PHO101B Beginning Photography

PHO 101-1004 (82101)   Beginning Photography    
PHO 101-1007 (82129)   Beginning Photography
PHO 101-1009 (82131)   Beginning Photography
Traditional Online Class Format - Go at your own Weekly Pace - I am here to help, guide, and answer questions.
•All Live meetings (Big Blue Button, Zoom, Face Time, Etc)  will be recorded.


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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
Professor: Heather Protz

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 a Journal and/or 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. Images must be created and conceived this semester for the project assigned. 
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. You must spend a minimum of 1/2 hour a day working on your photography.
6. 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).
7. Assignments must be submitted on time to keep pace with the class. Catching up is near impossible.
7. Contact me if you are having any troubles, I am here to help you succeed!

Covid 19: 
GOING REMOTE - Yes we are remote. Some of you may be using the CSN campus to access computers and more. Please be aware that CSN may be forced to go entirely online this semester, closing labs, equipment check out and each campus. Every effort is being taken to ensure your safety but the final decision to say open is not ours to make. Should the campus close up we are still moving forward with our classes. We will adapt and pivot where needs demand. Please communicate with me at all times so I can help in every way possible.

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 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 photographic concepts.
including participation attendance and attitude.
B – A strong grasp of the technical and conceptual photographic concepts. including participation, attendance and attitude.
C – Average understanding of photograpic concepts,
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.
All album URL's must stay live for one week past the semester’s end. Any deleted album will delete your grade for the project.
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”

All work will be submitted through Canvas. You will receive grades and comments in Canvas.

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.

Images and comments from the student are submitted through the appropriate Canvas Portal. My Comments on technique and aesthetics of the image in relation to the assignment will be given. From the camera exposure, to editing using the apps specified, to composition, and content of the images.

Will be noted by submitting work on time. The last project submitted will be the last day you attended the class for the semester. Your final project will be due the Tuesday of finals week.

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.

• 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 an 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.

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.
I usually buy Lacie or G-Tech drives. 1TB or larger. USB 3.0 - (Your new computer may take a USB-C cable rather than a USB 3.0 - You may need a cable for your personal machine and one for CSN if you are working in the labs.)
•Compact Flash card or SD 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

Adobe Student Pricing

All Creative Cloud $19.99 a month - If you are taking Graphic Design and Video classes this is what you want.

Photography Plan with 20GB Adobe Cloud $9.99 a month If you are taking Photography Classes only, This is what you want.


  • Lightroom
  • Lightroom Classic
  • Photoshop
  • Adobe Bridge
  • Adobe Camera Raw
  • 20GB of cloud storage


Adobe Lightroom Mobile $4.99 a month - in app purchase. 1st download the app to your phone and then purchase the monthly subscription from there. This is the basics of what we will need - This will not work on a computer

Check the Camera and App Guide in week 1 for more info

Web Site:

Required Books: none

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 on campus. Any injury or accident should be reported to the instructor immediately.


The Canvas Student Quick start Guide be found at:
The entire Student Guide may be found at
Telephone Support for Distance Education students having problems logging into a course, using course web site tools, or other technical problems can be found by contacting the CSN Technology Help Desk locally at 702–651–4357, or via 1-800–630–7563 toll-free, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week

STUDENTS’ RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES - When you choose to become a student at CSN, you accept the rights and responsibilities of membership in CSN’s academic and social community. You can find policies covering students such as the Student Conduct, Students’ Right to Know, Students’ Academic Integrity, and Disruptive and Abusive Student in the following locations:
• Catalog and Student Handbook: in the Policies and Procedures section.
• CSN Website: under the heading “Student Policies.”

Students must follow all active CSN public health directives while enrolled in this class. Properly worn face coverings are mandatory for all faculty and students in the classroom as well as on campus. CSN public health directives are found at Students who do not comply with these directives will be asked to leave the classroom. Refusal to follow the guidelines may result in further disciplinary action according to the CSN Student Conduct Code
including being dropped from the course.

All CSN faculty are subject to four (4) mandatory days furloughs as set forth by the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), approved by the Board of Regents (BOR) and mandated by the State of Nevada. Furloughed employees are not expected to perform any work during the time furlough is taken, including checking and responding to their work email. Faculty will not take furlough time during times of instruction. Students may experience a slower response to email questions or requests for assistance during their designated furlough time.

COURSE WITHDRAWAL POLICY - 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 6, 2020 (16-week course). The last day to Officially Drop with a status of “W” is October 30, 2020 (16-week course). 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.


• 100% refund if withdrawal is completed prior to the first day of the session
• For further information regarding tuition refunds, please refer to

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

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 at

EXPLICIT CONTENT - Any content of an explicit sexual nature, (including male and female genitalia, etc.), will not be screened in class, may result in a failing grade for the assignment, and could possibly be subject to disciplinary action under CSN's Student Conduct Code Policy. A copy of the Student Conduct Code Policy is available for review at

OBJECTIONABLE MATERIALS - Some students may find some material presented in class or found on recommended websites to be objectionable. The instructor has the discretion to choose to remove it or not. If possible the Instructor will give a notofication of what to expect.

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.

There are no recordings of the class allowed without the explicit permission of the instructor.

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.



ADVISING AND COACHING SERVICES - Academic Advisors help students assess academic strengths and limitations, learn academic success strategies, explore careers, declare a major, navigate the educational system, access campus and community resources, and connect to campus life. Contact Information: Charleston Campus: Building D – Student Services Area : 702–651–5670, North Las Vegas Campus: Student Services Area : 702–651–4049, Henderson Campus: Building B – Room 120 : 702–651–3165.

Centers for Academic Success (CAS) provides quality DROP-IN academic assistance to all students enrolled in for-credit courses at CSN. Tutors are available for most general education courses and some historically challenging courses. Academic learning support includes assistance with learning strategies, Canvas, Smarthinking online tutoring, Microsoft Office, reading, writing, oral presentations, math, and science. CAS tutors also provide support to study groups and assistance for placement test preparation. CAS is open Monday through Sunday to be more accessible to all students. Hours for all locations are Monday – Thursday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday – Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. You may visit for more details about online and in-person services. You may also contact us at one of our offices: Charleston Centers 702–651–5732, North Las Vegas Learning Commons 702–651–4232, Henderson Learning Commons 702–651–3125.

One stop shop for first-generation college, financial aid-eligible and disabled students offering tutoring, academic advising, career exploration, college-transfer assistance, and development of college success strategies. Contact information: North Las Vegas Campus: Building E Room 109 : 702–651–4441 or

DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER - The College of Southern Nevada is committed to making physical facilities and instructional programs accessible to students with disabilities. If you have a disability that may have some impact on your work in this class and for which you may require accommodations, please visit the Disability Resource Center (DRC) so that such accommodations can be considered. All discussions will remain confidential. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) has offices at all three campus locations as the focal point for coordination of services for students with disabilities. If you have a physical, emotional, or mental disability that “substantially limits one or more major life activities (including walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working),” and will require accommodation in this class, please contact the DRC at WC (702) 651-5644 , or email at [email protected] at NLV (702) 651-4045, or email at [email protected] and at HNC (702) 651-3795, or email at [email protected]. For Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services contact (702) 651- 4448, or email at [email protected]. Students that receive accommodation letters, please meet DRC to discuss the provisions of those accommodations as soon as possible.

COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES (CAPS) – The Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS offers short-term, problem-focused counseling to CSN students who may feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of college, work, family, and relationships. Clinicians are available to help students cope with stresses and personal issues that may interfere with their ability to perform in school. The service is provided confidentially and free to currently enrolled students. To schedule an appointment, please call CAPS at WC (702) 651-5518, at NLV (702) 651-4099, and at HN (702) 651-3099.”

“Any student who has difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live, and believes this may affect their performance in the course, is urged to contact Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), for a list of resources and support.

COLLEGE LIBRARY SERVICES - CSN Libraries provides support for students completing assignments that require research and the use of information. Librarians are available to students for one-on-one assistance locating and citing quality information either online or at one of our campus libraries. Find more information on our website


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. Due to COVID-19, please contact the Computer labs for hours of operation.

Charleston Interactive Learning Center - 702-651-5731

NLV Interactive Learning Center - 702-651-4592

Henderson Interactive Learning Center - 702-651-3002

Western High-Tech Center - 702-651-4898

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

EARLY ALERT REFERRAL PROGRAM (MYCOYOTEPLAN) -A referral program to connect students with college resources when assistance is needed to achieve success. Referrals may be initiated by faculty and staff as well by students through MyCoyotePLAN. After a referral is submitted, students will receive an email notification and will be contacted by the department to which they were referred to offer assistance.

CATALOGUE AND STUDENT HANDBOOK - in the Policies and Procedures section and the CSN Website: under the heading “Student Policies.”

All students enrolled at CSN have a CSN Student Email account. All information from the college will be sent to your CSN-issued student email address (enrollment information, financial aid information, cashier information, college events, etc.). It is extremely important that you check your student email daily. You can access your student email through GoCSN ( Once you validate your student email address you will have access to Microsoft Office 365 for up to five devices and 1Tb of OneDrive storage.

When students activate their CSN email account they get a great benefit!!!

Features available with a CSN Student Email account:

· Fifty gigabytes of student email storage. Room for over 10,000 emails!

· Five licenses of Microsoft Office 365 that students can use online or download to their computer, tablet, and iPhone/Android devices.

· Online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and many other web-based productivity applications to help students in and out of the classroom.

· One terabyte of OneDrive online storage. Enough space for students to store 17,000 hours of music or 500 hours of movies.

· Built-in encryption capabilities can help students protect Personally Identifiable Information (PII) like social security and credit card numbers.


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