Course Guidelines

Shooting Rules, Resources, and Grading Information

Shooting Rules


An image is yours (as in, yours to turn in) if one of the following things is true:

  1. You point the camera at something and release the shutter
  2. You intentionally set up a shot and ask someone else to release the shutter. You would need to look through the camera yourself, ideally with a stand-in, and be specific and intentional about your composition, as well as explicit in your instructions to whomever is releasing the shutter. You typically would only do this if you were going to be in the photo.
  3. You’ve been given express permission from me to turn in an image that was created by a group (this will be rare). Your own honor should exclude you from ownership if you had no part in the creative process for that image. Being the subject of an image is, on its own, not good enough.

Shooting During Class

When it isn’t a lecture day, you may choose to leave the classroom to take photographs. If you choose to leave the classroom, you must abide by the following rules.

  1. You must sign out with your location(s). If you go somewhere other than those locations, you must notify me (via e-mail, for instance). You must sign in upon your return.
  2. You must sign out any equipment you take from the classroom. This equipment must be signed in upon your return.
  3. You must return to the classroom before the end of class.
  4. You must be respectful of those around you. If you are inside of a building you should be quiet enough that teachers can teach with their doors open (even if they are closed). Indoor flash photography is distracting, even with closed doors, so you may want to ask permission of those around you before using the flash inside.
  5. You are not allowed to enter other teacher’s classrooms (this includes more open classrooms like Court A) without prior (at least one day in advance) permission to do so.
  6. You may not be on or near the train tracks as a subject or photographer.


You are accountable for the content of a photograph both as a photographer and as a subject. Inappropriate photographs are not permissible and both photographer and subject are subject to disciplinary response.


Failure to abide by the shooting rules will be with disciplinary response ranging from MRs, to loss of shooting privileges, to administrative discipline, to Honor Council referrals.

Things You Need

A camera. Luckily you probably already have several.

This resource, which you already have.

It would be great if you had Manual ($1.99), or some other way to control your device manually, installed on your iPad and, ideally, your phone.

Here are some (free) eBooks you could download as well: 40 Free eBooks on Photography


Learning Guides (50%) — The bulk of your work in the class. Each learning guide is slightly different in the exact requirements. You will be graded on completeness and accuracy in the answers to your questions, the summaries of readings, and any additional assignments. You will be graded on how well you emulate and build on the exemplars and how well you demonstrate understanding of their technique. You will be graded on how well you demonstrate understanding of the primary skills and concepts of the individual learning guide in your Product images.

Critique Images (50%) — This is your primary point of feedback for your images and progression of your photography. I am looking for a variety of things. Primarily, I am looking for general improvement in your photography and understanding of the things we are learning in class. Secondarily, I will grade your images along a variety of axes. In no particular order, these are: technical proficiency, conceptual strength, emotional weight. There is a delicate balance to be struck between these three axes, and an ideal image will maximize all three, but many great photographs have been made with deficiencies in one or two areas.

Grading Images

Images can be good and/or bad in any combination of ways (f-stoppers)

Finding Balance


Learning Guides summarize and demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained over a particular unit. As learning guides are long-term projects turning in the baseline requirements of a learning guide late will result in a 20% grade reduction for those requirements (meaning the work will only be worth a maximum of 68 points) if turned in before the due date of the enrichment activities (typically a week later). In this case, the enrichment activities can still be turned in for full credit (resulting in a maximum grade of 83 points). Baseline requirements and enrichment activities turned in after the enrichment activities due date will result in a 40% grade reduction.

Critique images represent your best work to date and will be presented to the class as such. Three images will be turned in. When assigning grades to them, your best image will be worth 50 points, your second best image will be worth 30 points, and your third best image will be worth 20 points. Images that are turned in late will receive a 20% grade penalty.