This lesson follows the lesson introducing digital cameras to the students.

I put up a photo of a camera on our SMARTBoard to do this, but you can also use an overhead projector.
  • Review the main parts: On/off button, lens, viewfinder/LCD screen.
  • Point out other options on the mode dial: These will usually be "auto" for general picture-taking, close-up (depicted as a flower), landscape (mountain), portrait (silhouette of a person), and nighttime (stars). Some cameras also have video capability so this will be shown as well (I do not use this when I teach digital photography).
  • Flash button: Used to turn flash on when it does not come on automatically)--I do not use this with young students.
  • Ready light
  • Wide angle button: To capture more and make the photographer seem farther away from the subject.
  • Telephoto button: To "zoom" in on a subject.
  • Delete button (I make sure I let them know that once deleted, a photo cannot be retrieved)
  • Menu button
  • Arrows for reviewing or changing menu options
  • OK button
  • Review button
  • I also show where the batteries go, the USB cable connection, and the memory card slot.

After reviewing, I pair students (this works best when you have students who are good readers) and have them complete an activity naming the camera parts. The handout has a picture of a camera and a list of the parts. The students have to match the names to the correct spots on the camera.