KSU Elementary Photography Class


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Elementary Photography JMC-12001-001-201010 Syllabus

Fall 2010  — Franklin 415  — Monday 7-9 p.m.

Professor: Jim Arnold

Phone: (234) 542-0822 (Google Voice)

Email: jim AT jimarnold DOT org

Office Hours: By appointment

Text: There is not a required textbook for this class. Instead you will be assigned reading online.

Catalogue Description: Photography (2 credits)

Introduction to fundamentals and techniques of still and motion picture photography. Terminal course for students who do not have photography requirements. Prerequisite: None.

General Course Description:

This is a beginning photography course. No prior knowledge of photography is needed or expected. Students will learn basic photographic principles relevant to digital photography as well as beginning digital techniques. The class will also stress image composition. The purpose of this class is to learn how to create photographs with technical and aesthetic quality.

Course Objectives:

* To learn basic camera operation and feel comfortable with manual settings on a digital camera.

* To engage in critical analyses of photographs.

* To make visually interesting photographs which are technically competent.

* To refine your ability to think and make deliberate decisions about the images you create.

* To study and learn skills such as composition, quality of light, moment and continually reinforce basic understandings of exposure and critical focus.

* To learn to use Photoshop in the creation of images for the web and print.

* Learn how to archive your photographs


The class will be conducted in large part as a workshop, with practical exercises executed during class time. Always bring your camera to class, as activities or instruction may require you to use your camera.

Class attendance is necessary for you to understand the concepts and assignments. Attendance will be taken and count toward your final grade.

Depending on your individual skill level, you may need to spend considerable time in the digital darkroom during open lab hours, which will be set early in the semester.

Except under the most extreme circumstances, no make-up quizzes or assignments will be given.

Assignments (not including the final project) must be turned in at the beginning of the class period when they are due. Assignments turned in late will only be accepted until the next class meeting period, where they will receive only half of the points for the assignment.

Every student’s participation in class is essential. You will all be asked to speak in class by asking questions, stating opinions, critiquing each other’s work and answering questions from previous lectures.

You will be required to read assigned text.

Enjoy yourself. You are going to make a lot of images and become a better photographer while having fun. You will get out of this class what you put into it.


1. Attendance/Participation (10%): (100 pts.)

Attendance will be taken each class period, and you will be expected to finish the practical exercises covered in class. These exercises will be based on working with your camera, or working on technical exercises in the computer lab. You will not be given individual grades for the exercises. Many of the assignments required in the class will be explained in depth during class, and additional reading materials may be distributed. Missing class makes it extremely difficult to keep up with the assignment work.

2. Quizzes (15%): (150 pts.)

There is some basic information you need to know in order to be a good photographer. Terminology and a basic understanding of how your camera works, along with how to make good pictures is essential to your success in this class. There will be 3 quizzes given during the semester to test this basic knowledge.

3. Shooting Assignments (60%): (600 points)

You will have ten shooting assignments, in addition to an in-depth project that will count as your final. You’ll receive detailed instructions in class before you have to shoot the assignment. Feel free to ask questions – if you don’t understand something, chances are someone else needs some help, too.

If you complete the assignment you will receive the 60 points. Please see the sections “Plagiarism and Time Frame of Assignments” and “Requirements” in this syllabus in regards to not completing assignments, turing in assignments late or submitting material now produced during the timeframe of the assignment.

Some of the assignments may involve shooting video instead of still images.

How to turn in your assignments:

You will use a photo sharing service (Google Picasa, Flickr, etc) as the primary way to submit your assignments for a grade.

Here is how to turn in your assignment should it be impossible to use a photo sharing service:

On a CD, or preferably, a memory card, USB flash drive or portable hard drive, create a top-level directory with your name and the assignment as the name of the folder (example: John Smith – Self Portrait). Inside of that folder create another folder called “all images.” Inside of this folder you will place all the images you shot for the assignment. Inside of the top-level directory (at the same level of the “all images” folder) place the image you have selected as your favorite.

If you submit your assignment on a CD write your name and the name of the assignment on the CD. Please place your CD in a paper CD holder. Images contained on flash media will be copied and returned to you that class period.

Loose CDs will not be accepted.

4. Final Project (15%): (150 pts.)

Your final project is a “photo a day” visual diary during the last three weeks of the class. Between November 15 and  December 6 (which is 22 days) the goal is to carry your camera with you throughout the day, being on the lookout for an interesting photograph. It’s as simple and difficult as that. The goal is to produce a visually interesting image each day, forcing you to become a visual diarist. At the last class on December 6 you will turn in your favorite photo from each day and a digital folder for each day containing all the images you made for the final project. To complete the assignment you must turn in a MINIMUM of 15 images. Each image must be taken on a different day.


100-92 = A

91-89 = A-

88-86 = B+

85-83 = B

82-79 = B-

78-76 = C+

75-73 = C

72-69 = C-

68-66 = D+

65-59 = D

58-56 = D-

> 55 = F

Materials and supplies:

* A digital camera, while not required, is strongly preferred. A digital camera with manual settings for exposure and interchangeable lenses will help you get the most out of this class.

* At least two memory cards for your digital camera.

* A card reader to download images from your cards to a computer.

* USB Flash Drive or portable USB or Firewire hard drive

* Blank CDs (probably around a dozen) and protective CD sleeves will be needed if cannot turn in images on flash memory.

Photographic Lab Facility and Digital Darkroom

The digital darkroom, located in Franklin 124, contains computers with the necessary software to help complete your assignments. The lab attendant in 114 can let you into the room during lab hours, and can provide a card reader if you need one to download images. Make sure to take your work with you when you leave, and not leave it on the lab computers.

American Disabilities Act:

University policy 3342-3-01.3 requires that students with disabilities be provided reasonable accommodations to ensure their equal access to course content. If you have a documented disability and require accommodations, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester to make arrangements for necessary classroom adjustments. Please note, you must first verify your eligibility for these through Student Accessibility Services (contact 330-672-3391 or visit http://www.kent.edu/sas for more information on registration procedures).

Diversity and Sexual Harassment:

We are part of a diverse community. If you experience any kind of racial prejudice or sexual harassment from another individual in this class, you need to report it so that action may be taken to help insure you feel comfortable in your learning environment.

Plagiarism and Time Frame of Assignments:

In photography, plagiarism shall be considered as knowingly representing someone else’s photograph as one’s own. The penalty for such an offense will be an “F” for the course.

It is expected that the photographs you turn in for your assignments are photographs that you shoot this semester and not sometime prior to this semester. All assignments must be shot during the time period allotted.

Statement on Cheating and Plagiarism:

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication deals in publishable works and educates its students for various aspects of publishing and other communications professions. Within this framework, every student must be aware of the following rules and definitions while in school or on the job:

Fabrication is, in phrasing first used by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the cardinal sin. Faking quotations, faking “facts”, reporting things that did not happen are not only reprehensible; they could be actionable in court.

Plagiarizing, as defined by Webster, is “to steal and pass off as one’s own the ideas or words of another”. It is unethical and, in cases involving creative work, usually illegal. One of the worst sins a communications practitioner may commit is to plagiarize the work of another – to steal his/her words, thought, or outline and pass them off as his/her own.

Duplicating work is defined as submitting the same work to more than one instructor (or publication) without the prior knowledge and agreement of both.

Commission of any of these offenses while in school is grounds for disciplinary action. If the complaint is upheld, a variety of punishments may be imposed, from a reprimand to a lowered or failing grade in the course to dismissal from the university.

Student Accessibility Services

University policy 3342-3-01.3 requires that students with disabilities be provided reasonable accommodations to ensure their equal access to course content. If you have a documented disability and require accommodations, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester to make arrangements for necessary classroom adjustments. Please note, you must first verify your eligibility for these through Student Accessibility Services (contact 330-672-3391 or visit www.kent.edu/sas for more information on registration procedures).


Written by whhs84

January 19, 2010 at 3:58 am

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