PHO101B Beginning Photography
PHO 101B-2004  (83057)

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Course Title: Beginning Photography 
Course Number: PHO 101B 
Credit Hours: 3.00 
Lecture: 2.00 hours 
Lab: 1.00 hours 
Prerequisite: None 
Corequisite: None 

Course Description:
Fundamental techniques and use of photographic equipment using digital capture. Includes history of photography, its language and major styles, camera handling, exposure, basic image adjustments using digital software, image printing and presentation. Special emphasis on Digital Asset Management. 

Student Learning Outcomes: 
1. Demonstrate proper exposure with a digital SLR camera. 
2. Convert fractions into relevant shutter speeds to determine quantitative value of light being captured onto camera sensors. (Math) 
3. Demonstrate proper use of applicable shutter speed to allow/stop subject motion. 
4. Demonstrate proper use of applicable aperture to increase/decrease image depth of field. 
5. Demonstrate proper integration of ISO, shutter speed and f-stop, to create a photographic exposure. 
6. Take direction from a client and show understanding of the client's photographic needs. (Human Relations) 
7. Successfully work on a team of creative professionals to create photographic images. 
8. Demonstrate proper image color correction/image manipulation using various pieces of software. 
9. Demonstrate proper digital image cataloging and key wording. 

To be Successful in this Class
1. The student will maintain The Journal and a notebook containing all lecture and demonstration materials, course assignment spec sheets, and all negatives, proof sheets, and prints pertaining to assignments.
2. Digital capture all images used for class assignments.
3. The student will attend all classes and class critiques, participate in class discussions and critiques. complete any assigned quizzes, and a examination or project.
4. The student will participate in art shows, vendor show, and other conventions/seminars as appropriate.
5. The student will participate in required field trips.
6. You must spend a minimum of 1/2 hour a day working on your photography.
7. No music is allowed in class unless operated with headphones and only during open lab periods.
8. No CELL PHONES in class, turn to silent
8. No surfing the web is permitted during lecture periods.
9. Class lab time is expected to be spent working on class assignments. Lab time is not free time. Work at home will be required in addition to work during lab times (work at home should not substitute for work during lab time).
10. Contact me if you are having any troubles, I am here to help you succeed!

web site:
http://www.pixelnrg.com
All assignment specs will be found in Shoot More the guide, journal, resource. Add due dates and notes to the journal.

Required Book: Available from me for a discount or order from the website above.
A guide, a journal, a resource for photographers. This guide gives you the basics of photography, from exposure to composition. Next a practical approach with assignments, and inspirations. You will find photographers to explore and 28 day challenges to shoot. You even have pages to write your insights and discoveries. This book is meant to travel with you, to be a part of your photographic life. 

Information on all Course Projects, exercises, due dates, reading assignments, as well as many helpful resources will be available on the course website. The instructor may clarify or change an assignment if necessary via the website. You are responsible for all information on the website, so you will need to check it at least once a week.

Evaluation and Assessments:
Grades will be determined by performance, practical application of knowledge and student attendance. These factors will be assessed by the completion of quizzes, assignments and the final project. If you do not receive a grade within 10 days it is your responsibility to contact me.

For the final project I will be looking at Esthetics/Creative Expression (form, composition and what were you attempting to explore? did you succeed?) as part of the grade. You will be putting it all together, the technique as well as an idea. A final project is more than one shoot. A final project is multiple shoots exploring an idea and building a portfolio to leave the class with, demonstrating skills learned and a photographic vision of ideas expressed beyond the technical. All Images must be photographed by you this semester. (You are responsible for your metadata)

BREAKDOWN OF GRADING SYSTEM (what will be discussed during the critique)
Work will be evaluated by the following criteria:
1) Technique (print quality, presentation, demonstrated understanding of the technical)
2) Esthetics/Creative Expression (form, composition and what were you attempting to explore? did you succeed?)
3) Clarity in the presentation of the defined visual communication goals (Think of the instructor as the art director or client, were the defined goals of the assignment accomplished)
4) Class room participation, attitude (come to class on time and with an attitude ready to work, participation is required)

NO ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED BY E-MAIL.
No work done/created for a paying job will be accepted
No work or shoot for another class can be used.
All work must be created or conceptualized for the individual assignments given.
All work must be photographed by you (unless specified)
All work must be photographed in the current semester. You are responsible for your metadata, check and update your camera metadata. (Time and date)
-You will receive an “F” for the project if the above is tested…
***Work must be handed in on the date specified.
NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS will be accepted***

Letter Grade System:
A – Mastery of the technical and conceptual issues within the Digital Darkroom,
including participation attendance and attitude.
B – A strong grasp of the technical and conceptual issues within the
Digital Darkroom including participation, attendance and attitude.
C – Average understanding of the Digital Darkroom,
including participation, attendance and attitude.
D – Below average, does not meet minimum requirements,
poor participation, poor attendance, poor attitude.
F – Failure to complete the assignment,
poor participation, poor attendance, poor attitude.

Extra credit is awarded only if all assignments are turned in ON TIME, and only with prior instructor approval.

Students are responsible for backing up all Projects and exercises through the last day of the semester.
Do keep all files, prints, papers and quizzes returned to you so that any discrepancies can be easily and fairly straightened out. Except in cases of actual error, final grades are permanent.

A “D” is acceptable as a passing grade if the course is to be used as a general requirement or elective, but will not transfer to another school. An “F” constitutes non completion. This grade requires the course to be retaken
and no credit is issued.
“I” – Incomplete grades are generally not given except for unusual medical hardship. If the student is unable to complete the work, it is assumed that she/he will withdraw.
“W” – An Administrative Withdraw will not be issued by the instructor. If the student wishes to withdraw, she/he is asked to first notify the instructor and then proceed to the admissions office.  Please notify the instructor if at any point you decide to withdraw from the class. It is the students responsibility to know Drop/Add dates each semester and any possible refunds. See the Registrar for withdrawing and any possible refunds.
If you disappear from class and do not withdraw or contact your instructor you will receive an “F”

CRITIQUE:
Since this program is a commercial photography program, critiques are handled as if the instructor was an art director or client and the student is the photographer working for that art director or client. Therefore, assignments must meet with the specific instructors guidelines and preferences only. Further, much of the critique process is subjective in nature. Much of being a professional commercial photographer involves being able to take direction. The student is given specific guidelines and is encouraged to follow them closely. In this sense, this course fulfills the human relations component.

CRITIQUE PROCESS:
Images are graded in a class group critique. Participation in critique is essential to the evaluation procedure, and every student is expected to attend with her/his completed projects.

Attendance:
Class will begin on time. Please arrive a few minutes early. If
you are absent from class it is your responsibility to find out what was missed and make
up that work, quizzes, notes, handouts, demonstrations etc. The instructor will not take
class time to assist in lab makeups, nor will come in outside of scheduled hours to do so.
2 absences will result in a final GRADE reduction of one letter grade for the semester.
Absences for which a medical or court excuse is provided (professional letterhead
required) will be recorded but not figured in the attendance/participation grade.
Likewise, one absence for which advance notice is given by phone or in person will not
be figured in the attendance grade. Any significant tardy or early departure from class
will be figured as a half absence. (4 tardies is a final grade letter reduction) Keep in
mind that this is an occupational course, and attendance is important here just as it will
be in the employment for which this course is in part designed to prepare you.
Communicate with me throughout the semester if something is going on, so I can help
you succeed in this class.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:
Scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent. You are expected to have read and understood the current issue of the student handbook (published by Student Services) regarding student responsibilities and rights, and the intellectual property policy, for information about procedures and about what constitutes acceptable on-campus behavior.

GENERAL CLASS PROCEDURES:
• Lecture: Skills and academic principles are explained by the instructor through online videos and written handouts.
• Review and Practice: Students review skills by direct questioning of the instructor and skills are reviewed by student practice with various assignments. Students will practice skills in labs, at home, or in field situations.

Check-out of Equipment: Classroom and online students can check out equipment
For any Check-out of equipment, you must present a current CSN student ID. Without ID no equipment will be checked out. If you are not sure about the operation of a new camera ASK, your instructor or a lab tech on proper handling and usage. At the time of checkout you may be tested on the operation of equipment. If you do not pass the test you will not be given equipment.• Evaluation: Evaluation is determined by instructor formally (during crit) and informally (during lab time).

Equipment and Supplies:
•REQUIRED: Portable Hard Drive, Back up your work off your main computer - this will give you 2 copies if something happens to one. More storage space can used for all your other classes.
•Compact Flash card for digital cameras - If you are checking out a camera from CSN
•Card reader appropriate to your media - If you are working in a computer lab at CSN
•Printing Paper - 
Canon Photo Paper Pro Luster (8.5 x 11", 50 Sheets)
Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper LUSTER (8.5x11 Inches, 50 Sheets)
Arista-II RC Lustre Inkjet Paper - 252gsm 8.5x11/100 Sheets

Lab Policy: See lab policy handout

Safety Procedures:
The safety procedures for the college are posted in the classroom. The procedures will be discussed during the first class meeting. Any injury or accident should be reported to the instructor immediately.


CSN POLICIES AND SERVICES - Students’ Rights and Responsibilities pertaining to CSN policies and services are found at https://www.csn.edu/policies-procedures

COURSE WITHDRAWAL POLICY EFFECTIVE Spring 2014, per the President, Instructors are no longer permitted to assign a “W” as a grade. Students must officially withdraw from the class at Admissions and Records to receive a “W”.  The last day to Officially Drop without a status of “W” is September 10, 2017. The last day to Officially Drop with a status of “W” is November 5, 2017. Students not officially withdrawn through Admissions & Records will receive the grade that they earned.

LATE REGISTRATION - Effective Spring 2016, CSN students will be able to register for 16-week classes during the first week of the semester. This will allow students the flexibility to drop, add, or change courses during the first week. Students are responsible for all missed coursework. There is no late registration for short-term classes as well as summer classes.

REFUND POLICY FOR CLASSES

  • 100% refund if withdrawal is completed prior to the first day of the session
  • For further information regarding tuition refunds, please refer to the 2017-2018 General Catalog & Student Handbook

STUDENT ACADEMIC WARNING/PROBATION/SUSPENSION POLICY Effective Fall 2013, If students’ cumulative GPA falls to 2.0 or lower after attempting at least 12 credits, they will receive an academic warning, so that they have time to seek help. Continued performance at 2.0 or lower in future semester course work can lead to academic probation or academic suspension. Students on academic suspension will not be able to enroll in classes for a semester. More information is available at https://www.csn.edu/policies-procedures

DISRUPTIVE AND ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR - Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner in the classroom, on campus and through electronic media at all times. Disruptive and abusive conduct will not be tolerated. Students who fail to adhere to behavioral standards may be subject to discipline per CSN’s Disruptive and Abusive Student policy. A copy of the complete Student Conduct Code and Disruptive and Abusive Student Policy is available for review athttps://www.csn.edu/policies-procedures

USE OF CELL PHONES AND TEXT MESSAGING - All Cell Phones and Text Messaging shall be restricted to before and after class. All phones should be set on silent/vibrate. The Professor reserves the right to restrict all use of cell phones. Students will be required to leave class should this become a problem. Cell phone use and texting during class are prohibited.

EXITING THE CLASSROOM – REVOLVING DOOR - The classroom is not a revolving door. Continuous exiting and re-entering the classroom is not tolerated. Students who exit and re-enter the classroom excessively will be asked to leave class and schedule a conference with this professor.

MINOR CHILDREN POLICY - The primary mission of CSN is to educate students. To that end, CSN has the responsibility to provide a place of instruction that is free from distractions and conducive to learning. The presence of minor children is often a disruptive factor, not just because a child can be noisy or active, but because even inadvertently, attention is centered on the child rather than on the teaching and learning process. The presence of minor children on campus and in its facilities also raises safety and liability issues. Therefore, appropriate restrictions must be placed on bringing minor children to CSN’s campus, sites, and facilities.

A. First and foremost, CSN and its facilities (classrooms, offices, public areas, common areas and grounds) cannot be viewed at any time as a substitute for childcare arrangements. Second, at no time may minor children be unattended or unsupervised on campus for even a short period of time. Third, only currently enrolled students should be present in classrooms or lab facilities. Fourth, minor children should not be brought into work locations during an employee’s work time.

B. Children under the age of eighteen, unless otherwise exempt as listed below, are not allowed in classrooms, labs, college grounds, or other college facilities except for visits while supervised by an adult. Employees and students must not allow minor children to be left unattended on campus. Minor children may not be left unattended in public areas such as the library or be left to wait or play outside a classroom or in the cafeteria while the adult is in class. Minor children may not attend class or class activities such as field trips, along with enrolled students except on very rare occasions at the discretion of instructors. Minor children may not be present at the employee's work site during the employee’s assigned work hours.

C. This Policy does not preclude short visits when the minor child is accompanied by another responsible adult.

D. Individuals under the age of 18 who enroll in classes at CSN are exempt from this policy.

 

STUDENT SERVICES AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT

ADVISING AND COACHING SERVICES - Help students learn academic success strategies, explore careers, declare a major, develop a personalized success plan,learn to navigate the educational system, benefit from campus and community resources, and connect to campus life. Advisors/Success Coaches also help new to college students with course planning. Locations: CHARLESTON Bldg. D – Lobby, 702-651-7367; NLV 1100 Student Services Area, 702-651-2626; and HENDERSON Bldg. B –Student Services Area, 702-651-3103. More infor can be found at https://www.csn.edu/advising

CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS (CAS) - All CSN students receive free academic and learning support for developing skills in accounting, reading, writing, math, science, creating college presentations, and more. Drop-in and appointment based tutoring is available. CAS Contact information for main offices: NLV Campus – Bldg. S Room 247 – 702-651-4232, Charleston Campus – Bldg. D Room 203 – 702-651-5732, and Henderson Campus – Bldg. B Room 201 – 702-651-3125. Please visit one of the CAS Centers or visit www.csn.edu/centers-academic-success for more information.

DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER - The College of Southern Nevada, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, requests that all students with documented disabilities voluntarily contact the Disability Resource Center so that the college can provide necessary accommodations.  * If you have a documented disability that may require assistance, you will need to contact the Disability Resource Center located in the Student Service Center on each campus before the instructor can make accommodations.

NLV - 702-651-4045, Henderson, 702-651-3795, Charleston - 702-651-5644. More information is available at https://www.csn.edu/drc

COLLEGE LIBRARY SERVICES - College Library Services offers ongoing research workshops throughout the semester. Bring your topic or assignment to one of the workshops on the basics of locating and citing quality information and receive in-depth assistance with a librarian. Check out the schedule athttp://sites.csn.edu/library/.

COMPUTER LABS - Most of you will probably do your assignments at home or at work. If you are having problems with your computers or do not have the required software, feel free to use any of the on campus Computer Labs. Having computer problems at home or office is NOT a valid excuse for missing due dates.

Charleston Interactive Learning Center - 702-651-5731

NLV Interactive Learning Center - 702-651-4592

Henderson Interactive Learning Center - 702-651-3002

Summerlin High-Tech Center - 702-651-4900

Western High-Tech Center - 702-651-4898

Green Valley High-Tech Center - 702-651-2650

 

DEPARTMENTAL/SCHOOL COUNSELORS - Faculty counselors help returning, continuing, and transfer students select courses, obtain degree audits, and develop educational and vocational plans according to selected majors.

  • If you are a new student or have no declared major, you will meet with a CSN success coach for all your advising needs, including course planning and career exploration services. To schedule an appointment, please go to csnacs.mywconline.com/.
  • If you are a student who has declared a major within Media Technologies, CSN has assigned you a counselor who is an expert on your declared major and can help you effectively navigate your program.  The Media Technology Counselors are:


Mark Haag

Office: CY A 2748

Phone: 702.651.2668

Email: mark.haag@csn.edu

 

Emily Rafael

Office: CY A 2748

Phone: 702.651.4937

Email: emily.rafael@csn.edu

 

Rosemary Hall

Office: WC C 151-C

Phone: 702-651-7375

Email:     rosemary.hall@csn.edu

 

FACULTY E-ALERT SYSTEM - Faculty members may refer struggling students to Advising and Coaching Services via MyCSN in order that they receive timely assistance in passing their class. If contacted by Advising and Coaching Services’ E-Alert office, be sure to respond quickly and utilize interventions to help you successfully complete this class.

 

All information contained in this syllabus may be subject to change with advance and ample notice to students as deemed appropriate by the instructor.