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PHOTO-150 - Cameras and Composition - Juan Renteria

Course:Cameras and Composition
Professor:Juan Renteria
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Photo of Juan Renteria with Yoda

Hello and welcome to History of Photography! I'm Juan Renteria, your instructor, here to guide you through the captivating evolution and history of photography. Having taught at College of the Canyons since 2012, I'm truly excited to embark on this journey with you as we explore the fascinating world of Photography History.

Outside the classroom, you'll find me embracing what nature has to offer in my happy place of the great outdoors. I love hopping on a bike and exploring trails, camping with friends and family, backpacking under starlit skies, finding bodies of water for fishing, exploring landscapes through hikes, and embarking on road trips with my wife to discover new corners of the world. My quest for adventure consistently drives me to challenge myself in various ways and continue to grow as a human being.

My passion for teaching stands as a testament to my commitment to your growth, and I am eager to meet you and look forward to our shared journey in the world of photography.


Juan Renteria

Course Description

Photo 150 Introduces the fundamental historical development, theory, technology, and basic applications of photography. In this course we will examine 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. A digital SLR camera capable of manual exposure and adjustment is recommended for this course.

What to Expect in this Course

Completion of coursework including participation in weekly readings, online lectures, and discussion groups through postings, and online exams. (See calendar for appropriate due dates)

Late work: This course is designed to include collaborative learning. It is impossible to participate in a discussion or group project after the fact. Please do not wait until the last minute to complete your work. The unit module is available at the beginning of the week and you should start immediately.

A stable Internet connection is necessary to complete online assignments. Please keep this in mind before attempting the timed exams.

Whether online or in class, students shall conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the community college learning environment.

Types of Assessments

Online exams, quizzes, online discussion boards, and written assignments

Textbook Information

Textbook is not required

Jim A Short Course in Photography: An Introduction to Photographic Technique, London, Barbara and Stone, Jim, 10th Edition, ISBN# 9780205982431

Additional Resources


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Online Education

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Last updated: 08/19/2023 Sub#: 523