SYLLABUS Photo 1, 2, 3, 4  



Digital camera, 30.00 photo fee - it pays for paper, ink, portfolio and other materials (please pay the book keeper by the end of week 2).


The photo programs at GHHS and PHS are based on the state guidelines for commercial photography. By the end of the program you should know everything that is outlined (read through pages 8 -10) in this document.


Evaluation is based on the following requirements:
1. Class professionalism (25% of final grade)
2. Project evaluation
3. Quizzes (normal weight grade)
4. Written and performance test(s) over book(s), readings, and lectures, etc. (normal weight grade)
5. Written reflections (.10 or .20 weight)
6.Portfolio (2x normal weight grade)

ALL LATE (not presented during the critique) ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE REDUCED BY 50%

You can redo your projects to improve their grades.

This is how your projects are graded:

1.You will be given a proof/research grade on the first day of the week after the assignment is given (you get the assignment on the first day of week 1, the proofs are due the first day of week 2). If you don't have proofs, no proof points. These can't be made up. To get those points you need to have me initial the proof section on your evaluation sheet the day the proofs are due.

2. You fill out the top portion of the evaluation sheet and turn it in on the day of the critique (week 2 last day ).

3. You show your image to the class using the projector (last day week 2 ).

4. I will give it an "as is" grade based on my evaluation .

5. If you make corrections I will re-grade it and you will receive the new grade. The goal is to help you create great looking work.

6. You will make a print of your best image for your portfolio (also part of the grade).

What letter grades mean to me:

A - Your assignment is great. Much better than average-above and beyond the call of duty.
B - Your assignment is above average. More than the minimum. Really looks good.
C - An average grade. Your assignment possesses the minimum requirements. No errors or omissions. It is in focus, not blurry, and has good exposure.
D - Below average grade. Your assignment does not possess the minimum requirements (bad focus, bad exposure, inappropriate subject).There are errors or omissions.
F - You didn't do the assignment or it was really, really, bad.



The maximum number of absences allowed per class is ten.  This includes excused and unexcused absences.  The classroom teacher will notify the student when he/she is nearing the absence limit, and again when he/she has reached or exceeded 10 absences and are in jeopardy of losing credit.  Once the student is notified, they will be responsible for appealing the loss of credit in writing and attending an appeal meeting with the Dean of Students, or administrator if she is not available.  An academic probation plan may be instituted to help guide the student toward a successful end to the semester.
* Absences due to school related events, i.e., field trips, music contests/performances, athletic contests, etc…will be excluded from this attendance policy.


Every student is expected to be in class on time. If a student is less than 10 minutes late they are considered tardy, after 10 minutes they are considered absent. Consequences for excessive tardies are as follows:

Tardy 1: Teacher Warning
Tardy 2: Parent notification by teacher
Tardy 3: Referral for detention to be served Tuesday or Thursday. No Show to detention will result in 2 hour Friday School. Teachers may make their own arrangements and have a student serve detention with them or they may refer to the office.

All additional tardy incidents will be considered defiance and will be referred to the appropriate administrator and will result in escalating disciplinary consequences which may include short term suspension.

Class professionalism

Because this is a career and technical education class, a strong emphasis will be placed on professional skills and work habits. At a span of about 20 days, students will have 20 available points. Deductions of points will occur for such offenses as (but not limited to) unexcused absences (5), unauthorized food/drink in class (3), tardies (3), communications infractions such as vulgarity or unauthorized use of cell phones/I-Pods (4-20), failure to remember computer password or bring required school supplies (2), excessive use of bathroom privileges (1), excessive talking (1), and other activities deemed unprofessional.



Information for parents and students

About cameras: Any digital camera will be fine.Be sure to set it so it shoots at the highest resolution, and highest quality.I have designed the assignments so the most basic point and shoot digital camera will work.

Camera problems: I see 5 or 6 cameras get broken or lost every semester.

Some common causes:

No camera case: Dirt seems to get in around the lens. The lens won't come out or go in anymore.

Solution: Use some kind of a case. When I take my point and shoot with me I put it in an old sock. Don't just the throw the camera in your book bag or purse unprotected. Don't use your camera on a windy beach. Keep it out of the rain.

Dropped camera: The camera gets dropped and broken.

Solution: Use the neck, wrist strap, or case. Also be careful not to leave your camera near the edge of a table or counter.

Lost or stolen camera: The camera disappears.

Solution: Don't let your camera out of your sight - ever, even for a minute. Have your name on your camera. Even on a piece of tape under the camera. There are some people who turn them in if they know where they go. Students leave cameras in class every week.

Helping your student be successful: The biggest challenge in class is having the students shoot the pictures and bring them to school on the due date. Anything you can do to help with that would be great.

Information for students:

You will be doing most of your photography at home with your digital camera. You will have a new assignment the first day of each week.The pictures need to be taken by the first day of the next week. That way you will have a week to shoot that includes a weekend.

You need to have your own digital camera.

No phones or ipods. The first offence is a reminder, the second time I'll have an administrator take it.

From the Student Manual:


Students BRING ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES AT THEIR OWN RISK! PHS is NOT responsible for lost or stolen electronic devices. Cell phones should not be used in class for phone calls, text messaging, or as a timepiece. If a parent has an important message during class they should call the main office and leave a message that will then be delivered to their student’s classroom.

The school-wide policy at Peninsula High School is that all students receive a blanket warning the first day from their teacher. The first offense the cell phone is taken by the teacher for the remainder of the period. The second offense the phone will be sent to the office to be picked up by the student at the end of the day. The third offense will require a parent to come in and pick up the phone after 24 hours. The same goes for any electronic device such as MP3 players, CD players, and video game players.

No movies or games on the computer (except for the photography videos you will be watching).

File management/backing up - Make a folder in your student account named - Photo. In that folder make a folder for each assignment. Name the assignment folders the first 3 or 4 letters of the assignment name and your last name example: compwilson (for the composition assignment). In the assignment folder should be the finished high rez jpegs-nothing else. Name the finished files what the online assignment sheet indicates. You will need all of your assignment files at the end of the semester for your portfolio.

Back-up your Photo folder every week or two. Servers go down. You would lose all of your work for the semester. You can back up to:

1. Flash drive if you have one, then move the files to your home computer.

2. Burn them to a CD in class (don't lose the CD, I'll store it for you if you like).

3. Save them to your iPod or music player.

Unless your files are in 2 different places, they are not secure. It's not if you will lose them, it's when. As a teacher I have seen it happen dozens of times. If your files vanish you will need to redo them - not fun : ( It is not the computers fault, it is your fault for not backing them up). When you tell me you don't have your assignment done because the computer messed-up I will refer you to this paragraph.

Leaving the classroom

1. If you need to go to the bathroom sign out and in on the sign out sheet and bring the pass with you.
2. If you want to go anywhere else, check with me first, then sign in and out (bring the pass with you).

The photo classroom is never a study hall. All activities must be photo related.

It is not OK to go to vending machines during class time.

Computer Lab

The computers are only to be used for photo class projects or research for photo class projects.

If you can't use the computer responsibly you will not be allowed to use the computer.That means no games, no online video or anything else that isn't related to the photo class. When in doubt, check with me first.

First offence: you will be locked out of the computer for the day (and given book assignments).

Second offence: locked out for the week (and given book assignments).

Third offence: locked out for the semester. You will work on assignments in the photo book and receive a "D" for the semester.

Please respect school and student materials.

This is not a lunch room. Please don't eat in here. Water is OK, but anything else isn't.

All assignments need to be shot and processed by you after the assignment is given. Don't use your old photos for your assignments. Don't use pictures from old assignments for new assignments. You must shoot and process your own work.

Turning in another student or persons work as you own is plagiarism . It will be dealt with as outlined in the student manual.

As the semester progresses I will be changing things in the weekly schedule.

This is how things work in the Photography Lab.

1. Instructional Input-Class lecture, info to read etc. The theory for what you are about to learn.
2. Modeling-Showing you how to do something, things I show you in the classroom.
3. Guided Practice-Helping you with projects, assignments, etc.
4. Independent Practice-This is where the actual learning occurs. It is you doing it by yourself. If someone is helping you it isn't independent practice. No independent practice, no learning. YOU need to do the independent practice. If you feel like you aren't learning it may be because you aren't doing enough independent practice.

I want you to create exceptional photographs, not average photographs. Digital imaging has created a wonderful opportunity for fast and easy revision. Redoing things is part of the process. Don't expect to get it right the first time. Leave time for revising.



Read the links. They provide information to help you do your assignments.

Read the web site daily. I will be making updates weekly. The web site is an integral (important) part of the class. I use it instead of a text or handouts. Don't print out the web site at the beginning of the semester, it will be out of date by week 2.

This is a working place. You need to be working on photo assignments or techniques all period every period.