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Understanding digital photography and digital images

Lesson Plan Published 11/11/13 Last updated on 6/8/17

Digital photography is fast, fun, and easy. One of the coolest things about digital photography is that you can see your picture right away. With just a few clicks of the mouse you can download, organize, edit, and share all of your digital photos. In this activity, students take photos and gather images from various sources, identifying elements of visual design that reflect good composition. Students also learn about scanned images, Camera RAW, video stills, and key digital image terminology.

File Updates:

  • Files updated on December 5, 2016 to the Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 (November 2016) release.
Age Levels
1-2 Hours
Custom Standards
ACA Photoshop 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.5
Creativity and Innovation, Technology Operations and Concepts
  • Digital cameras
  • Adobe Photoshop CC
CC License
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Kim Powell

Posted on 8/12/17 1:56:07 AM Permalink

​The How To Work with camera Raw handout is very helpful in explaining and showing what a raw file is in photography. I will use this in both my Graphic Design class and Photography class.

Fonacier Balatero , Jr.

Posted on 3/12/17 2:43:27 PM Permalink

​Great resources and this is very helpful teaching materials. Thank you very much.

janet robertson

Posted on 1/19/17 6:41:32 PM Permalink

​I am planning on using this along with the info from the Skill builder: Digital imaging class next year in my Photo Imaging classes. Thank you for all your assistance

Jodi Mahoney

Posted on 12/10/16 12:02:50 PM Permalink

Grateful for this resource! The vocabulary is especially helpful. Will use this for my 7th/8th Grade Photography class. Thank you!​

bhoovneshwar dhrobra

Posted on 12/8/16 10:12:41 PM Permalink

Thanks , teaching material is very much helpful.​

Anthony Skip Basiel

Posted on 12/8/16 8:36:45 AM Permalink

​Thanks for these great resources!

Beth Russ

Posted on 12/7/16 9:35:08 PM Permalink

​Thank you! Great resource!

Adobe Education

Posted on 12/6/16 12:24:12 PM Permalink

​We recently updated our files to the Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 (November 2016) release. We've also added links to image assets used in the project.

​The AEE Team


Posted on 9/20/16 1:22:02 AM Permalink

​Thank you for this resource.

Michelle Cox

Posted on 9/12/16 11:59:48 PM Permalink

​Thanks for posting!

Judy Durkin

Posted on 8/31/16 2:03:56 AM Permalink

Thank you, Adobe.

David Pease

Posted on 5/18/16 3:11:08 PM Permalink

Some of this information is shallow or inaccurate and dated.

Adobe Education

Posted on 5/18/16 5:32:08 PM Permalink

HI David,

Thanks for your feedback. Can you give us some more details as to what you find shallow and what is inaccurate or outdated? We're currently in the process of beginning to update these resources so any and all specific feedback we get can help us with our updates moving forward.

The AEE Team

sailendran rajagopal

Posted on 4/9/16 8:39:35 AM Permalink

Great resources by Adobe. Thank you very much.

Cindy O'Casey

Posted on 3/30/16 8:38:02 PM Permalink

great resources, thank you so much

Salheddine Boumaraf

Posted on 10/17/15 10:35:49 AM Permalink

Very good resources, thank's.

Malik Shaiq

Posted on 8/18/15 8:34:13 AM Permalink

Excellent notes thanks

Ahmed Belal

Posted on 7/23/15 12:28:56 AM Permalink

Thanks a lot , hope to have more and more , Ahmed Belal, PhD

Lesley Murphy

Posted on 7/16/15 4:06:39 PM Permalink

This is a great resource!

camilo arango

Posted on 1/28/15 3:02:36 PM Permalink

Una gran página exeleten ayuda

Justine Criswell

Posted on 1/1/15 6:43:40 AM Permalink

Great activities page. Need to use this in my Intro to Digital Photoshop Enrichment Class.

Cyndi Scheib

Posted on 11/13/13 2:33:17 PM Permalink

Thank you. The resources downloaded this time.