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PHOTO 150 - Cameras and Composition - Amy Tierney

Course:Cameras and Composition
Professor:Amy Tierney
  • Hybrid
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Photograph of Photographer Amy Tierney holding a camera

Greetings!  I am Amy Tierney, an adjunct Photography Instructor and working professional photographer.  I welcome you to get to know more about my work and the skills I bring to this class by visiting my website

I am teaching this class because I want you to be skilled at photographic exposure control and knowledgeable about composition (how we see and how the way we compose photographs influences the people that view our images).

I am so glad that you are interested in learning more, practicing more and setting yourself up for success.

Course Description

The course is designed to teach two learning outcomes: manual exposure control and photographic composition, as well as techniques to hone your photography practice via group aesthetic critique.

What to Expect in this Course

The course will require reading course materials, photography assignments in daylight and at night, participating in online discussion assignments, identifying equipment,  quizzes and a final online exam.

It is required students provide a digital SLR camera capable of manual exposure and adjustment.  Cameras can also be checked out from the College.

The course requires an average of 10 hours per week; 4 for reviewing per week and 6 for accomplishing assignments and quizzes per week.  You will need to calendar yourself successfully to read course materials, participate in discussions (group critique), complete assignments, complete quizzes and create your final project.

You will find this Photography 150 Class useful if you:

  • Want to learn how the three key exposure settings of  ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture work together
  • Want to learn the history and practice of composition
  • Want to hone your photography practice via group aesthetic critique

Technology required:

  1. Digital SLR camera, lenses, batteries, battery charger and camera cards (these can be checked out from the College)
  2. Working WIFI
  3. CANVAS application –  working knowledge to see and deliver assignments
  4. Word processing application – e.g. Microsoft Word

Assignment requirements:

1. Read 1-2 chapters from the textbook per week

2. Photograph:  2-3 hours per week to take photographs in daylight, while it is light outside

3. Complete weekly quizzes


Types of Assessments

1. Discussion and Critique:  Students will be required to show their own work and effectively comment on the work of others.  For critiques you will be asked to review peers' work with at least 1 pro, 1 con, and 1 alternative approach about the work being presented.  These are graded.

2. Assignments and Exercises: Students will have photo assignments that will be graded on how well specific problems are solved. Each assignment (or exercise), unless otherwise noted, will be given a numerical grade.

3. Quizzes: Students will be given several quizzes relating to the presentations and demonstrations.  Some will be in person.  Some will be online.

4. Final Exam: Students will be required to complete a final online exam

Textbook Information

Stone, Jim; London, Barbara: A Short Course in Photography: Digital

4th Edition ISBN: 9780134525815

Other Relevant Course Information

­­­­­This Photo 150 course will also have required reading located as links within your Canvas assignments.

Additional Notes

More information about the course will be detailed in the class syllabus, which you will find when you log into the course shell the week before the course begins. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the course, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to starting this class with you very soon!

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

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Last updated: 07/24/2023 Sub#: 1609