PH 241.01

Introduction to Lighting

T/TH 6-9pm

Professor: Jenna Maurice

Spring 2016




Phone- 615-277-7458

Days/Office Hours – Available by appointment

Office Location- Admissions



In this introduction to the essential concepts of lighting for photography, students explore the manipulation of quantity, quality, direction, and contrast of both natural and artificial lighting. The course covers equipment and processes required to produce professional image quality in the studio.


All students who successfully complete this course will demonstrate the following skills and/or knowledge:

  1. Students will demonstrate artificial lighting techniques and use of equipment
  2. Students will apply lighting skills in controlled studio environment.
  3. Students will use artificial lighting in photographic images to develop artistic expression and person style



  1. Develop a community where students can feel comfortable, valued and secure in the class-learning environment.
  2. Encourage appreciation for the diversity of opinions that result from having multiple participants in the class community.
  3. Learn to trust one another in discussion. Begin to value the verbal comments and opinions of other students; do away with the notion that what the instructor has to say is automatically more valuable or insightful than your peers.



  1. Materials:
    1. Flash drive for turning in assignments (must be large enough to house your raw image files)
    2. Notebook (for taking lighting notes on location)
    3. Photographic paper for inkjet printers (at least 11 x 14 for final portfolio)
    4. Various misc lighting equipment (see first assignment)
    5. Any props you might need for your imagery


  1. Weekly assignments: Each visual assignment must be accompanied by a lighting record (floorplan) and digital files leading to final exposure.
  2. Technical Notebook: All lighting assignment documentation and handouts will be kept in a technical notebook.
  3. Documented work: Image files must be presented on cd with final portfolio.




  1. Policy on Work/Projects/Assignments:
    1. Work must be turned in when project is due; late work will not be accepted without official documentation. If you are absent on a critique day, you will receive a zero (0) for that project, unless you have official documentation OR you have received prior permission from instructor to turn work in later the same day.
    2. Students must produce digital files for portfolio work at the end of the semester. Files must be formatted properly, failure to do so will result in a lower grade.


  • 70% Assignments
  • 30% Final Project


(class participation as well as technical and conceptual ability will be factored in to each project grade and will be broken down on the project grade report given to each student for each graded assignment)

Grades are based on the following scale:

A/A-                            100-91       represents grade of distinction & excellence

B+/B/B-                     90-81         exceeds class requirements – above average

C+/C/C-                     80-71         slightly above average, average, slightly

below average

D+/D/D-                     70-61         below average–does not meet class requirements

F                                  >   61         represents unacceptable work



  1. Plagiarism, defined as “to appropriate passages or ideas from another and use them as one’s own,” is a serious transgression against the academic honor system. Plagiarism need not be a verbatim quote; it can be a paraphrasing that still leaves no doubt as to the source of the material. Plagiarism also includes hiring another person to do one’s work, such as a design project or term paper. Cheating during an examination is another form of plagiarism, since it involves taking the answers of another and treating them as one’s own. All are dealt with severely. Academic misconduct will be reported to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  2. Students found guilty of any form of cheating or plagiarism will receive an F as a letter grade for the course and are placed on disciplinary probation. Students found guilty of a second offense are immediately expelled from the College.


Students are required to attend all meetings of each class, to be in class on time, and to remain for the entire class period. All absences are recorded by the instructor; there is no distinction between excused or unexcused. An absence is defined as being absent from class 1 hour or more. Significant absences, tardiness, or early departures from class will result in a course or assignment grade penalty.

Tardiness will not be tolerated. Three episodes of tardiness 10 minutes or more will result in one absence. After a student’s 3rd absence their final grade will be marked down one full letter for each subsequent absence. Students who miss 6 classes or more during the term will automatically receive a failing grade regardless of the grades they receive on class examinations, assignments, and projects. Students should read the entire policy on class attendance in the Student Handbook.


Refer to the Lab Manual.


I expect you to act like responsible adults and respect each other, each other’s work, and school property.


  1. Follow all rules given by the instructor


  1. Alcohol and/or illegal substances are forbidden in the classroom or the lab at any time of the day or night. Violators are subject to expulsion from the class or worse.


  1. Discriminatory or derogatory jokes or remarks towards any person or persons based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, region of the country people live in, color of their hair, socioeconomic status or culture will not be tolerated. Intolerance will not be tolerated.


  1. No food is allowed in the classroom or lighting studio. Drinks are ok, as long as they are in a closed container and you toss your empty bottles and cups in the trash/recycling. Drinks are only allowed in designated areas in the lighting studio.


  1. Cellphones and handheld internet devices must be off before class begins and remain off throughout the class period. Using a phone during class is rude to your classmates and it is rude to me. No texting, no messaging, no skype, no twitter, no facebook, no google maps, no anything. NO CELLPHONES DURING CLASS.


  1. In a group setting, such as a lecture, when one person is talking everyone else listens. One person speaks at a time. No side conversations, please. And, of course, no reading, sleeping, music, or any other activity that pulls your focus away from the speaker.


  1. You are required to clean up after yourselves. Leave the studio in a clean and tidy manner, ready for the next person to use it.


  1. Treat each other’s work with respect. Be careful not to have bad habits that could potentially damage another person’s work.




  1. Students with Disabilities

Accommodations are available for students with diagnosed physical, learning, psychiatric, or other disabilities upon request. Students seeking accommodations for a disability or disabling condition should contact the Director of Student Life as early as possible. Accommodations are determined and implemented on a case-by-case basis as is reasonable and appropriate and may include but are not limited to: extended time on tests and in-class assignments, note-taking assistance or access to class notes, flexible course scheduling, and/or reduced course load. Accommodations cannot be requested retroactively and may not fundamentally alter the nature or academic standards of a course or program. Students with disabilities are encouraged to communicate with their faculty, but are not required to disclose specific diagnoses. To begin the request for accommodation process, or for more information, contact the Director of Student Life.


  1. Academic and Classroom Misconduct

Academic misconduct, including cheating and plagiarism, is considered a serious offence and will incur consequences including disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion. Plagiarism is defined as someone copying what someone else has written, reproducing and taking credit another’s visual work or taking someone else’s idea and trying to pass it off as original. For more specific information about academic and classroom misconduct, students should read the Student Handbook.


  1. Personal Counseling

Students experiencing normal academic problems should meet with the instructor, their academic advisor, and/or the director of student life to work out solutions that will help them successfully complete their coursework. When a student feels or believes that a problem exists and wants the assistance of a professional counselor, she or he is encouraged to contact the Office of Student Life. Watkins has a partnership with the Association for Guidance, Aid, Placement and Empathy (AGAPE), for counseling services designed to help students identify problems and seek solutions. The program is a service to students at no cost. The program provides assistance with many personal problems such as drug or alcohol abuse, depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, problems caused by legal or financial worries, interpersonal abuse, and many others. To make an appointment, or for more information, contact the Office of Student Life. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance and privacy is absolutely respected.


  1. Copyright Policy

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the authors or “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. –U.S. Copyright Office

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects its community of creators and educators–students, faculty and staff–to be aware of laws and policies concerning the proper use of copyrighted materials. The use of copyrighted materials must be compliant with U.S. Copyright Law and Watkins’ Copyright Policy located on the Watkins website.  Students, Faculty and Staff will agree to follow Watkins’ policies and procedures with regards to copyright, intellectual property, and technology resources when they enroll at Watkins, and while they are employed by the college. Watkins does not assume legal responsibility for violations of copyright law by Students, Faculty, and Staff. These policies are available on the Watkins website or by contacting your Department Chair.