The only way to be a better photographer is to take more pictures. Th grading formula for the class rewards taking pictures consistently over the semester with the aim of making you a better photographer. There are lab exercises and homework assignments every week. If you complete these conscientiously and on time, you will get full credit. Midterm and Final projects will be graded for quality and creativity with a rubric.  

Grades will be based on:

  • Homework32 pts – 8 weekly assignments at 4 pts each
  • Projects: 30 pts – Midterm – 10 pts – and Final Project – 20 pts
  • Lab exercises: 26 pts – 13 weeks at 2 pts each
  • Quizzes: 8 pts – 2 quizzes at 4 pts each
  • All the World Photo Competition Entry – 4 pts
  • Extra Credit – 1 pt per entry to the CUNY Photo Challenge – monthly before the 28th


Homework will be assigned each week of the semester and be due at the beginning of the next class on the following Tuesday at 12:00 pm. Each assignment is worth 4 points. To get full credit, you must:

  • Turn in the full number of requested images to Flickr by uploading them and organizing them in an album with the assignment name. Images must have been taken that week and must show a sincere effort to fulfill the assignment.

Late assignments will lose 1 pt.


Use Flickr to hand in photos taken for homework and projects.

All photos taken for credit in the class must be taken by YOU and taken in response to the assignment. No photos will be accepted that were taken before the assignment was given.

No photos will be accepted for assignments without metadata and a date taken.

If you shoot a photo with a cameraphone and use Lightroom to convert it to JPG, the metadata in Flickr looks like this:

If you shoot a photo with a camera and use Lightroom to convert it to JPG, the metadata in Flickr looks like this:

When you set up your Flickr account under settings>Privacy & Permissons make sure to select NO for “hide your Exif data” and under Defaults for new uploads make sure to select that anyone can comment on your photos. If you don’t select this, I cannot leave comments on your work.

Any written assignments should be submitted to OpenLab.


Projects will take place over several weeks with components due each week. Each project will be graded according to a rubric which rewards the creative use of light and composition.

Lab Exercises and Quizzes

Each class will have several lab exercises. These are to be done during the class. If you cannot attend the class, you are still responsible for completing the Lab Exercises.

Lab exercises will be submitted primarily on Flickr though occasionally on OpenLab.

There will be two quizzes this semester.

All the World Photo Competition


CUNY Photo Challenge

  • https://www.cuny.edu/current-students/student-affairs/student-life/photo-challenge/

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