Boy Scout Merit Badge Requirements


  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 five 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, viewfinder, camera angle, exposure, negative, transparency, f-number, and planning card.
  5. Describe jobs in photography.

BSA Advancement ID#: 83
Source: Boy Scout Requirements, #33215E, revised 2002