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Digital Photography Handbook Mrs. Wong | Room 200H

Contact Info:

  • awong@natickps.org
  • www.mrswong.org

Email will be the best way to get a hold of me if you cannot find me in the classroom. I always have my email open during school hours and occassionally while at home. Use this if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Send screenshots or photos if you have a specific question about a project.

After School Hours/Extra Help:

  • Monday & Tuesday, 2:20-3:20pm, Room 145/200H
  • Red Day CDS, Room 200H

There is only one of me and it is hard for me to get to all of you in a timely manner. Use your peers for help and critique often, if the student to your left and your right cannot solve the issue or help you out, you may ask me if I am available. You are also encouraged to utilize my after school hours or CDS for extra help.

Welcome!

Digital Photography is a semester course that focuses on understanding the basic operations and functions of a digital single lens reflex camera and the manipulation of its settings to achieve a specific result. This course is a project-based course that will teach you the basics of photography on a digital camera. We will be using industry standard Nikon D3400 DSLR cameras to shoot our digital photos. Students will learn about photographic elements of art and principles of design, composition, and lighting. Students will write and speak about aesthetic, technical and expressive qualities in a photograph. Students will learn to critique their own and others work.

Main Objectives:

  • Students will be able to use industry-standard equipment while taking photographs in this class.
  • Students will be able to meet real-world deadlines and learn responsibility for their own work.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the processes for composing a proper photo.
  • Students will be able to illustrate how to use various media tools in order to create multimedia content.
  • Students will be able to recognize and resolve technical issues through creative problem solving.

Course Outline:

  • Unit 1 – Basic Camera Use and Safety
  • Unit 2 – Exposure - Aperture, ISO and Shutter Speed
  • Unit 3 – Composing Photos
  • Unit 4 – Rule of Thirds
  • Unit 5 – Creating Portfolios
  • Unit 6 – Photoshop

Assignments/Syllabus:

All assignments, along with presentations, rubrics, and due dates will be posted in Google Classroom. Be sure to join our class, the code to join will be shared with you. For a complete overview of our semester you will want to view the syllabus on my teacher website.

Hardware:

  • Desktop Computers
  • Nikon D3400 DSLR Cameras (Provided)
  • Memory Card (Provided)

Software:

  • Photoshop
  • Google Drive

This is a difficult class, however I allow you the time to work at your own discretion outside of class. I rarely, if ever, will assign homework, but if you feel like you are going to need time outside of class to catch up on a project, I encourage you to take that time on your own to catch up. This is new to most of you and you are all going to learn at different paces. I am here to help and have given you the tools to be successful. If you participate in class and you do the assigned work, you will do absolutely fine.

Take this time to be creative and have fun!

Classroom Expectations

In the Classroom/School:

  • Be considerate, ready to learn, don’t disrupt the class or other classes, don’t hurt the equipment or each other.
  • Be respectful of others. Our classroom is a small community and those around you deserve respect and fair treatment. Be positive, supportive and helpful. Listen to your peers when they speak in class - what they have to say is important! Only ONE person should be talking at a time. Tolerance is key not to mention that disrespect is rude and will not be tolerated. Disruptive behavior, inappropriate language, negativism, and put-downs are not allowed in this room. You can't expect people to work on your team if you treat them poorly.
  • When the teacher is talking - all eyes up. Pause what you are working on and focus on what is being shared with you. When the teacher is talking, no one else should be. Your attention is required so you do not miss any important information and your peers can hear the teacher as well.
  • School policy will be followed on tardies.
  • If you are disruptive in the halls or other classes, you will not be allowed to go out and shoot.

Work Ethic:

  • Come in on time and ready to work. You should check the board when you come in to see what is going on in the classroom for that day. You will have 10 minutes at the end of class to clean up.
  • Spend the entire class working on projects each day. Students are expected to be engaged in the assigned work. Use your class time wisely. Ask questions, experiment, and push yourself.
  • Use the bathroom in between classes or when you're out and about working on projects.
  • No cell phones. Keep them out of sight and out of mind. School policy will be followed regarding students who have their phone out during class.
  • No video games. You are in the lab to do your classwork. There is always something to do for our class and playing video games is not an acceptable use of your time.
  • All of your work should be backed up to Google Drive. You are responsible for all of your work so if something happens to your file, you will need to make up the missing work.
  • When absent, check Google Classroom and/or our class syllabus for the current assignment.

Classroom Equipment:

  • Absolutely no food or drink in studio or near the computers. Drinks are allowed if in a sealed, screw top container. We have a lot of expensive equipment in the room and food and drink spills can damage the equipment. If you have any trash at your station, throw it away before you leave.
  • This is not your personal space or your room. Don't leave your stuff laying around. If you take it out, put it away again.
  • Login to the iMac with your period number. For example, for Period 6 your login is period6. There is no password.
  • Please use the classroom iMacs responsibly. If you break them, we no longer have them to use. Be sure when you arrive and when you leave there is a keyboard and mouse at your station.
  • Don't change wiring set-ups, cable configurations, equipment set-ups, or backgrounds unless you ask me first. Again, this is not your personal space. Usually I know what works the best for most situations.
  • Do not move any of the lab equipment without instructor permission.

End of Class:

  • Return cameras and tripods according to equipment procedures.
  • When you're done with a shoot, you're not done until everything is put back in its place and the room is tidy.
  • Make sure all your equipment is put away.
  • Log out of your email account and the computer.

Grading

Grading is based on Projects, Class Work and Participation. If you miss one or more classes, you are responsible for speaking with Mrs. Wong about making up work.

Grading Weights:

  • Projects (50%) are the final product you will turn-in at the end of each unit. We will have multiple days for each project and will be lead by instruction and a multitude of resources to help you along. All projects will have rubrics available with requirements for proper turn-in.
  • Class Work (30%) includes daily turn-ins, group work, and other activities that will take place throughout the semester.
  • Participation (20%) is based on whether or not you are prepared for class and are acting in an appropriate and professional manner while in the classroom. It will be affected and changed based on your actions and readiness in class. Photo challenges which are optional throughout the semester will be graded for participation for those students who choose to do them.

Late Work:

  • If assignments are not turned in on the date they are due, 5 points will be deducted for each day after the due date the project is not turned in. If you have extenuating circumstances preventing you from turning in your assignment on time, I ask that you please speak to me (in person or by email) so that we can discuss the situation.
  • Work that is not received at all will receive a grade of zero. All assignments should be submitted to Google Classroom on the due date.

Why Is My Grade Low?

  1. Not completing class assignments.
  2. Turning in work late.
  3. Poor work ethic.
  4. Plagiarism

Notes From Student Handbook:

  1. Final Exams & Seniors: Students will take semester and final exams when scheduled to do so. Seniors may be exempt from the semester exams in January and May at the teachers’ discretion if the student achieved a minimum grade of an A- for the two quarters in the semester.
  2. Incompletes: A grade of Incomplete (I) will be given to a student who has unfinished course requirements because of extenuating factors such as protracted period(s) of illness. It is expected that the incomplete work be completed within ten (10) days after the close of a marking period; however, should a waiver be needed for extended time, the student should contact the Vice-Principal who will discuss the matter with the department head involved. If the work is not completed within the specified time (includes waiver where granted), the incomplete grade will become an F; otherwise the teacher will report a regular grade.
  3. Sports Eligibility: Natick High School requires that students receive a minimum passing grade of D- or above at the close of the marking period (end of each term) prior to the beginning of a season and during said season.
  4. Cell Phones: Natick Public Schools promotes the use of Technology as an effective environment for learning. However, given the degree to which unregulated use of cell phones and other personal electronic devices may interfere with teaching and learning the following regulations will apply. Cell phones and personal electronic devices other than a student’s assigned laptop must be turned off and not visible during the school day in classrooms, hallways during class time and all bathrooms. Cell phones may be used in the cafeteria, courtyard, library, and hallways during CDS and passing time.

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