POV4350 Photo Essay and News PhotographyBahçeşehir UniversityDegree Programs ENERGY SYSTEMS ENGINEERINGGeneral Information For StudentsDiploma SupplementErasmus Policy StatementNational QualificationsBologna Commission
Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
POV4350 Photo Essay and News Photography Fall 2 2 3 5
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Instructor HALUK ÇOBANOĞLU
Course Lecturer(s): Instructor HALUK ÇOBANOĞLU
Recommended Optional Program Components: None
Course Objectives: This course aims at inciting the students to develop a critically thoughtful, informed approach to magazine photography.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
1. Identify basic terms of photo essay and news photography.
2. Illustrate a personal and practical approach to magazine photography and new media.
3. Execute exercises designed to develop a personal voice. Use editing skills, and unique elements in a work.
4. Acquire an overview of documentary photography.
5. Show dexterity in using all the settings and functions of the camera when taking editorial photographs.
6. Design a personal vision as a photographer.
7. Explore ways to develop a personal style while focusing on long-term goals.

Course Content

Each week, students will tackle a typical magazine assignment: read a manuscript, conduct research, conceptualisation, photography, print, edit, and present work as an opening spread to a story. The class will critique work in an open forum. Discussions will also cover the practicalities of model releases, fees, portfolio presentation, and job delivery. Slide presentations and lectures will offer an overview of the history of magazines from their original goals to how they operate in today's market. Guest photographers, photo editors, and art directors will share their perspectives on the field. Assignments, tailored to individual needs, styles, and objectives, guide students to develop a personal—and marketable— style.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction.
2) Making of a photo journal and daily practise with the camera. Assignment 1
3) The perfect fit, tailoring your work for portfolio, website, gallery submission and business. Working on the assignments.
4) Photographing urban landscape. Assignment 2
5) Here and now: The essence of a place. Working on the assignments.
6) Travel photography and photo essay. Assignment 3
7) Discussions over composition, equipment, lighting, print style, and emotional weight in imagery, as well as the works of master photographers. Working on the assignments.
8) First editing, why is so important? Assignment 4
9) Black and White vs. Color photography. Working on the assignments.
10) Discussions over composition, equipment, lighting, print style, and emotional weight in imagery, as well as the works of master photographers. Assignment 5
11) Field trip. Working on the assignments.
12) Advance editing. Assignment 6
13) Oral presentations of assignments. Working on the presentation.
14) Final presentations. Preparation for Final Assignment


Course Notes / Textbooks: Wells, L. (2003). The photography reader. London New York: Routledge.
References: 1. Berger, J. (2008). Ways of seeing. London: Penguin.
2. Janus, E. & Lambert, M. (1998). Veronica's revenge : contemporary perspectives on photography. Switzerland Zurich New York New York City: LAC Scalo Distributed in North America by D.A.P.
3. Stahel, U. (2003). Well, what is photography? : a lecture on photography on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Fotomuseum Winterthur. Winterthur, Switzerland Zurich: Fotomuseum Winterthur Scalo.
4. Wells, L. (2009). Photography : a critical introduction. London New York: Routledge.

Other resources and artists' books may include:

1. Ara Guler (Ed.Tavlas,Nezih). Fotocep, 2010.
2. Henri Cartier-Bresson. Thames and Hudson Gallimard, 2008.
3. Arabesk. Cobanoğlu,Haluk. Fotografevi, 2007.
4. New York Subway. Cobanoglu, Haluk. YGS, 2003.
5. Camera Work. Stieiglitz, A. Taschen, 2008.

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Homework Assignments 6 % 60
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 4 56
Study Hours Out of Class 13 4 52
Homework Assignments 6 4 24
Final 1 1 1
Total Workload 133

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) Build up a body of knowledge in mathematics, science and Energy Systems Engineering subjects; use theoretical and applied information in these areas to model and solve complex engineering problems.
2) Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex Energy Systems Engineering problems; select and apply proper modeling and analysis methods for this purpose.
3) Ability to design complex Energy systems, processes, devices or products under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; apply modern design methods for this purpose.
4) Ability to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for solving complex problems in Energy Systems Engineering practice; employ information technologies effectively.
5) Ability to design and conduct numerical or pysical experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret results for investigating the complex problems specific to Energy Systems Engineering.
6) Ability to cooperate efficiently in intra-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; and show self-reliance when working on Energy Systems-related problems
7) Ability to communicate effectively in English and Turkish (if he/she is a Turkish citizen), both orally and in writing. Write and understand reports, prepare design and production reports, deliver effective presentations, give and receive clear and understandable instructions.
8) Recognize the need for life-long learning; show ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continuously educate oneself.
9) Develop an awareness of professional and ethical responsibility, and behave accordingly. Be informed about the standards used in Energy Systems Engineering applications.
10) Learn about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; develop an awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development.
11) Acquire knowledge about the effects of practices of Energys Systems Engineering on health, environment, security in universal and social scope, and the contemporary problems of Energys Systems engineering; is aware of the legal consequences of Energys Systems engineering solutions.