The Photography Pathway at TJ gives students the opportunity to use industry standard equipment such as Canon, Sony, and Nikon DSLR cameras, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, and studio lighting to bring their creative ideas to life. Students work independently and collaborate on many different types of photography and graphic design projects. Students learn about visual literacy and how images are used as a tool for communication. While there are many technical skills that students will learn in the Photography Pathway, there are also many soft skills that students will work on such as interpersonal skills, work ethic, time management, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.

Design Pathway Information


Digital Photography 1

In this course we will explore the basic techniques of black and white photography and color photography, as they relate to journalism, business and the arts. Students will learn to operate digital SLR cameras to capture images, and will use Adobe Photoshop to process their photos.

Digital Photography 2

Extends the basic concepts of digital imaging as applied to photography that were acquired in Photojournalism 1. Using applicable technology and hands on experience, modern developments are presented leading to the present applications of digital imaging which combine traditional photographic ideas with electronic media.

Instructor: Lea Rabon (she/her)
Phone: 720-423-7146
E-mail address:

MAT – Master of the Arts in Teaching, University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA; BFA – Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Photography, University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA; 

Endorsements: Colorado Dept. Education
CTE Certification in Media Arts; Visual Arts K-12 Certification

My name is Lea Rabon, and I teach Photo 1, 2, 3, and Yearbook at TJ! This is my fourth year at TJ and I’m so grateful for the amazing opportunity to be a part of this community. I’ve been teaching visual arts for the past fourteen years in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Colorado. Before I started at TJ, I was teaching elementary art at Schmitt Elementary School, STEM School Highlands Ranch and Powderhorn Elementary School. I’m also a freelance photographer, acrylic painter, and I’m represented by the Bitfactory Gallery in Denver as a visual artist. I’m passionate about yoga and I studied to become a yoga teacher. Some of my hobbies are making all kinds of art, taking my dog on adventures, hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding, cooking and gardening.

Students who study in the Photography Pathway receive training that can lead to the following jobs: Camera Operator, Director, Film Editor, Photographer, Photo Technician, Photo Editor, Photojournalist, Photo Retoucher, Graphic Designer, Art Director.