CAT986 - Photography - Introduction

Outline info
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Subject Title
Photography - Introduction

Subject Description
This subject is for those who have mastered their camera, it's controls and their functions.  Through a combination of lecture, field trip, and critiques, students will develop a better undertsanding of landscape photography.  Students will explore different ways to sequence a body of work.  Students must provide their own 35mm or digital manual camera (NO POINT AND SHOOT CAMERAS PLEASE).

Credit Status
Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory

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

1. Understand shutter speeds and apertures (f-stops) and how they impact the final image.

2. Determine correct exposures through metering.

3. Use depth of field as a method of creative control.

4. Use the building blocks of good composition (rule of thirds).

5. Understand perspective and line and how to make stronger compositions.

6. Use available lighting and flash on and off camera.

7. Discuss modes available in various cameras and the control that can be applied to achieve better pictures.

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.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

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
  Aperture (f-stops)
  Shutter speeds
  Perspective and line
  Correct exposures and metering
  Depth of field
  Good composition and rule of thirds
  Long exposure and night exposures
  Flash on and off camera

** A detailed weekly topic outline will be distributed in the first class.

Mode of Instruction
Lectures and Demonstration

Prescribed Texts

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.

Modes of Evaluation
Grading is based on the following:

Submit digital files that demonstrate good use of:
- Freeze action (Fast shutter speed)
- Blur motion (slow shutter speed)
- Shallow depth of field (Aperture)
- Deep depth of field (Aperture)
- Long Exposre
- Leading line (Composition)
- Framing (Composition)
- Rule of thirds (Composition)

Approved by: Lisa Somers