Tuesday, August 12, 2014

UST-AB Syllabus for Photography for Journalism and Communication Arts Course Outline for Discussion July 31, 2014

Dr Abe V Rotor
Faculty of Arts and Letters
University of Santo Tomas
Living with Nature School on Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio 
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday       

Subject Code and Title: CA 206
Term: One Semester, 3 units

 University of Santo Tomas 1611-2011

Description: This course is specifically designed to meet the needs of modern journalism as well as in creative writing, making use of conventional and modern tools and equipment which
include advanced optical and digital inventions.                                                                                    
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 and magazines, education, photographic arts and other fields, with emphasis to Philippine situation.

: Basic subjects in communication


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, both conventional and 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 and 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.


I. Introduction and course overview

II. Application of photography in media

III. The camera: evolution, types
and models

IV. The story in pictures with the camera

V. “Man behind the machine”
Creativity and communication

VI. Processing and printing
with the Photoshop

VII. Organization, presentation, publication and exhibition

VIII. Applied photography and current issues, prospects

  • Photography and communication: analysis of the course’s etymology
  • Photography in news, feature/essays, sports, entertainment and the like.
  • Operation of a typical types and models optical cameras.
  • Writing the news and taking photographs
  • Creativity in photography and writing; compatibility
  • Photo processing principles and techniques
  • Presenting photo and story, print and non-print. Know thy viewers, readers.
  • Current events and relevance to the course
  • Defining the scope of keywords
  • Identification and classification of photographs in media
  • Hands-on with the camera, its parts and accessories
  • Hands-on exercises in preparing news stories and photos.
  • Exploring potentials for news with the camera.
  • Critiquing photographs – what make them good, or what went wrong?
  • Enlarging and cropping, collage and layout,
  • Editing and special effects
  • “Nose for news plus eye for news” in photojournalism
  • Printed media samples as course references
  • Photos in media as selected by students,a cursory evaluation
  • The camera: principal parts and accessories
  • Models and rules in news writing, photography.
  • Making documentary films
  • The camera, processing equipment, and how they work.
  • Presentation tools and materials: the exhibit board
  • Adobe Photoshop, scanner and printer.
  • Tools and equipment (from camera to exhibits) to explore the wide world of photojournalism.

  • Heightened awareness, experiential relevance
  • Exposure and awareness of topics.
  • Skills development; proper care of photo equipment
  • Objectivity and accuracy in photography
  • Creativity with the 6th and 8th sense
  • Creativity in the photolab – patience, reflection, analysis
  • Aesthetics in action, shaping people’s views and feelings
  • Concern and Involvement;
  • Enhancement of learning, discovery and value of service.


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
32. Living Thoughts (2005) AV Rotor (manuscript)
37. Rotor AV (2003) Living with Nature Handbook (2 volumes), UST Publishing House

www.photojournalism.org/ - 44k
www.poynter.org/subject.asp?id=29 - 38k
www.fotophile.com/links/photojournalism.htm - 48k
www.blackstar.com/editorial/ - 10k
markhancock.blogspot.com/ - 77k
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photography - 120k
www.photography.com/ - 32k
www.pinoyphotography.org/ - 60k
photography.nationalgeographic.com/ - 40k
www.photographytips.com/ - 30k
photo.net/ - 24k
www.masters-of-photography.com/ - 14k

Dying for the Story, Shattered Glass,Features in Photography
Other references shall be sourced from the Central Library, International Newsmagazines (e.g. Time, Photography),
newspapers, Internet and TV programs National Geographic and Discovery Channels, Internet.

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