JTC 335 - Photography

  • 3 credits
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Creative digital photography theory and practice using digital cameras and image processing technology. Includes journalistic, aesthetic, artistic, ethical, and legal considerations for photographers.

In a 16-week semester, you should expect to spend about 6-9 hours each week on schoolwork. Meanwhile, in an 8-week semester, you should expect to spend about 12-18 hours per week on course content.

This course can be applied toward:


JTC 211 (Computer-Mediated Visual Communication) or with consent of the instructor.

Important Information

Course requirements:

1. Access to either a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) or a digital mirrorless camera with a zoom lens or interchangeable lenses for close-up, normal, and telephoto photography;

2. A camera card;

3. A sturdy tripod;

4. Access to photography editing software (Adobe Photography CC, Photoshop CS, or Elements recommended).

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera, 4th Ed. (2016)
    Peterson, Bryan


John Eisele

(970) 491-5472 | john.eisele@colostate.edu

I am one of the commercial photographers on staff as part of External Relations at Colorado State University. As university photographers, we are the last of the true generalists, expected to cover any assignment that comes our way from Athletics to Zoology. (I had a day photographing frogs in the afternoon, the Marching Band getting ready for the Parade of Lights in the evening and a basketball game that night—not atypical…) Prior to my arrival at CSU in 2000, I was a news photographer. After a year of working at the Wyoming Eagle as a newspaper photographer, I ended up in Washington, DC working for National Journal magazine covering federal policy.

This is my 4th year of teaching JTC 335, but I’ll admit that it’s my first teaching online.

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