“Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the
way you see them.”

Photography is about looking, learning, thinking and communicating ideas.

It inspires creative thinkers. Photography means ‘drawing with light’ and that is what photographers do when they take a picture.

Many photographers have explored various techniques to create images that make a personal statement about things that have interested or concerned them. The most exciting aspect of photography is that you are capturing the world as you see it.

Photography Roadmap

Subject content in Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 Photography is taught as part of at. You cover a lot of the key skills needed in for GCSE photography through years 7, 8 and 9 Art as additional tasks and photography homeworks. 

You will be required to research photographers and develop your own ideas. You will be taught how to experiment images, lighting and editing. Finally you will aim to improve the quality of your work and make a professional looking final pieces for display.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Photography

The world is visual. We spend lots of time looking at images, and it’s more convenient than it has ever been to take a photograph or a film. Modern culture is created through the sharing of images on places like Instagram, TikTok and YouTube, and we record our lives through the pictures we make. 

GCSE Photography is perfect for students who are fascinated by the world around them, those who are interested in society, their own identity, or who just have opinions they want to express. 

The technical aspects of Photography provide an exciting challenge, and students enjoy getting to grips with concepts such as shutter speeds, apertures, and depth of field.

Studying Photography at GCSE:

  • Promotes creativity and lateral thinking
  • Helps understand how to communicate visually
  • Makes you more technically aware
  • Encourages you to analyse images and question things more thoughtfully
  • Makes you more aware of your own culture and identity
  • Gives you the opportunity to consider interesting ideas and opinions
  • Develop creative and transferable skills

Photography Course Information

What will I learn? 

All GCSE Photography students have the opportunity to learn:  

  • About a variety of Photographic styles e.g:
    • Portraiture, landscape photography, still life photography 
    • Narrative & documentary photography, photo journalism, street photography;  
    • Fine Art photography, photographic installation, computer manipulated photography; 
    • Photography involving a moving image, (television, film and animation). 
  • How to use a camera, how to set it up, and what to look for  
  • To use Photographic software such as Photoshop  
  • Analyse images and contextual references
  • Develop and evaluate your ideas
  • Produce finished images for different purposes

How you can be supported by adults at home?

  • Be asked about projects and topics; discussing regularly what you are doing and the ideas you have.
  • Get them to look through your photographs.
  • Explain what has worked and what has not.
  • Tell them about your lessons. Use them as models in your work.
  • Ask them to remind you to take photos regularly with camera and phone trying different angles and compositions.  

Possible career options:

Commercial photographer • Fashion photographer • Filmmaker • Fine art photographer • Forensic photographer • Industrial photographer • Medical photographer • Nature photographer • Photographic illustrator • Photographic technician • Teacher • Photojournalist • Picture editor • Researcher • Social photographer • Sports photographer • Influencer • Graphic Designer  

The Creative Sector makes massive contributions to the UK economy through fine art, television, film & media; games development & technologies; as well as digital photography, video, and more.

Creative and transferable skills developed in photography are skills required by any employer no matter what you plan to do. 

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