PHO 101B Beginning Photography 

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As opportunities arise, I reserve the right to alter the order and to add to or subtract from this syllabus or weekly semester guide. In this course students will explore the newest trends and techniques 
in the fields of commercial and fine are photography, including
 advanced selection techniques and master printing philosophies. You
 will be exploring content, sequencing and presentation of your digital

PHO 101B - 3002 83059   Beginning Photography     West Charleston Bldg E 111   We 6:00PM - 9:50PM


Assignment: Who Are You, Send an email to (save this email for future use)
•First and last name
•Best phone number to reach you
•Best email to reach you
•What class you are taking now (in the subject line)
•What photography classes you have taken if any?
•Why are you taking this class? Do you want to be a professional photographer? Do you want to make better photographs? All answers are good.
•Favorite photographer that is not Ansel Adams. If you do not know any photographers, that is ok. Your assignment is to go online and explore. Find one or more you like and let me know who they are and why you like their work. Write it down. This is the start of your photographers inspiration page.
•Subject Line PHO101B who are you
•••DUE Monday September 4th by 8am

Final Portfolio its never to early to start working on your final project.

Class Rules:

1) Don’t be late for class. This class starts on time. Slides, discussion, how to -this is the core of the class.
2) Negativity and sarcasm ruin the class. Constructive opinions are welcome, I am open to opinions that are thought out and expressed appropriately.
3) Always have your book, hard drives, materials you need for class.
4) Work consistently, don’t procrastinate. Things will go wrong.
5) Have fun, explore, share ideas, have an open mind, be respectful or others, work hard, shoot more.

This website info will help you complete the class successfully. Read and explore all other links for the week, before coming to class. This will keep you informed and move you forward in your exploration of digital photography and compositing. Information is added throughout the semester. Check back each week.

•••Assignments are in Purple
•••Due Dates are in Green


Always bring your book, hard drive, and images to class

You Tube playlist for the semester. More videos will be added. Go Subscribe so you will be on top of all the info this semester.

Class 1 - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Introduction to class
Syllabus -
Introduction to your camera and making a basic exposure

Camera Simulators: Exposure  Check out the noise on this one, if you crank up the ISO - Not very pretty.

Focus Simulator   Be sure to explore the interpretation.

Assignment: 100

Assignment: Final Project - Due week 15 at the end of class

Class 2 - Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Due: 100 (We will be using these images for todays batch rename and contact sheet assignment.)

Introduction to the Exposure Triangle:   
Watch all 7 videos over the next 2 weeks. Write down ah-ha moments as well as questions in your book.
This week - expect a quiz at the beginning of next class on what you learned from the videos. If you are late and miss the quiz there is no make up. Be early
Understanding Exposure Part 2: The Exposure Triangle
Understanding Exposure Part 3: The Exposure Triangle

Introduction to Adobe Bridge - Selection of images - Naming files and folders - File organization
Assignment: Batch Rename/Make a contact sheet: DUE Today: We will be doing this in class today. Bring 100 Images, hard drive and photo quality paper.

How to: Batch Rename/Contact Sheet.PDF

How to videos:
•1• Downloading your files from your media card
•2• Ranking, selecting, renaming files
•3• Making a Contact Sheet using Adobe Bridge

Compact Flash and Smart Media: The Numbers on Your Memory Card Explained.

Assignment: 101-200
EXTRA CREDIT - Start TODAY 28 Day Ritual - September 6  - October 4th

Class 3 - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Due: 101-200 - Before class. edit down to your 36 images, rename and make a contact sheet.
In class we will make prints for critique
We will critique the images from assignment 100 and 101-200 in class today.

How to: Organizing your files .PDF

•••Introduction to Equivalent Exposures•••

Advanced exposure concepts
Exposure Triangle Part 4 - Shutter Speed
Exposure Triangle Part 5 - Aperture Values
Exposure Triangle Part 6 - Auto ISO

Assignment: Shoot your City

Class 4 - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

DUE: Shoot Your City

NEW  •••ISO - AP - DOF•••  9-20-2017

Composition Basics
The videos you will be watching were produced by Ted Forbes, The Art of Photography, one of my favorite sites to visit.
We will watch these 9 videos over the next few weeks. Start off by watching
Photography Composition :: Line

Assignment: 36 Images of One Person, Place, or Thing

Assignment: The Ten Week Technical - Due week 10

Class 5 - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

DUE: 36 Images of One Person, Place, or Thing

More composition concepts
Photography Composition :: Shape
Photography Composition :: Simplification and Negative Space

Discuss concepts for final projects. Come prepared to share an idea or two. Bring sample images or written ideas or sketches.

Assignment: Light and Heavy, Mood, Emotion, and Feeling

How to videos:

•4• Cropping using Adobe Photoshop
•5• B&W Adjustment Layer in Adobe Photoshop

Class 6 - Wednesday, October 4, 2017

DUE: Light and Heavy, Mood, Emotion and Feeling

Photography Composition :: Rule of Odds
Photography Composition :: Rule of Thirds
Photography Composition :: Rule of Space

The History of Cameras

Assignment: 36 Images of Strangers

Class 7 - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

DUE: 36 Images of Strangers

Sub-Framing In Visual Composition
Rhythm in Visual Composition
Tempo in Visual Composition and Photography

Assignment: 7 Days of Body Parts
EXTRA CREDIT - Start TODAY 28 Day Ritual - October 11 - November 8

Class 8 - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I will Be at Adobe Max this week exploring all that is new in Photoshop.

What you need to accomplish.
I will Be checking email. If you have any questions don't wait for next week, ask me this week.

Watch: Rick Sammon's Top Ten Digital Photography Tips

Assignment: American Pie, An Exploration of Food
Watch this video for the assignment introduction

NEW•••Sizing an Image•••

Class 9 - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

DUE: 7 Days of Body Parts

DUE: American Pie, An Exploration of Food

Light - Direction of Light - Time of day - Artificial light - Natural light

Assignment: Satellite Topographics

Class 10 - Wednesday, November 1, 2017

DUE: 10 week Technical

•••Equivalent Exposures Review••• 

Assignment: Man in Nature

Class 11 - Wednesday, November 8, 2017

DUE: Man in Nature

Matting Demo:
LOGAN 301-1 Compact Classic Mat Cutter
Good review of the basic cutting
How to Measure and Cut a Mat
How to mat a print in an archival, conservation-safe manner

Assignment: Word

Class 12 - Wednesday, November 15, 2017

DUE: Word

Review work in progress for final project - Bring digital files - prints - written concept

Assignment: Lyrical Vision
EXTRA CREDIT - Start TODAY 28 Day Ritual - November 15 - December 13th

Class 13 - Wednesday, November 22, 2017

DUE: Lyrical Vision

Keywords - Organization - Backup

Photoshop CC 2015 Tutorial : Organization with Bridge (Keywords And Filters)

Class 14 - Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Work on Final Project

Class 15 - Wednesday, December 6, 2017

DUE: Final Project

Class 16 - FINALS WEEK - Wednesday, December 16, 2017

•••Final Critique During Final Class Session, you will be marked down 1 letter grade if you miss the final critique•••