Family and Small Events Photography
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 36.0
Credit Value: 2.5
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2020
Prerequisites: VDES70029
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Digital Photography
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20200106_01
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This course is offered on-campus. The sessions may include a variety of interactive and engaging activities including discussions, group activities, role plays and presentations. Additional resources may be provided online, on Sheridan's Learning and Teaching Environment (SLATE), to support class activities and reinforce material covered during class sessions. Assignment details will be provided in class and on SLATE. Students will need reliable access to the internet.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
In this interactive and engaging course, students get a glimpse of the evolution of family photography by examining different genres and trends. By incorporating fundamental principles and personal perspectives and style, students create unique images for family portraits and small events. Students apply purposeful directions and communicative strategies to capture those special moments at the right time. Through photo shoots in various locations, students have the opportunity to produce work for a personal photography portfolio.

Program Context

Digital Photography Program Coordinator(s): N/A
This course is an elective in the Digital Photography Certificate

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to create unique high-quality images of family portraits and small events.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Develop an awareness of the various styles and trends in family photography through its evolution.
  2. Incorporate fundamental principles of basic posing and perspectives to create the desired composition of family photographs.
  3. Establish a connection with your clients, their children, and other colleagues to achieve a photographic goal.
  4. Develop the necessary skills to shoot in any environment (outdoors, indoors, or at a venue).
  5. Apply post-production workflow to create engaging family photos.
  6. Develop photography skills for small events (less than 75 people), such as baby showers, birthday parties, bridal showers, etc.
  7. Discover your own style as a family photographer by re-examining and reflecting on your own work.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Family Group Shot - Post & Lifestyle20.0%
 Images @ Various Locations20.0%
 Post-Production Workflow20.0%
 The Initial Questionnaire & Photography Agenda10.0%
 My Portfolio & Presentation30.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL The following protocol applies to every course offered by Continuing and Professional Studies. 1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the instructor. 2. Students must write all tests at the specified date and time. Missed tests, in-class/online activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding Sundays and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not. An extension or make-up opportunity may be approved by the instructor at his or her discretion.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

  • Not Eligible for PLAR

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: N/A
Resource(s): N/A
Applicable student group(s): Continuing and Professional Studies Students
Course Details:

Module 1 - Introduction to Family Photography

  • Family photography in the past and now
  • Portrait vs. Lifestyle Photography
  • Contemporary Genres (Fresh 48, Day In The Life, Classic, Couture, Lifestyle Newborn)
  • Learning Outcomes: By the end of this module, students will be able to:
    • Explain the differences between portrait and lifestyle photography
    • Identify key elements of each contemporary genre in family photography, such as Fresh 48, Day in the Life, Classic, Couture, and Lifestyle Newborn
    • Examine the artistic work of contemporary portrait photographers 

Module 2 - Principles of Family Photography 

  • Posing and direction
  • Directions and angles 
  • Camera settings for different sized groups 
  • Lenses 
  • Evaluation(s): Family Group Shot - Pose & Lifestyle (20%)
  • Learning Outcomes: By the end of this module, students will be able to:
    • Apply fundamental techniques in giving directions for basic and spontaneous posing 
    • Create a unique perspective by utilizing aspects of the envionrment (ocation, subjects)
    • Demonstrate technical knowledge of camera settings and lenses to achieve a photographic goal 

Module 3 - Working With People 

  • Initial communication with clients 
  • The importance of your attitude 
  • Building rapport with children 
  • Eliciting natural responses from subjects 
  • Working with an assistant and / or a 2nd photographer 
  • Learning Outcomes: By the end of this module, students will be able to:
    • Collect relevant information from your initial communication with clients to make personalized connections with both adults and children for a photoshoot 
    • Assess and respond to a situation during a photo shoot 
    • Collaborate with an assistant and / or photographer on a group shot 

Module 4 - The Photo Shoot

  • Preparing a shoot plan 
  • Technical requirements (camera settings, lenses
  • Shooting at various locations (indoors, outdoors, venue)
  • Evaluation(s): Images @ Various Locations (20%)
  • Learning Outcomes: By the end of this module, students will be able to:
    • Prepare a shoot plan and the technical requirements based on the location 
    • Create engaging images at an outdoor shoot, and indoor shoot, and at a venue 

Module 5 - Post-Production

  • Post-production workflow - culling, editing, retouching, and delivery of the final content 
  • Black and white vs. colour 
  • Lightroom (Presets) and Photoshop 
  • Evaluation(s): Post-Production Workflow (20%)
  • Learning Outcomes: By the end of this module, students will be able to:
    • Develop a personalized method for post-production 
    • Demonstrate how the use of colour vs. black and white can evoke an emotional response from the viewer 
    • Use Lightroom and Photoshop tools and techniques to process family photos 

Module 6 - Small Events

  • Preparation - the "Initial Questionnaire" and the "Must List" 
  • The necessary equipment
  • A photography agenda 
  • "Being in the right place at the right time" strategies 
  • Shooting a mock small event 
  • Evaluation(s): The Initial Questionnaire & Photography Agenda (10%) 
  • Learning Outcomes: By the end of this module, students will be able to:
  • Prepare an initial questionnaire for your clients to attain a "must-list" from the information collected 
  • Determine the required equipment for small events 
  • Create a photography agenda for your clients to ensure that all important moments are covered 
  • Demonstrate the technical and communication skills to create unique perspectives 

Module 7 - What's Your Style?

  • Reflections on your work
  • Choosing your best images 
  • Identifying your style 
  • Building your portfolio 
  • Evaluation(s): My Portfolio & Presentation (30%)
  • Learning Outcomes: By the end of this module, students will be able to:
    • Assess their photographic skills by examining their work in the course 
    • Select the images that showcase their best work and identify a genre that their work displays 
    • Build a portfolio for personal or professional purposes

Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

Intellectual Property: Sheridan's Intellectual Property Policy generally applies such that students own their own work. Please be advised that students working with external research and/or industry collaborators may be asked to sign agreements that waive or modify their IP rights. Please refer to Sheridan's IP Policy and Procedure.

Respectful Behaviour: Sheridan is committed to provide a learning environment that supports academic achievement by respecting the dignity, self-esteem and fair treatment of every person engaged in the learning process. Behaviour which is inconsistent with this principle will not be tolerated. Details of Sheridan's policy on Harassment and Discrimination, Academic Integrity and other academic policies are available on the Sheridan policy website.

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