Welcome to the wonderful world of photography! 

In this class we’ll learn how the basic elements and principles of art can be applied to photography.  You’ll get some background on the history and genres of photography, as well as the technical skills you’ll need to develop (get it?!) your own photographic vision.  You will get to show your knowledge through a combination of hands-on and virtual methods.  Photography isn’t just about getting that perfect shot.  A lot of thought, planning, shooting, and editing goes into making a good photograph.  You will be evaluated above all on the time, effort, and understanding you show me in your work.

LMS:  We will do most work in person, but will use Google Classroom for some minor assignments and to turn in photographs.  I’ll give you a join code on the first day of class.  

Materials Needed:  The supply list will be posted in Google Classroom, but I can provide a paper copy.  While not required, it would be very helpful if you had access to a digital camera or smartphone to use on your photography assignments. Please let me know if you need help getting any supplies; I may have some extras!

Attendance Policy:  We are back to our regular attendance procedures.  Missed assignments can be found on Google Classroom.  Email attendance notes to

Grading Categories:

Finished Projects - 20%

Process Work - 15%

Written assignments - 20%

Quizzes - 25%

Tests - 20%

Late assignments will be docked 10pts per week, starting the day after they are due.

Extra Credit: opportunities will occur throughout the grading period, and I may consider working with you on an individual basis if you request to work on a larger extra credit assignment.  This opportunity and the amount of credit received will be up to my discretion, but it generally works out in your favor to just make up your missing assignments instead :)

Cheating: Unless I specifically tell you to practice copying something, your artwork (and all other work) needs to be your own.  Don’t copy things from the internet - have fun coming up with your own creations!  Copied work may not be graded, and cheating on a test or quiz will result in a zero and call home.