Hybrid vs. Traditional
The main difference between the traditional and hybrid photography courses is when and where course work is completed. In the hybrid setting, the majority of work will be done off campus and independently rather than during a traditional bell period
The amount of work and course topics are virtually identical. Students in the hybrid class should plan on spending about 4-5 hours per week on assignments in addition to the weekly Monday meetings.
Both classes count for VPA 'f' credit and are UC approved.
The hybrid class does not count towards the HBHS DMA PaDi certificate. Students interested in advanced photography classes should probably take the traditional Photography & Design class.
Image by Kayla Winsatt
The structure of this course gives students a lot of freedom in how they decide to complete their coursework and improve as a photographer but it is very important that they stay disciplined and do not fall behind.
This class will meet once per week on Monday in room I8. Exact times will be decided at the beginning of the year.
Class meetings will include the introduction and discussion of upcoming assignments and course principles as well as class critiques (see below). Students are expected to attend each class session in its entirety in order to stay on track.
Each week, students will have assignments and course material that are due on Sunday night. These assignments are geared toward preparing you for the portfolios due at the end of each quarter.
Image by Natalie Delgado
Optional Lab Times and Office Hours
- Wednesdays from 1pm-4pm
- Tutorial Tuesday- Friday
- Other times available upon request
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- Basic Camera Settings- ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, White Balance
- History of Photography
- Depth of Field (Depth of Focus)
- Action Photography
- Still Life
- Black and White (Monochrome)
- Basic Techniques of Lighting (Including: Front, Side, Back, Diffused, etc.)
- Basic Photo Composition (Including: Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines, Framing Subjects, etc.)
- Basic Photo Editing & Processing
Image by Jamie Mizuno
Assignments & Grading
- Weekly Assignments- 50%
- Class Participation and Professionalism- 25%
- Portfolio- 25%
Image by Julia Khan
Creating meaningful work is an ongoing process that requires continual refinement and improvement. Giving and receiving critiques is a major part of this class. It will happen in face to face settings and will also take place via Canvas discussions and Flickr. Instructor feedback will also be available on a daily basis during lab time and office hours in order to get help on assignments while students are actively working on them. Students will be required to present their work to the class and engage in an evaluative discussion about each piece.
Image by Mia King
- Access to any digital camera
- Smartphone, DSLR, GoPro, etc.
- The best camera is the one you have on you
- Reliable internet access
Image by Sam Blodgett
Policies and Procedures
- Read and agree to the Technology Usage Contract
- Be Professional
- Be Respectful
- Be On Time
- Ask Questions
- ALL assignments must be turned in on time to receive credit. Assignments submitted to Canvas will only be graded once but students have the opportunity to have their work checked as many times as needed BEFORE the due date.
- The structure of this class offers a lot of freedom and flexibility but with that comes the expectation of responsibility and effective time management. Since this class encourages the process of learning with opportunities for feedback and revisions it is essential that all assignments are turned in on time. No late work will be accepted.
Image by Tanner Picquelle
See that watermark to the left? She owns this image. I am using it with her permission.
Artistic integrity and current copyright law will be covered throughout the year in order to ensure all student work is original in concept and execution.
Image by Leah Goode
All students are expected to be active participants online and in class throughout the duration of the course. It is essential that all students are aware of and display proper netiquette at all times in order to foster a professional learning environment.
Image by Jeff Lester