Spring 2016

PHO 254B Big Digital 3 (2,2,0,0)

Professor: Heather Protz
Prerequisite: PHO 112B, or permission of the instructor
Corequisite: None
Computer Lab: Cheyenne
Office : 1718 Cheyenne
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] want to get my attention quicker use this email [email protected]
I will respond to emails within 24 hours.   Include a clear subject line, your name and class.

Course Description:
This course will use medium format digital backs, Pro DSLR's and professional scanners to produce large digital files. Using these files, we will print to professional wide format printers

Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Obtain first hand experience with professional quality equipment capable of producing large file size or print size.
2. Obtain first hand experience working with large file sizes.
3. Up-size files from pro DSLR type cameras suitable for use with the wide format printers.
4. Scan medium and large format negatives or chromes to be printed on the wide format printers.
5. Obtain first hand experience with the wide format printers made by Epson.
6. Develop a professional work flow strategy.
7. Catalog and organize digital images.

Things we will explore:
1. To gain an advanced Photoshop CC knowledge specific to digital photography and large format output.
2. To think more creatively about image enhancement, manipulation, and compositing of images.
3. To develop effective ways to talk about and critique work.
4. Creative problem solving.
5. Develop individual style and creativity in the photograph image produced.
6. An understanding of craftsmanship & presentation of work.
7. To produce a significant project combining the techniques and concepts generated in the course.

To be Successful in this Class
1. The student will maintain a notebook containing all lecture and demonstration materials, course assignment
 spec sheets, and all negatives, proof sheets, and prints pertaining to assignments.

2. Scan & digital capture all images used for class assignments.

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. The student will participate in required field trips.

6. You must spend a minimum of 1/2 hour a day working on Adobe Photoshop or creating/photographing images
7. No music is allowed in class unless operated with headphones and only during open lab periods.

8. No Mobile PHONES in class, turn to silent

9. No surfing the web is permitted during lecture periods.

10. 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).
11. You must have Adobe Photoshop CC current or recent version. Students are responsible for providing their own, cameras and software. Photoshop Elements will not function the for this class, this is a professional imaging class for aspiring professionals.

12. Contact me if you are having any troubles, I am here to help you succeed!

Class Rules:
1. 1st person in the classroom prints first. You must be ready to print. No working on the print station computer. Files should be retouched, sized, sharpened and ready to print.
•••Sign Up on the white board when you arrive•••
2. Don’t be late for class. This class starts on time. Slides, discussion, how to -this is the core of the class.
3. Negativity and sarcasm ruin the class. Constructive opinions are welcome, I am open to opinions that are thought out and expressed appropriately.
4. Always have your notebook, hard drives, materials you need for class.
5. Work consistently, don’t procrastinate. Things will go wrong.
6. Have fun, explore, share ideas, have an open mind, be respectful or others, work hard, shoot more, print BIG.

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 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 issues,
including participation attendance and attitude.
B – A strong grasp of the technical and conceptual issues, including participation, attendance and attitude.
C – Average understanding of the technical and conceptual issues,
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.
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”

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.

Occasionally images are graded in a class group critique. Participation in critique is essential to the evaluation procedure, and every student is expected to attend with her/his completed projects.

Attendance Classroom:
Class will begin on time. Please arrive a few minutes early. If you are absent from class it is your responsibility to find out what was missed and make up that work, quizzes, notes, handouts, demonstrations etc. The instructor will not take class time to assist in lab makeups, nor will come in outside of scheduled hours to do so.
2  absences will result in a final GRADE reduction of one letter grade for the semester.
Absences for which a medical or court excuse is provided (professional letterhead required) will be recorded but not figured in the attendance/participation grade. Likewise, one absence for which advance notice is given by phone or in person will not be figured in the attendance grade. Any significant tardy or early departure from class will be figured as a half absence. (4 tardies is a final grade letter reduction) Keep in mind that this is an occupational course, and attendance is important here just as it will be in the employment for which this course is in part designed to prepare you. Communicate with me throughout the semester if something is going on, so I can help you succeed in this class.

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.

Makeup work is to be arranged with the lab assistant. The instructor will not be available for any lab makeup time. Makeup can generally be accomplished the day after the scheduled lab demonstration, with the lab assistant supervising. However, remember that the final evaluation of the student’s work comes from the instructor, not the lab assistant. If the lab assistant guides the student on the project, the instructor still may find fault with the project and it is the student’s responsibility to make any necessary adjustments. The student is encouraged to take advantage of the time the instructor is in the lab and not rely on the lab assistant or other students for advice.

• Lecture: Skills and academic principles are explained by the instructor.
• Demonstration: The performance skills and objectives are demonstrated by the instructor.
• Labs: The students perform labs which may be drills or actual operations, first with instructor supervision and then without instructor supervision.
• 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.

Book required
No book required, but this is a good book to have in your library.

The Elements of Photography: Understanding and Creating Sophisticated Images [Paperback]

Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers: A professional image editor’s guide to the creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC Paperback, by Martin Evening

Notebook Requirement:
Each student is required to maintain a 3-ring notebook in which the student will keep all assignments, notes, handouts and negatives. Maintaining a good photo notebook is important so that all materials are organized and easy to retrieve. Bring the notebook with you to all classes and work sessions.

Download appropriate materials before class meets,
How to’s, assignments, etc
web site:

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:
•If work is not graded in class.  Turn in your assignment on a flash drive. I will keep this for up to two weeks. You may need more than one.
•9 x 12 envelopes for handing in work.  Include your contact info and class when turning in work on the outside of the envelope.
•REQUIRED: Portable Hard Drive, More storage space can use for all your classes.
•Canon print papers, Glossy Photo Paper, Luster Photo Paper, Semigloss Photo Paper 8.5×11,   (You may want to print your final on the larger 13×19 paper)
•Matts for Final (white or black) no smaller than 11×14 inches
•Compact Flash card for digital cameras
•Card reader appropriate to your media

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

Student Rights:
Reference to students’ rights and responsibilities pertaining to CSN policies and services are found in the College Catalog and on the CSN website.

Students are responsible for all information found in the CSN Student Handbook 

CSN POLICIES AND SERVICES - Students’ Rights and Responsibilities pertaining to CSN policies and services are found at https://www.csn.edu/policies-procedures

COURSE WITHDRAWAL POLICY - EFFECTIVE Spring 2014, per the President, 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 10, 2017. The last day to Officially Drop with a status of “W” is November 5, 2017. 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 the 2017-2018 General Catalog & Student Handbook

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 https://www.csn.edu/policies-procedures

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 https://www.csn.edu/policies-procedures

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.

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 - Help students learn academic success strategies, explore careers, declare a major, develop a personalized success plan, learn to navigate the educational system, benefit from campus and community resources, and connect to campus life. Advisors/Success Coaches also help new to college students with course planning. Locations: CHARLESTON Bldg. D – Lobby, 702-651-7367; NLV 1100 Student Services Area, 702-651-2626; and HENDERSON Bldg. B –Student Services Area, 702-651-3103. More infor can be found at https://www.csn.edu/advising

CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS (CAS) - All CSN students receive free academic and learning support for developing skills in accounting, reading, writing, math, science, creating college presentations, and more. Drop-in and appointment based tutoring is available. CAS Contact information for main offices: NLV Campus – Bldg. S Room 247 – 702-651-4232, Charleston Campus – Bldg. D Room 203 – 702-651-5732, and Henderson Campus – Bldg. B Room 201 – 702-651-3125. Please visit one of the CAS Centers or visit www.csn.edu/centers-academic-success for more information.

DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER - The College of Southern Nevada, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, requests that all students with documented disabilities voluntarily contact the Disability Resource Center so that the college can provide necessary accommodations.  * If you have a documented disability that may require assistance, you will need to contact the Disability Resource Center located in the Student Service Center on each campus before the instructor can make accommodations.

NLV - 702-651-4045, Henderson, 702-651-3795, Charleston - 702-651-5644. More information is available at https://www.csn.edu/drc

COLLEGE LIBRARY SERVICES - College Library Services offers ongoing research workshops throughout the semester. Bring your topic or assignment to one of the workshops on the basics of locating and citing quality information and receive in-depth assistance with a librarian. Check out the schedule at http://sites.csn.edu/library/.

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.

Charleston Interactive Learning Center - 702-651-5731

NLV Interactive Learning Center - 702-651-4592

Henderson Interactive Learning Center - 702-651-3002

Summerlin High-Tech Center - 702-651-4900

Western High-Tech Center - 702-651-4898

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


DEPARTMENTAL/SCHOOL COUNSELORS - Faculty counselors help returning, continuing, and transfer students select courses, obtain degree audits, and develop educational and vocational plans according to selected majors.

  • If you are a new student or have no declared major, you will meet with a CSN success coach for all your advising needs, including course planning and career exploration services. To schedule an appointment, please go to csnacs.mywconline.com/.
  • If you are a student who has declared a major within Media Technologies, CSN has assigned you a counselor who is an expert on your declared major and can help you effectively navigate your program.  The Media Technology Counselors are:

Mark Haag

Office: CY A 2748

Phone: 702.651.2668

Email: [email protected]


Emily Rafael

Office: CY A 2748

Phone: 702.651.4937

Email: [email protected]


Rosemary Hall

Office: WC C 151-C

Phone: 702-651-7375

Email:     [email protected]


FACULTY E-ALERT SYSTEM - Faculty members may refer struggling students to Advising and Coaching Services via MyCSN in order that they receive timely assistance in passing their class. If contacted by Advising and Coaching Services’ E-Alert office, be sure to respond quickly and utilize interventions to help you successfully complete this class.


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