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Photo 150, Photo 155 - Cameras and Composition - Clover Leary

Course:Cameras and Composition
Professor:Clover Leary
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Hello! My name is Clover Leary. I would like to welcome you to the course. I have been teaching a range of classes in the Photography department since 2003, and I am your instructor for this online course.

Course Description

Photo 150: 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 DSLR or 35mm film SLR camera capable of manual exposure and adjustment. UC credit limitation: PHOTO-150 and PHOTO-160, credit for one course only.

Course Hours Per Week: Lecture 3, Lab 0. Semester Hours Credit 3

Photo 155: Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and techniques of photography and camera RAW, including the theory and basic principles of image correction and print technologies. It is recommended that students provide a digital SLR camera capable of manual exposure and adjustment.

Course Hours Per Week: Lecture 2, Lab 3. Semester Hours Credit 3

What to Expect in this Course

This is a fully online course, so there are no classroom meetings.

Many students register for distance-learning courses believing that it will require less time. Though you will spend less time in the classroom, the art of discovering information, and the responsibility of scheduling learning into your busy lives will be on your shoulders. In reality, many distance-learning courses are more of a time commitment than a traditional lecture course, and I praise you for being up to the challenge. You have also signed up for a short-term intensive class, which means that you will cover the same amount of material and assignments that are covered in a full-term 16 week course but crammed into just 5 weeks!


There is often some confusion about the differences between Photo 150 and Photo 155, as they cover some of the same content. Both courses cover basic camera control, manual operation and photographic composition. Photo 155 also has a lab component and requires software-post processing and RAW shooting and processing. You can use either a SLR or DSLR camera for Photo 150, though using a film SLR does require a greater time commitment and access to a photo lab that handles color negative processing and scanning. You must use a DSLR or equivalent mirrorless camera for Photo 155 that is capable of producing RAW camera files.


Types of Assessments

There are several things you should be aware of before we begin:

Online Course Materials:

  • This course moves quickly, so you will need to keep careful track of due dates through the Class Calendar as no late work will be accepted without prior approval.


  • It is ESSENTIAL that you read through ALL course materials located on the Canvas course website in the Week 1 and Syllabus Modules. The course website will be available beginning the first day of class. (please see the schedule of classes for specific date.) If you do not log into class on the first day you will be dropped from the course.


  • This is a short-term, intensive, 100% online course. The course runs either 5 or 8 weeks. There are NO face-to-face meetings for this course. This is a fast passed course, we will be covering a semesters worth of material in just 5 or 8 weeks. The course will require approximately 10-12 hours of time per week reading and accessing Canvas. Extra time will be spent photographing your assignments.


  • Course Website: note there is NO “www”)
    • Your Username login is your 7 digit COC student ID number: ID #1234567, would login 1234567. Password is “student”


  • For assistance with the Canvas site: (Links to an external site.)or call 661-362-3344 or direct your question via e-mail to

  • You must have access to a film or digital, fully manually adjustable camera. Your camera must be able to shoot in fully manual M Exposure mode and be capable of manual focus. All DSLR cameras and many Mirrorles cameras have the ability to shoot in fully manual M mode, but please be aware that many compact cameras do not. If you are not sure if your camera is suitable for this class please contact me and we can discuss cameras and options. For Photo 150 you will not be required to shoot in RAW mode, though if you do choose to shoot in RAW mode please shoot in RAW+JPG mode so you will have a JPG version to submit (Flickr does not accept many RAW file types). 
    • If you do not have access to a suitable camera, the COC Photolab, located in Mentry Hall, Room 133, may have digital cameras available for checkout on a limited basis by appointment. (661) 362-3267 (Links to an external site.)
    • In order to check out a camera you must present a copy of your class schedule and your valid COC student ID.


  • All images tuned in for all assignments must be new photographs shot for the specific assignment by you. No work shot before the start of class will be accepted as this class is about learning to take better photographs. 


  • All images turned in for assignments must be Large unaltered JPG  files straight from your camera.  I will not accept processed or altered images without the original files submitted as this class is about using your camera to take the best photos you can and getting the most from your camera. I need to be able to see how you are shooting and metering before processing in order to provide feedback.


  • Textbook: Barbara London, “A Short Course in Digital Photography, 4th edition”. ISBN-13: 978-0134525815 (The 3rd edition is also acceptable.) You do not have time to order the book and wait for it to come standard mail. If you would prefer a less expensive option you can also rent the textbook through Amazon and other booksellers for a fraction of the cost. There are also a number of deeply discounted used options. However you chose to buy it, make sure you acquire the book as soon as possible. 


  • Email: Student E-mail - COC provides student email account for all college business and communication. You need to access this email account often as all class communication will go through this email account. Please go to (Links to an external site.). In order to comply with FERPA, correspondence with the college not coming from 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.


  • Please be aware that for Fall 2020, the District is required to provide students with access to Adobe CC and purchase a 6 month personal use license for any students who need it. The process for these students should be simple, they will receive an Email Direct from Adobe letting them know they were entitled to 6 months of access to Adobe CC. They will use the instructions provided to sign up and activate their account. This is an entitlement to a personal account, so any students who have issues would need to contact Adobe for Support. The accounts are being created with their student email addresses, so please make sure you look for an Adobe Activation Email if you would like to use Adobe software. They are pulling active rosters and uploading the student emails on a regular basis, but unfortunately there  is some lag between requesting and creating an account. IE: if a student enrolls on Monday, it may take up to two days to activate the account. Adobe software is not a requirement for this class, as no post-processing or image adjustment will be required, but using Adobe Bridge as a file browser to organize, label and download images is a great option. 


Students have been having a number of difficulties viewing all necessary information when accessing courses through a mobile app. Please access the course whenever possible through a desktop or laptop computer! Many things on Canvas are inaccessible when viewed through a phone or tablet, so you will likely miss necessary documents, lectures, comments, grading comments in the assignment rubrics and assignment deadline information if you are only accessing the course through your phone. Please also access Flickr from a desktop or laptop when giving critique. When viewing the Flickr group images you will likely not be able to see shooting and camera data from a mobile device, which is necessary for critiques once we are using only M manual exposure settings. 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me. I would prefer that you email me through Canvas, but you can also email me from your COC email account to I generally respond within 24 hours M-F when classes are in session. If you would like to chat with me online you are welcome to make an appointment to chat or have a Zoom meeting with me during my office hours, just email me and we can set it up.



Clover Leary

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: 09/01/2022 Sub#: 1374