Course Syllabus

Doug Johnson (


Course Overview:

The invention of photography has changed the way people perceive the world, and express their ideas and feelings. In this course students will use the camera to look closely at their world, sources for stories within their own experiences, cultural backgrounds, and imagine ways to tell stories using the camera. Photography assignments will stress becoming more aware of what one sees and what can be communicated in a single image, taken at a moment in time.


Intermediate Photography is a class designed to improve your camera handling, darkroom techniques and post darkroom work. We will deal with film and digital imagery, including computer alteration, hand painting and toning. Many advanced techniques will be taught throughout the semester. You will learn how to manipulate your images in a variety of ways. Class time will be include looking at master photographer work to help students develop a discriminating eye (composition), learn to deconstruct what they see, and appreciate the importance of photography in today's culture. Students will spend most of their time shooting digital photographs and processing them in Adobe Photoshop. During class critiques students will learn to look carefully at their own work and the work of others and develop the language to articulate what they see. Students will be assessed on how their work shows understanding of concepts, craftsmanship, and expression of compelling content. Final assessment will also include students' willingness to experiment and challenge themselves, and contributions to class discussions. EFFORT counts for a lot in all of my classes. If you make the effort, you will do well in this class. Below are the detailed criteria for grading.


Evaluation ~ Grading Requirements:

Student grades will be based on the following requirements:

1.) Handing in at least 15 well-printed photographs, fulfilling class assignments, project criteria etc.

2.) Quality of digital images, negatives and prints, organization, originality/creativity.

3.) Improvement throughout the term.

4.) Altering some images using special techniques.

5.) Participation during class discussions and critiques.

6.) Come to class on time.

7.) Going the extra mile - working during free periods and/or Photo Club in order to achieve high quality work.


Students Final Exam will be in the Form of a Portfolio (12  Exhibition Quality Photographs posted online on At the end of the semester we will review all of your work and select your top 15 images. Your final photographs will be touched up and perfected using Adobe Photoshop, and uploaded to The Adobe web site. You will continue editing and perfecting your Online  Portfolio, so you can submit it along with your college applications.


Works in Progress:

I believe there is a very significant interrelationship between process and the end product. Works in progress evaluation is based on punctuality and degree of preparation.



Full attendance and punctuality is mandatory. If absent for any reason you must let me know the reason why you were absent at our next class. If your absence is listed as excused, you are responsible for all assignments given during your absence. Please contact me for details about assignment objectives and expectations.

Cubbies and Lab Fee:

Intermediate Photo Students get a cubbie space of their own, to keep all of your supplies, and project work etc. 

This year is different due to some left over money from Covid-19, the lab fee is FREE this year!


  • Keep your digital camera and/or film camera with you and at all times. You never know when or where an interesting photo opportunity will present itself!


Course Summary:

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