Sutter Advanced Photography students get real-world experience

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Sabrina Berhane, owner of Tiferet coffee shop. Photo by Yaire Padilla

This year, Sutter Middle School is offering its first Advanced Photography class.

This class is designed to be a more in-depth photography class created for students who want to explore the skills introduced in the Beginning Digital Photography class. The curriculum covers the history and the science of photography, important photographers and works of art and art movements. Students gain a deeper understanding of composition and have the opportunity to create an extensive body of work.   

As part of the class requirements, students are expected to show their work twice during the school year. Currently, student’s cyanotypes are on display in SCUSD Superintendent José L. Banda’s office in the Serna Center.

Student work will also be on display during Second Saturday in May at Studio 10 at the Arthouse (10th and R).

Additionally, students are expected to attempt to publish one piece of work during the school year. To make this happen, students have had many community photo shoots at local businesses. They are currently creating images for the new Sacramento City Teachers Association website and will also be creating images for Wicked West Pizza in West Sacramento.

“It’s not only beneficial to them, but beneficial for us,” says Advanced Photography student Alyssa Anderson.

“It’s a great learning experience to be able to go out into the real world and experience what an actual photographer might face on a daily basis,” adds student David Bielby.

Photography teacher Paula Turner says the goal is to integrate student work into the community by advertising for local businesses as well as displaying our work during Sacramento Second Saturdays.

“While businesses are encouraged to make a donation toward our program, Sutter students are honored to have the opportunity for real photography work experience,” Turner says.

If you are interested in our photography services please contact Paula Turner at