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Welcome to Photography Foundations 205.
This foundation course combines an investigation in photography history, criticism and aesthetic sensitivity with studio application. This basic digital photography focuses on skills useful for a graphic designer. Topics include basic operation of a digital camera, composition, camera controls, exposure, , file formats and basic image enhancement for creative use, photography history, influential photographers, and criticism. Thematic photo assignments will place emphasis on a wide range of genres and photographers. The studio portion of this course requires extended hours. Basic computer skills are required.

Students who are new or unfamiliar with Tigernet should take an hour or so to explore the system. The best way to do this is to view a course. Click the navigation buttons and observe the results. Note how the content is organized, and learn how to use the system tools for communicating and submitting assignments. For additional information, students are encouraged to review the Tigernet Student User Guides. Once you log into Tigernet, click on the student tab at the top of your window.  At the bottom of the center column are several Tigernet tutorials.  I encourage you to read through these.

Your lab assignments will be submitted via Tigernet by 11:55 pm on the night preceding class. You may also be expected to print a variety of images for class. Be sure you are comfortable with this process as late submissions will be penalized.


CLASS MEETING TIME AND DAY(S): Wednesday nights – 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm, Mac Lab, McGovern Library


The Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers with Scott Kelby.

Digital Photography in Available Light: Essential Skills, Third Edition
(Photography Essential Skills) (Paperback)

A World History of Photography (3rd Edition) (Paperback)
by Naomi Rosenblum

Criticizing Photographs: An Introduction to Understanding Images  by Terry Barrett

Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography by Robert Hirsch

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED READING: All additional required reading is provided through online links, located in the Online Resources Tab.

Books can be purchased through the DWU Bookstore or online.

Read the following articles to help you with your choice of camera.

After doing individual research, please contact me with questions.



Review the Student Tigernet Tutorials found in the Student tab at the top of your screen once you have logged into Tigernet. Course materials will be found under the Photography Foundations tab which you will find once you log into Tigernet.



Since this is a basic design COLLEGE art course, it is imperative that you maintain discipline and keep up with the pace. You should develop a regular routine and stick with it.  Students are expected to successfully participate in and complete weekly lab assignments, in class computer experiences, exercises in photography criticism and discussions surrounding photography history. Part of your grade is determined by your ability to participate in class and contribute to the learning environment.



I want this to be not only a productive learning experience for you, but also a positive experience.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can help you with an assignment or answer questions related to the course content.

My office hours are by appointment. I will respond to emails within 48 hours. Do not text me. If you need to converse with me we can set up a conference or visit on the phone. Email me your phone number and I will call you.

I read my e-mail ( regularly.



Be diligent in your studies, be prepared, strive toward excellence and ask for help before you feel overwhelmed.

I look forward to meeting you all.


Technical help should be addressed to Rod Brown at the DWU Helpdesk.


Student must own a digital camera with a 6 megapixel minimum. A manual functioning camera is desirable but a point and shoot camera will work as well. Remember, the greatest camera is the one you use.

Card reader

Appropriate storage cards (1 although 2 is recommended)

Camera bag - suggested

Extra batteries – as needed

Jump drive or external hard drive to back up your images

Print images as outlined in the individual course work. 

Framing Supplies for final project.

Tripod (recommended-can check one out from the library)

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