Digital Photography


  2. A. Course Title: Digital Photography
    B. Course Number: AR 113D - 10158
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: T Th 9:30:00 AM - 10:45:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Morrill, Joni
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Contact through Canvas
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: HAC113

    This is a beginning course in digital photography and assumes no prior knowledge of digital camera usage or manipulation of digital images. Emphasis is on digital camera skills and image editing software using a computer. This is a three credit hour course.


    This beginning digital photography course is designed to introduce the student to a range of basic techniques, methods, and materials needed to develop skills for digital photography and image editing software. No prior experience is necessary. Please note, it is the student's responsibility to verify the transferability of this course to another school or institution. Although transferability is likely, it is not guaranteed.



    Camera with the following:
    DSLR or Point and Shoot preferred
    Memory card for the camera
    Card reader
    Flash drive/hard drive for storing images




    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F


    *5-7 Assignments (100 points each)
    *Many assignments will be ungraded, but participation is required. Students must submit work to remain in good standing in the course.


    1. Grading Schedule: Assignments are normally graded within one week.
    2. Course Grades: Students may view their grades and their current average in class through the Canvas Gradebook, which averages the scores as soon as each grade is posted. The standard NMJC grading scale is utilized. Final Grades can also be seen through NMJC’s T-Bird Web-Portal (see website).

    3. Canvas Messages (use Inbox) – Students can expect me to reply to Canvas messages within 24 hours, Monday – Friday (noon).


    Late work will only be considered under unusual circumstances, deemed unavoidable by the professor, such as an emergency. Students must contact me within ONE WEEK of a missed deadline in order to have a late assignment or make-up test considered. Late work is noted and will not be accepted on a recurring basis. Points will be deducted.


    If you are having difficulty at any time during the semester, please contact me as soon as possible. I will be happy to discuss possible solutions with you. If you feel you may need to withdraw from the course, please discuss it with me, first. A student who is unable to successfully complete the course must submit the proper paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by the deadline, or is in jeopardy of receiving an “F”. Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to do so, not the instructor’s.

    However, when a student misses the equivalent of 4 weeks of class (8 classes), it is likely that I will drop the student without notice. This is especially true if the student has not remained in contact with me. When dropped from the course, a student will not be able to return to class and will not get credit for the course.

    Note: The preceding information may be adjusted as needed, at the discretion of the instructor.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    The following Departmental Student Learning Outcomes will be emphasized in each of the NMJC Art Department studio courses:

    1. Students will perform or create a piece of work that embodies skills and competence in their area of focus.
    2. Students will demonstrate the ability to use a variety of techniques to create a successful piece of work.
    3. Students will identify the effective reasoning and rationale behind decisions made during the production of their work.


    Upon completion of this course, the successful student should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate the ability to see the light and use a digital camera to take complete control of images.
    2. Explain what the controls do and how they affect an image.
    3. Establish efficient workflow using Lightroom and Photoshop.
    4. Demonstrate basic skills and knowledge of Photoshop as a digital darkroom.
    5. Identify the effective reasoning and rationale behind decisions made during the production of work.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
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    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
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    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

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    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    1. Camera basics
    Exposure basics

    2. Composition

    3. Lightroom workflow

    4. Bracketing exposures

    5. Process landscape images in Lightroom

    6. Outdoor Lighting-Reflector Fill

    7. Outdoor lighting with Dedicated flash/studio strobe

    8. Studio Lighting
    Metered lights, constant lighting
    Full length and close up posing techniques

    9. Duplicate lighting in studio

    10. Light painting

    11. Levitation Images

    12. Window Portraits

    13. Favorite Thing

    14. Night shooting, traffic flow and street lights, night

    15. Photoshop Play Day

    16. High speed sync

    17. Review

    18. Final – Scavenger hunt

    1. Group Photo
    2. Movement
    3. A shadow
    4. An Animal
    5. A very relaxing place
    6. A Self Portrait
    7. Thankfulness
    8. Shallow Depth of field
    9. Your initials in a simple composite
    10. Night lights

    At least one image in Black and White