Course MD202 Spring 2013


Steve Double, Nora Kahil

”Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst” Henri Cartier-Bresson

”All photographs are truth. None of them is accurate” Richard Avedon

This course will introduce you to both the theory and the practice of making images using photographic methods. Focusing on contemporary means of photographic practice but referencing the rich history of the medium by the end of the course students will have a thorough understanding of what it takes to be an image maker in the 21st century.

Tim Roth, London 1998 photo by Steve Double

All photos from 2013 London Olympics taken by Dan Chung on his iPhone 4s for The Guardian newspaper's live blog. Dan used a pair of Canon Binoculars and the Snapseed App and uploaded live during the event.

Class Timetable

Weekly Lecture:

For all groups. Held in H12 every Thursday 4th Slot 14:15 - 15:45 hrs


Group 01: Room C3-101
Wednesday 4th Slot 14:15 - 15:45 hrs

Group 02: Room C3-101
Tuesday 2nd Slot 10:30 - 12:00 hrs

Group 03: Room C3-103
Wednesday 5th Slot 16:00 - 17:30 hrs

Group 04: Room C3-103
Wednesday 2nd Slot 10:30 - 12:00 hrs

Group 05: Room C3-120
Thursday 1st Slot 08:30 - 10:00 hrs

Group 06: Room C3-120
Thursday 2nd Slot 10:30 - 12:00 hrs

Group 07: Room C3-101
Wednesday 3rd Slot 12:30 - 14:00 hrs

Group 08: Room C3-120
Thursday 3rd Slot 12:30 - 14:00 hrs

Course Outline

The Photography course is an introduction into the art & craft of contemporary photography. It offers practical instruction in composition, lighting, manual camera operation, post-production editing, Colour vs B&W, HDR imaging, phone cameras, image meanings and social media applications.

This workshop-oriented course will concentrate on hands-on learning with self-initiated student projects providing a key element in the education process.

The focus is on the relationship between the photographer and the image and the ability to translate concept into finished artwork and text.

Course Outcomes

  • To achieve proficiency with photographic equipment and software
  • To understand composition and lighting
  • To translate ideas into images
  • To be able to visually decode the complex contemporary image-based urban landscape

Course Description:

  • Click here to download a PDF with the course description and important information about the assignments.


There are three areas that contribute to the students final grade:

  • Course Assignments: 40% of final grade

Grades will be determined on:

  • Successful completion of the given assignments
  • Evidence of both understanding of concepts and practical application of said concepts
  • Submission by the due date (late submissions will negatively impact your grades!)

The marks from all the assignments will be totaled and the average score applied towards your final grading

  • Final Exam: 20% of final grade

Grades will be determined on student's performance during the final exam, which will take place in the week after the semester. The exam will contain questions on all topics covered during the semester. The exam will be of a multiple choice format.

  • Final Project: 40% of final grade

This will be a self-initiated project on a subject of your own choosing. Final submissions will require high degrees of self-motivation but this will be supported by all members of the teaching staff and regular peer-review critiques. As before, late submission will result in you being marked down.


Week Week Beginning Tutorials Lecture
24 Feb
Introductions, Overview of course and Final Project Discussions
Camera and Photoshop orientation and introduction to Bridge and Camera raw

colour management recources

Lecture_01 slideshow

3rd March
Know your Camera, Know your Computer

assignment 1 set

Optimising Photoshop CS5

Excellent Camera Raw tutorial

Tutorial_02 notes

Portrait: Theory & Practice

Lecture_02 slideshow

10th March
Portraiture with studio and available light

assignment 2 set

Photography in the age of Social Media

Lecture_03 slideshow & notes

17th March
Camera Phones or Phone Cameras? Group critique of assignments
Composition & Light

Lecture_04 slideshow

24th March
Advanced Photoshop I

assignment 3 set

Still Life & Food Photography
31st March
Still Life & Food Photography
Visual Literacy and Image & Text plus guest lecturer Bashir Wagih
7th April
Storytelling with Photography

assignment 4 set

Group Critique of works in progress for the final project plus guest lecturer Scarlett Coten
14th April
Landscape, Architecture and HDR photography
Fashion Photography: theory, practice and new directions
5th May
Photographing Fashion and group critiques of assignments

assignment 5 set

Documenting the World
12th May
Documentary photography IRL
Advanced Photoshop & B/W vs. Color
19th May
Advanced Photoshop II

assignment 6 set

Printing Framing and Presentation
26th May
Final Project presentations and group critiques
Revision for Final Exam

Reference Books:

Martin Evening: Adobe Photoshop for Photographers ISBN-13: 978-0240522005

Michael Langford: Langford’s Basic Photography Publication Date: 23 July 2010 | ISBN-13: 978-0240521688 | Edition: 9

Scott Kelby: The Digital Photography Book ISBN-13: 978-0321474049

Bryan Peterson: Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color & Composition in Photography ISBN-13: 978-0817441814

Course weights: Final Project 40%, Course Assignments 40%, Final Exam 20%

Lecturer: Dr Steve Double
Office: C3-123
Office hours: by appointment.

TA: Yasmin Kandil
Office: C2-302
Office hours: by appointment.

TA: Nora Kahil
Office: C2-302
Office hours: by appointment.

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