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Photography - In-Person Class Notes

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

Your Scout uniform is required to be worn when attending this merit badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners (Scoutmater Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will ensure 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. Completion of any merit badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements.

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! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Things to remember to bring for this merit badge class:

  • Merit badge blue card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster
  • Photography Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the Photography merit badge, which may also include a merit badge workbook for reference with notes
  • A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Please read and understand the Scoutmaster Bucky Blue Card Process.

Photography - Online Class Notes

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class to ensure your connection to the online session is working properly. Ask people in your household to refrain from unnecessary internet usage, including but not limited to: streaming videos, online gaming, and other heavy bandwidth usage.

You will receive a link 12 to 24 hours before the class start time. Notification will come through the email address provided during the registration process, so please make sure you enter your email correctly.

Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn when attending this Online Merit Badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com 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 online 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 American Business 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. 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 for taking notes to help you prepare.

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! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Photography Merit Badge
Current Scouts BSA Requirements
as of May 17, 2022

Please make sure you read the top portion of this page for general participation expectations in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge class.

Pay careful attention to the action verbs within the requirements. An example to note:

"Tell", "explain", "describe", and "discuss" are commonly used and will require the Scout to perform these actions during the class. When these action verbs are a part of any requirement, Scouts are expected to be prepared to share. Reading responses is not acceptable since it does not fulfill the requirement of showing the Scout's knowledge and understanding.

1.
Safety. Do the following:
a.
Show your counselor your current [Cyber Chip](/other-awards/cyber-chip/).
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 bring 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
b.
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
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 depths of field.
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 prepared 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, and 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 remaining 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 cannot 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 prepared
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