syllabus 251b, DPI3

Digital Photographic Imaging 3, 251b

Fall 2013
96818 CHEY2001 Th 10:00 AM-01:50 PM Cheyenne 1744 Protz

Professor: Heather Protz
Prerequisites: PHO 250
Computer Lab: Cheyenne
Office : 1718 Cheyenne
Office Hours: posted on door I encouraged you to take advantage of office hours for help with coursework or anything else connected with the course and your progress.
Phone: 702-651-4977  It is best to email me I only check messages when I am on campus.
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Course Description:
In this course students will explore the newest trends and techniques in the fields of commercial and fine art photography, including advanced selection techniques and master printing philosophies. You will be exploring content, sequencing and presentation of your digital work. Prerequisite: PHO 250B or instructor permission.

Course Objectives and Outcomes:
To expand your knowledge using Adobe Photoshop and digital cameras. To explore the many advantages digital photography has to offer from shooting to total control over the finished product.
1. To gain an advanced Photoshop CC knowledge specific to digital photography.
2. To work with and explore the advantages of the digital camera.
3. To import and convert images from digital camera outputs.
4. Manipulation of images for print, web, or digital outputs.
5. To think more creatively about image enhancement, manipulation, and compositing of images.
6. To develop effective ways to talk about and critique work.
7. Creative problem solving.
8. Develop individual style and creativity in the photograph image produced
9. An understanding of craftsmanship & presentation of work.
10. Sequencing and placement of imagery in a linear book and web view.
11. An understanding of gallery/wall placement of imagery.
10. To produce a significant project combining the techniques and concepts generated in the course.

To be Successful in this Class:
1. The student will maintain a notebook containing all lecture and demonstration materials, course assignment
spec sheets, and all negatives, proof sheets, and prints pertaining to assignments.
2. Scan & digital capture all images used for class assignments.
3. The student will attend all classes and class critiques, participate in class discussions and critiques. complete any assigned quizzes, and a examination or project.
4. The student will participate in art shows, vendor show, and other conventions/seminars as appropriate.
5. The student will participate in required field trips.
6. You must spend a minimum of 1/2 hour a day working on Adobe Photoshop or creating/photographing images
7. No music is allowed in class unless operated with headphones and only during open lab periods.
8. No CELL PHONES in class, turn to silent
8. No surfing the web is permitted during lecture periods.
9. Class lab time is expected to be spent working on class assignments. Lab time is not free time. Work at home will be required in addition to work during lab times (work at home should not substitute for work during
lab time).

•You must have Adobe Photoshop CS or CC current or recent version. Students are responsible for providing their own, cameras and software. The class was designed using Photoshop CS4, CS5, CS6 and CC, but older versions will work for the class. Some of the info will be different. You will find the palattes/panels and the bridge will be different. Remember you can use Help within Adobe Photoshop to find info that matches your older version. Photoshop Elements will not function the for this class, this is a professional imaging class for aspiring professionals.

web site:
download appropriate materials before class meets.

Information on all Course Projects, exercises, due dates, reading assignments, as well as many helpful resources will be available on the course website. The instructor may clarify or change an assignment if necessary via the website. You are responsible for all information on the website, so you will need to check it at least once a week.

Evaluation and Assessments:
Grades will be determined by performance, practical application of knowledge and student attendance. These factors will be assessed by the completion of quizzes, assignments and the final project.

BREAKDOWN OF GRADING SYSTEM (what will be discussed during the critique)
Work will be evaluated by the following criteria:
1) Technique (print quality, presentation, demonstrated understanding of the technical)
2) Esthetics/Creative Expression (form, composition and what were you attempting to explore? did you succeed?)
3) Clarity in the presentation of the defined visual communication goals (Think of the instructor as the art director or client, were the defined goals of the assignment accomplished)
4) Class room participation, attitude (come to class on time and with an attitude ready to work, participation is required)

No work done/created for a paying job will be accepted
No work or shoot for another class can be used.
All work must be created or conceptualized for the individual assignments given.
All work must be photographed by you (unless specified)
All work must be photographed in the current semester. You are responsible for your metadata, check and update your camera metadata. (Time and date)
-You will receive an “F” for the project if the above is tested…
***Work must be handed in on the date specified.
NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS will be accepted***

Letter Grade System:
A – Mastery of the technical and conceptual issues within the Digital Darkroom,
including participation attendance and attitude.
B – A strong grasp of the technical and conceptual issues within the
Digital Darkroom including participation, attendance and attitude.
C – Average understanding of the Digital Darkroom,
including participation, attendance and attitude.
D – Below average, does not meet minimum requirements,
poor participation, poor attendance, poor attitude.
F – Failure to complete the assignment,
poor participation, poor attendance, poor attitude.

Extra credit is awarded only if all assignments are turned in ON TIME, and only with prior instructor approval.

Students are responsible for backing up all Projects and exercises through the last day of the semester. Do keep all files, prints, papers and quizzes returned to you so that any discrepancies can be easily and fairly straightened out. Except in cases of actual error, final grades are permanent.

A “D” is acceptable as a passing grade if the course is to be used as a general requirement or elective, but will not transfer to another school. An “F” constitutes non completion. This grade requires the course to be retaken
and no credit is issued.
“I” – Incomplete grades are generally not given except for unusual medical hardship. If the student is unable to complete the work, it is assumed that she/he will withdraw.
“W” – An Administrative Withdraw is not automatically issued by the instructor. If the student wishes to withdraw, she/he is asked to first notify the instructor and then proceed to the admissions office. At the end of the course, a student may request that the teacher issue a W grade. If a request is not made, the final grade for non completion will be an “F.”
Please notify the instructor if at any point you decide to withdraw from the class. It is the students responsibility to know Drop/Add dates each semester and any possible refunds. See the Registrar for withdrawing and any possible refunds.
If you disappear from class and do not withdraw or contact your instructor you will receive an “F”

Since this program is a commercial photography program, critiques are handled as if the instructor was an art director or client and the student is the photographer working for that art director or client. Therefore, assignments must meet with the specific instructors guidelines and preferences only. Further, much of the critique process is subjective in nature. Much of being a professional commercial photographer involves being able to take direction. The student is given specific guidelines and is encouraged to follow them closely. In this sense, this course fulfills the human relations component.

Occasionally images are graded in a class group critique. Participation in critique is essential to the evaluation procedure, and every student is expected to attend with her/his completed projects.

Class will begin on time. Please arrive a few minutes early. If you are absent from class it is your responsibility to find out what was missed and make up that work, quizzes, notes, handouts, demonstrations etc. The instructor will not take class time to assist in lab makeups, nor will come in outside of scheduled hours to do so.
4 or more absences will result in a GRADE of an “F” for the semester.
Absences for which a medical or court excuse is provided (professional letterhead required) will be recorded but not figured in the attendance/participation grade. Likewise, one absence for which advance notice is given by phone or in person will not be figured in the attendance grade. Any significant tardy or early departure from
class will be figured as a half absence. Keep in mind that this is an occupational course, and attendance is important here just as it will be in the employment for which this course is in part designed to prepare you.

Scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent. You are expected to have read and understood the current issue of the student handbook (published by Student Services) regarding student responsibilities and rights, and the intellectual property policy, for information about procedures and about what constitutes acceptable on-campus behavior.

Makeup work is to be arranged with the lab assistant. The instructor will not be available for any lab makeup time. Makeup can generally be accomplished the day after the scheduled lab demonstration, with the lab assistant supervising. However, remember that the final evaluation of the student’s work comes from the instructor, not the lab assistant. If the lab assistant guides the student on the project, the instructor still may find fault with the project and it is the student’s responsibility to make any necessary adjustments. The student is encouraged to take advantage of the time the instructor is in the lab and not rely on the lab assistant or other students for advice.

• Lecture: Skills and academic principles are explained by the instructor.
• Demonstration: The performance skills and objectives are demonstrated by the instructor.
• Labs: The students perform labs which may be drills or actual operations, first with instructor supervision and then without instructor supervision.
• Review and Practice: Students review skills by direct questioning of the instructor and skills are reviewed by student practice with various assignments. Students will practice skills in labs, at home, or in field situations.
• Evaluation: Evaluation is determined by instructor formally (during crit) and informally (during lab time).

Book not required:
The Elements of Photography: Understanding and Creating Sophisticated Images [Paperback]

Notebook Requirement:
Each student is required to maintain a 3-ring notebook in which the student will keep all assignments, notes, handouts and negatives. Maintaining a good photo notebook is important so that all materials are organized and easy to retrieve. Bring the notebook with you to all classes and work sessions.

Download appropriate materials before class meets
web site:

Check-out of Equipment:
For any Check-out of equipment, you must present a current CSN student ID. Without ID no equipment will be checked out. If you are not sure about the operation of a new camera ASK, your instructor or a lab tech on proper handling and usage. At the time of checkout you may be tested on the operation of equipment. If you do not pass the test you will not be given equipment.

Equipment and Supplies:
•If work is not graded in class.  turn in your assignment on a flash drive. I will keep this for up to two weeks. you may need more than one.
•9 x 12 envelopes for handing in work.
•Required: Portable Hard Drive, More storage space can use for all your classes.
or flashdrive, thumb drive, cruzer -4GB or greater (, good prices)
•Canon print papers,  (You may want to print your final on the larger 13×19 paper)
•Matts for Final (white or black) no smaller than 11×14 inches. you may choose another presentation for your final please discuss with me in advance for approval.
•Compact Flash card for digital cameras
•Card reader USB3

Lab Policy: See lab policy handout, sign and return

Safety Procedures:
The safety procedures for the college are posted in the classroom. The procedures will be discussed during the first class meeting. Any injury or accident should be reported to the instructor immediately.

Student Rights:

Reference to students’ rights and responsibilities pertaining to CSN policies and services are found in the College Catalog and on the CSN website.

Students are responsible for all information found in the CSN Student Handbook.

Disability Resource Center (DRC)
The College of Southern Nevada, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, requests
that all Students with documented disabilities voluntarily contact the Disability Resource Center so that the
college can provide necessary accommodations.

*If you have a documented disability that may require assistance, you will need to contact the Disability Resource Center located in the Student Service Center on each campus.

The College of Southern Nevada makes every effort to make its campuses fully accessible to students with disabilities. The college’s Disability Resource Center offers accommodations to help students with documented disabilities with their academic pursuits. In addition, the DRC offers Disability Specialists and DHHS Coordinator to answer any questions or help solve any problems that may arise due to a documented disability. The office also offers adaptive equipment to those who qualify to ensure equal access to all CSN sponsored activities.
We offer accommodations on all campuses and learning centers!
We have specialists at each of our main campus locations to assist you.

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Las Vegas, NV 89146    3
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Telephone: (702)651-4045

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Henderson, NV 89002
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Telephone: (702)651-3795

Tutorial Services

Counseling Department

Learning and Earning Program

Canvas Replaces Angel as New Learning Management System

Starting this fall, CSN will use a new learning management system called Canvas.

This will replace the system known as Angel that students log into to access online courses and course materials.

Directions to Log into Your Courses
1.) Once the fall 2013 semester begins, you will continue to login to the CSN Online Campus as you normally would by going to:

2.) Once logged in, you will see the standard list of all of the courses in which you are enrolled.

Please go to for more information on Canvas, including training guides and login info.

New Student Refund Policy Effective this Semester
CSN has a new student refund policy for course withdrawal:

•    100% withdrawal first week of instruction
•    50% withdrawal before the end of the 2nd week of instruction; and
•    No refund after the start of the third week or for application or admissions.
•    More information is available at, including information about short-term class refunds.

New Student Academic Warning/Probation/Suspension Policy Effective this Semester
If students’ cumulative GPA falls to 2.0 or lower after attempting at least 12 credits, they will receive an academic warning, so that they have time to seek help. Continued performance at 2.0 or lower in future semester course work can lead to academic probation or academic suspension.

Students on academic suspension will not be able to enroll in classes for a semester. More information is available at

No More Late Registration Effective Spring 2014
Starting in spring 2014, CSN students will no longer be able to register after the semester begins. CSN students will be able to register until 11:59 p.m. the day before the semester begins.

More info at

Counseling/Advising Changes
If you are a new student or have no declared major, you will meet with a CSNsuccess coach for all your advising needs, including course planning and career exploration services. Success coaches are located in student services areas and their contact information is available at

If you are a student who has declared a major, CSN has assigned you a counselor who is an expert on your declared major and can help you effectively navigate your program.

This counselor’s office is located in the academic school (i.e. the School of Arts & Letters) in which your declared major resides. To find out whom your counselor is and make an appointment, go to, or contact the CSN Call Center at 702-651-5555.

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