Profession photography teacher

Photography teachers instruct students in the various techniques and styles of photography, such as (group) portrait, nature, travel, macro, underwater, black and white, panoramic, motion, etc. They provide students with a notion of photography history, but mainly focus on a practice-based approach in their courses, in which they assist students in experimenting with and mastering different photography techniques and encourage them to develop their own style. Photography teachers monitor students' progress and set up exhibitions to show of students' work to the public.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Artistic
  • Social / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Photographic processing techniques

    The different techniques to develop photographic film such as chromogenic positive, Kodachrome and autotype.

  • Photographic lenses

    The types of lenses used for photographic purposes, such as telephoto lenses, with a larger focal length and shallower angles of refraction for a magnified view, and landscape lenses, with a shorter focal length and sharper angles of refraction for a wider view.

  • Lighting techniques

    The characteristics of techniques used to create atmospheres and effects on camera or on stage; the equipment required and appropriate setup to use.

Skills

  • Assess students

    Evaluate the students' (academic) progress, achievements, course knowledge and skills through assignments, tests, and examinations. Diagnose their needs and track their progress, strengths, and weaknesses. Formulate a summative statement of the goals the student achieved.

  • Apply teaching strategies

    Employ various approaches, learning styles, and channels to instruct students, such as communicating content in terms they can understand, organising talking points for clarity, and repeating arguments when necessary. Use a wide range of teaching devices and methodologies appropriate to the class content, the learners' level, goals, and priorities.

  • Give constructive feedback

    Provide founded feedback through both criticism and praise in a respectful, clear, and consistent manner. Highlight achievements as well as mistakes and set up methods of formative assessment to evaluate work.

  • Encourage students to acknowledge their achievements

    Stimulate students to appreciate their own achievements and actions to nurture confidence and educational growth.

  • Observe student's progress

    Follow up on students’ learning progress and assess their achievements and needs.

  • Assist students with equipment

    Provide assistance to students when working with (technical) equipment used in practice-based lessons and solve operational problems when necessary.

  • Manage student relationships

    Manage the relations between students and between student and teacher. Act as a just authority and create an environment of trust and stability.

  • Prepare lesson content

    Prepare content to be taught in class in accordance with curriculum objectives by drafting exercises, researching up-to-date examples etc.

  • Select photographic equipment

    Select appropriate photographic equipment and background properties, and adapt it according to subjects, materials, and conditions.

  • Determine image composition

    Determine image composition, select and adjust subjects, equipment and lighting to achieve desired effects.

  • Adapt teaching to student's capabilities

    Identify the learning struggles and successes of students. Select teaching and learning strategies that support students’ individual learning needs and goals.

  • Assist students in their learning

    Support and coach students in their work, give learners practical support and encouragement.

  • Set up photographic equipment

    Choose the position and orientation of your camera to capture the scene. Strive to be ready to capture the moment as it occurs.

  • Guarantee students' safety

    Ensure all students falling under an instructor or other person’s supervision are safe and accounted for. Follow safety precautions in the learning situation.

  • Develop a coaching style

    Develop a style for coaching individuals or groups that ensures all participants are at ease, and are able to acquire the necessary skills and competences provided in the coaching in a positive and productive manner.

  • Perform classroom management

    Maintain discipline and engage students during instruction.

  • Maintain photographic equipment

    Execute maintenance tasks to keep photographic equipment functioning properly.

  • Select photos

    Review sets of images, make a selection of the best work.

  • Demonstrate when teaching

    Present to others examples of your experience, skills, and competences that are appropriate to specific learning content to help students in their learning.

  • Consult students on learning content

    Take students' opinions and preferences into consideration when determining learning content.

Optional knowledge and skills

develop film curriculum objectives manage resources for educational purposes facilitate teamwork between students commercial photography create digital images use photographic equipment keep personal administration develop curriculum create artificial light select auxiliary equipment for photographic work provide lesson materials test photographic equipment measure light levels manage budgets edit negatives edit photographs assessment processes rinse photographic film develop educational activities set up photographic exhibitions