Syllabus 136B Las Vegas Document

Spring 2023

PHO  136B - 2001  (25989)  Las Vegas Document  NLV BLDG A 1744 Protz

Professor: Heather Protz
Prerequisites: none
Computer Lab: NLV BLDG A 1744
Office : NLV BLDG A 1718
Office Hours: posted on door I encouraged you to take advantage of office hours for help with coursework or anything else connected with the course and your progress.
Phone: 702-651-4977  It is best to email me I only check messages when I am on campus.
Email: [email protected]
I will respond to emails within 24 hours.   Include a clear subject line, your name and class.

Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Course Description:
In this class the student will explore Las Vegas through the lens of the camera. The student will go on weekly group shoots to iconic locations around Las Vegas. The student will create, maintain and update their own personal blog and contribute to the class blog as well as Social Media outlets over the semester.

Please do not ask me if you can bring friends, family  children, boyfriends, girlfriends on shoots. In this is a class you have a responsibility to shoot and explore. Bringing along non-photographers you will lose your focus and will do poorly when shooting. Never go off on your own, always photograph with someone from the class. We will break off and shoot in small groups. Everyone will have my mobile #, you must come to the first class to get the mobile #.

Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Assess lighting needs and compositional challenges while on location.
2. Post-process images for output to different printing and viewing options (book, lab, inkjet, monitor).
3. Generate layouts and templates for blogs and books.
4. Conceive, shoot, process ideas/images for a long term project.

To be Successful in this Class:
1) Don’t be late for class. This class starts at 10am.
2) Work consistently, don’t procrastinate. Aim for 1-2 shoots per week to succeed in this class.
3) Always submit to Flickr and Canvas weekly.
4) Always check the website before class, for unexpected changes or updates to the days plans.
5) Have fun, explore, share ideas, have an open mind, be respectful or others, work hard, shoot more!

web site:
Download appropriate materials before class meets.

 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 your weekly image uploads to Canvas, Flickr, comments on Flickr, contest entries, MediaFest Participation, and Final Project.
•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.
•All work must be photographed in the current semester. You are responsible for your metadata, check and update your camera metadata. (Time and date)
•Work must be handed in on the date specified.
•NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS will be accepted.

“C” quality work is submitted on time and to the specifications of the project
outline and is considered average in scope. Any exceptional work will be given a higher grade.
Projects will be graded on correct submission of files, quantity/quality of shot images. Each
selected/edited photograph will be graded on exposure, correct color, focus, composition, concept,
artistic expression and execution of the assignment and critique participation.
Superior work meets and exceeds the criteria. “A” quality work will demonstrate a high quality of
craft, an exploration of concept and showing the effort made. Students will be expected to improve
their technical and critical abilities throughout the term. The level of improvement will be a
determining factor in receiving a better grade.

Letter Grade System:
A – Mastery of the technical and conceptual photographic concepts.
Including participation attendance. Thought and time invested in the assignment. Understanding and explanation of subject and composition as requested. Exploring creativity in your assignment (subject, composition, time of day, lighting, angles, textures, patterns)
B – A strong grasp of the technical and conceptual photographic concepts. Exploration of subject, composition, angles, texture, pattern. On-time participation and attendance.
C – Average understanding of photographic 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.

Late Grade Policy 2023

Work submitted on time will be graded with full points possible.
2-7 days late the highest grade possible is a B
8-14 days late the highest grade possible is a C
15-21 days late the highest grade possible is a D
22 days or later 0

Check the weekly projects for any additional late grade restrictions.
Extra Credit opportunities have a firm deadline - Late submission will not be accepted.
The Final Project/Series has a firm deadline- Late submission will not be accepted.

10 images each week will be submitted through Canvas

-Native camera resolution. .jpg images, Do not resize.
-Cropping is allowed. Why are you cropping? Work to make every element in your image have meaning. 
-Challenge for the semester - Frame in camera, no cropping in your image editing software.
-No watermark on submissions through Canvas
•In Canvas comments with your submission identify 3 of your image, why you chose the images, what content, story, or reason for your choice.

•Submit your 10 images each week to our Flickr: Las Vegas Document Group.

-Upload up to 10 images a week, no more. 
-All images must include metadata.
-Include your watermark on the the Flickr images.
-Submit full size jpg images saved at a quality of 10.
-Spend some time, see and explore what your classmates are creating. Like and comment on a minimum of 1 image, per classmate, each week.
-All Flickr images should have your watermark and have your copyright in the metadata.

25 points per weekly shoot

Extra Credit - Contest Entries Due Before March 3, 2023

Final Project 100 points
Print on demand book/magazine using Magcloud or Blurb
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.

Finals week submission
•Your Final Project
•A printed contact sheet including image titles. 6 images (2 columns 3 rows) - 8images (2 columns 4 rows) images per page filling the page.
•A printed page with your series title, Artist/Project statement
               -If presenting a book, a link to where to purchase the book.

Due: Thursday, May 11, 2023, 10am

- no late projects accepted -

•No fully AI generated images will be allowed for use in class.
    -Accepted AI using Photoshop - Neural Filters, Intelligent Refine Edge, Object Selection Tools, Sky Replacement, Content Aware, Remove Background.
•No AI generated written projects/assignments will be accepted.                                           
***Submitted  A.I. imagery will receive a “0” for the project/assignment with no opportunity for re-submission.
If you ever have a question about acceptable AI it is better to ask first than to go against the accepted practices.

Students are responsible for backing up all images, projects and exercises through the last day of the semester.
All album URL's, including project content 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 and graded in Canvas.
No work submitted outside of Canvas will be accepted.
All Comments written or audio will be found with the grade in Canvas.

Class will begin on time. Please arrive a few minutes early. Allow for traffic, parking, crowds unexpected delays.
Being late to class will be counted as an absence. 2 late arrivals or missed class and your final grade will be reduced by one letter grade. 4 late arrivals 2 letter grade reduction. 4 missed classes you will fail the class.
If you are absent from class it is your responsibility to find out what was missed and make
up that work, notes, handouts, demonstrations etc.

Remember to communicate with me. I may be able to help.

CSN PHOTO LAB POLICY: See lab policy handout

Safety Procedures - Approved classroom safety procedures are posted in each classroom and are to be followed.
Students are to familiarize themselves with the nearest exit to use during fire alarm exercises. Do NOT use the elevators
during these drills. Students will take ALL personal belongings with them when exiting the building. No student will be
allowed back into the facility until the all clear is given.

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. With the In-App purchase you Will not have access to Adobe Portfolio, but you can use the free Adobe Express for 2 projects this semester.

You can access all Adobe Software for free on CSN Campus Computer Labs.

Free Lightroom Mobile Guide

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 areworking in a computer lab at CSN


The Canvas Student Quick start Guide be found at:
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• 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. 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.

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”. Students not officially with January 30, 2023.  The last day to Officially Drop with a status of “W” - March 24, 2023

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

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. 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

or visit

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.