PHO 101B Beginning Photography  - MONDAYS Fall 2019

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As opportunities arise, I reserve the right to alter the order and to add too 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 - 2001 84553   Beginning Photography     North Las Vegas Bldg A 1744 M 10:00AM - 1:50PM

Assignment: Who Are You, Send an email to [email protected] (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. 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 (+ Your Class Day)
•••DUE Tuesday September 3 by 8am

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


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


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

Class 1 -
Monday, August 26, 2019

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.
100 is the minimum - Keep snapping, you have 2 weeks for this exploration. Aim for 200 or more images. Play and explore settings. See what happens. I want to see what goes wrong. Do not throw out any images! 

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


Class 2 - 
Monday, September 2, 2019 - No Class -

No Class

Watch these movies before next class. 

Joel Meyerowitz - 'What you put in the frame determines the photograph'   

Introduction to the Exposure Triangle:
Understanding Exposure Part 2: The Exposure Triangle
Understanding Exposure Part 3: The Exposure Triangle

Write down ah-ha moments as well as questions in your book.
Explore in your book what relates to exposure. 
At the beginning of class/week 3 expect a quiz on what you learned from the videos. If you are late and miss the quiz there is no make up. Be early

Bring Your Camera and manual to the next class.

Class 3 - 
Monday, September 9, 2019

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

Introduction to Adobe Bridge - Selection of images - Naming files and folders - File organization
Assignment: Batch Rename/Make a contact sheet: 
DUE TodayWe 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.

EXTRA CREDIT - Start TODAY 28 Day Ritual - September 3  - October 1st

How to: Organizing your files .PDF

•••Introduction to Equivalent Exposures•••

The link below is to a playlist of all the videos we will be watching this semester   

This week WATCH:  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 - 
Monday, September 16, 2019

DUE: Shoot Your City

•••Sizing an Image•••

PhotoShop Sizing GuidePhotoShop Sizing Guide

•••ISO - AP - DOF•••

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

Let Me Know if YOU have any QUESTIONS...   
- Due week 15 at the end of class

Class 5 - 
Monday, September 23, 2019

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

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

How to Videos:

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

Class 6 - 
Monday, September 30, 2019

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 - 
Monday, October 7, 2019

DUE:  Light and Heavy, Mood, Emotion and Feeling

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 8 - November 5

Class 8 -
Monday, October 14, 2019

DUE: 7 Days of Body Parts
QUIZ - Bring Your Hard Drive - I will be quizzing you on your HD organization - Clean it up and organize it before today - Of course its best to have your HD organized as you go.

Watch: Rick Sammon's Top Ten Digital Photography Tips

Assignment: American Pie, An Exploration of Food

Class 9 - 
Monday, October 21, 2019

DUE: American Pie, An Exploration of Food

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

Assignment: Satellite Topographics

Class 10 -
Monday, October 28, 2019

DUE: Satellite Topographics

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

The Technical - Slide Show -

Assignment: Man in Nature

Nick Brandt (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)


Edward Burtynsky (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)


Hilla and Bernd Becher (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

Bernd and Hilla Becher - Water Towers, 1972 (Links to an external site.)Bernd and Hilla Becher - Water Towers, 1972


Jamey Stillings (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)


Class 11 - 
Monday, November 4, 2019

DUE: Man in Nature

•••Equivalent Exposures Review••• 

Assignment: Word

Class 12 - 

OOOOPS - No Class Veteran's Day
Monday, November 11, 2019

DUE: Word

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: Lyrical Vision

Class 13 - 
Monday, November 18, 2019

DUE: Lyrical Vision

Keywords - Organization - Backup

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

Class 14 - 
Monday, November 25, 2019


Final  - Written Exam - Beginning of Class - Don't be Late

Work on Final Project and the Technical

Class 15 - 
Monday, December 2, 2019


DUE: Final Project
DUE: The Technical


Class 16 - FINALS WEEK - 

Monday, December 9, 2019


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




-As opportunities arise, I reserve the right to alter the order and to add too or subtract from this syllabus or weekly semester guide-