Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: PHTC-1311- Section: 72
Fundamentals of Photography
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Instructor Information
Instructor Maurice Abelman
Phone(409) 984-6389
Location:Student Center - Room: 413
Hours:OFFICE HOURS : Monday (12-4 ) Tuesday and Wednesday (12-3)
Commercial Music, Visual and Performing Arts
Chair:Richard Vandewalker
Phone:(409) 984-6520

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Course Information
Description An introduction to camera operation and image production, composition, flash usage, and use of exposure meters and filters
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes CSLO 1. Understand the importance of art in digital design. (PSLO 1,2,3)
CSLO 2. Acquire the basic knowledge of creating design elements. (PSLO 1,2)
CSLO 3. Describe current trends in graphic design. (PSLO 1,2,4)
CSLO 4. Understand the creative process and demonstrate professionalism.
(PSLO 1,2,3,4,5)

End-of-Course Outcomes: Explore the use of the camera for photographing in various lighting situations; demonstrate proper use of supplemental lighting; ‘create photographic images; manipulate camera controls for specific outcome; compose a communicative image; and present work for critical discussion.
Core Objectives Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision making communities.
Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
PSLO 1. Prepares design elements for inclusion into a digital product
PSLO 2. Creates original design elements for inclusion into a portfolio
PSLO 3. Describes current trends in graphic design.
PSLO 4. Demonstrates ethics and professionalism within the graphic design field.
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Text (required)

National Geographic Photo Basics: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Great Photography
Joel Sartore

ISBN-13: 978-1426219702

Subscription (recommended)
Lecture Topics
Week 1 - Course Intro , Syllabus, Design Process
Project 1 Camera Lecture

Week 2 - Project 1 Post Editing Demo

Week 3 - Project 2 Camera Lecture

Week 4 - Project 2 Post Editing Demo

Week 5 - Project 3 Camera Lecture

Week 6 - Project 3 Post Editing Demo

Week 7 - Project 4 Camera Lecture

Week 8 - Project 4 Post Editing Demo

Week 9 - Project 5 Camera Lecture

Week 10 - Project 5 Post Editing Demo

Week 11 - Project 6 Camera Lecture

Week 12 - Project 6 Post Editing Demo

Week 13 - Project 7 Camera Lecture

Week 14 - Project 7 Post Editing Demo
Thanks Giving

Week 15- Digital Portfolio Lecture
Major Assignments

Week 1 - . Design Process. Project 1: Camera phase

Week 2 - Project 1: Post Editing

Week 3 - Project 1 Due, Critique, Project 2 Camera Shoot

Week 4 - Project 2: Post Editing

Week 5 - Project 2 Due, Critique, Project 2 Camera Shoot

Week 6 - Project 3: Post Editing

Week 7 - Project 3 Due, Critique, Project 4 Camera Shoot

Week 8 - Project 4: Post Editing

Week 9 - Project 4 Due, Critique, Project 5 Camera Shoot

Week 10 - Project 5: Post Editing

Week 11 - Project 5 Due, Critique, Project 6 Camera Shoot

Week 12 - Project 6: Post Editing

Week 13 - Project 6 Due, Critique, Project 7 Camera Shoot

Week 14 - Project 6: Post Editing Thanks Giving

Week 15 - Project 6 Due, Critique, Digital Portfolio
Final Exam Date December 4, 2020 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 8, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Grading Scale Passing grades: 100-90= A 89-80=B 79-70=C
Failing Grades: 69-60= D 59 – Below= F
Determination of
Final Grade

To do well in this course, plan on a minimum of at least 5-6 hours of work per week to complete your camera and post editing projects. There is a lot of course material to cover in this class so please don’t fall behind. It will be hard to make up course material if you do so.

Determination of Final Grade

Project Grades 100% - This is a project based class. your grade will be based off of 6 class projects. The Average of these projects will account for 100% of your grade.

Each major project will have 2 phases Camera Shoot and Post Editing.

50% The Camera Shoot- In this phase of the project the student will practice their camera shooting skills and be required to take photos that relate to the project. These photos may required student to explore different environments looking for photos to take.

40% Post Editing- This phase of the project is intended to teach the students post editing techniques that will enhance their finished photos for critique.

10% - Critique - This is the last stage of their projects where they will gather feedback about their projects from their peers or instructors.

Grade Breakdown
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Materials and Items Needed

Computer Access
Smart Phone or DSLR Camera
Mini- Tripod
Remote Camera Shutter
Adboe Photoshop
Adobe Lightroom
Firstlight by Filmic Pro

In the wake of COVID-19

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this class has been adapted to be taught online. All course related assignments, objectives, quizzes, tests, and lectures will be available via your Lamar PA online portal and through Blackboard. It is very important that you keep track of updated online assignments and course objectives via your personal computer and Lamar PA email. In order to be successful in this class you need to be diligent in the pursuit of your education and maintain your commitment to the course.

Class News and Updates

I will be contacting you via email (through the campus email with reminders, changes or any other pertinent information. Please check your email at once per day to make sure there are any important updates. It is your responsibility to manage your mailbox so that lines of communication are open and available.

Contacting The Instructor

The best way to contact me is through email; I will get back to you within the day. Please note that I only check my LSCPA email after 6pm on weekdays. If the issue is an emergency, please call my cell phone 4096795999.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is one of the most cherished principles of the Lamar State College Port Arthur Community. You must adhere to this principle: by understanding the nature of plagiarism and by not plagiarizing materials; by refraining from the use of unauthorized aids on tests and examinations; by turning in assignments which are products of your own efforts and research; and by refusing to give or receive information on tests and examinations to or from other students. If you violate these principles of simple honesty, you risk embarrassment, course failure, and disciplinary action. It is simply not worth it.

Students with Disabilities Statement

Students with disabilities are requested to present their accommodation letters to their instructor at the beginning of the semester (through email) so that accommodations can be arranged in a timely manner by the College, the department, or the faculty member, as appropriate. Students with disabilities who do not have accommodation letters should visit the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities.
Attendance Policy Attendance

You are required to check Blackboard for weekly and daily assignments every week. I will update new assignments every Monday so check your Blackboard accounts every Monday.

If an online lecture is scheduled you are required to attend during set date.

This is an online remote class so you will be responsible for your classwork and homework on your own time. You are required to have assignments turned in on time according to due dates.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Other Disclaimer
This syllabus is subject to change at any time during the semester. You will be notified of any changes or will be issued a new syllabus.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.