Introduction to Photography: Week 1- Introduction to Photography Lesson Plan by ChatGPT

Introduction to Photography: Week 1- Introduction to Photography Lesson Plan by ChatGPT


Photography is the passion that guides my life.  I am a self-taught photographer, and I have been using Nikon DSLRs and Mirrorless camera since 2008. I’ve taught myself the art of photography by reading books, taking online courses, watching YouTube videos, and years upon years of practice.

I wanted to up my photography game, but I didn’t have the time or money to head back to school. Instead I asked ChatGPT to create a course plan for a self-directed AI “degree” in photography. 

The results were amazingly detailed, so I decided to dive in, follow the AI-generated lesson plans and document my progress on my blog

My name is Lauren McDonagh-Pereira. I am a photographerartist, art collector, and web3 blogger. I am passionate in emerging technologies and how they can be used to enhance our lives. 

Continue past the jump to read the lesson plan for Week 1 of the ChatGPT-generated course, Introduction to Photography.


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The INtroDuction to Photography Course By ChatGPT

I asked ChatGPT to describe its “Introduction to Photography Course” and this is what it said:

Discover an exciting course that provides a comprehensive introduction to the art of photography. Explore the rich history, techniques, and aesthetics of photography while developing a solid foundation in camera operation, composition, lighting, and image editing. Through practical assignments and critical analysis, you'll gain a deep understanding of the medium's creative potential. By the end of this 14-week course, you'll be equipped with the skills to understand and analyze photographs from both technical and aesthetic perspectives, communicate ideas through visual storytelling, and utilize basic image editing software. Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of photography and unlock your creative potential.

So with that glowing self-review let’s dive into the lesson plan for Week 1.

Week 1: Introduction to Photography Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan: Introduction to Photography – Week 1

Duration: 3 hours

Lecture Outline:

A. Course overview and expectations (15 minutes)

  • Introduce the course syllabus, objectives, and learning outcomes.
  • Discuss the importance of photography in contemporary society.

b. History of photography: From camera obscura to digital era (45 minutes)

  • Provide a historical overview of the development of photography.
  • Highlight significant milestones, inventions, and key figures.
  • Showcase influential photographs from different eras.

c. What is photography? Exploring different perspectives (30 minutes)

  • Engage students in a discussion on the definition and purpose of photography.
  • Explore how photography is used for artistic expression, documentation, storytelling, and more.
  • Encourage students to share their thoughts and experiences related to photography.

d. Introduction to the basic technical aspects of photography (30 minutes)

  • Discuss the role of camera settings, such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.
    • Explain how these settings affect exposure, depth of field, and motion blur.
    • Show examples and visuals to illustrate the concepts.

Discussion Topics:

  •  What are your expectations and goals for this course?
  • How has photography evolved over time, and what impact has it had on society?
  • What do you consider to be the primary purpose of photography?
  • How can understanding the technical aspects of photography enhance your creative possibilities?

Reading Assignment:

Activities and Exercises:

  • Show a slideshow of significant photographs throughout history and discuss their impact.
  •  Conduct a hands-on demonstration of basic camera settings and their effects.
  • Ask students to bring in a photograph they find interesting and discuss why it resonates with them.


  • Reflect on the reading assignment and prepare a short written response discussing the significance of the invention of photography.
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My Plan

I will read the assigned reading, find YouTube videos that explain each of the concepts outlined in the lesson plan above, and I will answer each of the questions from my perspective as a short-answer posted to Twitter so that you can join in on the conversation. 

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Lauren McDonagh-Pereira is a photographer from Massachusetts, USA. She captures the beauty of the world around her, favoring Nikon cameras and lenses. She is drawn to shooting landscapes, wildlife, nature, and people authentically enjoying life.