Michele Peterson

Welcome to Photography

How to Use This Course’s Photography course is taught through text-based lessons and original photography. Topics covered are the functions of the camera, composition and elements of design, stretching your skills, and more. This course is best taken in the order it is presented to develop your skills in a way that builds on skills previously acquired. If all 30 weeks of this course are taken and assignments completed, the student has earned one-half credit toward their high school transcript. As always, please be aware of your own state’s academic standards. Upon completion of the course, students can continue to stretch their skills by joining Michele for weekly photography challenges.

Course Details

Course Introduction

Welcome to photography! Are you ready to move beyond snapshots?

This class is for anyone with any camera, and for all levels of experience. We’ll start out covering the basics of how to use your camera and, also, how to creatively capture the moments of life that God has placed before us. There will be an assignment that corresponds to each lesson, various projects that will help you to grow as a photographer, and a gallery in which you can share your photos with the rest of the class.

We’ll progress through thirty lessons and stretch your abilities. We’ll learn about food photography, portraits, landscape photography, and so much more. Even if you already have a good understanding of your camera and photography, I hope that you will join us each week, to keep practicing and improving your skills, and to learn how to use your talents to bless others.


Text-based lessons, Michele Peterson’s original photography, and a Student Photo Gallery


30 weekly lessons plus weekly photography challenges to take your photography further


Elementary-high school

Course Outline

  • Week One: Introduction to Photography
  • Week Two: Aperture
  • Week Three: Shutter Speed
  • Week Four: ISO
  • Week Five: Manual Mode
  • Week Six: Back to Basics
  • Week Seven: Creative Composition
  • Week Eight: Be Ye Thankful
  • Week Nine: White Balance
  • Week Ten: Projects
  • Week Eleven: Lens Length
  • Week Twelve: Elements of Design—Color
  • Week Thirteen: Elements of Design—Line
  • Week Fourteen: Elements of Design—Patterns and Texture
  • Week Fifteen: Days of Creation—Light Direction and Flash
  • Week Sixteen: Days of Creation—The Sky
  • Week Seventeen: Days of Creation—Landscapes
  • Week Eighteen: Days of Creation—Sun, Moon, and Stars/Exposure Compensation
  • Week Nineteen: Days of Creation—Birds and Fish
  • Week Twenty: Days of Creation—Animals
  • Week Twenty-One: Days of Creation—People
  • Week Twenty-Two: Editing
  • Week Twenty-Three: Food Photography
  • Week Twenty-Four: Walking Around Photography
  • Week Twenty-Five: Close-Up Photography
  • Week Twenty-Six: Themes in Photography
  • Week Twenty-Seven: Metering Modes and Picture Styles
  • Week Twenty-Eight: Stretching Your Mind
  • Week Twenty-Nine: Blessing Others
  • Week Thirty: The Final Project

Transcript Information

This course is best taken as a one-half credit course. This is aligned with the HSLDA-based recommendation, for an elective class, to log 120 hours for a full credit, 60 for a half-credit. This course is geared to about 60 hours of work if all 30 weeks of lessons are taken and assignments are completed.

Suggested projects are optional, unless families choose to replace an assignment with a project, for any given lesson. Otherwise, you are free to pick and choose as many projects as you would like to complete the course.

– Michele Peterson

*Please be informed of your state’s academic requirements.

For transcript help, go to

Download a Preview

View a sample of the Photography class.

Course Completion Certificates

Go to the Photography Lessons.

An instant download of all Photography lessons is available. See the top of the lesson page for details. 

To submit your photographs for consideration for inclusion in the Student Photo Gallery, please email Michele Peterson at

When you’re ready, come join me for a weekly Photography Challenge!

Go to the student photo gallery.

M PetersonMichele Peterson is a not-for-profit photographer who specializes in capturing the moment, preserving memories, and striving to bless others through pictures. What started out as an interest in learning how to take a better picture turned into a passion to get as much knowledge of photography as possible. This led to a position on the high school newspaper as a photographer, what Michele still calls “my all-time favorite class.”

After high school, while pursuing a degree in nursing, photography continued as a hobby, growing into a daily part of her life. A few years back, Michele began entering contests, and has won a number of awards. She continues to be a student of the art through various classes. Michele teaches her own children, enjoys learning from others in shared settings, and enjoys sharing her experiences. She desires to spark an interest in others to perhaps take up photography as a lifelong interest as