Digital Photography Syllabus - Lansing Catholic High School

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					         Digital Photography Course Syllabus
         Lansing Catholic High School

         Mrs. Jodi Kramarczyk
       Room 112
         Voicemail: 267-2116


    I.   Course Description
         This course is intended to introduce students to the use of the digital camera as a tool to create

        art.  Learning is assessed through weekly photo shoots, an online journal, photographer

        presentation, matting of two best prints, a sequential poster, in-class worksheets, photo

        display projects and a powerpoint presentation. Students will generally receive basic

        instruction, demonstration and see examples of desired outcomes at the beginning of each

        period. Students will be allowed to go outside of the classroom to shoot assignments based on

        what they are learning.

    II. Course Content
           a. Areas of Study: Basic Composition, Advanced Composition, Self-Reflection, Portrait
              Photography, Animals & Children, Scenic Photography, Macro Photography, Elements of
              Design, Product Shots and Action Shots.

            b. Skills - At the end of this course you will have learned: How to use various features of
               the camera to have creative control of your photographs, be able to decide what type of
               lighting to use in a given situation to produce optimum results, see how photographic
               composition can make or break a photograph and understand how to use photo editing
               software to improve the overall appearance of images.

            c. Reading & Writing Requirements:
                  i. Reading - Students will read handouts that will be provided to them on the
                      techniques of the composition element they are learning each week.
                  ii. Writing - Students will be required to write formal captions and information for
                      all pieces of photography. All written work must be in full complete sentences
                      with correct punctuation.

            d. Course Schedule – for a more detailed plan please see the table at the end of this
               syllabus. Dates for topics as well as some activities or assignments are subject to

    III. Course Materials
            a. Textbook - None required for this class. Handouts will be provided to students and
               kept in a 3-ring binder or folder.

            b. General supplies –
                  i. A camera and the camera manual that belongs to that camera.
                           1. Your camera should be at least 4 megapixel, have a optical zoom and the
                              ability to switch to different settings or manual mode.
                  ii. A USB cable to connect your camera to the computer or a card reader.
                  iii. A 3-ring binder or folder for handouts and information given to students in
                  iv. A pen & pencil for note-taking and in-class assignments. PLEASE DO NOT
                  v. A flash drive to back up digital work and transfer images.
IV. Course Policies
       a. Attendance/absences/tardiness –
              i. If you are absent, please consult a fellow classmate or Mrs. K to get material that
                   you have missed. You are responsible for any information given during your
              ii. For excused absences you have as many days as you are absent to make up the
                   work as is school policy.
              iii. Students will not be allowed to make up any work missed from an unexcused
                   absence or tardy.

       b. Make-up work/late work –
             i. Any assignment not turned in on time on the date due receives a grade of zero
                  unless prior arrangements have been made with Mrs. K, or you have an excused
                  absence, in which case, the assignment is due in accordance with the policies in
                  the Student Handbook.
             ii. It is your responsibility to find out what you have missed when you are absent,
                  and to be prepared when you return to class. Ask your classmates for this
                  you fail to do so, and sit quietly in class every day hoping I will forget about your
                  missing grade, you will receive a zero on that task because you did not complete
                  it. DO THE WORK! It will help reinforce what you need to know or a skill that will
                  be useful later on.

   c. Classroom rules/expectations –
              i.   Student Expectations
                      1. When the second bell rings everyone should be in their seat SILENTLY
                         logging in to their computer account.
                      2. ALWAYS bring your camera!
                      3. Do not bring work, books, etc from other classes with you.
                      4. Contribute to daily discussions.
                      5. No gum, food or drink inside the Computer Lab at anytime.
                      6. Students are to handle all school equipment with care (cameras, lights,
                         computer software, etc.)
                      7. Students are to avoid shooting photos in or near other classrooms as not
                         to disrupt the teaching and learning of others.
                      8. Students are not allowed to leave school grounds to take photos.
                      9. Students will be expected to professionally print 2 8x10 photographs for
                         display as well as one photograph on a weekly basis (using a computer
                         printer or professional printing studio).

              ii. Classroom Protocol
                      1. Students will be considered tardy if they arrive to class after the second
                         bell. You will not be admitted without a slip from the Front Office or the
                         teacher who held you over. If the door is shut, please do not knock. Wait
                         silently by the door until the door is opened for you. If we are outside
                          shooting photos, a note will be left on the door as to where the class is
                      2. Bathroom breaks are a disruption during class and should only be taken
                         if it is an emergency, which means this should happen RARELY.
                      3. Listening is a crucial skill to develop and is respectful of others. Only one
                         person should be talking at a time. Side conversations are RUDE and
                      4. Class does not end when the bell rings, it ends when I have dismissed the
                         class after making sure it is neat and orderly for the next group just as
                         you found it. Don't shut your brain off early!
                      5. RESPECT ~ for each other,for the work we are doing on our yearbook, and
                         for any guests we may have.

       d. Disciplinary polices
              i.   Cheating in any form is unacceptable. If you cheat:
                      1. you will receive a zero on the assignment/quiz
                      2. your parents and the assistant principal will be notified
                      3. you will still need to complete the assignment to work towards mastery of
                         the material but it will be for no credit
              ii. Gum ~ in addition to a school detention, you will be cleaning the desks in the
              iii. Students who come to class not in the proper dress code will be asked to leave
                   to correct the problem. Detentions will be given for violations.

       e. Homework policy
            i. Shooting assignments and projects are always due at the end of the week unless

V. Grading Policy/Assessment
      a. Grading scale
    90-91 %
    88-89 %
    82-87 %
    80-81 %
      78-79 %
    72-77 %
      68-69 %
    62-67 %
    60-61 %
    0-59 %

       b. Grading
             i. Magazine Assignments (20-30 points)
             ii. Photography/Post-Processing participation in class (25 points/5 points per day)
             iii. Final photography submission (50 points)

       c. Calculation of Grades
                   i.  To calculate your grade, add up all of the points you have earned and divide that
                       by the total points possible for tasks to date.
                   ii. As always, you can check your grade on Skyward Family Access. Grades will be
                       updated every two weeks if not sooner.

           d. Extra Credit – There is no extra credit in this class.

           e. Types of Assessments –
                 i. Informal assessments will be given each day through classroom discussions and
                      small assignments. These will not always be entered as a graded assignment.
                 ii. Formal assessments will be given following each unit. These will be in the form
                      of online submission of photography assignment.
                 iii. Photo assignments will be graded on their: quality, creativeness, relevance to
                      the assignment, and ability to communicate and idea or message.
                 iv. Quizzes will be multiple choice.
                 v. A final exam project will be completed to demonstrate a student’s knowledge of
                      the photography skills learned throughout the semester.

           f.   Progress Reports – It is rare that a student will receive a progress report for a failing
                grade in this course. However, parents will be notified at deficiency time if a student
                has a 70% average or below for marking period.

    VI. Course Procedures
           a. Course format/pacing - to help students grasp the understanding of each of the
               composition methods, I generally use the following format for each unit:
                  i. Classroom discussion regarding the unit’s expectations.
                  ii. Sample photography for students to grasp an understanding of each method of
                  iii. Magazine assignment for each unit to allow students to demonstrate their
                  iv. Practice shooting photography in and around the school as well as various
                       locations near the students home.
                  v. Evaluation of photography submission for each unit.

           b. Work requirements
                 i. Students are given full class time to complete assignments.
                 ii. Photography is submitted to an online portfolio that students will need to set up
                      using a gmail account.
                 iii. Practice as much as you can! Don’t just take the number of photos that are
                      required to complete the assignment - always go above and beyond!
                 iv. Be respectful of other classmates work.
                 v. NEVER wait until the last minute to take your photos - ALWAYS have your camera
                      with you!

    VII. Personal Statement
             a. Words of wisdom- Succeeding in This Class
                    i. The key to success in this class is showing interest in photography and always
                         taking pictures.
                    ii. Go for QUALITY WORK. Don't simply do the assignment just to get it done, it's
                         tempting but you're worth more than that. Give me your best stuff!
                    iii. Do not be afraid to ask questions and get your classmates opinions. You need
                         to feel comfortable having someone else critique your photography.
                    iv. Take part in class discussions and critiques of photos presented in class.
VIII. Course Schedule

     Tentative               Topics         Textbook       Activities, Assignments, and
      Dates                                 Chapters               Assessments
 Aug 23 – 26       Camera Basics             Handout Getting to know your camera
 Aug 29 – Sept 1   Practice Assignments &   Handout   Photography Terminology, Introduction
                   Post Processing                    to Picasa and Picnik
 Sept 6 - 9        Basic Composition        Handout   Backgrounds, DOF, points of view
 Sept 12 – 16      Advanced Composition     Handout   Leading lines, rule of thirds, shapes,
                                                      framing, mergers
 Sept 19 – 23      Depth of Field           Handout   Practicing of DOF techniques
 Sept 26 – 29      Portrait Photography     Handout   Indoors, outdoors, lighting, shutter
                                                      speed, ISO, aperature
 Oct 4 – 6         Animals & Children       Handout   Angles, distance, techniques
 Oct 10 – 12       Self-Reflection &         Handout   Introduction to Photoshop
                   Multiples of Me
 Oct 17 – 21       Macro Photography        Handout   Macro settings, distance, lighting, camera
 Oct 24 – 28       Photography              Handout   Short Interview with another
                   Presentation                       photographer or history of photographer
    2nd Quarter
 Oct 31 - Nov 4    History Presentations    Handout   Presentations in class
 Nov 7 – 11        Elements of Design       Handout   Colors, lines, shape, form, texture
 Nov 14 – 18       Scenics                  Handout   Landscapes, skyscapes, water scenes,
                                                      nightscapes, silhouettes
 Nov 21 & 22       Kairos week
 Nov 28 – Dec 2    Product Shots            Handout   Photography used for commercial
 Dec 5 – 9         Action Photography       Handout   F-stop, shutter speed, image
                                                      stabilization, stop action
 Dec 12 - 14       Final Presentation       Handout
 Dec 15-21         Semester Exam
 Jan 3 – 6         Stop Motion              Handout   Claymation/Stop Motion Project
 Jan 9 – 13        Stop Motion                None    Claymation/Stop Motion Project
 Jan 16 – 20       Stop Motion                None    Presentations in class

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