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Media Design: Let Students express through Images

In the 21st century, we can’t imagine how we would record memories without using cameras. Whether you save a picture of a cute puppy or capture moments with your family- a camera is essential. With the growing popularity of DSLR technology, recording memories in its purest form have become more advanced than ever.

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Digital photography has grown to become more than just clicking photos through a camera. It’s become an essential form of art involving sophisticated tools and techniques.

Photography is now required across industries like advertising, journalism, fashion or even in medicine. The scope for photography as a career option in the digital age has increased drastically.

Teaching digital photography is about allowing and encouraging students to explore, discover, create, and understand their own work and the works of others through a variety of processes and personal discoveries. This empowers students to take risks in their art making.

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It’s important to incorporate digital photography as part of the course curriculum. However, most schools don’t even teach the basics of digital photography. There are many resources available online to help students learn photography techniques and have access to the latest tools.

There are many advantages of teaching digital photography in schools as discussed below:

• Photography can be enjoyed by all children and enhances their creative aptitude.

• It increases observation and analytical skills in students.

• Photography as a tool is required in daily life and students can learn how to use mobile and digital cameras more effectively.

• Knowledge of photography can complement learning of other subjects. For example, history students can explore the impact of an image of Churchill and physics students can use real pinhole cameras to apply pinhole theory.

• Teaching basics of photography don’t require expensive equipment.