Photography 20, Beginning Photojournalism


This course in beginning photojournalism is designed for photography and journalism majors, freelance photographers and article writers and anyone with a desire to learn basic photojournalism skills. Upon completing this course students will have learned basic camera and photojournalism principles and techniques, photo composition, picture layout and digital imaging concepts. Students will also develop the basic skills necessary to market their photographs.

Skills for success

Regular attendance is absolutely essential. When absence is unavoidable, it is the student's responsibility to make-up missed work and to retrieve lecture notes.

Each student will earn a grade based on the total number of points received for all assignments, a final examination, a final project and a clip book project. Attendance and class participation will also be considered when determining a final grade.

Each assignment (other than the exams and clip book will be worth a maximum of 100 points. The final project and clip book will be worth 200 points.

The following criteria will be used to determine the point value for each assignment.
1) Does the work fulfill the requirements of the assignment? 2) Technical quality.
3) Creativity.

Late assignments will not be accepted.

All final projects, re-dos, and clip books will be do on

Method of Instruction
Discussion/lectures, demonstration, guest lecturers, slide and video presentation.

Course Outline


Photography 20, Beginning Photojournalism

Week 1 Course Orientation / History of Photojournalism

Week 2 Exposure and Composition Review

Week 3 Taking the News Photograph

Week 4 Action Photography

Week 5 Making the Feature Photograph

Week 6 Environmental Portraiture

Week 7 Mid-Term Examination

Week 8 Documentary Photography

Week 9 The Photographic Essay

Week 10 Photo Editing

Week 11 Photo Layout and Page Design

Week 12 Careers in Photojournalism

Week 13 Legal Moral and Ethical Considerations in Photojournalism.

Week 14 Final Portfolios Due.

Final Exam

Photography Resources


Processing Labs

Reseda Photo and Imaging
18569 Sherman Way
Reseda CA 91335
(818) 343-4664

UCI Custom Photographic Lab
7239 Camby
Reseda, CA
(818) 776-9911

Laurel Custom Photolab
5122 Lankershim Blvd
No. Hollywood
(818) 505-8999


Photo Supplies

Valley Photo Service
Magnolia and Whitsett
(818) 762-0355

Studio City Camera Exchange
12174 Ventura Blvd.
(818) 762-4749

Freestyle Photo
Sunset and Normandy

Hooper Camera