Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Photography Merit Badge






  1. Explain how the following elements and terms affect the quality of a picture:
        A. Light-natural light/ambient, flash
        B. Exposure-aperture (f-stops), shutter speed, depth of field
        C. Composition-rule of thirds, leading lines, framing, depth
        D. Angle of view
        E. 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:
        A. 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
        B. 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.

Photography Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.