Photography



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Valery Bates is a professor at John Tyler Community College (JTCC).

She teaches the following three virtual courses all-online at JTCC’s web site using Blackboard for the course. Some courses run often in the spring, summer, and winter sessions. Bates teaches the following courses:

  1. PHT 105 Basic Photography
  2. PHT 231 Photojournalism I
  3. PHT 232 Photojournalism II

Benefits of taking the courses:
- Earn three college credits
- Senior Citizens can enroll free
- The course can be audited
- A student in any major can enroll
-The College charges reasonable prices
- The courses are college level courses. But you do not have to be a college student or be photography major.
- The professor will be just an email away for questions, guidance, etc. you might have.
- Contact information for the professor: vbates@jtcc.edu

If interested in one or all three of these courses go to http://www.jtcc.edu. Look for and click on “Register for Classes” to get the course schedule. Check the JTCC web site for the fee, more information, and to register for the course(s).

If one of the courses is not schedule to run, contact Kerrigan Sullivan, Department Chair at ksullivan@jtcc.edu.

To register for classes go to: http://www.jtcc.edu/admissions/registering-for-classes

Interests in taking a course
If you and/or someone you know might be interested in taking the courses, please inform him or her and ask him or her to consider enrolling in it/them.
The courses’ content involves the following:
Submitting assignments on time determine attendance. The courses are beginner courses. Experience is not needed. If you do have experience that is good, too. You do not need to know anything about photography, photojournalism or journalism. Those topics are covered in the courses. You can use any camera of your choice, including a cell phone camera. Techniques are achieved with camera settings, location, software, and, etc. The courses are project based. JTCC requires two tests in a testing center. Information will be provided to prepare for the tests.

Studies fundamental techniques of the camera and its expressive possibilities

NOTE: This is an online course using the Blackboard management system, and it will be made available the first day of the class session. Students should have access to a computer and know how to use the Internet and e-mail. For information on how to access Blackboard, go to www.jtcc.edu/myTyler. Students are required to have their own film or digital camera and an owner's manual.

An overview of the PHT 105 Basic Photography course follows:

JTCC Catalog course distribution:
Studies fundamental techniques of the camera and its expressive possibilities

Professor’s course content addition:
Students will gain knowledge on photography including: History, film, digital, techniques, practices. Students will know and use photography terminology. Students will have skills to operate camera equipment.  Students will communicate visually with photographic images.

An overview of the PHT 231 Photojournalism I course follows:
JTCC Catalog course distribution:
Introduces equipment, techniques, skills, and concepts of photojournalism. Teaches photography for features, spot news, and photo essays. Emphasizes editing, captioning, and layout. May require individual projects.

Professor’s course content addition:
Photography is one of the primary tools students will be using Photojournalism I course. The course includes an overview of cameras, shooting photos, and what makes good photos, etc. Some writing will be included within projects. The course includes how to write for the media and take photographs for visually communicating stories for the media. Some research is done. Many photojournalism topics will be covered.

An overview of the PHT 232 Photojournalism II course follows:
JTCC Catalog course distribution:
Introduces equipment, techniques, skills, and concepts of photojournalism. Teaches photography for features, spot news, and photo essays. Emphasizes editing, captioning, and layout. May require individual projects

Professor’s course content addition:
Students will be involved in increasing their individualized interests in photojournalism. The ultimate goal is for students to become more aware of their individualized interests in photojournalism, increase their knowledge, skills, and, abilities towards preparing for an internship, career, hobby, etc. that could lead to their goals. With practical exercises and projects students will focus on a plan that will help to determine their direction in Photojournalism.

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