Digital Photography 2 Syllabus 2015-2016

Instructor – Adam Strong

Welcome to Digital Photography 2, one of three plus classes you can take in Photography at Heritage.

  • Digital Photo One – CCTE class
  • Digital Photo Two – CCTE class
  • AP Digital Photography – CCTE class
  • Multimedia – Magazine Production – CCTE class
  • B&W Photography Darkroom – Art class taught be Mrs. Blessley.

What’s CCTE?

CCTE stands for College Career Technical Education = CCTE stands for College Career Technical Education = you learn skills in this class that actual photographers in the industry study and know. You’ll use equipment (Digital SLR cameras) and software (Adobe Bridge & Photoshop) that photographers use daily.

Scope and Sequence – Or, “What are we doing in here?”

  • Weekly Photo Challenges (50% of your grade)
  • Weekly comments (20% of your grade)
  • A few larger photography projects. (20% of your grade)
  • Short Tutorials (10% of your grade)

Weekly Photo Challenges

Smaller photo challenges change semester after semester, but last year’s included:

  • Famous Quote.
  • Self Portrait – Fancy Lighting.
  • Symmetry
  • Double Exposure
  • Before & After
  • This Vs. That

Larger projects may include:

  • Multimedia/Slide Show
  • Photo Series 5 – Photos With the Same Theme
  • FINAL Project: Blog Portfolio Project:

Photo Challenges

Each week we will have a different photo challenge. There will be a theme assigned to you, and you the student will shoot MULTIPLE IMAGES for each photo challenges. Keep shooting until you get the right image. BLURRY PHOTOS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Make sure what you shoot is something you care about.

I will compile all the Photo Challenge entries, pick the best one photo out of the two that you turn in (depending on the assignment) and make an online web gallery.  Students will critique each others’ work, and then we will vote.

In order to qualify for voting, you must turn your photos in on the day it is due, NO EXCEPTIONS! Credit will be given for late work, but late work will not be admitted into the photo challenges. So stay on top of your work!

Photo Plagiarism

Photos must be images THAT YOU TOOK, if you did not press the shutter release button on the camera, then you did not take the picture. The cameras we use in class all have self-timers, as do most point and shoots. IF I FIND OUT YOU TURNED IN WORK THAT IS NOT YOUR OWN, YOU WILL GET A ZERO FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT, AND PARENTS WILL BE CONTACTED.

How to turn in your work (see directions posted on blog.)


As I mentioned before, your grade is based on the following:

  • Weekly Photo Challenges (50% of your grade)
  • Weekly comments (20% of your grade)
  • A few larger photography projects. (20% of your grade)
  • Short Tutorials (10% of your grade)

I grade on a 4-point scale, meaning each of your assignments are worth 4 points total.

I grade your assignments based on a rubric development to meet the criteria for that assignment. You’ll get that rubric back to see your final grade. Here’s an example of the rubric:

The Blog

I created this blog to make assignments and requirements easier to understand. Please read over the assignment before asking questions to me or anyone else.

Your Blog

You will be creating a WordPress blog where you will publish all of the work that you will do this semester.  At the end of the term this blog will serve as your final for this course.

Critical Friends Group

This term you will be partnered with two other students and this will be your critical friends group. We’ll be doing weekly photo critiques and these are the people you will be working with for the entire semester. These are the first people to go to if you have any questions or concerns.

Folder Organization

As a part of your professionalism grade, you will receive points for keeping a well-organized folder structure on your Google Drive Account. You will turn in screenshots that show the folder structure. These will be averaged together as a part of your Professionalism grade.

Contact Sheet

Each week along with your photo challenge final and practice photo, you will also turn in a contact sheet containing ALL the images you shot this week. I will use this for professionalism points as well as a way to gain some insight as to the areas in which you can improve.


Each week you will choose one photo from your Critical Friends Group photos to critique. You will turn this in and each week you will receive a grade under the classwork category.

Clear/In Focus

You will not receive higher than a C for turning in a blurry photo.


What choices did you make as a photographer as far as where the camera is placed in relation to the subject.(What you are taking a picture of)

These include: Rule of Thirds, Framing devices, Get Close, Leading lines, and Finding a unique angle on things.

Photoshop/Bridge Work 

Most photos  need some help to become great. This can mean cropping the photo a bit, increasing the clarity, changing the levels, adjusting brightness/contrast.

What we want to aim for is to say something with our photographs, but if you follow the standards above, it will help you do much better on your photo challenge grades.


Anytime I call for students to write comments, critiques, or evaluations, all of these goes towards their monthly comment grade. Each week I check the quality and amount of comments and give you a grade based on the level answer and the amount of comment each student gave.

Here is the rubric I use to grade comments.

Mount Hood Articulation

This course can be articulated with Mount Hood Community College course #s

IM 120: Computers and File Management

IM122: Basic Image Editing:

IM 123: Basic Sound Editing

IM 124: Basic Non Linear Editing



IM 120: Outcome (at least one):

  • Describe how and why to organize digital files and folders for effective workflow
  • Identify the proper way to name digital files
  • Describe how and why to organize digital files and folders for effective workflow
  • Identify appropriate compression strategies for raster and vector files
  • List twenty key commands or keyboard shortcuts for the most common actions
  • Identify how to find, apply, display, alter and extract a file’s metadata
  • Discuss the relationships between resolution, color space and color modes, and file formats for both editing and output
  • Compare benefits and limitations of desktop, laptop, tablets, smartphone devices

IM122 Outcome (at least one)

  • Identify the controls, tools, panels and workspace of the Photoshop interface
  • Identify file format, resolution, canvas size, and print size present in a Photoshop file
  • Explain how to crop, straighten, transform, warp, scale and resize an image
  • Explain several strategies to control the stacking order, alignment and grouping and naming of multiple layers and elements
  • Identify the differences in the various Photoshop selection tools
  • Describe strategies used to selectively improve an image’s tone, contrast and color
  • Describe a variety of retouching techniques that remedy specific deficits in a photographic portrait
  • Identify the basic principles of design and composition
  • Compare and contrast the differences between additive and subtractive color theory
  • Identify various color gamuts present for output and display
  • Select appropriate color space and color modes for different input/output devices
  • Identify a digital file’s format, resolution, physical size and color space for a variety of end uses and output demands

IM123 Outcome (at least one)

  • Recall a breakdown of microphone directional response.
  • Explain the basic physical attributes of sound
  • Distinguish between signal processing devices and their three main categories: spectral-based, amplitude-based, and time-based
  • Explain the process of how two or more devices may be synchronized
  • Identify techniques for monitoring mixes in progress
  • Identify the integration of digital audio files into multimedia and web-based applications
  • Explain the differences between compressed and uncompressed audio file formats
  • Identify the interface components and tools for industry standard DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software used to edit sound for various multimedia projects

IM124 Outcome (at least one)

  • Describe how to set up project folders and file structures to distribute media for a post production project
  • Describe the relationship between sequences and linked media assets in a project
  • Identify features of the Premier Pro workspace and its user interface
  • Explain how metadata is used to tag media and how it is referenced in post production
  • Identify the various media file formats common in video acquisition
  • List several codecs used in the post production process
  • List the steps needed to place and organize clips on a timeline for a rough edit
  • Explain the difference in these basic types of edits: insert, overwrite, three point edit, ripple/roll, trim, blade and nesting
  • Identify an efficient workflow methodology for rough assembly through work print to final project output including multiple video and layered graphics tracks.
  • Describe the steps used to deliver and archive a finished project in a variety of formats

Late Work

Late work will be accepted until the end of the grading period- that’s your cut off point- no work will be accepted from that grading period when it ends. I will give you a one week notice.

When you do turn in late work, I need to know it has been posted since I won’t be looking for it. You will need to grab a paper rubric from the front of the room, add your name, and place it on my desk.

Behavior and Checking out Cameras – Or, Don’t be a jerk, Dude.

In this class, you will be allowed to shoot anywhere on campus, except for the bathrooms and the outer fields, for up to 15 minutes.

Here are the steps for checking out a camera

  • 1-2 people and 1 camera per pass.
  • You must sign out the camera (student names, camera number, tripod number, time out & in)
  • Fill out the small square pass and keep it out with you at all times.

Partners must stick together.  Failure to report back before the time on the pass will result in one warning, then for each infraction you lose photo pass privileges for one week.

We are a professional learning environment, one that is supposed to emulate the world of work. Because of this, we will act like professional at all times, including the hallways. Profanity, sliding down stairs, running in the hallways, taking pictures of people without their permission, or misbehaving in the hallways will not be tolerated.

Failure to adhere to the above professional conduct rules will result in one warning, then a loss of hall pass privileges for one week for each additional infraction.

Checking out cameras to take home

If you prove that you are responsible, make good use of class time and have excellent attendance, you earn permission to check out a camera and camera bag overnight by recording your name, date, and camera number in the binder. You must return the camera before 2nd period the following day in the same condition you checked it out. Failure to do so will result in a loss of camera privileges.

Tardy & Attendance -Or, missing lots of class = Fail

Being on time to Photo class is essential in everyone’s success. If you miss a discussion, or important information, you will not be informed. Look to the daily blog posts for missed information.

School Tardy Policy – Enforced in This Class.

Please note that 3 tardies = lunch detention. Don’t let it be you!

Seating Chart

You get to choose your own seat. If you like where you set, please follow the rules below and you can stay there as long as you like! However, if you are a disturbance to others or a disruption to me, expect to be moved.

Things I shouldn’t have to say, but you’d be surprised.

  1. Food is NOT allowed in this room or in any computer lab. Drinks are okay, as long as they are capped and away from computers.
  2. Do not mess with anyone’s computer. Pranks, unplugging, or turning off people’s computers in the middle of a work sessions, will result in detentions, referrals and loss of computer pass privileges. We are here to support each other as the professionals we are.
  3. Lining up at the door is a waste of your time and sends me the message that you do not care about this class, or me. WE WORK BELL TO BELL.
  4. You may listen to music on the computer, through online streaming sites, or through iPods, mp3 players, etc. but please BRING YOUR OWN HEADPHONES.
  5. Derogatory or inflammatory language to one another is not tolerated.
  6. Treat the equipment and computers with utmost respect.
  7. Video Games are Never Allowed in Here. If you finish with your work, search for tutorials, photographers, etc. Something related to Photography. There is a ton of information out there!
  8. Have fun, and express yourself, these aren’t just assignments, this is art, and life is better with art in it!

Cell Phone Policy

Cell phones are to be used for class purposes only. (Downloading photos from the internet, setting a calendar for a photo shoot, etc.) Failure to adhere to this rule may result in loss of cell phone for the day.

If you agree to these rules, respond to the comments section of this post with the following AT THE TOP BEFORE YOUR COMMENT:

period_FirstName_LastName (ex.3_Adam_Strong)

I __________ agree with the terms and conditions present in Mr. Strong’s  online syllabus.

Failure to follow any of these rules will result in a disciplinary action.




34 thoughts on “Syllabus”

  1. I Micael Johnson agree with the terms and conditions present in Mr. Strong’s online syllabus.

    Failure to follow any of these rules will result in a disciplinary action.


  2. I Kayla Buehner agree with the terms and conditions present in Mr. Strong’s online syllabus.

    Failure to follow any of these rules will result in a disciplinary action.


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