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Photography 3

Erica Wright, Instructor
Green Valley High School
elwright@interact.ccsd.net
www.thewrightograph.com
Photography 3 is a year-long course on the history, ethics and processes of
digital photographic imaging including commercial and artistic processes. It
is an elective class where students in the 11th-12th grade have the
opportunity to experiment with photographic equipment, ideas, and concepts
to create images.
Course Description:
Photography 3 is the third course in the 3 year CTE Program of Study for
Photography. It is a multifaceted course designed for students to refine their
understanding and application of the elements and principles of visual
design, master camera settings and exposure, and to continue to explore
Photography as a career. This course will encourage an understanding of
photography as an art form and as a medium for documentation,
communication, interpretation and expression. Studies will expand to job
skills, professional presentation, and digital literacy. Students will refine
digital photography skills, maintain an online blog and portfolio, and expand
their knowledge of digital editing techniques and software.
Course Goals and Objectives:
Upon completion of this course each student will have acquired the skills
necessary to produce a photo worthy of exhibition in both analog and digital
formats.
Course Goals (Nevada CTE Standards):
1.0 UNDERSTAND THE HISTORY, EVOLUTION, AND CURRENT TRENDS OF
PHOTOGRAPHY
2.0 UNDERSTAND LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES RELATED TO PHOTOGRAPHY
3.0 IDENTIFY AND USE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CAMERAS AND SETTINGS
4.0 DEMONSTARTE PROPER EXPOSURE SETTINGS TO ACHIEVE DESIRED
EFFECTS
5.0 UNDERSTAND THE ELEMENTS AND PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN
6.0 UNDERSTAND LIGHT SOURCES
7.0 IMPLEMENT DIGITAL WORKFLOW PROCESSES
8.0 DEMONSTRATE COMPETENCE IN PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES AND
PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT

The complete Nevada State Standards for Photography are available at:
http://cteae.nv.gov/Career_and_Technical_Education/Standards/

Required Equipment:
Students will need a DSLR camera and access to a computer with
industry-standard photo editing software. Recommended camera
models are the Canon T5, Nikon D3200 and above, or the Pentax X
series. Students with laptops may acquire software from the
instructor if compatible. Preferred software is available as a
monthly subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.
There are a limited number of class cameras available for check-out to
students who have paid their course fee. Monday through Thursday, cameras
are available for a 48 hour check-out. On Friday students may check-out a
camera for the weekend, but must return it promptly on Monday morning.
While it is possible to complete this course without owning a camera, it is
very challenging and requires a great deal of planning and self-discipline.
Students assume full financial responsibility for the camera while they have
it checked out.
Materials/Lab Fee:
$40 fee payable in cash or money order at the school bank, or online
through the school web-store. Personal checks are not accepted. Students
will not receive supplies and materials until this fee has been paid. Included
in the course fee: USB drive for storing and transferring digital images, all
photo paper for digital printing, mounting supplies, mat boards, single entry
fees into Scholastic Art and Writing Contest, as well as delivery of artwork to
contest locations. Students will have access to computers and editing
software, in-class lighting equipment, tripods, photo printers, and digital
cameras.
MY COURSE FEE IS DUE BY:
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STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES:
It is the student’s responsibility to have a DSLR camera. Students are
responsible for their own supplies and materials. The student is responsible
for keeping an organized digital portfolio of his/her work throughout the year.
All images should be saved on the provided USB drive.
This portfolio is a record of development throughout this course and will be
reviewed periodically at the teacher discretion.

Expectations:









Have a DSLR camera in class on days specified.
Maintain a Photography notebook and write in it daily.
Maintain a Photography Blog and keep it current.
Be on time to class and be prepared to work.
Respect the property and work of other students.
Respect the right of other students to work without disruption.
Respect the instructor’s right to teach without disruption.
Use class time wisely.
Complete assignments on time and meet all due dates.
Be a good human. Be honest. Be present.

Additionally, ALL students must join their class Edmodo group. Codes will be
posted in the classroom. MY GROUP CODE IS:____________________________
PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE
Initial discipline infraction will receive one warning. Additional infractions will
warrant sitting in The Naughty Chair, calls to parents or guardians,
detentions, referrals to the dean, and parent conferences, in that order. The
exception will be actions by a student that threaten the safety and well-being
of the class. Those students will be removed immediately.
CLASSROOM POLICIES:







Absolutely no CHEWING GUM in the classroom.
Absolutely no FOOD or DRINKS in the Photo Lab/Studio.
Be prepared, you will not be allowed to go to your lockers for materials.
NO CELL PHONES. State law prohibits the use of cellular phones on
campus. Phones may not be used for any reason in class. School policy
concerning cell phones will be followed.
School policy will be followed regarding tardy procedures.
It is the student’s responsibility to check the class website and, upon
return to school, the calendar at front of room.
Photography classes are built in a very flexible environment. Students
are responsible for their own actions and will be held accountable.
Detentions are held from 1:20-1:50 pm on Fridays. The student will be
allowed one reschedule the following Friday. No show will result in
automatic Dean’s referral. Detentions may be given for
insubordination, darkroom misconduct, or ignoring class rules.

General Rules:
1. Do not throw ANYTHING at any time!
2. Do not leave the classroom without permission!

3. Do not play games on the computers.
4. Students will return all items used to their appropriate place and will
clean up their work areas before leaving class.
5. In the event of a substitute teacher replacing Mrs. Wright, any student
whose behavior results in a report from the sub will be given an
automatic detention.
6. Be a good human.

Attendance Policy:
Attendance is an essential part of the educational setting and lack thereof
can seriously affect your grade. Policy is consistent with the Clark County
School District's attendance policy and the Nevada Administrative Code.

Make-up Work/Homework:
Within three days after an absence, the student must contact the teacher
regarding the missed assignment. (CCSD Regulation 5113) Exception: Major
assignments given more than a week notification of the due date are due on
the student’s return from an absence. Any major assignment submitted after
a due date may receive reduced credit.
Care of School Property: School equipment is for everyone. Any misuse or
abuse of school property will be treated as destruction of CCSD property.
Students will be prosecuted.

PARTICIPATION:
Class Participation is part of your weekly grade.
The student is responsible for participating in every aspect of this course.
Come to class ready to actively participate, not to observe, but to
experiment, develop, and grow as a photographer. Additional work outside of
class is required. Most photo assignments will require you to shoot outside of
class. You will not be allowed to take photos during class instruction time.
Take the initiative to go beyond my requirements. You will get out of this
course what you put into it.
Do more than the minimum; spend more than just class time on your work.
GRADING:

The student will be graded according to given specifications, effort and
attitude, process and final outcome. Each assignment will be graded A, B, C,
D, or F. The grade will be a judgment made by the instructor based on the 10
point rubric posted in class.
100-90 = A
89-80 = B
79-70 = C
69-60 = D
59-0 = F
Late assignments will have the grade dropped 10% for each day late.
Photo projects, class work, participation = 85% of Semester Grade
Semester/Final Exams = 15% of Semester Grade
Due to the importance of real-world deadlines, all work is to be
handed in by the due date. 

CITIZENSHIP GRADES
1. Students will be given an "O" (excellent),"S" (satisfactory), or a "N"
(unsatisfactory) for each nine weeks grading period.
2. Those students who maintain and promote good classroom decorum will
receive an "O" in citizenship.
3. A student can earn a "U" by accumulating six (6) negative points per
quarter for the following infractions:
a. One for each tardy.
b. Disruptive behavior.
c. Use of improper or abusive language.
d. Behavioral referrals.
SAFETY:
Misuse of any equipment will not be tolerated. CCSD, Mrs. Wright, and GVHS
are not responsible for any physical, personal or property damages. All
chemicals are EPA certified. Student and parent are responsible for any and
all damages incurred, whether physical or proprietary.
SUPERVISION:
Under normal classroom situations, a staff member directly supervises
students at ALL times. In photography however, we have 3 different
classroom/environments and one teacher. These are:
1. Classroom 316 – the main classroom

2. Darkroom 304A – where the enlargers and printing chemistry are
3. Computer Lab/Film Lab 304- all of the studio space and film processing
areas
Students may occasionally leave the classroom as part of the regular class
assignments.
It is important that parents and students understand that a degree of trust is
placed directly upon each photography student to follow school rules and
policies at all times, including when they are outside of the classroom, on
school property.
Any reports of misbehavior, by a student granted permission to perform
photography assignments outside the classroom could result in the loss of all
darkroom and photography privileges.
The student would then have to remain in the classroom at all times and
would have to complete all darkroom and photographic work outside of
school facilities and class time.
If the rules of the classroom are not followed these are the resulting
consequences:
1. Loss of Darkroom and/or Computer privileges
2. Detention
3. Referral to Dean (possible RPC/suspension)

Questionable Photographic Material will not be tolerated
or accepted.

Dear Parent or Guardian,
Your child is enrolled in a photography class that will be working with potentially hazardous
chemicals, tools and equipment. Appropriate instruction in the proper use of all materials and
equipment is given. Every precaution is taken to prevent accidents. I am asking your cooperation
in expressing to your child the importance of being aware of materials and equipment used. If
any infraction or health issue arises it is imperative that the instructor is notified immediately of
the occurrence.
It is mandatory that students observe safety rules to protect themselves and others.
YOUR SIGNATURE BELOW INDICATES YOU AND YOUR CHILD HAVE
BEEN INFORMED OF THE RULES, PROCEDURES, EXPECTATIONS,
HEALTH ISSUES AND FEES PERTAINING TO THIS COURSE.
PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN IMMEDIATELY.
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Photography 3: Course Expectancy Approval
STUDENT NAME (please print):
____________________________________________________________
STUDENT SIGNATURE: ______________________________________
CLASS PERIOD: ___________________ DATE: ___________________
PARENT NAME (please print):
____________________________________________________________
PARENT SIGNATURE:
____________________________________________________________
Parent Phone ________________________________________________
Parent Email_________________________________________________

Additionally, by signing and returning this slip, the student agrees to participate fully in
this class by being present, on time, and turning in assignments. _________________
(Student initial
here!)
Please return immediately! You cannot participate without the
return of this Permission Slip.

THIS FORM IS DUE
BY:______________________________________________________________________