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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

Greetings and welcome to Cameras and Composition! My name is Juan Renteria, I’ve been an instructor at College of the Canyons since 2012. I am excited to be your Photo 150 instructor and am looking forward to meet you. When I’m not teaching or making photographs I can be found outdoors experiencing what nature has to offer. I love to mountain bike, camp, fish, hike and road trip with my wife. I try to spend as much time outdoors as possible and I’m always looking forward to my next adventure away from the city.

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 / Link to ZTC Textbook

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

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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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

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

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Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 08/18/2022 Sub#: 523