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Photo 155 - Photography 1 - Geir Foshaug

Course:Photography 1
Professor:Geir Foshaug
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Portrait of Photography Instructor Geir Foshaug

Hi and welcome!

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

I hope you are excited and ready to explore the world of professional photography!
Over the next 8 weeks you will learn the basics of camera settings and how to take full control of the camera, so a digital SLR is essential.

My goal for this class is for each of you to become confident and skilled photographers. The more you practice, the better you will get - so plan to do a lot of shooting! It is also very important that you be generous with your peers in giving your feedback on their work. Both in order to practice your critical thinking skills, 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! 

Course Description

Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and techniques of photography and camera RAW, including the theory and basic principles of image correction and print technologies.

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 is a short-term, intensive, 100% online course. There are NO face-to-face meetings. This is a fast passed course, we will be covering a semesters worth of material in just 8 weeks.


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 –- learn more about Canvas, the learning management system at COC



This course is divided into learning modules. Each module is approximately one week in length - it is ESSENTIAL that you go through ALL course materials located in the weekly modules. 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


Digital SLR

You must have access to a digital, fully manually adjustable camera. Your camera must be able to shoot in fully manual M Exposure mode. For Photo 155 your camera also needs to be able to shoot in RAW + JPG mode as well as allow for fully manual exposure. All DSLR cameras and many Mirrorles cameras have this capability, but please be aware that most compact cameras do not. 

  • 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 

All images turned 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. 


Types of Assessments

Photographic Assignments, Critiques, Quizzes, Extra credit opportunities

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

All students will be required to get a Linkedin Learning account, make sure to request this for free well in advance of course start.

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.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

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.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 09/01/2022 Sub#: 507