideas...go to the Holden Arboretum or Penitentiary Glenn etc. FYI colors seem to change faster further away from the lake, so if doing this assignment in early October go to Leroy, later go closer to Mentor. I may pull out prints for you to make enlargement of for an art show, showcase, or even your portfolio. Call around for best prices on prints, Sams Club seems to have great deals. Check your calendar for the due date. If your grade is already awesome and you want to bank your points for the next nine weeks that is fine, just make sure you let me know which nine weeks to apply the points.
Extra Assignment

1 Go to the art museum with your parents and view the photography exhibits. There is one in the basement and one on the second floor off the contemporary gallery. Take a picture of yourself in front of your favorite piece, not a photo piece though, those cannot be photographed. Then pick your top 3 favorite photos and write a synopsis of each. Do not just copy the label.

2. Go to the zoo with your parents and take awesome photos. Get prints made of your favorites. Digital or Film.