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Course Outcomes

  1. Develop technical competency—students will learn to produce quality photographs through the development of basic craft.
  2. Use good design—students will learn to sensitively compose photographs using the elements and principles of good design.
  3. Effectively utilize light—students will develop greater sensitivity to light generally and use it to define form.
  4. Refine seeing and creativity—students will refine their ability to see photographically and to think creatively.
  5. Develop a digital imaging workflow—students will develop a personal digital imaging workflow to manage their creative output.

Course Materials

  1. Digital camera with manual control capabilities (A digital SLR camera is preferred. No phone cameras.)
  2. Personal computer loaded with software Adobe Lightroom 4 (or later)
  3. Photography, 10th edition, by Barbara London, Jime Stone, and John Upton (Pearson 2010, ISBN: 0205711499)

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There are 4 computer-graded quizzes and 11 instructor-graded assignments.

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There is one proctored multiple-choice final exam for this course.

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Assignment % of Grade
Computer-Graded Quizzes 10%
11 Photo Assignments 30%
Final Portfolio 30%
Final Exam 30%
Total 100%
Grading Scale
A 100–96%
A− 95–90%
B+ 89–86%
B 85–80%
B− 79–75%
C+ 74–70%
C 69–65%
C− 64–60%
D 59–55%
E (fail) 54% or below

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


4 computer-graded quizzes, 11 instructor-graded assignments; may be resubmitted once for a fee

Resubmit an assignment for a fee.


There is one proctored multiple-choice final exam for this course; may be resubmitted once for a fee; must pass with a 70% to pass the course.

Retake an exam for a fee.

Course Duration

You have one year to complete this course. You may purchase one three-month extension if you need more than a year to complete the course.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

Preventing Sexual Harassment

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against any participant in an educational program or activity that receives federal funds. The act is intended to eliminate sex discrimination in education. Title IX covers discrimination in programs, admissions, activities, and student-to-student sexual harassment. BYU’s policy against sexual harassment extends not only to employees of the university, but to students as well. If you encounter unlawful sexual harassment or gender-based discrimination, please talk to your professor; contact the Equal Employment Office at 801-422-5895 or the 24-hour hotline at 801-367-5689 or 1-888-238-1062; or contact the Honor Code Office at 801-422-2847.

Honor Code Standards

In keeping with the principles of the BYU Honor Code, students are expected to be honest in all of their academic work. Academic honesty means, most fundamentally, that any work you present as your own must in fact be your own work and not that of another. Violations of this principle may result in a failing grade in the course and additional disciplinary action by the university. Please call the Honor Code Office at 801-422-2847 with questions or concerns.

Online Evaluations

Please complete the evaluation for this course and the professor at the conclusion of the class.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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