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Basic Photography

Course Outline

The Basic Photography course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practices of photography. Through a combination of practical exercises, creative projects, and theoretical discussions, students will acquire fundamental knowledge and skills in photography. This course is specifically designed for beginners who have little to no prior experience in photography and offers a solid foundation for understanding the art and science of capturing and communicating through images.

Course Completion Requirements

In this course, attendance is mandatory due to its practical nature. To obtain passing grades, active participation in in-class activities and completion of assigned projects are required.


There will be a project implementation as part of the course.

  • Practices %20
  • Midterm project %30
  • Final project %50

Format of the Lesson

The Basic Photography course will be conducted through a combination of theory and practical exercises. The theories will be presented in a way that supports practical applications. All theoretical information will be shared weekly on this website.

Course Outcomes

  1. Technical Proficiency: Students will be competent in operating various types of cameras and equipment, including understanding exposure settings, camera modes, and basic maintenance.
  2. Composition Mastery: Graduates will have a strong grasp of composition principles and framing techniques, enabling them to create visually appealing and engaging photographs.
  3. Lighting Expertise: Students will work effectively with natural and artificial lighting, understanding how to manipulate light to achieve desired effects.
  4. Color Management: Graduates will understand color theory and how to use color effectively to convey mood and meaning in their photographs.
  5. Critique and Feedback: Graduates will have developed the ability to critically evaluate photographs, provide constructive feedback, and apply feedback for continuous improvement in their work.
  6. Photographic Styles: Students will explore various photographic styles, including portrait, landscape, still life, and documentary, and will be able to adapt their skills to these different genres.
  7. Creative Expression: Graduates will be able to use photography as a tool for creative expression, conveying ideas, emotions, and narratives through their images.
  8. Ethical Considerations: Students will understand ethical considerations related to photography, particularly in fields such as documentary and street photography.
  9. Project Portfolio: By the end of the course, students will have developed a portfolio consisting of their work, showcasing their newly acquired skills and creativity.

Important Notes

Weekly Courses Content

Introduction to Photography

  • History of Photography
  • Types of Camera
  • Basic Settings of Camera

Exposure 1

  • Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO
  • Depth of Field

Light – Illumination – Flash

  • Characteristics of Light
  • Forms of Light
  • Lighting Directions

Lightening Techniques

  • Positioning of the Light Source
  • Filters

5. Week

Composition 1

  • Simplicity in Composition
  • Rule of Thirds
  • Balance

6. Week

Composition 2

  • Lines
  • Framing
  • Overlaping

7. Week

Composition 3

  • Clarity (Light, Texture, Rhythm, Harmony, Contrast, Perspective, Sharpness, Motion, Timing)

8. Week

Midterm Project Submission

9. Week

Exposure 2

  • Advanced Exposure

10. Week

Concept Shooting 1

Execution of shoots based on the specified subject.

11. Week

Concept Shooting 2

Execution of shoots based on the specified subject.

12. Week

Black and White

13. Week

New Generation Photography

14. Week

Final Project Submission

Detailed Grades



Practical applications of topics covered during the course. There will be a total of 5 different subjects, and work will be done based on the topic covered that day.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Conveyance of the Subject
  • Composition
  • Exposure

Midterm Project


Three photographs must be taken based on the specified subjects. Each photograph should address a different topic. Each photograph must be submitted in both digital and print formats.

The digitally submitted photographs must be provided in their raw (RAW) format. JPG format will not be accepted.

The List of Chosen Photos

Evaluation Criteria

  • Conveyance of the Subject
  • Composition
  • Exposure
  • Light
  • Sharpness

Final Project


The final project will be evaluated based on a single topic. You are required to share relevant information about the chosen topic via email or on the Discord channel.

The digitally submitted photograph must be provided in its raw (RAW) format. JPG format will not be accepted.

  • Those who address the same topics will receive a score of 0 (zero) based on the topic they have worked on (from the submitted works). Each student must address a different topic. Those who present photographs taken by others will receive a score of 0 (zero) for plagiarism and will be subject to disciplinary action.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Conveyance of the Subject
  • Composition
  • Exposure
  • Light (Color, Contrast, etc.)
  • Sharpness