Standard letter grades
Contact hours total
Introduces students to the basics of composition and camera settings and provides an understanding of digital photo-editing for the purpose of creating successful landscape, portrait, montage and other photographic forms.
1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to use elements of design and composition, materials, technologies, process and organizational principles of various media.
2. Students will learn the art form of digital photography.
3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the value of aesthetic engagement and the role that visual arts play in society.
4. Students will be exposed to photography in both historical and contemporary contexts.
5. Students will analyze and interpret, orally and/or in writing their own and other students' works of art created for class assignments.
6. Students will develop the ability to see, analyze, and critique photographs as well as receive critiques from instructor and peers.
7. Students will exhibit technical skill and visual communication particular to their chosen medium.
8. Students will develop knowledge of shooting and editing photographs with use of both camera and computer software as tools and demonstrate their skill by shooting and editing photographs.
9. Students will engage in creative problem solving in their own work.
10. Students will develop their own voice as a photographer.
Types of cameras
Exposures and pixels
Aperture depth of field
Depth of field effects
Changing the background
Students will need to provide their own digital camera; please see the syllabus for a detailed list of specific materials used in this course.
Grading is based on participation in labs, discussions and critiques of completed assignments and the development of critiques and ideas demonstrated in portfolio reviews.