Digital photography

This course is an introduction to using a digital camera that includes correct operation of a digital SLR in manual mode as well as precision editing techniques using Adobe Photoshop. The primary focus of the class is the use of Photoshop to edit, manipulate, and create images to mirror workplace situations where the software is used. Students begin training using The Design Collection lessons, and then apply that knowledge with a variety of uses. Students are expected to articulate ethical guidelines for the use of Photoshop when manipulating images. Class discussion, lessons, and activities will concentrate on creative vision, composition, file management, and precision using Photoshop. In-class critiques will provide feedback on the work of students.

Course goals and student learning outcomes

• Students learn the basics of using a camera on manual settings.

• Students learn how to archive digital photos.

• Students learn the basics of camera shooting techniques.

• Students learn about depth of field and how to use depth of field when taking a photograph.

• Students learn to use Photoshop to simulate motion blur, stop action, and panning when taking a photograph.

• Students learn to use Photoshop to create color and composition

• Students learn about composition, bracketing, metering, and point of view.

• Students learn how to use unusual perspective.

• Students learn about portraits and lighting.

• Students learn the basics of photojournalism and telling a story with a photograph.

• Students learn about negative space.

• Students learn to use Photoshop to create glitch effects, colorized black and photo photographs, composite images, magazine fashion spreads, magazine covers, and portrait editing.