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Winterim 2018

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PHO118 - Introduction to Digital Photography

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Presents the fundamentals of digital image capture using cameras and scanners. Emphasizes the making of images and the interpretation of their character in terms of subject and form: Classical photography with digital technology. Emphasizes the post-production work needed to bring images to an audience electronically, rather than intensive post-production experience with image manipulation, special effects, “new media,” or animation. Student to supply his or her own adjustable manual shutters speed and aperture digital camera and photographic supplies, batteries, memory cards and any necessary hardware accessories or software accessories to make the camera functional. Two class hours, two lab hours.

Lecture: 2 hrs.

Lab: 2 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate, when sitting at his or her individual work station in the presence of the instructor, the ability to optimize, edit and size a digital image. A college approved version of Photoshop will be available for the student to use during class time in a PC lab or in a MAC lab, at the discretion of the instructor.

2. Identify the most effective images - chosen or assigned - for specific purposes and prepare the images for uploading to a web gallery.

3. Evaluate the effectiveness of the chosen images in terms of the technical characteristics as well as the characteristics of subject and form.

4. Evaluate the effectiveness - in terms of subject, form and technique - of images produced by class members.

5. Demonstrate mastery of the industry-standard vocabulary of digital photography by scoring a minimum eighty percent on a written exam.

6. Produce a print portfolio/or web gallery of his or her own photographs - consisting of a minimum of at least 12 images scored by a rubric - accessible to the instructor and the other members of the class.*

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.


Content Outline:
Part One
1 Areas of professional practice
2 History of photography, old masters, modern masters, controversies
3 Image as message; the Five Levels of Style Characters (content, subject, form, technique, material) with emphasis on subject and form
4 Using web resources
5 Vocabulary of the profession
6 Classic motifs: portrait, landscape, architecture, still life, social document
7 Software options: choice, installation and optimization of image-management software (A college approved version of Photoshop)
8 Hardware options: cameras and scanners
9 Camera formats, lenses, media and media readers
10 Methods of image capture: acquiring images with cameras and scanners
11 Importing and exporting images from various sources

Part Two

1 Image proportion, aspect ratio
2 Camera and lens control modes: automatic, manual, manual override
3 Power sources, choice and management
4 Focal length, effects of, and converting to 35mm equivalent
5 Image capture: scene modes, motif programs
6 ISO, in-camera choice of, and image stabilization
7 Shutter speed and shutter lag
8 Viewing options: LCD display, optical viewfinder
9 Zoom modes, digital and optical
10 Characteristics of ambient light, manipulation of photographer-supplied light


Part Three

1 Menus and keyboard commands
2 Quick Fix methods
3 Undo, save, revert, pre-set options
4 Monitor calibration
5 Tools for color adjustment
6 Tools for control of density and contrast
7 Palettes, curves, color balance, hue, saturation
8 Color models: RGB, CMYK, HSB
9 Adding color to monochrome images
10 Retouching: red-eye reduction, filters, using the stamp tool, exploring brush tools, feathering
11 Burning and dodging
12 Image size and resolution
13 Resizing/optimizing files for print, web, e-mail, other end uses
14 Straightening, cropping, perspective control, panoramas, combined images
15 Using layers, pixel selection, color samples, gradient tools
16 File management methods, using templates, compression
17 File formats, e.g. JPEG, TIFF, GIF, Photoshop, PDF, Raw, PCD
18 Creating printed portfolios, web galleries, slide shows

Part Four

1 Printing: printing workflow, service bureau
2 Positioning and scaling for printing
3 Printers, calibration
4 Electronic data as perishable commodity

Effective Term: Fall 2015