CAT100 - DIY Product Photography

Outline info
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Subject Title
DIY Product Photography

Subject Description
A workshop for small or home-based business owners (non-photograhers) interested in capturing images of their products. 
Learn basic camera skills, simple lighting techniques and photo editing to produce photos on your own.
Uses could include marketing materials, web, portfolios or online catalogs.

Credit Status

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.  Set up a camera that has exposure adjustment to take product photos.
2.  Understand how to use a flash and avaiable light, for simple but effective lighting techniques.
3.  Use free imaging software to process images to be web and print ready.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Topic Outline
1.  Introduction to basic camera opearation
2.  How to create a light box
3.  How to light and shoot a product
4.  Image processing for web site or print

Mode of Instruction
Lectures and Demonstration

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Required Supplies
Digital Camera  and manual

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Approved by: Lisa Somers