Lectures and tutorials

COMM 330, Basic Photography for Mass Media

Instructor: Ross F. Collins, professor of communication, North Dakota State University, Fargo.

Ross Collins photography

Class Resources

Diagnostic quiz: What do you know?

Lecture synopses.

F/stop exercise.

Midterm exam review questions.

Final exam review.

Tutorials and presentations

PowerPoint presentations.

Ten practical principles for photojournalists.

Handy elements of composition illustrated.

Qualities of light illustrated.

A brief introduction to color theory.

A brief history of photojournalism and photography.

A portfolio of great photographs.

Ways to see (video presentation).

Ross's photo galleries.

How to develop and print in a traditional darkroom. (Includes three videos.)


Student Work

Student poster 2018 New! Student documentary: selected photos, North Dakota State University, Fargo, 2018.

Download the 12-inch-by-18-inch poster (pdf).

2017 Class poster Student documentary: selected photos, North Dakota State University, Fargo, 2017.

Photo poster 2015 Student Life: North Dakota State University, Fargo, 2015.

Student life 2014. Student Life: North Dakota State University, Fargo, 2014.

Student life poster 2013 Student Life: North Dakota State University, Fargo, 2013.

Poster of student work. Student life: North Dakota State University, Fargo, 2012.

The life of a campus: North Dakota State University, Fargo, 2008.

Student portfolios (2004)

Student portfolios (2002)

Photoshop tutorials for photographers (CS6 for Macintosh):

Photoshop Lesson One.
Image size, resolution, crop, file formats, organizing in Bridge.

Photoshop Lesson Two.
Levels/curves, dodge/burn, dust and scratches, sharpening. Quick tip: fix flash-on-camera.

Photoshop Lesson Two(b).
An alternative workflow using Camera Raw.

Photoshop Lesson Three.
Selecting, cutting, cloning, content-aware fill, sharpening, gaussian blur, image modes.
Quick tips: straighten a horizon line; add bokeh.

Photoshop Lesson Four.
Cutting, pasting, painting, erasing, color balance, fill flash

Photoshop Lesson Five.
Working with type.

Photoshop Lesson Six.
Layers, red-eye removal, Select and Mask, improving skin tones, digital plastic surgery.

Photoshop Lesson Seven.
Create a montage.

Photoshop Lesson Seven(b).
Create a poster.

Photohop Lesson Eight.
Nip and tuck.

Photoshop Lesson Nine.
Deleting backgrounds, replacing backgrounds.

Photoshop Lesson Ten.
Working in black and white.

Photos for practice:

Cairo 1998 (B & W).

Wabakimi wilderness, 2006.

Rome, 1989.

Washington State, 1982.

Staff, 1998.

Club moss, 1976.

Limerick, 1980.

Dijon, 1983.

Scotland, 1989 (B & W).

Nutmeg, 2006.

Al 1997.

Ross 2001.

Sarah 1999.

Exam photos:

Man and flower.

Boats on the Nile.

Egyptian taxi driver.

Midterm exam photo.

Final one.

Final two.

Final three.

More resources:

Free Photography Tips and Tutorials for Beginners by Stephen Hockman.

Syllabus archive:
COMM 230 syllabus (pdf).
COMM 242 syllabus (pdf).
COMM 330 syllabus (pdf).

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