PHO136B Las Vegas Document - Spring 2023

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We will explore Las Vegas through the lens of your camera. We will go on group shoots to iconic locations of Vegas. You will also create, maintain and update your own Flickr page ALONG WITH OUR Class Flickr GROUP.

Please do not ask me if you can bring friends, family  children, boyfriends, girlfriends on shoots. In this class you have a responsibility to photograph and explore. Bringing along non-photographers you will lose your focus and will do poorly when photographing. Never go off on your own, always photograph with someone from the class. No Apple Airpods, headsets or anything that blocks your hearing is allowed during class time. You must be aware of your surroundings at all times. We will break off and make images in small groups. Everyone will have my mobile #, you must come to the first class to get the mobile #.

All students must sign and submit to me, the College of Southern Nevada off campus waiver before meeting on location. We will download and sign the form during class and upload through the Canvas Portal. or download, sign it and return it to me in the Canvas Portal -

week 1: January 19, 2023

Meet in the classroom -

First week Action List: File Prep info page and More

Flickr links and set up

Sign up for Flickr in class if you do not already have an account.

•••Lightroom Mobile Guide•••
Info on all the basic to advanced features found in LRM
Download the guide here.

Weekly Photo Explorations - 25pts

Project 1 - 50 points

Las Vegas

For each letter in Las Vegas we will make an image. You may make many images to choose the strongest one to represent the letter and your word. Each week you will think, plan, experience, and explore Las Vegas making images based on the letter and your chosen word.
We will explore the metaphor and symbolism of Vegas in these images.

L: Love, Lyrical, Luxurious

A: Atmospheric, Abundant, Adornment

S: Sumptuous, Superficial, Surreal

V: Voyeur, Vanishing, Vibrant

E: Evocative, Eclectic, Exploitative

G: Glowing, Grandeur, Garish

A: Alluring, Artificial, Allusion

S: Sensuous, Swanky, Serene

You will submit an 8 page mini book, a stapled or stitched pamphlet. These can be on copier paper or a thicker paper option depending on your finished book.
***This will be a trade project so you will make one for each member of the class.

Project 2 - 100 points
You will define your own project and series name as you work your concept.
Concept Proposal Due March 20, 2023 - 25pts

Print on demand book/magazine using Magcloud or Blurb
Project Due by week 15
This is a cohesive concept. Be sure to show me what you are working on and I will help and guide you on what is working and where you can improve.
You should have a title for your project. 
A short statement.
20-25 images.


12 images matted/or bleed mount images 

Traditional window mats no smaller than 16x20

No black mount boards - White boards only unless discussed in advance.

Bleed mount images no smaller than 13x19 paper. You can add a white border to look like a matted work.


- no late projects accepted -

Extra Credit - Due March 3


Step one - Digital files submitted through Canvas
Step two - If you are a finalist you will need to  print and mat your work. All finalists printed work will be hung.

Extra Credit - 5 points possible for each contest entered.

You must submit your entries in each contest portal and then submit in Canvas.

Name your files properly.

Hendrickson Submission (one image)

Label the file Last name_first initial_Hendrickson.jpg

Reese Submission

PHO101-102 submission  (one image) - Label the file Last name_first initial_Reese.jpg

Advanced Student Portfolio Submission (6 Images)
Label the file Last name_first initial_Reese_1.jpg - Last name_first initial_Reese_2.jpg, Last name_first initial_Reese_3.jpg, etc.

NCC Portfolio Submission (6 Images)

Label the file Last name_first initial_NCC_1.jpg - Last name_first initial_NCC_2.jpg, Last name_first initial_NCC_3.jpg, etc.

15 Famous Street Photographers
All worthy of a deep exploration. Do you have a favorite?

Dropicana -

•Ramps from southbound I-15 to east- and westbound Tropicana CLOSED starting Tuesday, January 17 (Both ramps from SB I-15 to Tropicana Ave. will be closed for several months).

•Tropicana Ave. CLOSED between Dean Martin Dr. and New York-New York from January 22 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 30.

•I-15 CLOSED between Russell Rd. and Flamingo Rd. from 10:00 p.m. Friday, January 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 30.

Fremont Parking Info:

week 2: January  26, 2023

Class will Meet outside in front of HENNESSEY'S TAVERN at 10am sharp. 425 Fremont St #110, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Allow time to navigate and park. Best to be early. (DON"T BE LATE) Paid street or deck parking can be found around here. Free parking is a walk. Last time I checked it was 10th and Fremont. Free parking is on the Atomic Liquor side not the large empty lot at the corner.
Remember to allow enough time for getting to the meet spot before class begins.

We will be exploring Fremont Street. Architecture, people, stories, light, and details. Just get out and make photos. Your goal for today is 300 frames. Work on exploring composition and finding stories in the image. Go beyond a single snap work from far to close - High to low. Don’t forget a detail might work in your story.

•Food: A class tradition is meeting for a meal or snack a coffee before class begins, Let me know if you are coming (EMAIL ME - [email protected] -  NO texts please) and get there on time. Restaurants will not seat us without everyone there. Be sure to bring cash. Credit cards are difficult for splitting the check. Many places will not give individual checks. Everyone thanks you in advance!
Breakfast 8:45: HENNESSEY'S TAVERN - 425 Fremont St #110, Las Vegas, NV 89101


Photographing Homeless People - The ethical and humanistic concerns

A Formerly Homeless Photographer on How to (and Not to) Photograph Homeless People.
Photographer Robert Shults, who was homeless and living on the streets for several months in 2001, explains the ethical challenges of photographing homeless people, and points out good and bad examples of photo projects about them.

Photographing the Homeless: Art or Exploitation?
Street Photography Magazine - John Simpson

The Ethics of Photographing the Homeless
September 20, 2020 Arnold Plotnick -

A Photographer Documented The Housing Crisis By Asking People How They Became Homeless.
Photographer: Jeffrey Wolin - Buzzfeed News Director: Kate Bubacz

These are things we need to think about when making images. Lets have a discussion.
If you start your research by googling  "photographing the homeless"  this and thousands more articles appear.

Here is a simple plugin for Photoshop to automate a Watermark. The FREE version has limited functionality, but works for what we are doing. The Pro version is $34.90

I am using the Free version.

week 3: Feb 2, 2023

The Fremont Street Exploration continues.

Meet at Public US 10AM
1126 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Breakfast 8:45 - Menu:


Things to explore this week - People, head back towards Fremont East and the Fremont Experience. more people will appear as the day moves forward. You may want to think and look at architecture and then shift your focus to people. Starting from this location and heading towards Eastern will lead to vintage restored signs and old hotels along with some new construction.

People - Do you want to shoot from a distance (telephoto Lens)? Do you want to be up-close (wide angle lens)? Think about how those two approaches differ in the meaning of your images you will be creating? What type of people do you want to photograph? Locals, tourists, young, old, street performers, the odd, the funny, the homeless?

If you choose to photograph the homeless think deeply about what you want to say as a photographer. What will your images convey to your viewer about this nation wide epidemic? Do you talk to these people? Do you give them money, food, a smile? The most important thing to remember these are people who are in terrible circumstance for many different reasons. Many people and many photographers believe the homeless should not be photographed because of their vulnerability. If you post on social media you may find yourself defending your position. Be respectful of your viewers even if they are not respectful of you.

Defining your motives and goals when making images will help you talk about your images in an articulate manner and this will become the basis of your artist statement.

Demonstrate your humanity in how you approach and treat all people.

Do you shoot color or B&W? Why did you choose one over the other?

Photographing Murals - Graffiti - Street Art

Can You Sell Photos of Graffiti
From the Website:

A Basic Look at the Ethics and Rules for Photographing Graffiti
From the Website:

The Ethics of Street Photography
By Joseph Walsh -

40 Years of Photographing Street Art Around the World.
Interview by Maria Vittoria Baravelli

week 4: Feb 9, 2023
Project 1 - Begins this week.
We will Be starting our book project. I chose this location for L: Love, Lyrical, Luxurious. Many Wedding Chapels are in this area. You may choose to go elsewhere to make your images, but you must meet here for the start of class.

This Weeks Focus - LOVE - HATE - What do you want to say on this day?    -ELVIS

Meet 10am - Location meet at Bungalow Coffee Co
201 E Charleston Blvd Suite 180, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Breakfast/coffee: 9:00am
Free Parking across the street by Artifice

Stephen Shore unpacks The Book of Books

Stephen Shore website -

Print on Demand Books (POD)

Blurb -

MagCloud -

Hit the Books with Dan Milnor: Getting Started (Blurb)

Book making/Zine and inspiration YouTube playlist

Arts District Parking:

Arts District Metered Parking - Free Parking 11am-1pm, M-F

Spot Angels Map - This looks very useful!

City of Las Vegas

Where to park for free ON THE STRIP:

  • Wynn Las Vegas
  • Encore Las Vegas
  • The Venetian
  • The Palazzo
  • The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Skypod
  • Sahara Las Vegas
  • Circus Circus Hotel & Casino
  • Tropicana Las Vegas
  • Treasure Island
  • Fashion Show Mall
    Guests who are not rewards members can gain access to free parking and other benefits if they download the company's mobile app and sign-up. Those who do not will pay $10 for parking.

    •If you live close to the Strip or Fremont consider taking an Uber, Lyft, or Taxi. A lot of times it can be cheaper than what the parking would cost you.

week 5: Feb 16, 2023

Book Project 1
A: Atmospheric, Abundant, Adornment

Cosmopolitan, 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
10am -Meet in front of Block 16 Urban Food Hall - - Level 2, Boulevard Tower
•Food: 8:45 - Block 16 Urban Food Hall - District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew. - Level 2, Boulevard Tower
-email me if you are joining us.

Kim Cochrane and Connie Palen will be joining us today to share their photographic journeys. They will both be at breakfast, so I hope you can join us and  spend time before class talking photography. They will both be out sharing their thoughts and eye as we explore today. Both are part of our flickr group and you may have seen some comments or like by them this semester.

Connie Palen -  You will find links to social media on Connie's website. Her personal work differs from her commercial work. She will be happy to talk about either and answer questions.

Kim Cochrane - You will probably need to friend or follow Kim to see her work. She is pretty locked down. It will be worth the effort.
FB -

week 6: Feb 23, 2023 

Book Project 1
S: Sumptuous, Superficial, Surreal

Caesars Palace
3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

10am - Meet at the Forum Food Hall in Caesars
Food 9am - There looks to be a few options here.
Bobby's Burgers has some breakfast sandwiches and Starbucks.

Forum food Hall CaesarsIMG_2696Forum food Hall Caesars

Treasure Island - The Palazzo/Venetian are probably the closest free parking - If parking here allow enough time to walk to our meeting spot. It is not close.

week 7: March 2, 2023

Book Project 1
V: Voyeur, Vanishing, Vibrant

Up High
Stratosphere, 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Free parking here.
10am Meet at the Ticket Box for the Tower Tickets
-No tripods or monopods. Pack light they get cranky with tons of gear. You will go through security to go up and bags will be checked.
TOWER TICKETS -Nevada Resident – I'm looking into pricing
•Food: Starbucks inside the Strat - 9am
-email me if you are joining us.

Climbing to the Top of the Burj Khalifa -The World's Tallest Building | Behind-the-Scenes
Joe McNally

week 8: March 9, 2023

Book Project 1
E: Evocative, Eclectic, Exploitative

Arts District
10am In the parking lot S. Art Way and Boulder Ave. (Behind the Arts Factory) Where we parked in week 4
•Food: TBD
-email me if you are joining us.

Spring Break - March 13-19, 2023

week 9: March 23, 2023

Book Project 1
G: Glowing, Grandeur, Garish

Circus Circus and surrounding area.
Free Parking at Circus Circus
10am Meet in the parking lot of the Peppermill - Park in Back
985 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
•Food: 8:30, Peppermill
-email me if you are joining us. They will not seat if everyone is not there - This is a favorite breakfast of mine.

Social Landscape photography is explored within the layers and depth of how the environment and people interact within the frame. Lee Friedlander is known for his work in this genre.
Google Lee Friedlander - Lots to explore! - One of my all time favorite photographers.

New Topographies: Photos of a Man-Altered Landscape.
Photographers: Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, Nicholas Nixon, John Schott, Stephen Shore, Henry Wessel

week 10: March 30, 2023 

Book Project 1
A: Alluring, Artificial, Allusion
Venetian, 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Free Parking
10am -Meet TBD

-email me if you are joining us.

Push away from object photography, look for a story to tell. 

week 11: April 6, 2023


Media Fest - APRIL 3-6, 2023 

You Are Required to attend Media Fest during class, this will not count towards the extra credit. If you come for the morning session or the evening session that will count as extra credit. If you miss class April 5th, 2023 you will recieve a (-10PTS)

8 Extra credit points per day for attending events and making images.
Sign in on my office door when you arrive - NLV 1718 -
Submit images through the Canvas Portal.

In The Canvas Comments tell me the events attended - the speakers - what you learned - thoughts - anything else you would care to share.
You will need all 3 of the above for full extra credit.
Schedule to be posted before the event -

This will be a ton of fun and great info - I can't wait to see you all there!

week 12: April 13, 2023

Book Project 1
S: Sensuous, Swanky, Serene
Sahara Las Vegas -
2535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Meet - TBD

week 13: April 20, 2023

This week we are on the south side of the strip.

I originally suggested meeting at the Tropicana, after talking with Patricia she suggested the MGM – They have a food court for our beginning of class meeting.

So, if you are coming for food. 9am in the foodcourt,

Class meets at 10am – we will meet in the MGM Foodcourt

This week we will explore the south side of the strip - The Famous Welcome to Las Vegas Sign, the Tropicana, NYNY.

This will be tough to get to for those of us on the other side of 15_Dropicana -
Plan your time, how you will get to The Tropicana to meet up.

PARKING - I would park at the Tropicana (free parking) and walk over to MGM. Its not far, but allow time to walk and please be on time - 10am

week 14: April 27, 2023

Hi All,

I think we have all done Resorts World – Lets head back to the Arts District/Fremont Street area.

Most of us have not photographed the area between the two.

Meet at Bungalow Coffee where we have met before.

Meet 10am - Location meet at Bungalow Coffee Co
201 E Charleston Blvd Suite 180, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Breakfast/coffee: 9:00am
Free Parking across the street by Artifice

Have a snappy day!



week 15: May 4, 2023

Class Vote -
1 - Classroom to print/mount and/or bind books.
2 - Out making images to finish up the semester.

- Final Projects DUE May 11, 2023
Meet in the Classroom 10am with Finished Projects to share with the class.

Mini Book Trade