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PHOTO-150 - Cameras and Composition - Geir Foshaug

Course:Cameras and Composition
Professor:Geir Foshaug
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Black and White Portrait of Photography Instructor Geir Foshaug sitting on a chair

Hi and welcome!

My name is Geir (pronounced guy'er) Foshaug, and I will be taking you through this fully online, Cameras and Composition, course.

I hope you are excited and ready to explore concept development and creative processes!
Through a thematic approach you will build a cohesive body of work that begins to explore and establish your personal photographic style.

My goal for this class is for each of you to grow and improve your photographic and critical thinking skills. The more feedback you receive, the more you will have to consider - which is always a good thing! Therefore it will be very important that you also be generous with your peers in giving your interpretation and opinion on their work. Both in order to practice this skill as a way of thinking critically and reflecting/improving on your own work, but also to give your peers the best possible chance of success.

I'm excited to see your work, and for the class to collectively contribute to the growth and improvement of each others work this semester! 

The course is designed to teach two major learning outcomes: photographic composition and manual exposure control. Therefore, access to a manually adjustable digital SLR camera is necessary for successful completion of this course. A camera phone is not capable of manually adjustable exposure control. COC has DSLR cameras for check out. Students will need to complete an online learning module on how to use and care for the camera before it can be checked out.

Course Description

Introduces the fundamental historical development, theory, technology, and basic applications of photography. Examines principles and analysis of artistic and aesthetic qualities of photographic images through group interaction and discussion. Provides demonstration, analysis of function, and technical experience with digital and film single lens reflex cameras. It is recommended students provide a digital SLR camera capable of manual exposure and adjustment. UC credit limitation: PHOTO-150 and PHOTO-160, credit for one course only.

What to Expect in this Course

The course will require approximately 10-12 hours of time per week and your weekly presence on the class discussion board is required.

This course is divided into learning modules. Each module is approximately one week in length. Generally, for each module you can expect to complete the following coursework:

  • Review online lectures
  • Complete one photo assignment
  • Participate in one online critique
  • Take an online module quiz

You should be computer literate, with at least basic knowledge of internet navigation and email procedures.  The college can only provide minimal technological support. 

The course will be delivered through Canvas click here for information about the learning management system at COC. 

Email: Student E-mail - In order to comply with FERPA, correspondence with the college not coming from COC your student email account will be disregarded. I will be sending out announcements through the course site and you will miss important information if you forget to check your email. Certain e-mail providers will either block or forward emails automatically to a bulk mail folder. Please double check that course email communications are not in your spam folder.

Types of Assessments

Photographic Assignments
Extra credit opportunities

Textbook Information

Stone, Jim; London, Barbara: Short Course in Photography
3rd Edition ISBN: 9780205998258
4th Edition ISBN: 9780134525815

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:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

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You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

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Last updated: 10/18/2022 Sub#: 1500