Color Photography I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PHTC-1341-001 Color Photography I


Prerequisite: ARTS 2356

Course Description

Examination of color theory as it applies to photography. Emphasis on color concepts and the intricacies of seeing and photographing in color.

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(3 sem hrs; 2 lec, 4 lab)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


None required



  • 20 sheets Epson Premium Photo semi-gloss inkjet paper
  • 1 Epson P600 printer ink (OEM only, no refills) color TBA
  • USB thumb drive or external hard drive
  • portfolio case (with sleeves)
  • Other papers or items may be suggested but not required during the course

Student Performance

End-of-Course Outcomes:  Explain basic color theory; produce color photographs; and exhibit use of color as a compositional tool.   (WECM)

Specific Course Outcomes:

Students will

·       Gain knowledge of light and color temperature as they relate to photography

·       Demonstrate ability to properly compose color images

·       Utilize color theory to evoke emotions in photographs

·       Explain basic digital color management

·       Identify and resolve color imaging problems

·       Present work for grading in a professional manner, as directed by the instructor

·       Participate meaningfully in critique

·       Maintain a professional and respectful attitude

·       Maintain classroom facilities and shared supplies

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All conversation should be related to the discussion at hand and comments should not be directed toward specific individuals. Please refrain from private conversations or other activities that might distract other learners.

Phones, laptops, and other technology:

 I want all students to be successful. Cell phones detract from the learning environment. For this reason, they should be turned off and put out of view upon entering the classroom. If you need to carry a cell phone for emergency purposes please see me in advance. If you bring a laptop or similar device to class it should not be used for any purposes other than taking notes in class.

Grading Criteria

Keep in mind grades are not given. Grades are earned based on student performance. Assignment and portfolio grades are based on 50% of achieving the assignment objective, and 50% the subjective nature of the work.

Grading Format / A-F 100-0 points

A = Excellent (100-90)

B = Good (89-80)

C = Average (79-70)

D = Weak (69-60)

F = Unacceptable (59-0)

Course is graded on a 100-pt scale broken down as follows:

Weekly Assignments                        50%

Final Portfolio                                    20%

Papers and Quizzes                        30%

TOTAL 100%

Remember each absence over 3 will deduct 5 points from your final grade.

Makeup Policy:

If you have a legitimate circumstance that requires you miss a test day, let me know IN ADVANCE so we can make an alternative arrangements. If you miss a test due to an emergency, let me know ASAP so arrangements can be made. All quizzes must be made up within a week or you will be given a 0 for the grade.

All assignments are due on the date specified.All assignments turned in late will have 10 points deducted from the grade. Assignments will not be accepted after one week.

Required Examinations:

One quiz will be given during the semester to ensure the students understand the material covered. One written paper will be required during the semester.

Final Examination:

The final portfolio of 8 images and required oral presentation will be considered the capstone project for the course.


I understand it is sometimes impossible to come to class (due to illness, etc.).  I want you to be successful and your attendance is critical to your success.

Please remember you will miss a considerable amount of material.

It is YOUR responsibility to obtain the information missed if you are absent. I will not repeat lectures or demos. You must get notes from classmates, read the given material, do research to learn the material you missed.


Habitual lateness is detrimental to your success in this class and disruptive to others. I will note attendance in the first 5 minutes of class. If you are not present, you will be considered absent for that day. Latecomers will need to check with me to ensure you are marked as tardy rather than absent.

Additional lab time:

This course will require more time than allotted to complete class assignments. Open lab times will be available for those who are unable to complete assignments in normal lab hours. Consider this part of your homework time, a requirement for the class. Not having enough time to complete assignments is not a valid excuse!

Failure to officially withdraw before the final deadline will result in the appropriate grade being assigned to the student.



Tentative Course Outline:

This outline is subject to change throughout the semester at my direction.

Week 1

What is color? How do we see it? Color vision

Assignment: Look at material posted, Assignment 1: Color Challenge

Week 2


Lecture: Color in our cameras, Raw format, Raw processor, Camera and exposure, People in the history of color

Assignment: Assignment 2: Abstract reflections

Week 3(Labor Day)

Critique: Assignment 1: Color Challenge

Lecture: Light, visible spectrum, color temperature


Week 4

Critique:  Assignment 2: Abstract Reflections

Lecture: Describing color, defining colors, feelings associated with color

Assignment:  Assignment 3: Color and emotions

Week 5

Critique: Assignment 3

Lecture:  Natural and artificial available light, digital white balance bit depth, color spaces

Using filters. Digital color printing

Assignment:  Assignment 4: Color Contrasts.

Week 6


Lecture: Additive and subtractive processes, color correction

Assignment:  Continue Assignment 4, Assignment 5: Color Harmony

Week 7

Critique: Assignment 4

Lecture: Using electronic flash, Quiz 1

Assignment:  Assignment 6: Using electronic flash and gels; Information on written assignment, final portfolio

Week 8

Critique: Assignment 5

Lecture:  printer and monitor calibration

Assignment: Work on Paper research

Fall Break

Week 9

Critique: Assignment 6

Lecture: Landscape photography

Assignment: Assignment 7:  Cultural Landscape Photography

Week 10


Lecture: Film and print scanning and color correction

Assignment: Continue Assignment 7

Week 11

Critique: Assignment 7

Lecture:  Working with different printing materials

Assignment:  Assignment 8: Using color film

Week 12

Critique: None

Lecture: Color film processing

Assignment: continue Assignment 8

Week 13

Critique: Look at color film

Lecture: Artist statement

Assignment: Portfolio work

Week 14

Critique: Assignment 8

Lecture: Preparation for presentation. Digital color transformation, archiving

Assignment:  Portfolio work, written assignment due

Week 15

Critique: None

Lecture: Final Portfolio

Assignment: Final Portfolio Presentations

Week 16 Finals

Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

08/17/21 3:36 PM

Last Edited on:

08/22/21 11:05 AM