Photography Badge

(Discover Art)

Written by: Sophia Sepulveda Age 10 Troop #112, Waxhaw, NC


Higher Level Requirements may be used as optional requirements, if appropriate.


Penguins: Do 3 requirements including the one starred.

_____ 1.* Learn what a photograph is.  What can you use to take a photograph?  (Cameras, smart-phones, etc).    Learn how to take a photograph and with parental permission take a photograph.


Otters: Do 4 requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.* Do Penguin #1.  Find out the name of the parts of the camera you are using. Either draw a picture and label it with those parts and their description, or make a list of those parts with their description.

_____ 2. * Describe the elements of a good photograph.


Dolphins: Do 5 requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1. * Do Otter requirements #1 and #2

_____ 2. * Take a picture of your choice from several different angles such as “Bird's eye view” and “Worm's eye view”. Make a collage or other presentation out of these photos either digitally or printed.


Butterflies: Do 6 requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1. * Do Dolphin requirements #1 and #2

_____ 2. * Name computer software that can enhance photographs. How does this software work to make changes and what are those changes? If possible, experiment with photo software.


Eagles: Do 7 requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1. * Do Butterfly requirements #1 and #2.

_____ 2. * Define the following as it relates to photography: aperture, brightness, composition, contrast, crop, dpi (dots per square inch), exposure, filters, flash, focal exposure, focus, ISO speed, metering, negative space, pixel, red eye, shutter, shutter speed, tripod, zoom


Owls: Do 9 requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1. * Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2. * Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.


Optional Requirements:

_____ 3. Describe how to hold a camera and how to position it and yourself for different types of pictures such as close-ups, landscapes and portraits.

_____4. Choose a photo you took that you are not satisfied with and describe how it could be improved upon. Retake the picture with your proposed improvements.

_____ 5. How do you take a self-portrait? Try to take several under different conditions (including lighting, using a timer vs. holding it in front of you, night vs. day etc.)

_____ 6. Find out the history of the camera. Make a poster showing the changes made to the camera over the years.  Who invented the camera? When did color photos emerge? Write a report on the topic and make a poster showing the changes made to the camera over the years.

_____7. Visit a museum or art gallery and view a photography exhibit. Choose your favorite and learn about the artist and their work.

_____ 8. Explain how a camera works. Make a poster to show the steps in which the camera can capture an

_____ 9. Take one of each of the following types of pictures. Display these pictures for your troop or family.

1.        Landscape

2.        Portrait

3.        Group photo

4.        Action shot

5.        Candid photo

_____ 10. Explain the differences between indoor and outdoor photography. Make a poster to compare the two.

_____ 11. Take several portraits of someone or something special to you. Describe what makes a good portrait. Take some close-up and others further away. Frame one and give it as a gift.

_____ 12. Read a book on photography and practice the suggestions given.  What did you learn about photography?  Be able to explain what you learned either verbally, or through a written paragraph.  Include the photos you took that reflect the things you learned.

_____ 13. Describe what a still-life picture is. Take a “mystery picture” by choosing objects that belong to a special person and have other people guess who it is.

_____ 14. Take some action shots in a series. Make a display or presentation to give as a gift.  Paste them next to each other and write a small story related to it.

_____ 15. Describe a candid photograph. Take several of them. What is the difference between a candid photograph and other photographs?  Get permission to take candid shots of someone who is celebrating a special occasion (happy or sad) and their family.  Make a small scrapbook with these pictures and present it to the family.

_____ 16. Make a puzzle. Choose a picture with a lot of things in it to make the puzzle more fun. Paste the picture, face up, onto a thin piece of cardboard slightly larger than the picture. Place the picture under a few books for several hours or overnight so it will dry flat. Trim the cardboard to picture size. On the cardboard side draw lines to look like puzzle pieces. Cut out carefully.

_____ 17. Choose a famous photographer.  Write a report on that person.

_____ 18. Enter a public photography competition.

_____ 19. Shadow someone in the photography business for a day. Write down what you learned and share that with your family or troop. Prepare yourself with questions to ask and bring a notebook to take notes. Oh, and don't forget your camera!