Course Description:

This course provides a “hands-on” approach to the use of light, digital media and equipment to make photographs.

The software environment and workflow are explored and utilized to produce end products as prints, web, and print publication.

Students will be expected to:

I.) Acquire technical skills regarding:

A.) SLR digital camera use including:

1.) Proper exposure.

Students will learn to evaluate the contrast within a shot (shadows, highlights and mid-tones,) vs. the photographic medium’s ability to reproduce it. Students will learn to choose the best exposure combination (aperture and shutter speed) with regard to specific application. [Assignments 1,3-10; rubric 1,4-6]

3.) Lighting.

Students will learn the effects of different lighting situations. Through assigned projects, the student will exhibit the ability to work within existing conditions and to change difficult conditions to make them workable. [Assignments 3,4,8; rubric 1,4-6]

B.) Digital workflow proficiency.

Students will exhibit facility with computer applications required to process digital photo files for print, publication, and for web. [Assignments 1-10; rubric 1,5,7,9]

II.) Learn creative skills regarding:

A.) Artistic development.

Assessment of artistic development is based on originality, creativity, composition, graphic impact, sophistication of the subject matter and personal style.

[Assignments 1-10; rubric 2,3,8]

B.) Critical objectivity.

Students should exhibit critical objectivity. During critiques, students should speak clearly about their work and the work of peers in terms of:

Technical considerations,

Formal considerations,

Choice of subject matter,

The successes and failures of the work with regard to intent.

[Assignments 1-10,12; rubric 2,3,8,10]

III.) Start to develop a professional portfolio.

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes:

Photography 1405 Rubric
Grade F – D C – B A
Attribute Emerging Competent Exemplary
1. Exposure Student does not understand the elements of exposure, relies exclusively on program settings & randomly exceeds sensor dynamic range. Is not able to correctly choose best ISO. Student understands basic exposure elements and is able to use the various priority settings, usually applies them properly & shows an understanding of dynamic range.

Usually uses ISO to good advantage.

Student understands the elements of exposure & is able to utilize camera settings to best creative advantage. Camera histograms are creatively employed to plan approach. Always uses ISO to achieve maximum quality.
2. Composition No understanding of the elements of design. Does not use rule of thirds, horizon line, balance, grouping, leading lines, framing, selective focus, or lighting in composing photographs. Uses one or more composition techniques. Shows some understanding of the element of design. Uses cropping effectively. Shows strong intuitive grasp of balance, visual flow and tension within the context of composition while exhibiting facility with design. Rarely resorts to cropping because image is carefully composed in the viewfinder before the exposure is made.
3. Content The selection of subject is arbitrary with respect to the assignment. The work submitted does not address the issues specified for the assignment. Images are missing or too many; student needed to edit down number.

Student needs to further polish project idea in order to avoid the obvious interpretation of the assignment.  Further brainstorming ideas is recommended.

Images meet the minimum level of quality and subject matter to satisfy the assignment.  Subject matter could be improved; some images appear to be filler material.

Ideas for images and satisfying assignment are there, but the execution needs improvement.  Tell the idea/story through another “angle”

Strong choice of subject matter.  Images are edited to include only the strongest images.  Proper size, naming and resolution.

Subjects are unusually creative or non-typical yet appropriate to assigned topic. Work shows “thinking outside the box.”

Strong and effective concept.  Idea is communicated well without giving more than is needed.

4. Camera Operation Always relies on automatic camera settings. Does not understand file format. Is usually able to use camera outside full auto mode. Shows limited understanding of best application. Shows a very good understanding of controls. Able to apply priority, quality, ISO, white balance, file format, exposure mode settings & AF to best creative advantage.
5. File processing / work-flow Student does not understand or properly utilize the elements of digital workflow.Images are not properly exposed and/or focused. Images have not been corrected in Photoshop for colorcast, sharpness, and clone-stamp out distracting elements of image.

The photo(s) are in need of both color and level adjustments. Student makes no use of layers or selective adjustments. Print is draft quality and on wrong paper. Print is oriented incorrectly on the paper.

Images are slightly out of focus creating a distracting element in the photograph.  Slight sharpening could improve quality and effectiveness of image.

Image needs additional work in Photoshop to be properly exposed, (lighting, color, levels).  Overworked in Photoshop; images do not look natural, overly filtered/manipulated.

The photo(s) are in need of either color or level adjustments. Student makes use of layers and selective adjustments. Print is the correct quality and on good paper. Print is oriented correctly on the paper.

High quality images, properly exposed, effectively retouched/altered without being distracting.

The photo(s) color and level adjustments are correct. Student makes effective or innovative use of layers and selective adjustments. Print is the correct quality and on good paper. Print is oriented correctly on the paper.

6. Understanding the Effects of Light Vague notion of effects of light on image.
Uneven metering.
Poor exposures on film.
Understands the effects of varied lighting situations. Uses camera meter properly. Produces printable negatives. Thorough understanding of effects of light, uses these to best advantage.  Able to meter for specific situations. Good exposures in all situations.
7. Artistic expression utilizing elements of design & of context. No or unsuccessful attempt at communication. No understanding of the elements of visual communication. No understanding or expression of social implications when applicable. Some facility is exhibited within the context of design. Social implications are occasionally touched upon. Understands basic principles of design, i.e., unity, variety and emphasis.  Utilizes principles of design while shooting and printing photographs.  Able to communicate intended message graphically and is able to express ideas within the context of the photograph.
8. Professionalism Students needs regular redirection to stay on task while creating a project. Student puts in little or no time outside of class. After completing their own work the student is a distraction or disruption to others. Student offers no constructive criticism in critiques and is disrespectful of their peers. Student is usually on task when creating a project. Student puts in necessary time outside of class. After completing their assigned work, the student creates additional projects or helps others in the class. Student offers some constructive criticism in critiques. Student is consistently on task when creating a project. Student puts in extra time outside of class. After completing their assigned work, the student creates additional projects and helps others in the class. Student regularly offers constructive criticism and leadership in critiques.
9. Written Assignment Paper does not meet the minimum length requirement. Student unable to convey ideas in a clear & concise manner. Numerous disjointed sentences, incorrect spelling and poor grammatical structure.  Shows no understanding of critical objectivity. Relies on subjective evaluations. Papers using content that has been plagiarized or cut & pasted from internet articles without crediting the source, will receive a zero. Paper just meets minimum length requirement. With minor translating, a student’s thoughts can be understood. Several spelling and grammatical errors are found.

Shows reasonable measure of critical objectivity, rarely relying on subjective evaluations.

Length of paper is determined by the student’s need to develop ideas and, generally exceeds the minimum specified length.

Point of paper easily stated and understood.

Paper is neat and void of spelling and grammar errors.

Shows complete understanding and facility regarding critical objectivity never utilizing subjective evaluations.

10. Journal Does not use a journal or fails to make meaningful or accurate entries. Generally remembers to record data in the journal & data are largely meaningful. Understands the value of recording data, records accurate, meaningful data and uses it to improve future work.

Outline of Assignments:

Projects will be assessed utilizing the PHO-1405 Rubric chart located under “Measurable Student Learning Outcomes” listed above. Please review this chart to become acquainted with the course objectives and grading criteria. Class projects will include the projects listed below. Additional assignments may be given.

Assessment Tasks Rubric attributes
1 Framing 1 – 8,11
2 Still life. 1 – 8,11
3 Light quality and direction 1 – 8,11
4 Creative daylight exposure 1 – 8,11
5 Aperture priority & depth of field 1 – 8,11
6 Shutter priority & motion 1 – 8,11
7 Shadow exposure 1 – 8,11
8 Social statement 1 – 8,11
9 Photo essay 1 – 8,11
10 Quiz Quiz
11 Written Report 10

Required Text, Software, and Materials:

  • Minimum of 100 sheets Epson INKJET PAPER (Paper type T.B. specified.
  • SLR digital camera capable of FULL manual operation (independent aperture & shutter speed adjustments) & can produce Raw or Tiff files or both (Jpegs are NOT acceptable.) A hand-held light meter is preferred over through the lens metering (TTL) systems. This is not to say that the camera cannot have a TTL metering system but hand held metering allows the photographer to more easily make decisions relating to exposure than with a TTL system. EACH STUDENT MUST HAVE EITHER A HAND HELD METER OR A TTL METERING SYSTEM IN THE CAMERA (or both.)
  • A tripod is STRONGLY recommended.

Course Requirement and Grading:

Student work will be evaluated during the time allocated to the particular project with strengths, weaknesses, & problematic technical issues discussed. ALL ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CLASS PERIOD OF WHICH THEY ARE DUE. Each student will present to the entire class. LATE PROJECTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED & WILL RECEIVE A GRADE OF ZERO.

Photographic assignments will account for 80% of grade, quizzes & written paper, each 10%.

A journal is required to record film & print exposure information. Its effective use will contribute to a successful project and a good grade (rubric #11.)

A 90-100
B 80-89
C 70-79
D 65-69
F 0-64
W withdrawn

Attendance Policy:

1.) The college attendance policy is as follows:

Class attendance is a vital component of student success. For this reason, it is expected that students will take seriously their need to attend class on a punctual, regular and consistent basis.

2.) In this class a student may miss up to 3 class meetings. Students who exceed 3 absences

must be withdrawn from the course or risk the possibility of failing the class.

3.) Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class. A student entering after attendance or leaving early will be marked late. Students are expected to remain in the classroom for the entire class period except for varifiable medical emergencies. 6 “Lates” equal one absence.

4.) The deadline for withdrawing from a course with a grade of “W” is the last day of the fifth week of class. A student who wishes to withdraw from a course should pick up a drop slip from the registration office. This form must be signed by the student’s adviser and the instructor, and then taken to the registration office.

5.) Inclement Weather: In the event of inclement weather, students should call the main college number. If classes are to be delayed or closed, you will hear a dated, recorded message indicating current status.

ANGEL Course Management System (CMS):

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