Photo 2 Syllabus

Advanced Photography Syllabus 2022-2023

Jurupa Hills High School

Rebecca Cauchon

(909) 357-6300 ext 16336

Course Description:

This is an advanced digital photography course for students who have completed Digital Photography 1. Students will build upon their skills in Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Premier, while practicing their digital photography camera skills and techniques learned in the beginning course. The course focus will include both image capture techniques and post processing techniques in the digital lab. The projects will be both fine art and commercial art based. The students will explore studio and on location lighting techniques to enhance their photography in the fields of commercial art, advertising and product photography, portraiture, fashion, nature and landscape, photojournalism, lifestyle, documentary and fine art. They will learn and research various artists in these fields, emulating their styles, yet creating their own vision and personal style with an increase in complexity, visual metaphors and emotions, demonstrated through technically demanding projects. Printmaking and multi media techniques are infused in the course through screenprinting, painting and collage. Students will assess their own strengths and weaknesses, and be routinely critiqued by peers and instructor. Each student will create a brand for their photography and turn their blogsites into websites as a place to exhibit their work and promote themselves through social media marketing. Guest business partners in the field will connect with students remotely. Real world commercial photography will be explored through virtual field trips and guest speakers, and projects will be career-based. Hands on experience will be both independent and team based. Students can earn certifications in the field of digital photography. Course is articulated with Chaffey College and San Bernardino Valley College.

Course Objectives/Goals:

Students taking this course will:

  • Engage in the process of photography as a means of expression, developing an appreciation of photography by doing it.
  • Develop visual literacy through recognizing the components of a picture – light, composition, color, moment, gesture, and mood.
  • Learn how to view and talk about images.
  • Understand publishing to social media and develop a social media identity.
  • Understand the difference between genres of photography such as fine art, photojournalism, and editorial photography and be able to discuss the characteristics of each genre, knowing appropriate rules of editing and processing for each.
  • Become responsible image-makers as young citizens of the web, understanding the responsibility of the image-maker.
  • Learn the use of applications (apps) through creative exploration. Learn how to prepare the image for publication (editing, toning, retouching.)
  • Develop a style and story. Developing a narrative by helping students figure out what they want to say by looking at the environment around them.
  • Engage with the developing photographic and social media environment to maintain a meaningful connection with other social media savvy students.

Instructor teaching this course will:

  • Build a familiar space where students feel included and a part of a community that they helped create.
  • Use smartphone photography to encourage creative empowerment and nurture students’ working with a low monetary and technical threshold.
  • Help students edit their work and develop the ability to see.
  • Help students produce a final edited and sequence portfolio, challenging them to think through their public identity online.
  • Pay attention to the class structure, to inform the student ahead of time how each class will unfold and to have every minute planned out before classes start.
  • Recognize that each class will have it’s own personality and be willing to be flexible in changing a class up to meet the needs of the students during the class time, while recognizing that some of the best learning opportunities come up spontaneously.
  • Do tutorials on any new or unfamiliar apps or editing methods before introducing them to the class.
  • Do the assignments themselves before giving them to the students.

Course Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Make pictures that show an understanding of the elements of composition, light, moment, gesture, and color.
  • Articulate the components of an image and give a critique of imagery using a visual vocabulary.
  • Have a strong social media presence with accounts set up for their photography on Instagram, and Facebook.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of photo editing through applications.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different types of photography and image processing appropriate to each medium.
  • Demonstrate thoughtfulness and independent thinking through articulately commenting on the images of their peers through social media.
  • Publish thoughtful and responsible social media accounts that build a strong identity for each student as an artist.

Student Outcomes and Evaluation:

  1. Does the student understand composition, light and color as seen through his/her portfolio?
  2. Is the student articulate in the way he/she speaks and comments on images?
  3. Does the student understand the difference between editorial and fine art photography?
  4. Has the student explored different apps presented and put together a personalized toolkit of apps he/she prefers to use for image making?
  5. Has the student developed a portfolio that showcases an understanding of objectives and concepts taught in the workshop?
  6. Has the student developed a thoughtful online identity and created social media accounts that are beginning to attract a following?
  7. Has the student developed a strong story and style?

Student Assessment

Weekly assignments posted on their websites

Edublogs website development and design and layout

Long Term Projects on gallery pages on website

Maintenance on social media platforms for brand identity

Weekly photographer post to photographer channel

Participation and work effort

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students will:

-Refine and improve basic techniques of image exposure,

-Proficiency with and command of Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Spark, and Premiere

-Master image compositing and manipulation

-Understand how and when to use flash and studio lighting techniques to control and manipulate artificial light

-Apply vocabulary and techniques of selected alternative processes

-Identify, describe and analyze photographers, styles and genres

-Understand the relationships between multiple images and sequencing of images

-Develop knowledge of various forms of image presentation and understand the impact presentation can have on the meaning of images

-Organize selected images into a final artistic creation in conjunction with a reflective critique process in which the student is able to synthesize his/her conceptual idea, decision-making and final output.

-Create a cohesive body of exhibition quality work that collectively explores an idea or concept and be able to explain the significance of subject, form, presentation and meaning of student’s own work and the work of others.

-Have a competent website displaying their creative work and their brand

-Engage in techniques through social media to market their brand

Sample Assignments

Website Production and Maintenance

Strong Composition

Photo Series, Diptychs and Triptychs

Mirror Image and Reflections

External Flash Techniques

Portraiture: On Location and In Studio

Location Lighting

Logo Production

Posters and Graphic Design

Beauty Retouching

Advertising Photography

Self Portrait Exploration

Day in the Life of Me Photo Essay

Advanced Light Painting

Social Justice Spark Page

Photo Screenprinting


Art and Photography

Collage for a cause

Photography Careers

Social Media Marketing and Branding

What I am looking for:

Time and effort put into your projects

Interesting and creative ideas

Good technical quality

Participation and active engagement with the material discussed in class

Participation in critiques


Projects & Assignments/50%



Exams, Midterm and Finals/10%

Citizenship and Participation/10%

Students may, at any time, return to a previous lesson to add further enhancements and receive a better grade on any lesson/project with the exception of the final.