Course Number:  Digital Photography I - 26994 - ARTS 2348 - S02


Course Title: Digital Photography I


Course Description: This is a foundational digital photography course. It is a studio art course that explores the potential of the computer hardware and software medium for visual, conceptual, and practical uses in the visual arts. It includes camera operation and professional image workflow, composition, supplemental lighting and exposure control. Lab required.

 Note: Students should expect additional supply costs.


Course Credit Hours:  3

 Lecture Hours: 2

Lab Hours: 4

Clinical/Recitation Hours: 6


Prerequisite:   None


Student Learning Outcomes:  Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

 1. Appraise and apply aesthetic concepts in the service of contemporary visual communication, while utilizing all capture controls, software applications and presentation means.

 SCANS: C3, C14, C18, C19, C20

 2. Demonstrate the use of the camera for photographing in various lighting situations and supplemental lighting.

 SCANS: C11, C12, C13

 3. Produce a conceptual portfolio of photographs and present work for critical discussion.

 SCANS: F6, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F13, F15, F16,

 4. Recognize, analyze, and discuss historical and contemporary photographic images.

 SCANS: F4, F5


Withdrawal Policy:  Last day to withdraw from class: March 17th.


Collin College Academic Policies:  “See the current Collin Student Handbook.”


Americans with Disabilities Act: Collin College will adhere to all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal opportunity.  It is the student’s responsibility to contact the ACCESS office, SCC-G200 or 972.881.5898 (V/TTD: 972.881.5950) to arrange for appropriate accommodations.  See the current Collin Student Handbook for additional information.




Instructor’s name: Peter A. Calvin

Office Number: K240

Office Hours: 2:30-5:30 Wed, 12:00-3:00 Thurs

office phone: 972-578-5548



Class Information:

Section Number: S02

Meeting Times: 9:00 to 11:30 TR

Meeting Location: H237


Course Resources:  Recommended Textbook: A Short Course in Digital Photography, Jim Stone and Barbara London,  SBN-10: 0205998259 • ISBN-13: 978020599825

Faculty website:   You will find assignments, syllabus lecture slides, lab info and useful links here. The syllabus, and assignments will be available on Canvas, along with all grades.

Required Supplies

 DSLR or advanced mirrorless camera capable or shooting raw files and full manual operation

 81/2 X 11” Epson Premium Luster Paper, or Red River Ultra Pro Satin, 50 sheets (no others accepted)

      One flash drive

 Photo gray card (spend more than $10 to get a good one)

 Notebook for class and shooting notes

      bus powered external hard drive

     10 sheets of 11x14” 4 ply matt board

Attendance Policy: Attendance is imperative for this course. Therefore, with three absences the students final grade will be lowered one letter. Five absences will result in a failing grade. Absent students are responsible for discovering what they missed and for being prepared for the next class. Make up work is allowed only at the instructor’s discretion.

Tardiness: Any student who is tardy must contact the instructor as soon as class is over. Three tardies constitute one absence.

Cell Phone Policy: Collin College Policy on Electronic Devices: Electronic Devices Policy Section 7-2.4, item S, of the Collin Student Handbook provides that Collin College may initiate disciplinary proceedings for student violations, including, but not limited to, a student who engages in the use of media or telecommunication devices during class, Collin College labs, and/or other learning environments. In addition, all media and telecommunication devices must be completely turned off (not on silent or vibrate) while taking examinations.


Method of Evaluation:  The student’s grade will be determined by attendance, participation in class discussions and performance on each of the assignments.  Each assignment is judged by technique and aesthetics. Assignments and the final project will be grades with a percentage (0-100%) using the following scale:

 90-100 – A Superior Performance

 80-89 – B Very Good Performance

 70-79 – C Acceptable Performance

 60-69 – D Barely Acceptable

 0-59 – F

       W Withdraw

       I Incomplete

       (Incomplete only given with due cause)

The assignments and final projects are weighted as follows in determining the final grade for the semester:

Four assignments that are worth 10% each of final grade

Mid-term exam is worth 10% of final grade

The final Project is worth 50% of final grade


Delivery Method of Feedback and/or Graded Material:

Assignment Completion and Presentation Policy:

All assignments are to be submitted in an appropriate size envelope or portfolio folder.

(No loose prints will be accepted.)

All submissions must include the finished prints, and digital files of images submitted

All written material must be typed and multiple pages must be stapled. Handwritten papers and loose pages will not be accepted.

Note: All images must have been shot, processed and printed this semester for this class only.

Late Work Policy: Late work will not be accepted.


Course Requirements:

1. Students will photograph for assignments OUTSIDE of class and are expected to work on files DURING class time. Students are required to expose images as homework. Students will NOT shoot for assignments during class time. However, students are expected to prepare files for output during class time. Failure to consistently be prepared for class will affect your final grade. Students should be prepared to edit and print during class and should expect to spend 3-5 hours outside of class shooting each assignment. Failure to consistently be prepared for class will affect your final grade.

2. Assignments will be due at the beginning of class for each scheduled critique. No late work accepted.

3. All students are responsible for the condition of the digital facilities. Students will demonstrate respect for one another and for Collin College by adhering to the digital lab guidelines and rules. Food and drinks will not be permitted at the computer stations.

4. There will be one written examination. Students will be responsible for material covered in lectures and demonstrations. There is no make-up exam. Exceptions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

5. Students will be respectful toward the instructor, lab staff and their classmates. Students are expected to arrive on time and stay until dismissed. Students must turn OFF cell phones and all electronic devices once class has started. Be respectful during the class lectures. Students are asked to step outside of the classroom if they must use the phone.

6. Students must show evidence of on-going work-in-progress throughout the semester. Students must show evidence of on-going work-in-progress throughout the semester. It is assumed that all students will conduct themselves in accordance with the Collin College Honor Code. Academic Dishonesty will not be tolerated. Students may not plagiarize the work of others. Images or prints made outside the context of this course are not admissible for credit. Students must submit jpg images of every photo shoot with each assignment on a DVD. Students who don’t have anything to work on during lab time will be considered absent.

In the case of suspected academic dishonesty, the instructor will immediately notify the Dean of Students office and the suspected work will be handed over for further investigation and disciplinary action.

7. Students who are not satisfied with an assignment grade may resubmit for a better grade. Students are encouraged to improve upon their work by re-shooting assignments. Occasionally, I may insist upon redoing an assignment. This should not be seen as a negative experience as school is the ideal environment to learn from your mistakes. To be eligible for a resubmission grade, the assignment must have been submitted on time.

Guidelines for resubmissions:

1. The project must have originally been turned in on time. Work handed in incomplete may not be resubmitted.

      2. Resubmitted assignments will be accepted up to two weeks after the original due date.

      3. The new work must comply with the original project guidelines.

      4. Make sure work is labeled with the assignment title.

      5. The original work that was submitted initially must be included.


Standards for Instructor Response and Availability:  The instructor is available during posted office hours and via email.  He will respond within 24 to 48 hours.  You must use your Collin College email to communicate. Assignments, syllabus lecture slides, lab info are found at: The syllabus, and assignments will be also available on Canvas, along with all grades.


Course Calendar:


Lectures and Demonstrations,

Week 1 – Jan. 17 and 19 - Introduction to camera operation and digital imaging,

Week 2 - Jan. 24 and 26 - Adobe Lightroom Workflow, *Bring memory card with images

Week 3 – Jan. 31 and Feb 2 - Printing assignment 1

Week 4 – Feb. 7 - Critique of assignment 1; Light, lecture

       Feb 9 – lecture and lab

Week 5 - Feb. 14 and 16th - lab and lecture

Week 6 – Feb 21 - Assign 2 due, Depth of field

       Feb 23 – lecture and lab

Week 7 Feb. 28 -Discussion of final projects

     Mar. 2 – lab, finish assign. 3

Week 8 – Mar. 2 Assign 3 due; time and motion

       Mar. 4 – lecture and lab

Week 9 – March 6-9, Spring Break, no classes

Week 10 -  Mar. 14 - Capture and using motion

         Mar. 16 – lecture and lab

Week 11 – Mar. 21 Written Exam

          Mar. 23 –Final Project Proposals due

Week 12 – Mar. 28 First work due for final projects

          Mar. 30 – Matting demonstration

Week 13 - April 4 - Assign 4 due; Community

        April 6 - lab

Week 13 – April 11 and 13 - Work in Progress: Editing

Week 14  - April 18 and 20 - Work in Progress; Editing

Week 15 – April 25 and 27 - Work in Progress; final edit

Week 16 May 2 and 4 - Last opportunity to print

Final Review – May 9th, 9am, Room h237



Peter A. Calvin - Professor - Collin College Photography