Photo 9, Introduction to Cameras and Composition



This beginning course in photography is designed for anyone interested in learning the theory and practice of basic photography. Emphasis will be placed on helping students learn to use the 35mm single lens reflex (SLR) camera and fundamentals of photographic composition and exposure.


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 or points received for all assignments, amid-term and final examination, and a final project. Attendance and class participation will also be considered when determining a final grade.

Each assignment will be worth a maximum of 100 points. The mid-term and final examination will be worth a maximum of 200 points each.

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.


Method of Instruction

Lectures/Discussion, demonstration, slide and video presentation, field trips


Course Outline

Photo 9, Introduction to Cameras and Composition

Supplies and equipment: 35mm single lens reflex (SLR) camera with manual exposure controls. Plastic slide pages.

Film: Kodak Ektachrome 100 ISO or equivalent.

Text: Starting Photography-- Michael Langford


Wk 1     Lecture – Orientation, Photographic Equipment, and Exposure

Assignment: Make photographs featuring use of depth of field and subject motion control as discussed in class. Read Chapters: 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 12,13.

Wk 2    Lecture – Photographic Composition and Lighting

Assignment:1. Make one photograph emphasizing principles of good composition.

2. Make photographs emphasizing the various directions of light as discussed in class. Read Chapters: 1,2,3,5,6,4

Wk 3  Lecture – Outdoor Portraiture and Action Photography

Assignment: 1. Make one outdoor portrait using techniques discussed in class and 2. Make one photograph the expresses how you feel about your subject matter. Mid-term Exam

Wk 4 Lecture -- Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

Assignment: 1. Make three story telling photographs of the same subject matter.

2. Make one documentary photograph as discussed in class.

Wk 5 Lecture – Commercial photography, and careers in photography

Assignment: Make one photograph representing commercial photography and one

Make one photograph representing self-expressive photography.

Final Exam