Photography 11

Mr. Clancy


Photography 11 is a developed course that meets the requirements set out by the new BC Ministry of Education Curriculum learning outcomes for Media Arts 11. The course is a mix of theory and practice. Students will appreciate the dichotomy between theory and technical proficiency in photography. Students will be able to create a print that is technically perfect and containing content that is meaningful and thought out.

 Classroom Rules

1.                       Be respectful of yourself and your teacher

2.                       Put your cellphone in the cellphone tray at the beginning of class, it will be returned to you when the bell rings

3.                       Arrive on time to class

4.                       Let the teacher know if you need to leave the room

5.                       Be present

Attitudes/ Work Habits

·                         Work in a team atmosphere to overcome problems and concepts


·                         Print photographic prints

·                         Make contact sheets

·                         Modify and customize images (analogue and digital)

·                         Create a negative library

·                         Convert documents into digital files using a scanner

·                         Manipulate these images with digital retouching software


·                         Understand the theory behind how film works

·                         Understand how photo paper works

·                         Comprehend the role that photography has played in society over the centuries

·                         Identify and differentiate the different fields of photography


·                         Sketchbook made in first week

·                         Your own SLR camera is an asset, as it means that you will be able to work at your own pace

·                         A portable USB flash drive


           Evaluation will be transparent, meaning that marks breakdown will be available for every assignment. You will be marked on a number of things. Marks will be based on the quality of the negative, the quality of the print, inclusion of contact sheet, and content. For each assignment there will be a marks breakdown on the assignment sheet. Digital assignments will be marked on many factors including digital retouching, and good resolution images handed in, ready for print. Late assignments will not be accepted unless accompanied by a note from your parent/guardian.


This class has a certain amount of freedom to it. There are opportunities to work outside of the classroom. With this freedom comes responsibility. If you do not attend lectures, you will probably fail this class! Regular attendance is mandatory. You are expected to be in class, on time and attend every class.


I’m happy to assist you outside of class hours. Please contact me at to arrange a time.


A module is a unit consisting of 1-2 minor assignments and possibly 1 major assignment. Each module has a focus on one aspect of photography.


Module 1 Set-up and introduction

·                         Classroom etiquette and procedures

·                         Drawers assigned

·                         Google Photo/ Dropbox set up

·                         PDF demo

·                         Emails collected

·                         Workbooks created in class

Module 2 Pinhole Camera assignment

Pinhole Camera assignment assigned

Darkroom work habits /etiquette

Darkroom procedures

Module 3 First darkroom assignment

Anything and Everything project assigned

How to load film onto reels video link

Module 4 Introduction to Visual Elements

·                         Visual Elements minor assignment completed in class

·                         V isual Elements film project assigned

·                         Visual Elements Powerpoint

Module 5 Composition

We will discuss composition and watch a video in class

Composition Project assigned

·                         Module 6 Aperture

Aperture discussed

Aperture major assignment assigned

·                         Aperture PowerPoint

Module 7 RAW images

·                         RAW file format discussed in class and overview

·                         RAW FILE project  introduced

Module 8 Introduction to exposure triangle

·                         Classroom discussion about aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.

·                         Class shown digital camera simulator

Module 9 ISO

·                         ISO introduced and discussed in class

·                         ISO project introduced

Module 10 Shutter Speed

·                         Shutter speed PowerPoint

·                         Blurred Movement Assignment


Module 11 White Balance

·                         White Balance discussed in class

·                         White Balance project introduced

Module 12 Photoshop Tutorials

·                         First, we (re)learn all the tools with this project

·                         Second, we learn Layer Masks

·                         Third, we learn how to scan

·                         Finally, we will be completing a large project that will combine scanning and a digital image.

Module 13 100 photos

100 Photos assignment assigned

Module 14 Studio Photography

For this assignment, you will be taking photos in the room 206 studio, and will be using strobe photography.

You will be organizing and editing these photos in Adobe Camera Raw, and then using them to create your own playing cards to complete this assignment.

DO NOT crop your portrait images as you will be cropping them in the playing card assignment.

You will also be creating your own card back design.