PHO 203 Photography II

PHO 203 Photography II is a color (and b/w) photography course that combines Digital Photography with Film Photography. You will have access to medium format film cameras as well as digital cameras. Inkjet paper for making prints will be provided. You will need an external hard drive for the class and it is recommended that you have your own SDHC Camera Card and Card Reader. Wait until the first class before purchasing.



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ASSIGNMENTS are listed on Microsoft Teams which is part of your Office 365

You may have to attend open lab hours to complete your assignments. Open lab times will be posted.



Digital Cameras – We have cameras you can borrow.
Medium Format Film Cameras – We have in-house

Free Tutorials to be announced in class.

External Hard Drive

Optional: Larger Photo Paper to be discussed in class

Session 1

Lecture: Introduction and review of syllabus.; Photo I Basics, Resolution, OSX, storage devices, Digital cameras.

Exposure Basics Review

More Review:

Shutters explained:

Homework for 2nd meeting:  Have your Digital Cameras we will make RAW images together. – Download LightRoom Classic LRc (if you are using your own computer)

Go over Camera RAW and Color Settings on your cameras

Homework for session 2:  Make 24 RAW photos
Create a minimum of 24 new RAW photos of anything you like. Have all 24 images ready for class to create a Lightroom Catalog.

These photos will also be used to learn Lightroom editing.

Session 2

Lecture: File formats; PowerPoint Presentations; DSLR, Camera RAW

Lightroom Essentials – Creating a Library – Importing – Renaming – Develop Module Introduction

Session 3

Lecture: More Lightroom Develop Module and BW Conversions

Look at Projects by Photographers 

Start thinking about Projects:

Homework: Create a rough draft for a project idea along with photos

Include the Following

  • What is the idea or what will you be photographing
  • What is your connection to your idea
  • Why do you think it will be interesting to others

Also make 5 new photos for this project. You may also add up to 5 old photos if you have already begun this work.

Session 4


Lecture: More Lightroom

Review Project Ideas

Homework: Finish Project Idea Writeup for next week 
Upload your final project idea. Be prepared to share it with the class.
Your project idea should be no less than 200 words.

Session 5

DUE: PROJECT IDEAS – read in class

Lecture: Go over film cameras

Homework; Expose a roll of 120 film using Medium Format Camera (together on campus)
You may choose color or black and white film. B/W film can be processed in the lab, color film must be processed by an outside lab.
Work more on Project

Session 6

Darkroom printing of medium format film + fiber based paper
Scanning medium format film

Session 7

Continue darkroom printing and/or scanning
Print from scans (or another source if film did not work out)

Assignment: Slideshow of 10 new photos from your project.

Session 8

DUE: Prints from scans or darkroom


Lab: Look at your latest photos for your projects and read your updated statements.

Assignment: Photograph more towards your projects

Session 9


Lecture: Copyright

Lab: Print Project Photos

Session 10

Lab: Printing project photos

Assignment: Photograph more for Project

Session 11


Print Critique

Homework: Keep Photographing

Session 12

DUE: Show your 10 Best photos from your project so far (last critique of your project before we look at FINAL WORK)


Session 13


Session 14

Lab: Printing and finishing presentations

Final Critique Options – Everyone must attend the final presentation of everyone’s work
– Zine
– 15 Prints Each + Same Photos in PowerPoint presentation + Final version of project idea in PowerPoint 


External hard drive (USB C if you are buying one) – Make sure it is formatted with exFAT if you want to share it with a PC or if it is new and not formatted for a Mac.

You are not required to buy a digital camera to complete this course. There will be some digital cameras available for you to borrow from this department and you can scan film.

Media and paper are usually not returnable, so order carefully. Always ask about student specials. If you are mail ordering remember to ask for shipping times.

Evaluation of student learning

60 points – Assignments

Photo assignments require that you integrate many of the skills and techniques demonstrated in class.  The assignment will reinforce technical concepts and require you to investigate what you want to photograph and how you want to treat the subject matter.  You will be graded on both technical and creative aspects of your work. Quizzes will test your comprehension of assigned readings and lectures.

40 points – Final Presentations (zine + slideshow)

Students will organize their best work into a presentation for a final group critique.  Grades are based upon technical and aesthetic concerns as well as participation in the group critique.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (SLO):  

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the use of a variety of film and digital cameras with all their controls, including focusing, viewing, and regulating the shutter speed and aperture control (ILG 4; PLO 1)
  2. Demonstrate proper exposure under different lighting conditions (ILG 4,11; PLO 1, 5)
  3. Demonstrate proper development and processing of film and digital images (ILG 4,11; PLO 2, 3)
  4. Utilize various darkroom and digital techniques to create archival prints (ILG 4,11, PLO 3, 5)
  5. Evaluate how well an image communicates a concept (ILG 1,11; PLO 4, 6)
  6. Criticize and defend photographs in a group setting (ILG: 1,11; PLO 4, 6)

Course-specific Institutional Learning Goals (ILG):

Institutional Learning Goal 1. Written and Oral Communication in English.  Students will communicate effectively in both speech and writing.

Institutional Learning Goal 4. Technology. Students will use computer systems or other appropriate forms of technology to achieve educational and personal goals.

Institutional Learning Goal 11.  Critical Thinking:  Students will use critical thinking skills understand, analyze, or apply information or solve problems.

Program Learning Outcomes for Photography(PLO)

  1. Demonstrate proficiency with photographic capture devices;
  2. Process, manipulate, and print images in photographic labs;
  3. Practice archival image work flow;
  4. Identify and explain the significant events in art history as well as contemporary practices;
  5. Integrate different techniques and approaches to photography and digital imaging;
  6. Analyze and evaluate images in the context of group critiques;
  7. Create a portfolio for education transfer.

Units of study in detail – Unit Student Learning Outcomes:

Unit I [Cameras: Multi-Format] [Supports Course SLO # 1, 2 ]

Learning Objectives

The student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate loading film cameras using multiple film formats and film backs 
  • Identify the advantages/disadvantages of different camera film formats and sensor sizes 
  • Utilize a hand-held light meter
  • Solve problems with exposure through chemical and digital processing
  • Employ more advanced exposure controls for detail description and creative effects

Unit II            [Advanced Darkroom: Wet and Digital] [Supports Course SLOs # 3, 4 ]

Learning Objectives

The student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate logical file management 
  • Summarize the importance of proper color spaces 
  • Practice non-destructive and archival workflow techniques through proper file management, software tools, wet processing, image file formats, and print output 
  • Utilize appropriate software and darkroom tools to improve image details and concept intent  

Unit III           [The Critique] [Supports Course SLOs # 5, 6, 7]

Learning Objectives

The student will be able to…

  • Identify relationships of details in photographs 
  • Articulate the meaning of photographs 
  • Debate the qualities of student photographs in a group setting 
  • Evaluate the overall success of how well a photograph communicates to a group of peers 
  • Evaluate and Organize the photographs made over the course of a semester into a final presentation

Evaluation of student learning:   


Photo assignments require that you gradually integrate all of the skills and techniques demonstrated in class.  The assignment will reinforce technical concepts and require you to investigate what you want to photograph and how you want to treat the subject matter.  You will be graded on both technical and creative aspects of your work.  Quizzes will test your comprehension of assigned tutorials and lectures. 

Final Presentation 

Students will organize their semester long project into a presentation for a final group critique.  Grades are based upon technical and aesthetic concerns, conceptual coherence, and participation in the group critique.