Monday, August 7, 2017

Course Syllabus in Photography Today

We are in Photography Revolution!
Virtually everyone all over the world has access to the technology as photographer, photo editor, publisher, producer of documentaries, and even movies. Or, simply through selfie. Although its application has vastly expanded, the objective, art and discipline of photography remain, more so with the code of ethics of journalism to which photography is a principal medium. Here is a guide in preparing a teaching outline for photography in workshops and as an three-unit subject in college.

Professor in photojournalism 
UST Faculty of rts and Letters. and 
St Paul University QC 
Description: This course is specifically designed to meet the needs of modern communication as well as creative writing, making use of conventional and modern tools and equipment which include advanced optical and digital technologies. 

(Photo by Reuters Photographer Damir Sagolj)
The course focuses on the application of photography in the various branches and forms of media. It explores the application of photography in publicity and promotions, newspapers, magazines, and electronic publications, education, photographic arts and other fields, with emphasis on Philippine situation.


A. General Objective: To develop basic skill in the use of the camera – conventional and digital – combined with the development of journalism skills, as tools for effective communication in print, broadcast and the Internet.

B. Specific Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student is expected to be able to

1. appreciate and identify the role and application of photography in the various fields of communication;

2. use the camera, principally digital, effectively and accurately;

3. use photography in creative composition, and other artistic expressions;

4. acquire the facility of choosing the right tools and equipment in photography, including those for editing, processing, organization & presentation;

5. prepare photo releases acceptable principally in Philippine newspapers and magazines;

6. develop discipline and cooperation through group work, adherence to the ethic of journalism; and

7. develop a healthy attitude of learning from experts the advances and movements of photography and journalism

8. keep abreast with the development of photography, and its current applications in print and digital media, particularly the Internet. 

 Photojournalist's full gear 


1. Photo-Journalism Stylebook (1991) - The Associated Press
2. Creative Photography (1991) – Michael Langford. The Reader’s Digest
3. More Joy of Photography (1988) - The Editors of Eastman Kodak Company
4. Digital Portrait Photography (new) – D. Evans
5. Digital Photography (new), Tom Ang and Michael Beazley
6. The Everything Photography Book (2000), Elliot Khuner and Sonie Weiss
7. Digital Camera 3rd edition, 2003, Dave Johnson
8. Black and White Photography (1988) 3rd edition, Henry Horenstein
9. An Illustrated A to Z Digital Photography (2000), Nigel Atherton and Steve Crabb
10. 100 Ways to Take Better Photographs (1998), Michael Busselle
11. Photographing Your Children (new), John Hedgecoe
12. Underwater Photography (new), Annemarie Danja Kohler
13. Secrets to Great Photographs, Zim Zucherman
14. Nature Photography, Learning from an Expert, Gilles Martin and D Boyard
15. People Shots That Sell, Tracy Tannenbaum and Kate Stevens
16. Beginners Guide to Digital Photography, (new) PC World
17. Close-up Photography, Michael Freeman
18. The Photo Book (1996), Phaidon
19. Complete Idiot’s Guide to Photography like a Pro (1997)
20. Through the Lens, National100 Photographs That Changed the World, Life, 2004
21. The World’s Top Photographers in Landscape (new), Terry Hope
22. Geographic Greatest Photographs, 2004
23. The Essentials of Underwater Photography Manual, Denise Nielsen Tachett and Larry Tachett
24. Portrait Photography, David Wilson
25. Philippine Journalism Handbook (1989), 3rd edition – Jaime Ramirez
26. Journalism for Filipinos (2003) - 3rd Edition, Alito Malinao
27. Handbook of Journalism (1994) Victoria Villanueva Sebastian
28. Light in the Woods, Photographs and Poems (1995), Abercio V. Rotor
29. Sunshine on Raindrops (1996), Abercio V. Rotor
30. Light of Dawn (1998), and Genevieve Andrada and Abercio V. Rotor
31. In His Presence, Praises (2003), Belen Tangco and Abercio V. Rotor
37. Rotor AV (2003) Living with Nature Handbook (2 volumes), UST Publishing House
38. Living with Nature Website
39. Naturalism – the Eighth Sense - AV Rotor
40. Magnificent Nature - AVRotor (Series)

Navy corpsman cradles an Iraqi child 

Dying for the Story,
Shattered Glass,
Features in Photography
Reporters in War
Nature Photography
(National Geographic)

Other references can be sourced from libraries,  International Newsmagazines (e.g. Time, Photography), newspapers, Internet and TV programs National Geographic and Discovery Channels, others.

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