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George Petro
Christine Breslin
, Instructor, 906-5030, Office 1031

George Petro
, Instructor, 906-5030, Office 1031

 

Catalog Course Description:
An introduction to digital photography that builds on the fundamental principles of light, exposure, color, and composition. Students will learn about the transition from capturing images on film to acquiring images with digital scanners and cameras; computer-based imaging hardware and software; camera handling and creative controls; file formats and management; image editing and manipulation; and, electronic output options. Students must own a 4 mega pixel (or greater) digital camera with manual, aperture priority and/or shutter priority exposure modes.

Suggested cameras for Spring 2010, with approximate retail costs:
Canon PowerShot SX120 IS $ 249   Kodak EasyShare Z980 $ 399
Canon PowerShot SX20 IS 399   Nikon Coolpix P90 399
Canon EOS Rebel XS DSLR 499   Nikon D40 DSLR 499
FujiFilm Finepix S1500 199   Olympus SP-565UZ 349
Fujifilm Finepix S2000HD 279   Pentax X70 399
Kodak EasyShare Z1015 IS 279   Sony Cyber-shot H20/B 249

Some of the cameras listed above are available to order through the college bookstore, and purchase with your Financial Aid award.
Students needing more information about camera requirements can call the Academic Media Technology office at 906-5030.

Other Supplies You Will Need to Buy:

  • 1 Gb or higher USB memory stick
  • Writable CD's and cases

If You Will Be Using Your Home Computer...

  • This course uses Adobe Photoshop CS software. The College Bookstore offers educational discounts for this relatively expensive package. As an alternative, you may try Adobe Photoshop Elements, which is a "stripped down" version of Photoshop CS and is much less expensive. HOWEVER - your textbook and instructor will be using the full CS version and can't be expected to know everything about Photoshop Elements, too.

Learning Objectives

To demonstrate an understanding of:

Students will:

As measured by:

The relationship between key principles of photography and digital imaging

Review concepts of lighting, exposure, and image composition

Explain the differences between film and digital imaging media

Written or on-line quizzes, tests, and/or examinations; on-line discussions and chat;

class participation; attendance; homework assignments.

Principles of color theory

Use appropriate tools to adjust color in digital images

Explain color filtration techniques

Apply color theory when creating and critiquing digital images

Written or on-line quizzes, tests, and/or examinations; on-line discussions and chat;

class participation; attendance; homework assignments.

The relationship among photographic principles, digital imaging and computer technology

a)    Discuss photographic principles

b)    Use various computerized imaging hardware and software to suit purpose and task

Written or on-line quizzes, tests, and/or examinations; on-line discussions and chat;

class participation; attendance; homework assignments.

Proper operation of image scanners, digital cameras, computer storage devices, and photo editing software

Scan hard-copy images

Take original photographs using a digital camera

Store, copy, and file digital images using various electronic devices

Learn basic tools found in industry-standard image editing software (principally, Adobe Photoshop)

Keep a journal to record techniques and settings

Technology-based assignments, written assignments, journal entries

Image manipulation and color correction

Creatively explore advanced functions of image editing software

Apply the use of software filters and “plug-ins”

Thoughtfully critique their own work and that of others

Keep a journal to record techniques and settings

Technology-based assignments, submission of a portfolio of original work, oral/written peer review of work in progress, journal entries

Digital asset management

aExplore organization systems and cataloging techniques

Add metadata to their own digital images

Homework assignments, evidence of the application of a management system to their own portfolio

The relationship among digital imaging, communication media, and the arts

Prepare images for different uses and distribution media

Explore the use of digital images in various communication venues

Explore digital imaging as a form of artistic expression

Thoughtfully critique their own work and that of others

Gain an understanding of copyright law pertaining to digital media

Journal entries; in-class presentations of original work, publication of original work, participation in public exhibits of student work

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