Basic Camera Techniques Syllabus
A Short Course in Digital Photography
Prerequisites: Students must have a working digital camera with adjustable f/stops and adjustable shutter speeds, or a film camera with similar functions. Student must have a computer with access to the Internet. There are no course prerequisites.
Class Meets: Saturdays July 9, 16, 23, 30 8:00am - 12:30pm in Art 104
Before the completion of the course the student should be able to:
Photography is defined as writing with light. This course teaches both technological skills and aesthetic ones. Students should learn how their camera works, and how to make visually interesting images that can be used to communicate a message.
Art 181 is a blended learning course that uses Blackboard for content delivery and course management. Learners must log into Blackboard to enter the course workspace. The course menu is used to organize the links necessary for course completion.You should see the course menu on the left edge of your screen If you do not see the coursemenu, open it using Show Course Menu arrow > on the left edge of your screen.The assignments link contains the learning tasks and support materials for each learning module. The modules are arranged in weekly folders. It is critical that learners use these tools, and to check them often.
Each week you will do a series of learning tasks designed to teach the use of the camera. During this course, you will:
Undergraduate Learning Outcomes and Performance Indicators
During this course, you will have an opportunity to address the following learning outcomes and performance indicators.
For a complete listing of undergraduate learning outcomes and performance indicators see the College Catalog.
Question to ponder = How can you use photography to reflect upon citizenship?
Every photograph you take says something about who you are and how you view the world. You will discover how photography has been used to change the world we live in.
Understand ethical responsibility from the perspective of duty, consequences, or virtue
Question to ponder = What are the ethical problems that confront photographers?
You will study the ways in which photographs can be used to tell the truth, or deliver a lie. You will need to make many choices while creating your projects. Learners are expected to conduct themselves in an ethical manner as they progress through this course. The choices one makes and the actions one takes are as important as the final product produced.
Question to ponder = In what ways is photography interdisciplinary?
You will need to use knowledge from many disciplines as you complete your learning tasks. Photography involves the physics of light and lenses, the chemistry of the darkroom, in order to communicate messages. Each project is a new challenge requiring many different skills.
Question to ponder = How important is photography as a format for communication?
Learners will intentionally control the messages they are sending as they create and edit their projects. Learners are expected to write at the college level.
Question to ponder= How can you use photography to support a position as evidence?
Photography has traditionally been considered positive proof in a court of law. Has that changed in the digital age?
Every photograph you take should be an original creation. At times you will work alone, but you are encouraged to become a member of a community of practice. In a community, you will be asked to assist others in reaching their vision.
Teaching Methodology: Case Study 25%; Discussion 10%; Lecture 15%; Media 50%
The course is dedicated to learning how photography works. We will also study the fundamentals of camera operation. Each week is spent on a different portion of the camera. Every student will photograph between 24 - 36 images per week. The assignments are designed to demonstrate technological control of a specific camera part, and to encourage the use of your camera as a tool for creating photographs with impact and meaning.
Method of Evaluation:
1) A weekly test covering the text, lecture, and online materials equals 50% of the final grade.
Success in a blending learning course depends upon homework completion each week. I usually give a written test when we meet face-to-face at the Mount. The tests are designed to uncover comprehension problems before the class moves to new material. These tests cover text, lecture, and online materials.
2) The weekly photography project point total equals 50% of the final grade.
All photo projects are graded on a 1-4 scale. This corresponds with the standard 4.0 system outlined in the College Catalog. A project score is based on how well you meet the objectives listed on the project sheet. In general projects are graded on: exposure, lighting, composition, subject choice, data, and if you have successfully completed each section of the project. A grading rubric is included for each project. ALL GRADED PHOTOGRAPHS MUST BE NEW IMAGES TAKEN FOR THIS COURSE! LATE PROJECTS LOSE 1 LETTER GRADE PER WEEK!
Teachers do not give grades... students must earn them!
Attendance at all class sessions is required. One exception may be made in extreme circumstances at the discretion of the instructor; however, the instructor must be notified of the need to be absent prior to the beginning of the class session. Students are expected to arrive on time and remain for the entire class session.
Academic Honesty & Integrity:
Tentative Course Calendar
Preassignment - BEFORE THE 1st CLASS ON JULY 9th
LOG INTO Blackboard AND DO THE PREASSIGNMENT MODULE
A brief summary of the preassignment is listed below.
By July 6th - Write a short autobiography and post it into the Blackboard discussion board.
By July 9th - Reply to at least two other class members postings.
Read all of Chapter 1 and pages 147 - 157 , 204 - 209 in your text.
Fill out the camera survey in Blackboard.
Take the preassignment self-quiz in Blackboard..
Take a series of 24 - 36 photographs using the directions found in the assignment list.. Keep exposure notes as to the settings used.
Be sure to bring your camera equipment to each class session.
In Class - Weekend One
The foundation discussion: Chapter 1.
Viewing of preassignment images.
Question and answer session of camera basics
Test on pre-assignment.
BEFORE CLASS read chapters 2 & 3 in the text
Viewing of project number two
BEFORE CLASS read Chapters 7, 8, &9
Viewing of project number three
BEFORE CLASS read Chapter 4, 5, &6
Viewing of project number four
Read Chapter 10
History of Photography Paper submitted via Blackboard
College Catalog Incomplete Policy
Week 1 = No record of dropped course (W grade begins the day after the first class meeting.)
Week 2 - 5 = Grade of W is issued for the dropped class.
Week 4 = No drops accepted. (the day after the 3rd class meeting forward)