Art  141
Introduction to Digital Photography

This class uses LiveNet. Read the accompanying document: Special Notes for Students

Students also need to read the document How Do I Survive this Online Class available from the WebCampus main menu. The rules shown in this document are added to those in this syllabus.

Vital Questions 
When does the class begin? This class begins on Jan. 21. Any students who has not contacted the instructor by e-mail message or phone call by Jan. 24 may be dropped from the class. The e-mail message need only say the student is ready to begin.
What are the assignments and when are due due? Students will be expected to:
  • Submit photographs as digital images, attached to email messages, to be viewed by the entire class and be commented on by class members.
  • Enter discussion board messages critiquing other students' work.
  • Submit other photographs as digital images to the instructor as weekly assignments.
  • Participate in further class activities through the WebCampus classroom.

Images will not be accepted if:

  • They are not .jpg files.
  • They are not named correctly. Each lesson explains how to name the submitted files.
  • They were not taken by you.
  • In the instructor's opinion, they might offend other students. These could include nudes, political and religious images. Any such images the instructor feel's might offend other students can be used for assignments but will not be displayed for the rest of the class to view.

Check the class calendar for due dates.

Assignments are always due on the day specified in the class calendar. Since in an online class, assignments can be turned in any hour of the day or night, it is necessary to have a time due. Messages placed inside WebCampus and containing assignments can have a time stamp of 11:59:59 pm. as long as the date is the due date. A message containing a time stamp of 00:00:01 and a date showing the next day will be considered late. The moral of this is finish up the assignment and send it during the day it is due.

What if I am absent? In an online class, since you can work on assignments 24/7, due dates are firm. If you cannot complete an assignment on time, contact the instructor.

This class is intensive and requires attendance and work completed each week. Anyone not in communication with me for any two week period (without prior approval) will have an F grade recorded as the final class grade and their semester will be over early. The worst part of an online class is procrastination!!!
Can I turn in late assignments? Yes. Each week an assignment is late, its worth drops 5 points. Since most assignments are worth 20 points, this means after 3 weeks late, the assignment won't be worth enough to bother turning in. The late assignment is graded and the result reduced the 5, 10 or 15 points. Any last, late assignments must be turned in no later than May 8.
What are these comments on photos?

Submitted photos will be shown on a web page, without the submitting student's name. Students will be expected to comment on other students' photos 6 times during the semester. If the class has 25 students, you can see this will require a substantial amount of work. Comments contents are expected to be thorough for all photos.

What is this individual project? This project replaces a final test and counts for a significant portion of your grade. It is a set of four separate photos with a common theme. They will show what you have learned during the class. They are the only photos submitted, which will be graded for their quality. More information on the requirements of the project will be presented after the midterm.

A sample student project is available for viewing for the first couple weeks of the semester. From WebCampus's Course Tools, click on Web Links and then on Sample Projects.

What type of photos do I turn in? The image files turned in for assignments must be:
  • named correctly. Each assignment explains the proper name for its image files.
  • .jpg file types.
  • no larger than:
    • for a horizontal photo, (wider than high), 800 pixels in width.
    • for a vertical photo, (higher than wide), 600 pixels in width.
Can I do extra credit to improve my grade? Yes, if your average is below a C and if you have turned in all assignments. It does no good to do extra credit if you are not turning in regular assignments.
When can I see my composite grade?

Periodically, about three times a semester, I will figure average grades and show them to the class.

What software is covered in this class? To complete this class, the student needs a specific photo editor.  Photoshop Elements 5.0 can be purchased through the Internet for $50-7-0. It is available from other Internet sites and stores. On Nov. 21, 2007, had a new copy for $49.99. You DO NOT need the premium version.

Note: If you have another photo editor with all the capabilities of Photoshop Elements, use it, but most students who have tried this in the past were disappointed later in the semester when they realized their photo editor actually did not have the same functions. If you use a different photo editor, it will be up to you to figure out the different commands for your editor. You will also be held responsible for any functions you can not do in the class. It is my advise that you purchase Photoshop Elements.

What do I need to begin this class?  Note: For this class, the student is required to work with digital images but not necessarily work with a digital camera.
  • Any digital camera.
  • Access to a color printer (for one assignment).
  • Access to MS Word (for two assignments).
  • Be able to work with numerous data files.
  • Be able to work with Windows.


Text book: PhotoShop Elements 5 for Dummies
978-0470098103,  Published by
It is available at the GBC bookstore and


Course Description:

Photography is a hobby most people delve into. In the future, most photography will be done digitally. This course  is designed to do two things:

Course Objectives:

    Become a better photographer by:

    Become a digital photographer by:

The above objectives will be measured using a combination of:

  1. Turning in specific types of photos.
  2. Turning in photos to show their manipulation.
  3. Complete comments on student photos.
  4. Join in discussions with other students.
  5. Create digital images by scanning.
  6. Create prints, desktop publishing documents and web pages.
  7. Work in a group setting.
  8. Create an individual project of photos.

Spring 2008

Revision date: Nov. 21, 2007

Instructor: Larry Hyslop
Office: High Tech Center- 132

Office hours: M-F 10-11
(Best time to call)

Great Basin College
1500 College Pkwy.

Elko, NV 89801

Phone: 775-753-2305 (office) 
753-8095 (home, before 7pm) 

775-753-2160 (college fax)





Instructional Methods:The class will be taught by introducing a new skill or concept. The student practices on the computer by going through a tutorial in the book. Assignments are completed and turned in. Cumulative grades will be determined as follows:

 100-98 A+
  97-93 A
  92-90 A-    
  89-88 B+    
  87-83 B      

  82-80 B-
  79-78 C+
  77-73 C
  72-70 C-
  69-68 D+
  67-63 D
  62-60 D-
  <60   F

Privacy:Your completed photos will be displayed for the benefit of the entire class. If this bothers you, please notify me in writing during the first week of class.

Perseverance: This is a full semester class requiring considerable time spent on the computer each and every of the 16 weeks. You must be prepared to make this commitment.

Special Needs: GBC supports providing equal access for students with disabilities. An advisor is available to discuss appropriate accommodations with students. Please contact the ADA Officer (Julie Byrnes at 775-753-2271 at your earliest convenience to request timely and appropriate accommodations.

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