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Instructor:  George Allen

Email:  georgeallenphoto@gmail.com

Classroom: 313

Wednesdays  14:45 – 17:30

Credit Hours: 03

Course Description:

The aim of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of photography as a digital medium.  Coursework will provide a platform for students to explore technique and process as well as their own creative pursuits.   Particular emphasis will be placed on concept development, digital capture, editorial technique, digital presentation, and printing.  Post-production software programs will be introduced, but not highlighted in this class.

In addition to practical application, students will be introduced to a wide variety of contemporary visual artists through gallery visits and discussions.  Upon completion of the course, students will have an improved understanding of digital photography in both form and function, laying the foundation for further exploration of the digital process.

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Students will be evaluated in the following manner:


15% Digital Journal (Blog or Flickr)

25% In-Class Shooting Exercises

15% Written Test:

Long-term Project:

10%    Research, Planning, Proposals, test prints, etc…:

20%     Final Presentation (printing, editing, statement.)

Class Participation:

15% Attendance, Discussion, Group Work, Gallery:


Attendance is necessary and you are expected to attend all class sessions.  In addition you are expected to participate in all class discussion and group field exercises during the course of the semester.   All technical demonstrations will take place during class and each will build upon the one preceding it, making it difficult to make up.  Late assignments will only be accepted up to one class late, and can only receive a maximum of ½ the possible points offered.

Each assignment will be accompanied by an individual assignment brief. These and all other course material will be available via the class blog.

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. Attendance and Class Participation

. Digital Journal Details

. Gallery visit and Review

. PERSONAL PROJECT

. Sample Grade sheet

In-Class Shooting Assignments:

In-Class shooting assignments will be submitted digitally only.  You will not be expected to print any of the images for this assignment.  You will however be expected to upload all images to your blog by 20:00 (8:00 p.m.) each Sunday beginning on June 22! You will have 4 different exercises in which to complete in the following areas:

Depth of Field, Motion, Light, and Composition

Below you will find specific instructions for each assignment

. DEPTH OF FIELD ASSIGNMENT

. MOTION ASSIGNMENT

. LIGHT ASSIGNMENT

. COMPOSITION ASSIGNMENT

. PORTRAIT ASSIGNMENT

Blog Addresses:

SAMPLE: David

SAMPLE: Altynay

Jessica

Samantha

Gabriella

Ian

Caitlin

Oleg

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Below you will find the schedule for the class. Depending on the rate in which we progress, dates will be subject to change, but the content will remain the same.

Red: Indicates lectures

Purple: Indicates Discussion

Green: Indicates Homework

Orange: Indicates Field work / field trips

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WEEK 01

September 01:  Introduction to the class:  Syllabus,

Discussion:  Digital photography as a unique contemporary art form.

Lecture:  Digital Mechanics introduction

Homework:  Bring Camera next class along with camera manual or print out of manual.  You will be required to have your camera with you in class everyday from here on out.

Homework:  Set up Blog and email the address to me before the next class

WEB RESOURCES:

Digital Mechanics:

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WEEK 02

September 08:  Introduce the Course-long project.

Lecture:  Introduction to course long project

Discussion: Digital Mechanics and Getting to know your camera, introduction to workflow

Homework:  For your first blog entry, I want you to post an example of “someone” or “something” exclusive to digital photography.  In addition I want you to write your opinion as to why you feel it is exclusive to digital photography and what interests you about it.

Homework: In addition, you must post three preliminary ideas you think you might want to work on over the course of the semester

WEB RESOURCES:

What is Workflow?

Digital Workflow Example:

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WEEK 03

September 15: Getting Technical

Discussion:  Discuss items, images, and websites brought in for discussion on “digital essence.” Continue discussion by going over three ideas. Everyone brought in.

Lecture:  Introduction to Exposure and Metering and bracketing. – plus exposure workshop using my camera.

Homework:  Finalize Proposals:  must be both posted on your blog as well as typed up and turned at the beginning of next class. Shooting for the project should begin now.

WEB RESOURCES:

Understanding Exposure

Bracketing

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WEEK 04

September 22: Digging deeper:  Aperture as controller of depth of field

Discussion:  Discuss the idea of planning, research, and analysis

Lecture:  Introduction to the In-class Shooting Assignment and Aperture as controller of depth of field

Shooting Exercise:  Group work on D.O.F -Kampa

Homework:  Images taken for the in class shooting assignment along with your personal Project Progress report must be uploaded to your Blog by Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m.

WEB RESOURCES:

Depth of Field Basics:

Depth of field: Digging Deeper

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WEEK 05

September 29: Digging deeper:  Shutter as controller of Motion

Discussion:  Discuss the idea of planning, research, and analysis cont…

Lecture:  Introduction to Shutter as controller of motion.

Shooting Exercise:  Group work on Motion –Malostranske Namesti

Homework:  Images taken for the in class shooting assignment along with your personal Project Progress report must be uploaded to your Blog by Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m.

WEB RESOURCES:

Motion: an introduction

Motion Basics:

Freeze, Blur, Pan!

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WEEK 06

October 06: Seeing light

Discussion:  Discuss the idea of editing

Lecture:  Introduction to understanding light

Shooting Exercise:  Individual work on light – Field Trip!

Homework:  Images for light assignment must be uploaded to your blog by Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m.

In addition you must bring in 25 images printed at 10 x 15 for class discussion on October 13th along with posting your personal Project Progress report on your Blog by Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m.

THINK ABOUT CHOOSING AN IMAGE, THEME, AND TITLE FOR CLASS EXHIBITION ON DECEMBER 10th

WEB RESOURCES:

Qualities of light:

Direction of light:

Using Light:

Colors of light:

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WEEK 07

October 13: A mid-semester look.

TEST #1: Exposure, D.O.F., Motion, Light.

Discussion:  Discuss individual project progress as a group.

Homework:  Begin thinking about the class discussion about your images.  How will the direction of your project change?  Where will you head from here?  How will you decide to approach editing your project from here?  This must be included in your next personal Project Progress report on your Blog by Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m.

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WEEK 08

October 20: Composition

Discussion:  What makes a good photograph?

Lecture:  Introduction to compositional techniques

Shooting Exercise:  Composition – Field Trip

Homework:  Images taken for the in class shooting assignment along with your personal Project Progress report must be uploaded to your Blog by Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m.

WEB RESOURCES:

Composition Basics:

Composition Tips:

Rule of 1/3’s

5 different elements:

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WEEK 09

October 27: MID-SEMESTER BREAK!

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WEEK 10

November 03: Portrait Techniques

(You will have 2 weeks to complete this assignment)

Discussion:  What makes a good portrait?

Lecture:  Introduction to portraiture

Shooting Exercise:  Portraits – Field Trip

Homework:  Images taken for the in class shooting assignment must be uploaded to your Blog by Tuesday NOVEMBER 16th at 8:00 p.m.

POSTER FOR EXHIBITION SHOULD BE FINALIZED BY NEXT WEEK.

WEB RESOURCES:

Portrait Tips:

Portrait Tips Cont…

More on Portraiture:

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WEEK 11

November 10:  Gallery Excursion

Homework:  Personal Project Progress report must be uploaded to your Blog by Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m.

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WEEK 12

November 17:  National Holiday

Homework:  Personal Project Progress report must be uploaded to your Blog by Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m.

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WEEK 13

November 24: Preparing your images for presentation:

Discussion / Workshop:  An Introduction to Photoshop

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WEEK 14

December 01: Final Critique

6 images printed in either A3 or 8 in A4 format from fotoskoda:  Additional materials required for final submission are laid out in the project brief itself.

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WEEK 15

December 08:  Prep and Hang Show

December 10: Exhibition begins at 7:00

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WEEK 16

FINAL EXAM:

Exam will take place sometime between Dec. 09 and Dec. 15

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