Showing off Your Photos

With photography, there are many different subjects you can take pictures of.  Along with the vast amount of subjects, the amount of apertures, shutter speeds, f-stops, and focus manipulations are endless. Requirement 5 of the Photography Merit Badge gives you to opportunity to show off your work.

Req. 5 - Photograph THREE of the folowing, then share your work with your counselor.
  • Close-up of a person
  • Two to three people interacting
  • Action shot
  • Animal shot
  • Nature shot
  • Picture of a person - candid, posed, or camera aware

The following are a few pictures that I took over the weekend on our last hike.  One of my favorite times to shoot pictures is right when the sun starts to fade under the horizon and starts to bend the light into a bright golden hue allowing me to work more with the contrast of the image.

Bear Elective 11 - Photography

  1. Practice holding a camera still in one position. Learn to push the shutter button without moving the camera. Do this without film in the camera until you have learned how. Look through the viewfinder and see what your picture will look like. Make sure that everything you want in your picture is in the frame of your viewfinder.
  2. Take five pictures of the same subject in different kinds of light.
    1. Subject in direct sun with direct light.
    2. Subject in direct sun with side light.
    3. Subject in direct sun with back light.
    4. Subject in shade on a sunny day.
    5. Subject on a cloudy day.
  3. Put your pictures to use.
    1. Mount a picture on cardboard for display.
    2. Mount on cardboard and give it to a friend.
    3. Make three pictures that show how something happened (tell a story) and write a one sentence explanation for each.
  4. Take a picture in your house.
    1. With available light.
    2. Using a flash attachment or photoflood (bright light).

Cub Scout Academic Pin - Photography

Earn the Photography belt loop and complete five of the following requirements:
  1. Using pictures, explain what photography is and how it relates to light and picture-taking.
  2. Look at a book of published photos about a subject that interests you. Find out what makes these photos remarkable and why people want to look at these pictures. Learn whether the photographer used light or angles to make the photos interesting. Discuss what you learned with an adult.
  3. Explain to an adult what “red eye” is and why it can happen in a picture. Show examples.
  4. Make a short video of a friend, family member, or pet, and show it to your den or family.
  5. With an adult’s help, use a photo-editing software feature to crop, lighten or darken, and change a photo.
  6. Make a creative project using at least one photo.
  7. Take three pictures of the same scene using different lens settings. Show these pictures to your den or family.
  8. Visit an art exhibit that features photography. Write a list of some of the things you saw and felt during your visit.
  9. Demonstrate how to use a light meter and manually set the aperture (lens opening) on a camera.
  10. Print and develop a picture from a film negative.

Cub Scout Academic Belt Loop - Photography

  1. Point out the major features of a camera to your den or family and explain the function of each part. Parts could include film, lens, shutter, power on and off, zoom, battery, flash, display panel, case, settings, etc.
  2. Discuss with your den leader or adult partner, the benefits and contributions photography makes to modern life. Report what you learned to your den or family.
  3. Using a camera, take at least 10 pictures of your family, pet, or scenery; show these to your den.

Photography Merit Badge

  1. Explain how the following elements and terms affect the quality of a picture:
    1. Light—natural light/ambient, flash
    2. Exposure—aperture (f-stops), shutter speed, depth of field
    3. Composition—rule of thirds, leading lines, framing, depth
    4. Angle of view
    5. Stopping action
  2. Explain the basic parts and operation of a film camera or digital camera. Explain how an exposure is made when you take a picture.
  3. Discuss with your counselor the differences between a film camera and a digital camera. List at least five advantages and five disadvantages of using a digital camera versus using a film camera.
  4. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Produce a picture story using the photojournalistic technique of documenting an event. Share your plan with your counselor and get your counselor's input and approval before you proceed. Then, using either a film camera or a digital camera, produce your approved picture story. Process your images and select eight to 12 images that best tell your story. Arrange your images in order, then mount the prints on a poster board. If you are using digital images, you may create a slide show on your computer or produce printouts for your poster board. Share your picture story with your counselor.
    2. Choose a topic that interests you to photograph for an exhibit or display. Get your counselor's approval, then photograph (digital or film) your topic. Process your images. Choose 20 of your favorite images and mount them on poster board. Share your display with your counselor. If you are using digital images, you may create a slide show on your computer or produce printouts for your poster board.
  5. Discuss with your counselor the career opportunities in photography. Pick one that interests you and explain how to prepare for such a career. Discuss with your counselor the education and training such a career would require.