Monday, April 30, 2018

Important dates

1. Monday, last progress report due to Flickr.  

2. Wednesday: The final class day will be May 2nd.  You must turn in a folder to me of your book images, and I must have proof that you have paid for your book.  (printed receipt would work).  Come to class that day and turn in your photos and receipt.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Next Wednesday the 18th, Mid Project Review

Be prepared to talk about your project (5 min)
Be prepared to help others, have questions
Set aside a slide show or powerpoint or group of your best work so far to show us

Lightroom Book Design and Layout

Lightroom Blurb Book design module

Advanced Lightroom Tips and Tricks from Last Week

Tuesday, April 3, 2018


Here is the schedule for the senior shows. We have 7 exhibitions, with 1 outside show in Annalea. All the lectures are on tue/thu except one on Wednesday 4/25. We will do 2 students per lecture instead of one this time. Kiyana Cherry and Taylor Martin April 9-11 Lec April 10 Jessica Moore and Tiara Tatum April 12-16 Lec April 12 Blake Goldsmith/Ranlee Kunkel/Nikki Valdez April 17-19 Lec 17 and 19 Taylor Hughes and Rachel Nunez April 20-24 Lec 24 Aleisha Bryeans/Tommy Capps/Colin Craig April 25-27 Lec 25 and 26 Annalea Nelson April 26 to May 2nd lec May 2 Matt Huskins April 30 - May 2 Lec May 1 Jacob Fritts and Yuki Holloway-Ogiamien May 3 - May 11 Lec TBA

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Abstract for Final

This brief assignment is meant for you to start researching and thinking about the conceptual basis of your final book project


You are to create a short paper (500 word minimum) on what you plan on doing for your final project. This paper should clearly state the objective of your project, possible shooting strategies and locations, technical requests, and about a paragraph of historical research that must cite at least two photographers whose work/ideas somehow parallels yours. You may use any source to find photographers, but I recommend Lensculture.  I am not going to stress perfect grammar or style, although I expect a paper written at least at high school level and readable.

Due Date: emailed paper due Monday April 2nd by the end of the day. The final photos/book will be due at the end of the month.

Points to Consider:
Whatever you choose, make sure that you pick a topic that interests you (and will continue to interest you for the month you will work on it). To begin, start looking at the work of contemporary photographers who are working in a similar vein as to what you wish to do. Check the campus library, museum, and magazine websites for inspiration and for examples. After you have your idea and examples, develop a clear paper and emphasis the points you wish your photos to illustrate.

In April your weekly assignments will become open, you will be required to shoot a minimum of 25 images a week that should be geared for the final. A majority of your final grade depends on it.

Here are a list of a historical/contemporary photographers
More lists
and more and more


Your final should be an exploration of a topic that you select that you can invest time and research towards. This will be your homework for the rest of the year, and I expect the work to reflect the quality of a project that has been worked on and refined as much as possible. Every image turned in should be amongst your best work, and the photos should work together cohesively to explicitly illustrate your ideas contained in your research. You will work on it for homework the remaining four weeks of class.

You will be designing a book in Blurb that you will create and publish. Your book may be a narrative of some kind, a documentary work, have text or not, whatever you like…but I do want you to consider the wide appeal of this book. If you want to make a book about your family or your friends partying, then you must consider adding enough content to make it interesting enough to catch the casual viewer.

Blurb Photography art books
How to make a beautiful photo book with blurb

Final Book Project

As of now you should begin focusing and shooting for your final. Your final should be an exploration of a topic that you select that you can invest time and research towards. This will be your homework for the rest of the year, and I expect the work to reflect the quality of a project that has been worked on and refined as much as possible. Every image turned in should be amongst your best work, and the photos should work together cohesively to explicitly illustrate your ideas contained in your research.

You will be designing a book in Blurb that you will create and publish. Your book may be a narrative of some kind, a documentary work, have text or not, whatever you like…but I do want you to consider the wide appeal of this book. If you want to make a book about your family or your friends partying, then you must consider adding enough content to make it interesting enough to catch the casual viewer.

What is due?

You must have your Blurb book sent to be printed by the last day of class (May 2nd). Your blurb book must have a minimum of 25 photos. For the final in this class we will meet and go over your book design before you send it in to be printed. On 5/2 you must also turn in a folder of your final project photos. This can be done through the cloud, or on disc, or you can just copy your files on my lab computer when attending the final class day. This project is worth 500 points.  The final book is not the only thing you will be graded on. You will be expected to shoot every week and participate in class discussions for full credit on this project.

The schedule....

1. Weekly Flickr Progress Reports: You will be expected to upload at least 25 images a week on your assigned topic. These must be uploaded by the end of the day on Monday (4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30)
These check ups are worth 50 points.  They must be done on time (by 11:59pm on Monday) or no credit will be awarded.  I reserve the right to give partial or no credit if I decide the images you take are not geared towards your final project abstract.

2. We will have an inclass group discussion/critique of your work on Wednesday 4/18. Attendance and participation in this discussion is worth 100 points.

3. Final Critique: The final class day will be May 2nd.  You must turn in a folder to me of your book images, and I must have proof that you have paid for your book.  (printed receipt would work).  Come to class that day and turn in your photos and receipt.

Your book will most likely not be ready for the final in terms of being printed, so all I need to see is the recipet you have created the Blurb file and have sent it off to be printed.  You may ship it to your home address.


This project is worth 500 points. Breakdown: 200 points for the final work, 200 points for the check ups, 100 points for participating at the critique.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Printing Supplies/Materials

Paper -


BandH Photo

Epson Lustre Paper, glossy but not too much, good paper at good value
Red River Paper - the Nice stuff, all kinds
Epson Cold Press - nice matte paper with textured surface
Epson Hot Press - Nice matte paper without texture

French Paper co.  Graphic Design Paper

Graphic Design - the art of choosing the right paper

Mounting - Gatorboard

Dick Blick

Dry Mounting Tissue

B and H photo

Speciality Printing

Fort Worth Photo Lab
Courpralux Dallas


Aaron Brothers - Fort Worth
Frame Destination - Dallas
House of Frames - south fort worth


Jerrys Art O Rama

Paper Guide for Printing

Epson Photo Paper Glossy

What you get at the store, servicable quality

Epson Ultra Photo Paper Glossy

Thicker, heavier paper stock, feels better in hands

Epson Ultra Photo Paper Luster

A semi glass with a textured finish, my goto value paper

Epson Ultra Paper Premium Matte

Zero gloss, but the color gamut of the below matte papers are better

Epson Hot Press Paper

Cotton based paper with matte finish, very heavy, good color gamut.  Hot press means it is super smooth. Paper color is slightly warmer. Great for nature and landscape.

Epson Cold Press Paper

like above but with a more textured matte finish

Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper

Cotton based paper with matte finish with a watercolor paper- type texture

Epson Exhibition Fiber Based Paper

Very heavy, fiber based paper, resembles darkroom style photographic prints, great for exhibitions, deep blacks and subtle tonal gradations make this the best paper for black and white.  Also good for portraits.

Third Party brands I support

Red River Metallic Paper

a high gloss finish and a pearlescent base stock that yields an elegant iridescence in your images. Great for images of archetecure, cars, and other high contrast images.  

Red River Baryta 

Kind of like a semigloss version of the Epson Fiber paper, better suited for color printing with a warm white paper color.

Red River Canvas Paper

If you want that painterly look

more options from Red River Paper

Hanemuhle makes probably the best, thickest, most premium paper out there.  If I were going into a museum or new york gallery, I might splurge on this stuff.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Project 5 Narrative

Basic Summary

You are to create a series that implies a narrative.  Each image should tell a story on it's own.  But you also have to make 3 images.  Hope that makes sense.  

What do I want you to turn in an how?  
Bring at least 3 images to class next Monday March 26th.  

Suggestions and ideas to get started

By imply a narrative, I mean you can choose how literal or open ended you want the narrative to be. Images can only explain so much in terms of storytelling, but remember this is a powerful limitation. Generally the more obvious your narrative is, the less interesting it is. You must consider ever part of your image to offer clues as to the what the setting, conflict, and possible resolution of your narrative is.    I do suggest you pick a narrative that you find has a parallel with a personal narrative you have in your own life.  Your narrative must be original, it may be inspired by past works but not slavishly reproducing them.  

You have only a few images to work with.  Compose it with the greatest amount of intent possible.  Consider you lighting, and placement.  What do we see in the frame, what is hidden?  use a tripod if possible.  Compose your scene like a still life.  

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Lighting Ratios to Make or break your Portraits

Due to weather issues

We pushed the due date back to the assignment.  We will now be doing the presentations next Monday 5th.  No class on Wednesday, so keep shooting and revisiting you sites if you were not able to due to bad weather. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Landscape Selections

Josh - Hells Gate, Possum Kingdom
Zeke - Stephenville Historical Museum
Dan A. - Martins Gap
Vista - Aurora TX
Caroleena - Indian Gap
Mason - Carlton
Sarah B. - Priddy and Mullin
Taylor - Cameron park
Melissa - Desdemona
Berkley - Glen Rose
AMber - Indianola
Donald - Somerville
Alison - Alexander
TJ- thurber

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Richard Misrach

Apps to help you when you are shooting

The Photographers Ephemeris

Texas Landscape Photographer on the road - Mandy Lea

Places to look for inspiration



Project 4 Cross Timbers Region

For this assignment you will serve as photojournalist and artist.  I (your instructor) will be the photo editor, and you will be the photojournalist working on the  assignment entitled "The Cross Timbers outside Stephenville”.

What/How do I turn this in?

Part 1: Seek approval of your idea through me in class, no more than 2 people are allowed per location. Turn in a one page abstract of where you will be shooting to your instructor via email before the end of the day Friday, Feb. the 16th.  Must be at least one page and include the basic historical importance of the area and how you plan to describe that through images.  (50 points)

Part 2: You will turn in 10 images (minimum) to flickr in a set entitled "project 3" by the end of the day Monday, Feb 26th. (100 points)

Part 3: You will do a 10 minute presentation of your work in class on Wednesday Feb 28th based off the subject you choose.  Your presentation should include a Powerpoint slideshow along with relevant historical data to supplement your images.  You will be graded based off the quality of your presentation's research and the engagement level you have with the work.  You are required to have at least two CREDITED sources in your presentation, be it a book, magazine, website, or interview.  (50 points)

Why are we doing this?

I want you to think about the details in your photographs that tell the story, that imply the narrative of a place. Photographers must know their subject before and after they shoot it, and sometimes it requires research, and knowledge of a place. Even historians are constructing a narrative with words of a place. Maybe it is about the history of a place, maybe it is more your own personal encounter with history that is the true story. What information can you put in your photograph that makes more than just a random field, or barn? Think about the details that set the scene of the story you want to tell. If there is an interesting event going on there, Like the Commanche Pow Wow, than document that.  

Possible locations

Who was George Bernard Erath? What is up with those wind turbines popping up in the Northwest? Every actually stop at a Texas roadside marker? Where did people see the aliens? How did people migrate here? Where does the railroad go and how was it used? Why is Thurber a ghost town? Where is the chalk on Chalk Mountain? Why is there a headless woman haunting Alexander, TX? What's the hub boob about the strip club in Proctor? Where is the biggest rocking chair in the United States? What do people do on a Saturday night in Morgan Mill? Who is Dale and how can you tell he is bluffing in poker in Bluff Dale? Where does the roller derby team play? What goes on in Comanche, Deleon, etc...etc...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Assigntment 3 - 1 Perfect Strangers

For this assignment you should meet in a crowded area of campus today with their camera. You are tasked with taking at least 5 portraits of perfect strangers that you will post on flickr and you are told to keep track of their names, keep track of how many times they are turned down and even the gender of those that turned you down. 
You should do this for exactly one hour.  Come back to class with your pictures and your notes.  Any photos you take will not be posted online to flickr (unless they say ok) and will only be seen in class.  
As an incentive, the two students with the highest number of stranger portraits in an hour receives a grade bump on an assignment, or a free absense. Posing two strangers together as a couple counts as 2 strangers since it is much more difficult to do.

Photo studio schedule

Please show up on the days you are required to show up.  Try not to be absent as you will miss essential parts of the assignment you wont be able to make up likely outside of class.  Bring your camera and any props you need.  You can change if you need to in a nearby restroom.  Class will meet at the Digital Media Studies lab, room 240 second floor of the grant building (on the new side, to the right of the writing center).  

If it is not your day to shoot, you don't have to come to class, but you should work on the homework portion of the assignment.

Monday 2/5 1pm 

Sara W. 

Monday 2/5 2:30pm 



Wednesday 2/7 1pm


Wednesday 2/7 2:30pm



Project 3 Self Portrait in Different Persona

The point of this assignment is to explore lighting through the art of portraiture. You will take some photos that illustrate your idea of what your created "self" could be. You will take a couple portraits of yourself in a persona of your choosing. Something that is either different than you or an extreme extension of what you would consider to be "you".

The assignment comes in two parts:
  1. Out of class assignment (5 final photos): environmental portrait.  Light source must not be overhead.  Use a sidelight, direct light source such as a setting sun or a lamp at home.  
  2. In class assignment (1 final photo): portrait taken on either 2/5 or 2/7 with the studio strobe lights in the Digital Media Studies Lab in the Grant Building room 240.  Meet in the normal computer lab (Art 110) first, and we will walk over.  We will be using the green screen and putting in different backgrounds in photoshop when we meet as a class on 2/12.  Bring your camera. 
What is due and when?

6 final and edited photos of the assignment to be posted on flickr by the end of class Monday 2/12. 


Part two of this assignment will be done in class on Monday 2/5, Wednesday 2/7, depending on which group you are in. Will split in groups for the inclass assignment, one group working in the studio while the others are give the day off to work on the second part. Groups will be announced in class 1/31. You will be working with Mr. Ireland and the studio lights. Come prepared with costumes and props, and bring your camera.  

Why am I making you do this?

Practically, so you learn how to use our lights and create interesting portraits. Whether for the sake of illustrating a point, concept, or for fun, artists have often photographed themselves in different guises and personas in an attempt to tap into the archetypal schizophrenia of the ego and the fantasy land where creativity resides. Your end goal is to transform yourself into a being which is mundane, glamorous, or otherworldly -- to tow the line of familiarity and fiction.


  • Use a tripod for indoor shots.  
  • Subject should be directly engaged with the viewer/audience—meaning that, in most cases, the main subject is looking directly at the camera. No casual snapshots or man-on-the-street photos where the subject is not aware you are taking their picture.
  • Remove distracting elements whenever possible—declutter whenever possible.
  • Try to pre-visualize the images taking into consideration the way environment, light, pose, clothing, formal considerations, and other factors contribute to the construction of individual identity.
  • Try to think beyond cliche identity

Monday, January 29, 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Simple Guide to Depth of Field

Videos from Monday

Dan Carrillo: Daclotype from Patrick Richardson Wright on Vimeo.

Project 2 Exposure Checklist

Take a series of photos.... Make sure to follow the steps below. For the content, I want you to consider documenting your "home" or something like the 100 yard radius around your current home base.  Choose carefully and think creatively, as you have to stick to some rules here. Take at least one photo for each of the following steps below

1. Everything in the picture in focus (deep depth of field)
2. Sharp focus on the subject, but everything else out of focus (shallow depth of field)
3. Bokeh - In at least one photo, nothing at all should be in focus. It's hard to take a good looking photo where nothing is in focus - be creative!
4. Stop action (fast shutter speed) The main subject should be frozen in time, be creative in finding a solution.  
5. Blurred motion (slow shutter speed) The main subject of at least one photograph should be motion-blurred, either due to movement of the subject or movement of the camera.
6. Long exposure (more than one second, maybe low light)
7. Backlit subject (silhouette)
8.  At least one photo must be poorly exposed. That is, most of the image should be either very close to black (underexposed) or close to flat white due to oversaturation (overexposed)

at least 8 images due posted to flickr by the end of the day Monday the 29th

Monday, January 22, 2018

Monday Lightroom Tutorials

General Lightroom Workflow
How Lightroom Catalogs work
Importing from Camera or Camera Card
Importing from Harddrive
Lightroom Keywords
Edit Photos in the Develop Module
Publishing to Flickr from Lightroom

Photo Intro Quiz

1. Name you prefer to be called
2. Camera (s) you will use during the semester
3. What is your major?
4. Have you used Lightroom or Photoshop extensively? 
5. Did you accomplish anything noteworthy over the break? 
6. What are at least five things you like to photograph, or see in photographs?
7. What are at least five things you don't like to photograph, or see in photographs?

Cut and paste this into your email service that you use regularly and send it to

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Project 1 A Day in the Life

Show a series of photographs that illustrate the day in the life of a subject of your choice.  You must take at least 50 photos to start with. Your subject could be you or include a model.  You must, through a series of photographs, illustrate a narrative that the viewer can identify as a whole day, so make sure to illustrate that in your work.  

The point of this assignment is to strengthen your compositional skills.  Utilize a strong focal point in each of your shots. You will take 50 photographs, and you must display an understanding of each compositional photo in at least one photo from the series.  You will be asked to label which strategy you used in Lightroom for each photo.  You must try all of the ones below.  

Direct Light Source (front, side, and back)
Unexpected or unnatural viewpoint Dutch Tilt
Creative use of Color
one image must be a selfie

When is it Due?

Due 50 pictures by the end of the day January 22nd (Monday).  Bring in your camera and your camera card, we will go over processing images in class.  

(photo by James Day)

Photo Compisition Tips

Course Syllabus - Spring 2018

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera. “
Dorthea Lange


This class will introduce students to digital photography techniques and concepts. Technically, students will learn the proper use of digital cameras, basic and advanced techniques in Adobe Creative Cloud, and professional photographic printing.  Concurrently, students will gain an understanding of the cultural, conceptual and creative ramifications of digital imaging. 

While photography should be fun, it takes time to master the skills. It also takes times and effort to be out shooting with your camera to find the good shots. For that reason, this class requires a substantial amount of OUTSIDE time to be used for assignments. There is an enormous amount of information to learn about camera technique and design software.  The class will move quickly early on to cover all this information.  The culmination of this course is the final project presentation at the end of the semester. 


  • You will practice image composition by shooting around 50 plus images a week, and will catalog those images.  
  • You will become technically proficient with the workings of your camera, including manual exposure settings and light metering
  • You will become proficient with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop on the Mac.
  • You will learn how to critique photographs both technically, compositionally and by the strength of the concept. 
  • You will learn about the history of photography from its origins in science and chemistry to it's current status as an artform. 


Class time will involve:
a combination of lectures and discussions on pertinent issues within the medium
application demos and technical instruction
introduction to other photographers that significantly connect to class projects
field trips and on-location camera exercises
work time for projects
critiques of projects

Outside of class, homework will be mostly centered around shooting images for homework assignments.  The best way to improve in this medium is to shoot as much and as often as possible.  You are expected to work around 2 hours a week outside of class.


Text: There is no textbook.  Any required reading will be posted on the blog. However if you prefer to have a take home textbook, I recommend:  A Short Course in Digital Photography by Barbara London and Jim Stone and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classroom in a Book by John Evans. Http:// is a great site for adobe tutorials. Your own subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud is not required but recommended.
A working digital camera (A digital SLR with removable lenses, manual settings, and shoots in an uncompressed digital format is recommended, as it will give you the most versatility and you will be able to get better results easier.  You may use a point and shoot, but you are expected to understand the limitations of what your camera can do.  Please no phone cameras for everyday use.)
Memory card for camera, at least 8 gig
USB drive ALWAYS back-up your work, you may save things to your lab computer, however it is a public lab so anything is possible, and hard drive crashes are not a viable excuse for late work. 
Final Project Printing – to be announced

The estimated cost for this course will be around 50 - 100 dollars (without buying a camera)


Schedule Subject to Change (and it will)

Week 1 intro to camera function and digital processing, another point of view project
Week 2 – composition, digital photo editing, manual camera settings, lighting life project
Week 3 – pixels and digital output, photography history 101, archival techniques
Week 4 – landscape photography, advanced digital output home project
Week 5 – long exposure photography, night time project
Week 6 – narrative storytelling, photoshop compositing, narrative tableau project
Week 7 -  advanced photoshop compositions, large format printing
Week 8 – photojournalism 101, research strategies, photojournalism project 
Week 9 – preparing images for the web, photojournalism project presentations
Week 10 – abstract for final project, intro to studio lighting
Week 11 – studio (people,still life) shooting, studio project
Week 12 – mimic a famous photographer - research/assignment, mimic project
Week 13 advanced photo techniques, final project
Week 14 final project display (book, website presentation)


1.) Blog: All assignments and required source material will be posted online. Specific Xeroxed articles, tutorials and other online source material will be assigned and posted on the blog as the course progresses. 

2.) Attendance: mandatory at all class sessions. Class moves fast and it is extremely difficult to catch up unless you take responsibility and look up anything you missed. More than three absences (excused or unexcused, they are all the same) lower your final grade 1 grade down each absence. Come prepared for work in class or you will receive an absence. Since most class material is covered at the beginning of class, being notably tardy also counts as an absence. Checking Facebook during class lectures or videos will make you absent for the day.  

3) Projects: There will be seven or eight key assignments in this course. Every week there will be deadlines for those assignments. They are always due at the beginning of class on the deadline date.  Late assignments will not be accepted without approval from the instructor.  

4.) Critiques: Students are expected to participate in class critiques of works, both completed and in progress. As the term evolves, we will orient towards weekly progress critiques. Talking about your work and others is a crucial aspect of assessing whether your images communicates effectively.  

5.) Grading: each project is worth 100 points and will be graded by:
• FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS– 34%- does the project match the online description?
Did the photographer take enough images, are they presented correctly and on time? 
• CREATIVITY – 33%- originality of thought and expression.
Does the artwork show innovation and uniqueness? Did the artist solve the given assignment problem in an expected or unexpected way? 
• CRAFTSMANSHIP -– 33%- attention to detail.
Does the artist skillfully manipulate the images so they look their best? Are all details carefully finished and/or intentional-looking? 

The photography assignments will be due on critique day and graded based on technical (negative and print quality) and conceptual accomplishment (sophistication of idea, creativity, intelligence, thoroughness, and ability to represent an idea). Hard work, self-critique, and determination most often result in high quality work. Participation is a significant component of any visual arts class as it will be in this class. One of the best ways to learn about your work, directly or in relation to the work of others, is to have critical dialogue. This includes but is not limited to: spoken and or written participation during critique, paying attention during critique and lectures (not being on your phone or working on the computer during lecture, crit, or discussion), showing up for individual meetings, and utilizing open lab days.

6.) Equipment check out: A student may check out equipment that is available by the Fine Arts department.  You assume responsibility for the item and you are required to return it before the next scheduled class.  Some of the items we have are: Portable Studio Lighting Kit, Strobe Flashes, Tripods, Video Cameras, and more.  We cannot check out digital cameras for students for the whole class, you must have your own at your disposal.  

7.) Lab Etiquette: Always back up your work. Data loss—from a lost, fried and/or stolen hard drive, or satanic software - cannot be used as an excuse for late or missing work.

Students are not permitted to use the internet or any mobile devices during lectures or student presentations. Cell Phones must be turned off unless instructed otherwise.  You will be marked as absent if I see this rule being broken.  


Cheating, plagiarism (submitting another person’s materials or ideas as one’s own), or doing work for another person who will receive academic credit are all impermissible. Turning in work made before this class, or from other classes, is also a violation of academic honesty.  All work turned in for this class must have been made during this class!  I can easily tell using the metadata in an image if your work is not yours, or was not produced during this class.  Breaking these rules may result in a zero point total for the project, and may also further impact your final grade in the course.  Disciplinary action may be taken beyond the Department of Fine Arts. 


It is the policy of Tarleton State University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (HYPERLINK "" other applicable laws. If you are a student with a disability seeking accommodations for this course, please contact Trina Geye, Director of Student Disability Services, at 254.968.9400 or HYPERLINK "" Student Disability Services is located in Math 201. More information can be found at HYPERLINK "" or in the University Catalog.


Please note that some of the photographs we might look at during this course may include nudity, be graphically violent or be politically provocative. Some individuals may find these images disturbing or even offensive. Such works are included because they presented important challenges to artistic traditions and conventions, to social mores, to standards of beauty and taste, and ultimately, to the definition and history of photography itself. Students will not be required to subscribe to any particular theory of the purpose and meaning of photography, nor will they be required to like all of the images shown. However, if you choose to take this course, you will be expected to understand the issues involved and why they are important. Critical thinking in all areas is something I believe in. I want students to be exposed to good work, I want my students to be able to grapple with difficult ideas, and I want them to develop their own sensitivities and skills. If you have any special concerns, please discuss them with me.

{ANY QUESTIONS????!!!!????}

As you've probably guessed, you will have to spend plenty of time in and outside of class shooting, editing, and printing. You should therefore photograph subjects that you consider important or have strong feelings towards. Your projects shouldn’t feel like busy work. Please do not become discouraged if you do not quickly grasp the ideas and techniques discussed in class - photography is a difficult and complex subject that is hard for many people. Making good art always takes longer than you think! Trust the process.

Apply yourself, work hard, develop your skills and exhibit individual growth and you will do very well in this class. I am here to help you succeed, so do not be afraid to ask any questions. I will always try my best to make myself available to interested students. Have fun, keep positive and be creative!

-Chris Ireland