Photography Merit Badge
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Photography Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Photography Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here .   If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
Other Photography MERIT BADGE PAGES
Photography Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Photography Merit Badge Workbook
Photography Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Photography Merit Badge Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Photography Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Your camera

5. our Current Cyber Chip Card (if you have one)

6. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

7. A positive Scouting focus and attitude


1. Safety. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while working with photography and what you should do to anticipate, mitigate, prevent, and respond to these hazards. Explain how you would prepare for exposure to environmental situations such as weather, sun, and water.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss, demonstrate, explain, and show as necessary their first aid knowledge and proficiency as it applies to this merit badge.

b. Show your counselor your current, up-to-date Cyber Chip.

Earn the Cyber Chip: Earning the Cyber Chip can help you learn how to stay safe while you are online and using social networks or the latest electronic gadgets. Topics include cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, cyberbullying, and identity theft. Find out more about the Cyber Chip at

It is strongly recommended and encouraged that Scouts complete their Cyber Chip requirements (age appropriate) ahead of time and bring their current / recharged Cyber Chip proof with them to class. It is not acceptable to just say you have your Cyber Chip, you must bing proof.  Some counselors may choose to integrate this requirement into the instruction at the class, but Scouts will find having it done ahead of time is best. If time allows, the counselor MAY offer the chance to complete parts of the Cyber Chip at the end of the class, this of course is at the discretion of the counselor.


2. Explain how the following elements and terms can affect the quality of a picture:

a. Light - natural light (ambient/existing), low light (such as at night), and artificial light (such as from a flash)

b. Exposure - aperture (f-stops), shutter speed, ISO

c. Depth of field

d. Composition - rule of thirds, leading lines, framing, depth

e. Angle of view

f. Stop action and blur motion

g. Decisive moment (action or expression captured by the photographer)

Scouts should review these terms and how they affect the quality of a picture and bring any notes or reference material to aid them in their explanation of each during the class.


3. Explain the basic parts and operation of a camera. Explain how an exposure is made when you take a picture.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to explain. It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for explanation of these items.


4. Do TWO of the following, then share your work with your counselor.

a. Photograph one subject from two different angles or perspectives.

b. Photograph one subject from two different light sources - artificial and natural.

c. Photograph one subject with two different depth of fields.

d. Photograph one subject with two different compositional techniques.

Scouts should bring their photography work for this requirement to the class to share for completion of this requirement.


5. Photograph THREE of the following, then share your work with your counselor.

a. Close-up of a person

b. Two to three people interacting

c. Action shot

d. Animal shot

e. Nature shot

f. Picture of a person - candid, posed, or camera aware

Scouts should bring their photography work for this requirement to the class to share for completion of this requirement.


6. Describe how software allows you to enhance your photograph after it is taken. Select a photo you have taken, then do ONE of the following, and share what you have done with your counselor.

Scouts should be repared to describe how photo editing software works and the basic processes of modifying electronic photos.  Scouts should note which software application they utilized and some of the reasons why they chose that application. Participation in the class discussion with a working knowledge is the minimal expectation for this requirement component.

a. Crop your photograph.

b. Adjust the exposure or make a color correction.

c. Show another way you could improve your picture for impact.

Scouts should bring with them their original photo and their modified photo to share with the counselor for the selected requirement component. Scouts should be prepared to describe how they accomplished the modification in the selected software application as well.


7. Using images other than those created for requirements 4, 5 or 6, produce a visual story to document an event to photograph OR choose a topic that interests you to photograph. Do the following:

a. Plan the images you need to photograph for your photo story.

Scouts should come to the class having completed this component of Requirement 7.  While a later component says to select 8 to 12 photos, Scouts should have many more than the required number of photos to be able to fully and properly complete the reaminaing components at the class.  Photos may be in electronic or printed format.

b. Share your plan with your counselor, and get your counselor's input and approval before you proceed.

Only Scouts who attend the class with the required photos for requirement component 7a ready will have the opportunity to complete this requirement component. Scouts NOT having prepared MAY have a chance, but can not be guaranteed.

c. Select eight to 12 images that best tell your story. Arrange your images in order and mount the prints on a poster board, OR create an electronic presentation. Share your visual story with your counselor.

Scouts should come to the class with their mounting materials or electronic photo management application ready and able to make modifications and assembly of this requirement once the counselor has approved Requirement components 7a and 7b.  Class time will be provided to complete this requirement for those that need additional time.  Be preapred.


8. Identify three career opportunities in photography. Pick one and explain to your counselor how to prepare for such a career. Discuss what education and training are required, and why this profession might interest you.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss. It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of these items.

this page last reviewed / updated: November 2018