Hsc Photography Syllabus Assignments

University of Utah Art and Art History Department
Digital Photography 

Instructor: Martin Novak
Contact by email martin.novak@utah.edu.
Office: Film and New Media 100B (on map FMAB, Building #36).
Office hours by appointment

Class Meets: 1120  M Lib,  Tuesday and  Thursday 4:35pm - 6:00 pm

Class Objectives

In this course students learn the basic principles of the photographic media, basic camera functions, become familiar with various settings and presets on camera, explore the photographic process from pre-visualization, taking images, digital storage media and transfer of images, to adjusting and manipulation of digital images, output to print and creating digital portfolio. Emphasis is placed on learning design principles, composition, and fundamental history and theory of photographic media. Through number of projects students approach various subjects to create images that are personal and expressive.

Teaching Methods

This is a studio-based course, class time is divided between lecture, demonstrations, discussions and hands-on tutorials. From an experience, the most effective method to learn techniques is by practically solving problems and working on projects. Besides full class participation you are required to spend minimum 2 hours of your own time for each class period (about 6 after class hours each week).

The class time will be used on demonstrations and lectures. Several class periods, depending on the class progress, will be used to work on your projects and to get individual help and advice from the instructor. Most of the work on your projects will be done on your own time outside of class. It is absolutely essential you come to each class on time and prepared with questions to problems you may have not been able to solve by your self and class discussions of topics being covered.

Besides studio practices, we will also explore the history and theory behind photography media. Through readings covering various genres, you will gain a broader view of this field and its potentials in your own work.

Materials and equipment

Since this is course in digital photography you will need digital camera beyond basic point and shoot or your phone camera. If you don’t have one, there are great and reasonable priced cameras on the market. We will go over cameras and its various features the first week and talk about several options. The basic camera we use in our class should have at least 5MB resolution and include these feature: manual setting for aperture and shutter,  priority settings, most of the cameras will have already full auto setting. When you purchase the camera you may also have to buy memory card (512MB at least). Additional bits and pieces of equipment such as cables, batteries, card readers, etc…may be necessary. We will discuss various options in class the first week.
To store your work you will need some portable digital storage solution. One option is a flash cards with a good memory (if you choose to buy flashcard you should look for at least 4GB or greater). If you like to invest in your equipment I would recommend buying an external hard drive. You can find very reasonable priced ext. HD on the web (bhphtovideo.com, newegg.com) ranging between $50.00 and 250.00 depending on its storage capacity. Using CD’s as a storage solution is good as the final storage. They are inexpensive but also least flexible in terms of manipulation of your images.

Required Text

Why People Photograph by Robert Adams

Short Course in Digital Photography  

Access to Fine Arts Server:

Fine Arts Server is an essential class resource, which will be used on daily basis. You will turn in your projects in a class folder on the server so it is imperative you have access. We will go in class over how to sign and use the finearts server.

To sign for access go to

http://helpdesk.finearts.utah.edu/index.php/server_accounts and follow the first topic Server Account Information -> Server Account Request.

Digital storage space: It is essential that you back up all your work on portable flash drive or portable hard drive! You are responsible for saving and storing your work! Digital files may get corrupted or not saving them correctly you can lose your work, this may effect your grade!
The art department is not responsible for your data. Art department provides server space for this course where you can store your work for the length of the semester, but you are responsible for safe handling and backing up your data. Your server space provided by the art department is limited to 4GB of space and all data will be deleted at the end of the semester. It is your responsibility to transfer and backup all your data before they are deleted from the server. If you accede this space you will have to use your own digital storage.

Instructions on how to use the fine arts server:
http://helpdesk.finearts.utah.edu/index.php/detail/C7/

University Attendance Policy

You may not attend a University course unless you are officially registered and your name appears on the class roll.
The University expects regular attendance at all class meetings. You are not automatically dropped from your classes if you do not attend. You must officially drop your classes by the published deadline in the academic calendar to avoid a "W" on your record.
You are responsible for satisfying the entire range of academic objectives, requirements and prerequisites as defined by the instructor. If you miss the first 2 class meetings, or if you have not taken the appropriate requisites, you may be required to withdraw from the course.
If you are absent from class to participate in officially sanctioned University activities (e.g. band, debate, student government, intercollegiate athletics), religious obligations, or with instructor's approval, you will be permitted to make up both assignments and examinations.

Course Attendance Policy

This is a studio class; participation in-class activities, lectures and discussions is a critical component to the class content and cannot be made up if missed. It is expected that you arrive to each class on time, participating in all class activities, making good use of your time in class, and working until the end of the class period. 

Attendance is one of the most important aspects of this course. Missing class means you miss lectures, work time and meeting with the instructors and fellow students. As a result, a great deal of work and effort on your part will be required to make up for missed classes, and to keep up with course content. You are fully responsible for following up on missed work and obtaining missed handouts. Arriving late to class also slows down the tempo of class. Preventing any of these headaches is easy, simply by attending class.Tardy attendance accrues to equaling absences.  Grading is weighted by attendance. 2 tardies = 1 absence/participation.  2 absences = 1 grade reduction on final grade (from A to A-), 4 absences by 2 grade reduction (from A to B) and so forth. Unless prior arrangements have been made, more then 6 consecutive unexcused absences will result in course failure (E grade).
Please contact me ASAP if an attendance problem arises. In case of Illness, to clear your absence you have to provide doctor’s note proving you had legitimate reason to miss class.
It is much easier to take care of a problem if dealt with promptly. Do not wait until the end of the semester, there may be no options other that a failing grade.
Critique days are culmination of each of your projects and may absolutely not be missed and will be excused only by a University Approved absence.

Course work

Projects will be graded on how well you have interpreted the information learned in class, technical skills as well as conceptual ideas. Projects and assignments have to be turned on due date. We will look and talk about the work in class. Not turning the assignment you are not giving your self a chance to be critiqued and evaluated and miss important oportunity to hear constructive critique for improving your work.

Projects and Assignments turned pass the due date will be graded 50% of the full grade and additions 10% down for each day they are late. After 5 days, late work will not be accepted for grade. Late work may be submited only with prior aproval and valied serios excuse.

All images have to be current original work done by the student in and for this class! All images have to be created for this course specifically. No images from your vacation trips or prior to this course will be accepted for grading!

There will be number of short assignments which will help you to learn basic techniques using camera and digital applications.

Quizzes will test your technical knowledge. Quizzes will cover lecture materials coverd in class and reading.

Essays - explore your conceptual thinking for your projects and understanding the historical and theoretical issues discussed in class and readings. 

Grades 

50% - 4 projects
25% - Assignments
15% - Quizzes
10% - Participation and attendance

Grade Equivalents 

A = sustained level of superior performance demonstrated in all areas of Course Requirements and Project Assignment Criteria
B = consistent level of performance that is distinctly above average in a majority of the Course Requirements and Project Assignment Criteria
C = level of performance that is generally average and in which all the Course Requirements and Project Assignment Criteria are achieved
D = below average performance and achievement of the Course Requirements and Project Assignment Criteria
E = accomplishment of the Course Requirements and Project Assignment Criteria is not at a level sufficient to receive a passing grade

Final Grade:

A 97-100 %
A- 96-93 %
B+ 92-89 %
B 88-85 %
B- 81-84%
C+ 80-77 %
C 73-76 %
C- 69-72%
D+ 65-68%
D 61-64%
D- 57-60%
E bellow 57%

The University of Utah seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. If you will need accommodations in this class, reasonable prior notice needs to be given to the Center for Disability Services, 162 Olpin Union Building, 581-5020 (V/TDD). CDS will work with you and the instructor to make arrangements for accommodations.

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Course Summary:

Digital Photography 1

Jurupa Hills High School

Rebecca Cauchon

http://cauchonphotoclass.edublogs.org/

caucrg@fusd.net

(909) 357-6300 x16336

Course Description:

Digital Photography is a yearlong course that focuses on understanding the basic operations and functions of a digital single lens reflex camera and the manipulation of its settings to achieve a specific result. Students will learn about photographic elements of art and principles of design, composition, and lighting. They will explore the history of photography, learning about its scientific and technological developments, important innovators in the field, and relevance within diverse cultural contexts. Students will write and speak about aesthetic, technical and expressive qualities in a photograph, learning to critique their own and others work. Students learn image techniques and digital manipulation using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, teaching them how to archive, organize and optimize their photographs for print or web purposes. Students will learn how to manage and creatively alter digital images as well as critically analyze the use of visual media as a means of communication in our society today. They will be provided a greater level of autonomy, expected to pursue their own interests and develop an individual voice. Students will explore the significance of photography with in the larger context of the art word, and learn about the critical and varied application it has to the modern working world.

Course Objectives:

Upon Completion of this course, students will:

– Understand technical and aesthetic differences between traditional and digital photography.

– Make informed choices about composition when photographing and editing digital images.

– Make informed choices about appropriate technologies for use in a variety of photographic assignments

– Analyze and discuss complex ideas in works of art and photography.

– Create original works of art of increasing complexity and skill that reflect their feelings and point of view.

– Describe the relationship involving the art maker, the process, the product and the viewer.

– Demonstrate proper camera and digital processing techniques in production of a work of art

– Understand and utilize the steps in the creative process

– Realize the vast amount of career choices in the visual arts.

. Produce an accomplished portfolio of work and an applicable resume

Units:

Introduction to Digital SLR Photography

Learning the Lab

Digital Workflow

Factors to consider in a digital camera

Setting up student blogs for sharing and grading

Exposure and Light Metering

Learn photography vocabulary: aperture, shutter speed, ISO

Equivalent Exposures

Camera Metering

Camera Modes

Shooting assignment:  Texture

Quiz, grading rubric, peer critique and self assessment

Lenses and Optics

Learning about focal lengths

Lenses and f stop numbers

Science of Optics

Quiz

Composition and Learning How to See

Ways to get images with strong composition

Samples of good composition

Shooting Assignment:  Shadows and Light

Shooting assignment:  Alternative camera angles

Shooting assignment:  Framing a subject

Critiquing, analyzing and evaluating photography

Critique Writing

Grading rubric, peer critique and self assessment

Learning Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom

File Management

Learning the Photoshop and Lightroom workspace

Toolbar and Option Bar

Image Adjustments

Image Extensions

Saving and sizing image

Image Output

Lighting Techniques

Natural vs. Artificial Lighting

Demonstration

Use of Reflectors

Tungstun Lighting with “hot lights”

Assignment: Natural Light Portrait with reflector

Grading rubric, writing critique peer critique and self assessment

History and Invention in Photography

Lecture and Discussion: Pioneers and Early Techniques

Invention and key terminology

Slide Show

Make History Timeline

Quiz

Depth of Field and Aperture Control

Understand the concept Depth of Field

Technical overview and factors which effect depth of field

Camera operations and modes

Focal lengths and zoom lenses

Shooting assignment:  Comparing depth of field at different apertures and lenses

Quiz, writing critique, grading rubric, peer critique and self assessment

Action and Motion in Photography and Controlling the Shutter Speeds

Understand and compare Shutter Speed effects

Techniques and terminology of action and motion in photography

Use of tripod under 60th of a second

Setting the ISO higher

Shooting assignment:  Take a photo of both action sharp and motion blur using different shutter speeds

Quiz, writing critique, grading rubric, peer critique, and self assessment

Photographer Research

Discussion, Lecture and Slide Show on photographers past and present

Project:  Photographer Research Project with presentation to share with class

Grading rubric, peer critique, and self assessment

Studio Lighting for Portraiture and Still Life Photography

Lecture and Demonstration of studio hot lights

Key terminology and Lighting Techniques

Lighting Patterns and Ratios

Shooting assignment:  Portraits in studio with hot lights

Shooting Assignment:  Still life and Product Photography

Grading rubric, writing critique peer critique and self assessment

Self Portraits

Learn self-timer camera controls

Explore work by photographers

Realistic vs. conceptual representation

Incorporate words and imagery

Shooting assignment:  Self Portrait with describing words

Shooting assignment:  Conceptual self-portrait

Grading rubric, writing critique, peer critique and self assessment

Photoshop Techniques

Learn a variety of Photoshop techniques

Assignments: Triptychs, Diptychs, Pop Art, Mirror Imagery

Grading rubric, writing critique, peer critique and self assessment

On and Off Camera Flash Photography

Develop understanding of when and how to use flash

Differentiate between direct and bounced flash and the use of fill flash outside

Understand flash synchronization

Use multiple flashes with slave units

Assignment:  On-Location Portrait using bounced flash

Article readings and response.

Quiz

Grading rubric, peer critique and self assessment

Candid Photography and Capturing the Decisive Moment

Capturing the decisive moment

Looking at the work of Henri Cartier Bresson

Higher ISO settings, camera and external flash use

Explore newspaper and magazine photography

Shooting assignment:  Capturing a candid moment with appropriate caption

Grading rubric, peer critique and self assessment

Studio Strobe Lighting Techniques

Explore the use of studio strobe techniques for portrait and advertising photography

Demonstration with student volunteers

Learn key concepts of main lighting patterns and ratios, and flash metering

Assignment:  Studio Portrait

Assignment:  Magazine Advertising Photography with proposal

Quiz, Teacher grading rubric, peer critique and self assessment

Re-create a Photograph

Research and evaluate a variety of photography from books, magazines and Internet to generate ideas

Assignment: Re-create an existing photograph

Grading rubric, peer critique and self assessment

Blending Art and Photography

Students learn about Surrealism, Pop Art, Cubism, Photomontage, and Photo Painting

Explore the concept of mixing mediums

Assignment:  Extending a Photograph with Mixed Media

Assignment:  Create a work of Surrealism using Photography, Photoshop and Internet

Assignment:  Cubism: Make a Face

Artist matching quiz

Teacher grading rubric, peer critique and self assessment

Output: Printing, Portfolio Presentation, and Exhibiting Work

Explore ways to output imagery

Discuss and compare the difference between inkjet and laser jet printing

Printing Digital Photography

Matting and Presentation

Portfolio preparation and electronic portfolios

Exhibiting work at local galleries

Teacher rubric for final portfolio presentation

Peer critique and self assessment

Grades – All projects graded on 0-4 basis.

20% Class bench marks/Observational Benchmarks (Book Lessons/Out of class observations)

50% Projects/Teams (reinforcement of tools)

30% Final Project.

Students may, at any time, return to a previous lesson to add further enhancements and receive a better grade on any lesson/project with the exception of the final.

Meeting the requirements of the lesson/project will meet standards for that lesson/project and thus receive a “3.0” In order to demonstrate mastery or close to it, students must be able to demonstrate application beyond the lesson/project design or collaborate the learning that enables others to learn and complete lesson/projects through their interaction.

See student handbook and wall poster, however remember third tardy is a detention, and is one hour long

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Advanced Digital Photography

Jurupa Hills High School

Rebecca Cauchon

http://cauchonphotoclass.edublogs.org/

caucrg@fusd.net

(909) 357-6300 x16336

Course Description:

This is an advanced course in Digital SLR photography. Students will explore technical, artistic, and commercial aspects of photography. The course will include on and off camera flash techniques, studio strobe usage, advanced digital camera operations and creative digital darkroom techniques with the use of Lightroom and Photoshop software. Class time will enable students to work on independent and cooperative explorations. Students will prepare a portfolio of work to exhibit and at the completion of the course. They will also produce a website for their photography work and learn ways to market their photography and get work in the field.

Course Objectives:

Upon Completion of this course, students will:

-Refine and improved basic techniques of image exposure,

-Proficiency with and command of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom

-Master Image compositing and manipulation

-Understand how to use a flash and studio lighting techniques to control and manipulate artificial light

-Apply vocabulary and techniques of selected alternative processes Identify, describe and analyze photographers, styles and genres

-Understand the relationships between multiple images and sequencing of images

-Develop knowledge of various forms of image presentation and understand the impact presentation can have on the meaning of images

-Organize selected images into a final artistic creation in conjunction with a reflective critique process in which the student is able to synthesize his/her conceptual idea, decision-making and final output.

-Create a cohesive body of exhibition quality work that collectively explores an idea or concept and be able to explain the significance of subject, form, presentation and meaning of student’s own work and the work of others.

Sample Assignments

Creative compositions

Photo Series

Mirror Image

External Flash Techniques:

Portraiture (both strobes, on-location, environmental)

Location Lighting

Beauty Retouching

Advertising Photography using strobes or on location

Self Portrait Exploration

Day in the Life of Me Photo Essay

Advanced Painting with light techniques

Theme based photo series

Social Documentary

Action and Motion techniques

Landscape and Nature Photography

Personal and class photography Exhibit

 

 

Grading

Projects/Assignments:  30%

Class and critique participation:  15%

Homework:    10%

Participation in Photo Exhibit:  15%

Portfolio: 25%

 

Students may, at any time, return to a previous lesson to add further enhancements and receive a better grade on any lesson/project with the exception of the final.

Meeting the requirements of the lesson/project will meet standards for that lesson/project and thus receive a “3.0” In order to demonstrate mastery or close to it, students must be able to demonstrate application beyond the lesson/project design or collaborate the learning that enables others to learn and complete lesson/projects through their interaction.

 

 

See student handbook and wall poster, however remember third tardy is a detention, and is one hour long

 

Classroom Expectations

Successful Team PlayersI will be a reliable and positive member of the school community.I will…
  • Cooperate with adults to resolve conflicts.
  • Follow teacher guidelines with substitutes.
  • Follow adult instructions during emergency drills.
  • Follow all regulations to ensure the safety of myself and others.
Personal Responsibility     I will be accountable for my choices and actions.I will…
  • Be to class on time.
  • Have all my materials and be ready for class.
  • Use appropriate tone and volume of voice.
  • Keep my hands, feet, and objects to myself.
  • Dress according to the handbook guidelines.
  • Return materials and furniture to proper location.
  • Safely stow my personal property.

 

Academic AchieversI will give my best effort toward a high level of achievement.I will…
  • Do work that reaches the high expectations of myself,

my family, my class and the school community.

  • Ask for help when needed.
  • Complete all tasks on time.
  • Use good manners.
  • Model good citizenship; be good/helpful to others.
Respectful                                                             I will be considerate and cooperative.I will…
  • Listen to others when they speak.
  • Use appropriate language.
  • Recognize and address adults properly.
  • Respect school property.
  • Respect everyone’s personal space.
TrustworthyI will be honest and trustworthy.I will…
  • Complete my own work.
  • Own up to my actions- right or wrong.
  • Make an adult aware of anything that could be a threat to the safety of someone in my class or the school community.
  • Carry my ID at all times and identify myself when asked.
  • Ask permission before using others’ property.

 

Always24/7

Jurupa Hills High School S.P.A.R.T.A. Matrix

” Connect with SPARTA”

24/7

Hallways and Stair Wells

Cafeterias

Successful Team PlayersI will be a reliable and positive member of the school communityI will…
  • Coordinate with an adult to resolve conflicts.
  • Follow teacher guidelines with substitutes.
  • Follow adult instructions during emergency drills.
  • Follow all regulations to ensure the safety of myself and others.
I will…
  • Talk quietly when passing a class in progress.
  • Assist anyone with special needs.
  • Keep hallway and stairwells graffiti free.
  • Throw trash into waste cans.
  • Tell an adult of anyone at an outside door.
I will…
  • Sit, eat, and talk quietly with people around me.
  • Connect with others positively.
  • Stay in designated eating areas
Personal Responsibility     I will be accountable for my choices and actions.I will…
  • Be at the right place at the right time.
  • Bring all my materials & homework to class.
  • Use appropriate tone and volume of voice.
  • Keep my hands, feet, and objects to myself.
  • Dress according to the handbook guidelines
  • Safely stow my personal property.
I will…
  • Properly store all my electronic devices between 7:25 and 2:12.
  • Follow traffic patterns.
  • Keep moving without blocking others or causing injury.
I will…
  • Eat in designated areas.
  • Make healthy food choices.
  • Clean my area.
  • Throw trash into appropriate waste cans.
Academic AchieversI will give my best effort toward a high level of achievement.I will…
  • Do work that reaches the high expectations of myself, my family and the school community.
  • Ask for help when needed.
  • Complete all tasks on time.
  • Use good manners.
  •  Model good citizenship; be good/ helpful to others.
I will…
  • Be courteous & kind in the halls and stairwells – manners do matter!

 

I will…
  • Use good manners.
  • Demonstrate pride in myself and my school.

 

Respect                                                             I will be considerate and cooperative.I will…
  • Listen to others when they speak.
  • Use appropriate language.
  • Recognize and address adults properly.
  • Take care of school property.
  • Respect everyone’s personal space.
I will…
  • Follow adult direction.
  • Respond politely to all individuals.
  • Take proper care of hallway displays.
  • Open stairwell doors carefully and hold them for others.
I will…
  • Follow adult direction.
  • Wait patiently in the lunch line and not cut in line.
TrustworthyI will be honest and trustworthyI will…
  • Complete my own work.
  • Own up to my actions- right or wrong.
  • Make an adult aware of anything that could be a threat to the safety of the school community.
  • Carry my ID at all times and identify myself when asked.
  • Ask permission before using others’ property.
I will…
  • Use passes appropriately.
  • Stay clear of fire alarms.
I will…
  • Pay for all items selected from the lunch line.

Use my money and eat only my food.

Always24/724/724/7

Consequences of Not Following Student Matrices

  1. 1.     Warning
  2. 2.     Student Conference
  3. 3.     Change of venue and/or parent contact
  4. 4.     Detention

 

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