The Professor | PHO 101B

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 26113   Beginning Photography     North Las Vegas Bldg A 1744   Tu 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 January 22 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.

YouTube Channel, Subscribe:

•••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 - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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

Basics of the camera

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 - Make images in the daylight, outdoors. Make sure your shutter is above 1/60th of a second.

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

Class 2 - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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 - Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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 - Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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/12 Week Technical - Due week 12

Class 5 - Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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: 36 Images of Strangers

How to videos:

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

Class 6 - Tuesday, February 20, 2018

DUE: 36 Images of Strangers

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

The History of Cameras

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

Class 7 - Tuesday, February 27, 2018 


Here is a link to the special offer for CSN Students.
The link above applies a 15% discount on any add-on classes that are purchased.
Expo Only passes are free through the link above, and are also free for anyone who identifies as a student or educator in their registration.
There is also a student/educator discount for Full Conference passes that is triggered the same way.  Student/Educator pricing is the same as Member Pricing on this link:


Tonight Meet at Cashman Pro Lab Annual open House -We will see Demos (I will be teaching one of the demos) and we will see what awards are given out for photography. You might be a winner!

3580 Polaris Ave #1, Las Vegas, NV 89103

DUE:  Light and Heavy, Mood, Emotion and Feeling

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

EXTRA CREDIT - Start TODAY 28 Day Ritual - October 11 - November 8

Class 8 - Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Assignment: 7 Days of Body Parts

Watch: Rick Sammon's Top Ten Digital Photography Tips

Class 9 - Tuesday, March 13, 2018

DUE: 7 Days of Body Parts

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

•••Sizing an Image•••

NEW •••• 12 week Technical Project specs, sizing for the lab and more•••

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

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

Class 10 - Tuesday, March 20th, 2018  FOTOFEST

12 Week Technical specs and info video Review - Sizing for a print lab - Metadata  - Labeling

The Adobe Spark Page - Slide Show -

SPRING BREAK March 26-April1

Class 11 - Tuesday, April 3, 2018

DUE: American Pie, An Exploration of Food

•••Equivalent Exposures Review••• 

Assignment: Man in Nature

Class 12 - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

DUE: Man in Nature

Due: 12 Week Technical

Review work in progress for final project - Bring digital files - prints - written concept
EXTRA CREDIT - Start TODAY 28 Day Ritual - November 15 - December 13th

Assignment: Word

Class 13 - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

DUE: Word

Assignment: Lyrical Vision

Keywords - Organization - Backup

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

Class 14 - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

DUE: Lyrical Vision

Work on Final Project

Class 15 - Tuesday, May 1, 2018

DUE: Final Project

Class 16 - FINALS WEEK - Tuesday, May 8, 2018

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