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Digital Photography

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 117

       Course Name: Digital Photography

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces potentials and realities of digital photography. Digital darkroom is constructed and necessary software explored. Content includes fundamentals of photography and their relation to digital imaging, basic electronic imaging principles, and scanning techniques.

IV.   Learning Objectives

A.    To identify  basic digital photographic principles and concepts
B.    To produce digital photographs which broaden the student’s awareness of the different types of digital photography.
C.    To identify basic digital photographic peculiarities in order to understand technical standards for digital photography.
D.    To produce well-crafted and finished digital photographs.
E.    To demonstrate control over the visual organization of images by incorporating basic visual concepts into strong, coherent digital photographs.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.  Photographic principles 
      1.    Cameras
          a)    Lenses
          b)    Focal Length
          c)    Diaphragm
          d)    Depth of field
          e)    Shutters
     2.    Exposure
         a)    Time
         b)    Amount of light
         c)    Density
         d)    Contrast
         e)    Light meters
     3.    Color
        a)    Color theory
        b)    Color correcting
     4.     Photographic quality
        a)    Full-range of tones
        b)    Modulation of tone
     5.    Chemical processing
        a)  Film development
        b) Photographic print processing
B.  Principles of Electronic Imaging
     1.    Pixels
     2.    Picture size
     3.    Resolution
     4.    Byte size
C.  Scanning
     1.    Film scanning
     2.    Flatbed scanning
     3.    CD
D.  The digital camera
     1.    Image sensors
     2.    Diaphragm and shutter
     3.    Focal lengths
     4.    Pixels and resolution
     5.    Storage
     6.    Bit depth
     7.    Image file formats
     8.    Viewfinder and LCD
     9.    LCD and playback
   10.    Dynamic range
E.   Digital Darkroom
     1.    Computer
     2.    Software
         a)    Levels
         b)    Curves
         c)    Color balance
        d)    Filters
        e)    Cut and paste
     3.    Printing
        a)    Inkjet
        b)    Laser
        c)    Dye-sublimation
F.   Form orientated photography
      1.    Organic forms
        a)    Repetition of  form
        b)    Dominance and isolation
        c)    Soft edge
     2.    Geometric forms
        a)    Hard edge
        b)    Strength and durability
G.   Studio lighting
     1.    Direct
     2.    Indirect
     3.    Key lighting
     4.    Strobe
H.   Documentation
     1.    Making a record
     2.    Exposure methods
     3.    Fast shutter speeds and  Depth of field
I.    Mounting and Finishing

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures and demonstrations on topics that include use of a camera, history of photography, and digital printing. Slide shows also accompany lectures.  One field trip and three studio sessions are used. Lab time is scheduled throughout the semester. (See CALENDAR for schedule of class time)
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

A.  Complete shooting assignments
B.  Complete print assignments
C.  Participate in scheduled critiques
D.  Produce 12, 8x10, prints for the scheduled final
E.  Final examination 

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

A.    Camera: An electronic camera.  The school has a limited number of cameras for your use.
B.    Tripod: One that is big enough to hold your camera
C.    Inkjet Photographic Paper:
D.    Mount Board:
         1.    12 sheets of 11 x14 white museum grade board
         2.    12 sheets of backing board
         3.    Roll of cloth tape
E.    Book: Varies by instructor

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grading:
The final grade will be based upon the following elements and their weights:

    Quizzes = 25%
    Critiques = 25%
    Final Exam = 25%
    Final Critique = 25%
    Total =          100%

All prints will be evaluated on these criteria:
1. Print quality
2. Craftsmanship
3. Aesthetics and Design

(Any questions about the course content and practices must be directed to your instructor)

XI.   Other Course Information

Some of the activities and assignments in this class involve the use of nude models, standard practice in (photography, drawing, and painting-as appropriate) classes. If a student objects to this practice, he/she is encouraged to discuss with the instructor early in the semester alternative ways of completing course requirements.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.