Photography | Course MD 202

Lecturer | Y. Alwan
Instructors | D. Mauri, B. Dunne
Teaching Assistant | N. Ayoub
Junior Teaching Assistants | R. Ossama, D. Gouda, R. Radwan

"A Knowledge of photography is just as important as that of the alphabet." - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, 1932


Regarding the Theoretical Final which will take place on the 15th of June in the same Lecture Hall that the lectures takes place, there will be thirty questions on the exam. Fifteen will be questions you have to answer (MCQ) and fifteen will be photo-based questions, where the correct answer will be based on one of the elements in the photograph (MCQ). The entire exam will test your technical knowledge of photography.

Final Project: The final project will be in two parts. Part A: Students will produce one still-life studio photograph in 30 minutes, following the same format as in the midterm exam. However, in order to do this, you must first make a “draft” photograph at home with your idea. This part of the final project will be graded 70% on concept and 30% on technique. If you make a beautiful technical image with no idea or concept, then you will do poorly. No student may make the studio photograph without discussing the draft with their instructor first. There will be NO exceptions. My lectures on Conceptual Objects and Conceptual Objects 2 can be your guides. The due date for discussing the draft with your instructor will be June 4. We will make the Part A photograph during your scheduled tutorial time during the week of June 8. Part B: you will produce three (3) situation portraits of three different people. All the portraits must be made indoors, and you must work with artificial or natural interior lighting. You may also experiment with dress, expression, props, and setting/location. These photographs will be graded 50% technique and lightning and 50% concept. Part B portraits will be due no later than June 15 for all students. You may begin the Final Project immediately. You may come and show us the draft photograph of Part A or Part B photos any time we are in the office.

Course Description

Images – especially photographic images – play an important role in design and communication. In fact, photographs permeate almost every aspect of human life. This course will develop what we learned in MD101 even further, so we will continue the basic introduction to the art and craft of photography, with a focus on working in a studio setting. It will offer practical instruction in composition, lighting, manual camera operation, and post-production editing. We will focus on the relationship between the photographer and the image and the ability to translate concept into a finished product – regardless of whether it is art, documentary, conceptual or commercial.

Learning Outcomes

  • To achieve proficiency with photographic equipment and software
  • To understand composition and lighting
  • To translate ideas into images
  • To be able to visually comprehend our contemporary image-based urban environment and to develop critical thinking by observing and analyzing different image styles
  • To begin to understand professional working practices in all fields of photography

Grading Evaluation

The assessment criteria for this course will divided into three parts:

1. Course Assignments (40%) will be based on:

  • Completion of assignments on the due date and time
  • Evidence of both your understanding of the concepts discussed in class and the practical application of said concepts
  • Demonstrating conceptual and aesthetic development.

All assignments are due at the beginning of your tutorial class. They are to be turned in to the TA N. Ayoub or junior TAs R. Ossama, D. Gouda, R. Radwan. Each and every image you turn in must be labeled with your ID, name and assignment number. Improperly labeled images will not be graded. Late assignments will be accepted no later than one week from the due date. All late assignments will be reduced by 20%. No assignments will be accepted after one week from the original due date. NO EXCEPTIONS

2. Final Project (40%) – Details to be announced later

3. Final Exam (20%)

Grades will be determined on a student’s performance in the final exam which will take place in the week after the semester. The exam will contain questions on all topics and photographers covered during the semester. It will be multiple choice

Course Outline

Week Lecture Topic Tutorial Topic Assignments & Deadlines
# 1 No Lecture Feedback on Last Semester's Final -

# 2 Feedback on Last Semester's Final

& Student Presentation

Introduction to Lighting -

# 3 The Postcard Aesthetic Photographing White on White In Class Assignment

# 4 An Experiment part 1: How we look at photos Photographing White on Clay In Class Assignment

# 5 Midterm Announcement

An experiment part 2: Engagement of consumption
How Advertising photos hook our eyes
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Photographing White on Color In Class Assignment

# 6 Do Photographs Equal Photography? Practicing Shooting Fruits In class assignment

# 7 No Lecture Midterm will take place Results will be given in class & handed to the TA N. Ayoub

# 8 2nd week of Midterms – No teaching - -

# 9 Sham El neseem

No Lecture

Tutorials take place regularly -

# 10 01 Conceptual Objects
02 What is culture in a photo
Bringing Random your own objects to shoot Shoot your own objects

# 11 Guest Lecturer : Aiman Nassar

Check out his Work Here

Portraiture -

# 12 Situation Portraits Portraiture -