IDP100 - Photography I

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Subject Title
Photography I

Subject Description
Photography I will introduce students to the technical and artistic world of digital photography. Students will learn to use the camera as a visualization tool for understanding light and composition. Using standard principles of design and composition within a frame, students will compose, shoot and analyze images taken with digital cameras. 3 hours

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

  1. A thorough understanding of the cameras exposure controls and an understanding of the information provided by the cameras histogram.
  2. The knowledge and ability to use shutter speed and aperture both as functions of exposure as well as tools for creative control.
  3. An introduction to the elements of composition and an understanding of the roll composition plays in communicating through photography.
  4. The ability to use preset white balance settings as well as learn techniques for implementing custom white balance controls.
  5. An introduction to shooting people using available light as well as the construction and use of diffusion panels and reflectors to attenuate natural light.
  6. The ability to analyze and critique their work and the work of others.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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

  • Introduction to digital and DSLR cameras.
  • Workflow, back up and archiving issues.
  • Camera controls both for creative outcomes and for file quality.
  • White balance control and manipulation.
  • Introduction to RAW conversions.
  • Colour corrections and colour adjustments.
  • Composition and creativity.
  • Modification of natural light through the use of reflectors and scrims.
  • An introduction to studio lighting equipment.

Mode of Instruction
This subject will consist of a mixture of lectures, labs, demonstrations, student projects, presentations and discussions.

Reference Material

Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson
Amphoto Books
ISBN: 081746300-3

Required Supplies
Students will supply their own cameras, memory cards and lenses.  In addition to their photographic equipment, student will also need an 8.5 x 11 inch coil notebook, spray mount, and USB flash drives to submit course work. 

The specifics regarding supplies will be outlined during the first scheduled class.

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
Letter grades will be awarded according to current grading policy.  Assignments may contain both a written and a visual component, and students are responsible for completing both components if required to receive a mark.

Major Assignments (4) 50%
Creative Assignments (4) 40%
Quizzes (2) 10%

All components of student evaluation will incorporate as assessment of student "professionalism" (involving attendance, attitude, participation and the meeting of assignment deadlines).

Approved by: Lisa Somers