Photography 12

Curricular Competencies

Explore and create

  • Create photographic works using sensory inspiration, imagination, and inquiry
  • Examine a range of photographic possibilities and cross-cultural perspectives
  • Take creative risks to express meaning, intent, and emotion through photography
  • Intentionally select and combine materials, processes, and image-making technologies to convey ideas and justify choices
  • Create innovative photographic images for a specific audience
  • Refine photographic skills and techniques related to various styles and genres
  • Demonstrate innovation in creating photographic images and resolving creative challenges

Reason and reflect

  • Recognize and engage in the reciprocal process of a critique
  • Interpret and evaluate, using discipline-specific language, how photographers use materials, technologies, processes, and environments in art making
  • Analyze and apply design choices in photography
  • Reflect on personal answers to aesthetic questions

Communicate and document

  • Document, share, and appreciate photographic images in a variety of contexts
  • Demonstrate respect for self, others, and place through photography
  • Investigate ways to respond to social and environmental issues through photography

Connect and expand

  • Create photographs that reflect personal, cultural, social, environmental, and historical contexts
  • Explore First Peoples perspectives, knowledge, and protocols; other ways of knowing, and local cultural knowledge through photography
  • Examine the reciprocal relationships between photography, culture, and society
  • Evaluate personal, educational, and professional opportunities in photography and related fields
  • Engage in digital citizenship throughout the photographic process
  • Connect with others on a local, national, and global scale through photography
  • Demonstrate safe and responsible use of materials equipment, and work space

MediaSmarts Resources



  • elements of visual art
  • principles of composition
  • image development strategies in photography
  • photographic materials, techniques, processes, and imagemaking technologies, used in one or more types of photography:
    • digital photography
    • darkroom photography
    • alternative photographic processes
  • photographic chemistry (for film) or alternative chemical processes
  • creative processes
  • behaviours of light
  • principles of light
  • ways of sensing light:
    • optical instruments
    • parts and functions of cameras
      and accessories
  • roles of and relationships between photographer and viewer
  • symbols and metaphors in photography
  • influences of visual culture in social
    and other media
  • innovative photographers from various historical, social, and cultural contexts
  • history of photography
  • traditional and contemporary First Peoples worldviews, stories, and history, as expressed through photography
  • moral rights, and the ethics of cultural appropriation and plagiarism

MediaSmarts Resources