PHO103 Digital Photography I
SYLLABUS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
No Required Textbook – Class will utilize free online tutorials
Assignments and Lectures will be posted under BB Lessons
Shutter Speed and Aperture Explained: http://www.facethelight.com/aperture.php
Exposure basics: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/camera-exposure.htm
You must have a Mercer Email Account setup for class correspondence.
This is an introductory college level photography course. The technical part of the class will explore the use of digital cameras, photo software, non-destructive workflows, and archival printing. The aesthetic part of the class is equally important and you will be heavily guided to explore making photographs that go beyond just photographing the things you like. Exploring the concept of making photographs that are meaningful will be emphasized in this course.
THE NO PHOTOGRAPHS LIST:
Campus - Squirrels or other small woodland creatures - Waterfowl (ducks, swans, geese, etc.) - Closeup Baby Faces - Closeup Horse Faces - Closeup Flowers - Sunsets - Cars without People - Homeless or other at-risk populations
Exceptions can be made to this list if you can demonstrate a genuine connection and interest in the subject matter and make a really interesting or different kind of photo of the subject matter.
Unit I Camera Basics
Unit II Digital Darkroom
PRINTING FROM PHOTOSHOP: https://youtu.be/a0-t7PJw19Q
PRINTING FROM LIGHTROOM: https://youtu.be/H9qy-Wje0vE
Unit III The Critique
External hard drive (USB 3.0 Preferred) – Make Sure they are formatted with exFAT if you use a PC.
Epson Ultra Premium 5 STAR Luster Inkjet paper, 8 ½ x 11 or larger (Do not let salesperson convince you otherwise)
You are not required to buy a digital camera to complete this course. There will be some digital cameras available for you to borrow from this department and you can scan film.
Media and paper are usually not returnable, so order carefully. Always ask about student specials. If you are mail ordering remember to ask for shipping times.
Evaluation of student learning
70 points – Assignments/Quizzes
Photo assignments require that you integrate many of the skills and techniques demonstrated in class. The assignment will reinforce technical concepts and require you to investigate what you want to photograph and how you want to treat the subject matter. You will be graded on both technical and creative aspects of your work. Quizzes will test your comprehension of assigned readings and lectures.
15 points – Mimic Photographer Presentation
An oral presentation that combines biographical and aesthetic analysis of a well-known photographer with photos made by the photographer and made by the student in the style of the chosen photographer.
15 points – Final Presentation
Students will organize their best work into a presentation for a final group critique. Grades are based upon technical and aesthetic concerns as well as participation in the group critique.