Photography – SS1, SS2 & SS3 Curriculum; Scheme of Work; Assessment Tests

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ASSURE Educational Services has put-together the scheme of work on Photography  – SS1, SS2 and SS3 based on the National Curriculum and the syllabus of WAEC and NECO. All the topics highlighted in the National Curriculum and the syllabus of WAEC and NECO have been accommodated in our Scheme of Work.

End of term Assessment Tests in SS1, SS2 and SS3 alongside Overall Assessment Tests are available. Schools may adopt our scheme of work because of its simplicity and ease of monitoring of academic activities.

The Scheme of Work stated below is inexhaustible. Schools are encouraged to input weeks and periods of completion of topics in accordance with the academic calendar, number of students and available classes.

SS1 Photography – 1st Term Scheme of Work

Class Term Main Topics Contents
SS1 1st Term INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY (a) Meaning of photography
(b) Functions / uses of photography
(i) Record events
(ii) Visual communication e.g. advertising, journalism, scientific, artistic expression etc.
(c) Branches / Areas of Photography
• Fashion
• Advertising
• Photojournalism (Documentary, Photo-Essay etc.)
• Forensic
• Nature
• Underwater
• Sports
• Architectural
• Events (Wedding, Birthday etc.)
• Portraiture
• Still Life etc.
HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY (a) Origin of Camera and Photography
(b) Development of Photography in Nigeria
(c) Pioneers of Photography:(i) Europe & America – Nicephore Niepce, Louis Daguerre, Williams Fox Talbot, Edwin Land, George Eastman e.t.c.(ii) Nigeria – Jonathan Adagogo Green, Dotun
Okubanjo, J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, Sunmi Smart Cole, Philip Trimmnel, Peter Obe, Goerge Oshodi, Andrew Esiebo, Kelechi Amadi-obi, Akintunde Akinleye, George Dacosta. etc.

SS1 Photography – 2nd Term Scheme of Work

Class Term Main Topics Contents
• Develop
• Print
• Enlarge
• Focus
• Aperture (F – Number)
• Shutter Speed
• Perspective
• Image
• Intensity
• Light
• Composition. etc.
LIGHT IN PHOTOGRAPHY (a) Source of light
(i) Natural e.g. Sun and Moon.
(ii) Artificial e.g. Flash, Studio lighting.(b) Properties of light
(i) Absorption
(ii) Reflection
(iii) Transmission
(iv) Refraction
(v) Dispersion

SS1 Photography – 3rd Term Scheme of Work

Class Term Main Topics Contents
SS1 3rd Term THE CAMERA (a) Principles underlying the design of Camera (Pinhole Camera)

(i) Light tight – (insulation from unwanted light).
(ii) Light inlet – (opening for wanted light).
(iii) Viewing system.
(iv) Image formation.

(b) Basic Part of an SLR / 35mm Camera and their functions.

(c) Categories and Types of Camera.
(i) Categories – Analogue and Digital.
(ii) Types
• Compact
• Range Finder
• Single Lens Reflex (SLR) / 35mm
• Medium Format – Twin Lens and SLR
• Large Format Camera
• Instamatic

(d) Lenses
(i) Principles of Lenses: Refraction, Reflection, Dispersion, Diffraction.
(ii) Difference between Concave (negative) and Convex (positive) lenses.
(iii) Focal length (normal, short and long).
(iv) Relationship between lens and apertures.
(v) Types of Camera lenses – Normal / Standard, Wide angle, Telephoto and Zoom.
(vi) Uses of Camera lenses.

(e) Maintenance of Camera
• Keep away from dirt and oil
• Protect lens from dust
• Use of Camera strap
• Careful handling etc.

SS2 Photography – 1st Term Scheme of Work

Class Term Main Topics Contents
SS2 1st Term FILM (a) The nature of film – Light Sensitive and Chemical Composition.

(b) Types and Format
(i) Types
• Black and White
• Colour
(ii) Format
• 110
• 35mm
• 120 / 220
• Sheet film

(c) Film Speed (ISO)
• Meaning
• Examples – ASA 32 – 125 (Slow Speed)
ASA 40 – 200 (Medium Speed)
ASA 400 and above (Fast Speed)

TAKING OF PHOTOGRAPHS (1) Processes involved

(a) Preparation
• Loading film
• Setting the camera
• Prepare Subject
• Set up lighting Equipment (Studio)
• Study outdoor weather Condition (Outdoor)
• Setting appropriate aperture / shutter combination
(b) Taking Photograph
• Handling the camera
• composing
• Focusing
• Shooting

(2) Composition

(a) Meaning
(b) Elements of Composition
(Line, Shape, Space, colour, angle, centre of interest, background, closeness, form, texture etc.)

SS2 Photography – 2nd Term Scheme of Work

Class Term Main Topics Contents
SS2 2nd Term THE DARK ROOM / FILM DEVELOPMENT (a) Layout and Requirements
(i) Layout – dry and wet areas
(ii) Requirements
• Light tights
• Good ventilation (Air conditioner)
• Water
• Waste outlet
• Flat working surfaces(b) Tools and Equipment
• Measures
• Containers
• Funnels
• Thermometers
• Timers
• Developing Tanks
• Safe Light
• Enlarger
• Dryer
• Developing Trays / Dishes
• Spiral Spool
• Light Box etc.(c) Chemicals – Developer, Fixers, Stop bath

(d) Film Development Processes
(i) Dilution of developer
(ii) Loading of the film into the tank or see-saw method
(iii) Pouring and timing the action of developer in the tank
(iv) Rinsing with water / Stop bath
(v) Fixing of film
(vi) Pouring out of Fixer and rinsing with water / Stop bath
(vii) Drying of negative

(e) Safety Measures
• Apron / Lab Coat
• Rubber Gloves
• Avoid sudden movement
• First aid (for chemical burns)
• Proper Storage of Chemical

PRINTING OF PHOTOGRAPHS (a) Materials and Equipment
• Enlarger
• Safe light
• Printing Paper
• Printing Frame
• Developer and Fixer
• Developing Trays / Dishes
• Dryer
• Guillotine / Trimmer(b) Printing Process
(i) Dilution of developer and fixer
(ii) Printing of Photograph (using enlarger)
(iii) Production of Contact Print
(iv) Selection of exposure for printing
(v) Exposure on paper
(vi) Developing
(vii) Rinsing with water or Stop bath
(viii) Fixing
(ix) Rinsing with water or Stop bath(c) Drying and Storage of Photographs
(i) Methods of Drying
• Dryer
• Open air
(ii) Methods of Storing
Negatives – Printing Paper Pack and Cellophane Jackets
Photographs – Photo Albums and Mounting on Photo Frame
Chemicals – Jerry Can (preferably black)

SS2 Photography – 3rd Term Scheme of Work

Class Term Main Topics Contents
SS2 3rd Term DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (a) Differences and similarities between traditional (analogue) and digital photography.

(b) The development of digital photography.

(c) Equipment for Digital Photography
(i) Digital Camera
(ii) Computer
(iii) Printer

(d) Software for Digital Photography
• Adobe Photoshop
• PhotoEditor
• Photopaint
• Fireworks
• Picasa etc.

(e) Input / Output Methods and Devices
(i) Input Devices
• Scanner
• Digital Camera
• Compact Disc
• Flash Drive
• Zip.
(ii) Output Devices
• Printer
• Computer monitor
• Internet

• Mounting and framing.
• Space acquisition
• Publicity
• Display of photograph


SS3 Photography – 1st & 2nd Term Scheme of Work – Practicals/Revision


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