Students taking photos of a model

Many SMC classes require the use of a computer with Internet access to reach class resources and/or to complete assignments and/or take exams. To locate a computer lab on campus go to and click on the “Labs” link.


PHOTO 1, Introduction to Photography 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU Prerequisite: None.

This non-laboratory course is an introduction to photography including camera techniques and creative considerations. Using the HDSLR camera format and natural light, students shoot digitally for specific assignments emphasizing exposure, depth-of-field, motion, composition, and image quality. A 35mm Digital Single Lens Reflex camera with manual focus lens and exposure capabilities is required.

1589 8:00a-10:05a MTWTh BUS 133 Mangus E P

1590 10:15a-12:20p MTWTh BUS 133 Mohr C D

1591 12:30p-3:30p TWTh BUS 133 Anderson DA

4068 6:30p-9:40p MW BUS 133 Thawley J
Above section 4068 meets for 8 weeks, Jun 19 to Aug 09.

4069 6:30p-9:40p TTh BUS 133 Myers A D
Above section 4069 meets for 8 weeks, Jun 20 to Aug 10.

PHOTO 2, Basic Photography Lab Techniques 2 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: Photography 1 (Concurrent enrollment allowed).

This introductory lab course prepares students for general specialization in photography. Black and white exposure techniques, development controls, printing techniques, and film exposures are included. Specific shooting and printing assignments explore a variety of natural light situations and shooting challenges. Weekly lectures support practical supervised laboratory periods. Required for photography majors.

1592 12:30p-3:20p MTW DRSCHR 127 Valesella M D

12:30p-3:20p Th BUS 101 Valesella M D

PHOTO 5, Digital Asset Management, Modification and Output 3 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: Photography 1.

An introduction to digital camera exposure methods in various lighting conditions, image processing, basic color theory, color management, and various digital output techniques for both color and black & white imagery. Students are required to use outside commercial lab services and must furnish an approved digital camera with removable lenses (DSLR) which is capable of capturing in the Camera Raw format. A knowledge of basic computer functions is essential.

1593 8:30a-11:30a TWTh BUS 131 McDonald S D

PHOTO 52, History of Photography 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU

IGETC AREA 3A (Arts) Prerequisite: None.

This is a historical survey of the evolving nature of photography from the early 1800’s to the present digital age.

Photography 52 is the same course as AHIS 52. Students may earn credit for one, but not both.

1594 Arrange-9 Hours ONLINE Fier B
Above section 1594 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to

PHOTO 88A, Independent Studies in Photography 1 unit

Transfer: CSU

Please see “Independent Studies” section.

1596 Arrange-3 Hours BUS 120C Mohr C D
Above section 1596 meets for 8 weeks, Jun 19 to Aug 11.

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