The photography program gives students an avenue for expressing their passions, interests and issues of concern. Technical mastery and strength of idea is developed hand-in-hand.
The quality of work made by RPCS photography students has been recognized at the local, regional and national level in exhibitions and competitions like the MD Congressional Arts competition, Drexel University’s High School Photography competition, the Scholastic Art Awards and Young Arts.
The photography program in the Upper School includes introductory through AP courses. Camera based projects introduce students to skills and ideas which are reinforced by work in a visual journal, field trips to galleries and museums, and visits from professional artists. Photo 1 provides a foundation in film and darkroom work. This traditional approach gives the student a firm grasp of technique and a deep understanding of concepts with corollaries in digital photography. In Photo 2, students begin work with digital cameras and are introduced to editing in Camera RAW and Photoshop. Students hone their technical abilities while developing their ideas and self-expression. Photo 3-5 allow students to experiment with alternative processes like photograms, silk-screening, toy cameras, film alteration and projects of the student’s choice while developing a portfolio that shows a growing personal aesthetic. The photography program is capped in the senior year with AP Photo, a course in which the students complete a portfolio that allows them to earn college credits.