Photo Syllabus Signature Form
Course Objectives and Description:
This course will guide students to become well rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography. Three areas of instruction will be emphasized: How to capture artistic photos and to understand what elements make a photo "good", gain knowledge of a variety of digital cameras, and how to use photo editing software. Students will receive basic instruction, demonstration, and see examples of desired outcomes, at the beginning of each assignment. Students will create online portfolios of their work and share their photography for feedback and to earn their grade. Some assignments will require that students choose their best work print it and display it, but most work will be done digitally. Nearly all work will be done during class time with the exception of some assignments that will require students to take photos when off campus as "homework".

At the end of this course, you will:
Know how to use various features of the camera to have creative control of your photographs.
Be able to decide what type of lighting to use in a given situation to produce optimum results.
See how photographic composition can make or break a photograph
Understand how to use photo editing software to improve the overall appearance of images

Required Materials
Access to a digital camera is very important! (Both Compact Digital Cameras or SLR Digital cameras are acceptable). Students will undoubtedly want to rely on camera phones but will be also required to work with an actual camera.

*The class has a few digital cameras students may use during class time.

Grading Policy
High school elective classes are intended to give students independence, creativity and self-confidence. Please keep in mind that your experience in this class is in your own hands- choose your own adventure! You also EARN your grade, I do not “give” it to you. All students begin the school year with an “A”. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain it. This is a project-based course and most projects will take several days in class to complete. There are two grading categories-

Participation- 75% You are here to work on your photographic skills- nothing more, nothing less. You are expected to be practicing and applying your skills for the duration of class time. You will earn 10 points a day for participating in Photography! Yes, just like P.E. This will include taking photos, editing photos online, browsing photos for inspiration, and anything that supports your photographic education.

Projects - 25% All projects and assignments will be submitted for a grade.

The ELO’s (Expected Learning Outcomes) for this course include but are not limited to-
developing artistic ability- this will often consist of a project specific skill such as learning a new technique. As the semester progresses projects and themes will become more challenging.
learn to express themselves creatively- students must get a 3 or 4 out of 4 on the “Creativity” portion of the rubric
observe- Students must pay attention to aesthetic details and earn a 3 or 4 out of 4 on the “Craftsmanship” section of the rubric
reflect on what has been learned- students must analyze their own work in a intelligent way and apply new knowledge to subsequent projects.
stretch and explore
better understand the world of art

Parents and students are also encouraged to take advantage of the Parent Portal. In addition parents should feel welcome to e-mail or call Mrs. Cottingham to discuss any issues.

Assignments: Work must be turned in when it’s due, a deadline is a deadline! Students can get extensions on projects if they speak to the teacher but projects will only be accepted before the end of each grading period. For example a project assigned the first day will not be accepted if it is completed past the end of the first grading period. Projects will be graded in four major areas: Following Directions, Creativity, Craftsmanship and Effort. Since not everyone is at the same level artistically, effort is very important. A student who may be a very good photographer could fail if they exert little effort and do not complete assignments. A student who works very hard will always improve and is capable of earning an “A”.

*A note on plagiarism- If a student attempts to pass off work that is not their own, they will receive a zero for the project and a referral to administration. It is stealing, plain and simple.

Class Expectations
You will be expected to respect others, me as your teacher, property and yourself. This is a hate free classroom- insults, derogatory language or any other forms of disrespect will not be tolerated. You will all be treated as young adults as long as you behave that way. Having respect includes respecting property- that includes our supplies, chairs, tables and beautiful campus. Please show your respect by taking care of these things.

As young adults you must be responsible for yourself. Be on time and prepared. If you're not on time and prepared accept the consequences without complaint. When you are absent or missing any assignments it is up to you to come to me and make-up the work! It is your job to do your best and be responsible, and it is my job to guide you to greatness!!!!

Other policies:
Photography around campus- You will be given the opportunity at times in small groups or as a class to go outside and take photos. You are expected to stay ON CAMPUS. If you leave campus you will receive a cut. Students are to avoid shooting photos in or near other classrooms so they will not disrupt the teaching and learning of others.
Bathroom- Students may use the bathroom one at a time and need to take the pass. Let the instructor know when you leave and DO NOT ABUSE this policy, it may be revoked.
Food/Drink- food and beverages are not permitted in the lab- however, if you are in need of nourishment I will be glad to let you remove yourself to eat a snack within reason.
Cell Phones- All devices must be turned off and put away while the instructor is talking/and or giving assignments. Using your phone as a music player while working is allowed, but there is to be no texting, game playing or other distracting uses of you phone in class.
Use of Class time- Class lab time is expected to be spent working on assignments. Students will not be allowed to defer shooting photos, or editing photos until a later time. Only when students are done with all photo work AND only then will they be allowed to work on homework from other classes or an other school related task. You are here to improve your skills for life, not for Candy Crush. Work on being the best possible version of yourself while you're here.

The Art program at this school is run in a relaxed and creative atmosphere. This “studio” process will only work if students are RESPECTFUL and RESPONSIBLE and behave like the young adults they are. Do not take advantage of the trust I am giving you. You may be removed permanently from this class if you do any of the following:
Dangerous or destructive misuse of computers/supplies
Inappropriate use of computers/supplies
Abuse of anyone or anything when out "taking pictures" on campus- this is your warning, depending on the severity of your infraction you may be removed from this class.

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