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 - 2004   Beginning Photography     North Las Vegas Bldg A 1744   We 2:00PM - 5:50PM


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.

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

Class 1 - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Introduction to class
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

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.

Assignment: 101-200

Class 3 - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Due: 101-200 - Before class. edit down to your 36images,  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.

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

Class 4 - Wednesday, September 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

Class 5 - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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

Class 6 - Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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

Class 7 - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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

Class 8 - Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Class 9 - Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Class 10 - Wednesday, November 1, 2017

DUE: 10 week Technical

Class 11 - Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Class 12 - Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Class 13 - Wednesday, November 22, 2017


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•••