These were the REQUIREMENTS before the changes made with
the release of a new merit badge pamphlet during 2005.

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  1. Tell what makes a good picture. Show your understanding of these as you take pictures for requirement 2.
  2. Do the following:
    1. Take pictures illustrating at least eight of the following picture-taking techniques. Use comparisons to illustrate your points.
      1. Camera steadiness.
      2. Rule of thirds.
      3. Level horizon.
      4. Moving in close - Fill the frame.
      5. Framing.
      6. Direction of light - Front, side, and backlighting.
      7. Quality of light - Flat light, bright sunlight and time of day.
      8. Point of view - Eye level, high and low angle.
      9. Use of leading lines.
      10. Flash - Proper range and reflective surfaces.
    2. Do one of the following, utilizing techniques of  planning a photo report. Start with planning cards;  then do your photography and editing, and complete  the requirements by presenting your report in an organized manner to your counselor.
      1. Expose a roll of print film, and select 5 to 10 good pictures for your picture story. Mount the pictures on a large art board or in a photo album.
      2. Expose a roll of slide film and select 10 or more good slides to tell your story.
  3. Explain how photographic film is processed and tell how black-and-white prints are made, or process and print your own pictures and show your counselor, explaining the steps you took.
  4. Do the following:
    1. Explain to your counselor the basic parts common to all cameras using a diagram you prepared.
    2. Explain common photographic terms such as lens, shutter, view-finder, camera angle, exposure, negative, transparency, f/number, and planning card.
  5. Describe jobs in photography.

BSA Advancement ID#: 83
Pamphlet Revision Date: 1994
Requirements last revised in 1995

Page updated on: November 28, 2017

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