SAVA CTE Design, Visual, & Media Arts Pathway

Sacramento High School Photography

Photo 1

This Sacramento CTE Arts, Media & Entertainment Pathway photography course is designed for students with little or no photography background. First semester instruction covers all aspects of black and white photography, digital enhancements, including an introduction to the use and proper handling of a DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) camera, light reading as a creative tool. Creative and technical instruction will be presented through lectures, study of the great masters of photography along with the history of photography, in class critiques, as well as through individual discussions with the teacher.

Photo 2

Students will learn about various aspects of photography such as: digital enhancement using the latest version of Adobe Lightroom, High Dynamic Range (HDR), architecture, urban landscapes, landscapes, and animal photography. This advanced class also travels to the Sacramento Zoo and various locations in San Francisco. Photo 2 students also take part in portrait sessions throughout the school year. Photo 1 is required for this course. This course is articulated with a local Community College.

Sacramento CTE Photography II


Photo 3

This course will consist of capturing images of school and district related events throughout the semester. Students will learn how to communicate with clients, schedule photography sessions, photograph various styles of events, edit the events, and submit the images to the clients. Students are expected to be able to shoot at a moments notice while applying all the skills learned in Photo 1 and Photo 2. Expectation of the students is to act and conduct themselves as if they were professional photographers. Communication skills, photography skills, professional appearance, responsibility, and accountability are key components of this course. Photo 1 and 2 are required for this course.

Digital Video Production

Students learn basic video capture and editing. Students will capture video with equipment from Gopro cameras and drones. Editing will be done with industry software. Student will learn iMovie, Premiere, and After Effects. They will work on projects highlighting activities at SAVA throughout the year and have the opportunity to create marketing videos for our school. Student will also learn how to create and market through the use of YouTube.

In The Field

Sacramento CTE Media and Design Arts Pathway

The Sacramento CTE Arts, Media & Entertainment Pathway will train and give students the ability to grow in their technical skills, creativity, composition, computer/digital imaging, and some alternative processes. Control of photo equipment and techniques, experimentation, problem solving, and portfolio development are critical to this pathway.

During the course of photography 1 & 2  students have the opportunity to enter local and national photo contests. These contests offer our students the opportunity to compare their work with those in the area and nationwide. One of our former photography students, Anahi Rodriguez, won a contest sponsored by California State University Sacramento during the Spring of 2014. Students also participate in a variety of fieldtrips that will take them in and out of Sacramento giving students the opportunity to practice their skills in different settings, lighting and utilizing different methods.

Our Sacramento CTE Arts, Media & Entertainment Pathway photography students also partake in a Service Learning project in the Spring for Senior Portraits. With this project the photography students give our students the opportunity to have their senior portraits taken for free.

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High School Charter Sacramento PhotographyName: Derek Novaes

Location: SAVA; All Sites

Subjects Taught: Photography

Education: BS in Physical Education, Physical Education and Arts, Media and Entertainment Credentials from San Joaquin County of Educators

About Me: I am happily married to my elementary school sweetheart, Melissa. I have two incredible children; Brady and my daughter Drew. I hold dual citizenship, US and Brazil. I am a US Navy Veteran. I taught Elementary Physical Education for 5 years, spent 3.5 years as a stay-at-home Dad and I have been at SAVA since January of 2008.

Interests: Other than spending time with my family, my passions include racing my bicycle all over California. I also run my own photography business. I also love to travel and once I pick up an autobiography I cannot put it down. I love sports too – soccer, football, cycling and Formula 1 Racing.