ART142: Introduction to Digital Photography

José Zárate *email is preferred method of contact
Phone: 480-461-7524 *Art Office phone number

Course Syllabus: (click here to download)
*Students will be notified by instructor of any changes in course requirements or policies

Course Description:
In this course you will become familiar with the operation and functions of digital cameras. Some of the subjects covered will include exposure, modes of operation, focus controls, fixed and variable focal length lenses, depth of field, electronic flash, white balance and file formats. Aesthetic principles of the art of photography will be explored and personal expression will be encouraged. Portfolio considerations will also be discussed.
This is a lecture/lab class.


Course Objectives:
At the end of this course you should be able to understand the following:
• The basic parts and functions of your digital camera
• How to control depth of field
• How to choose white balance
• Image resolution
• How to expose using manual and automatic methods
• The effects and purposes of different focal length lenses
• How to upload, print, and email images
• Methods of presenting your images
• Photographic composition and aesthetics

Required Course Textbook:
A Short Course in Digital Photography
ISBN-13: 9780205645923

Suggested/Helpful Textbooks:

Adobe Photoshop CS4 Classroom In A Book
ISBN-13: 9780321573797

Adobe Photoshop CS4 on Demand
ISBN-13: 978-0789738356

Required Equipment:
• Digital camera with Auto and Manual controls
• Memory Card(s) for camera
• Portable USB Memory (at least 1 gigabyte) or Portable External Hard Drive
• Report cover for personal camera reference manual (available in bookstore for about $1.29)

Suggested Equipment:
• Card reader
• Cable release (if your camera has this capability)
• Photo quality inkjet paper (8.5 x 11) for printing final project.

• Tripod (an inexpensive one is sufficient, Target and Walmart have some for around $20)

Transferring data files:
You must have the means to store and transfer data for class exercises and personal projects. A USB flash drive is recommended.

A total of 6 outside projects will be assigned.

How to get good grades on your projects:
• Turn finished projects in on time. Turning in Projects 1-4 up to 1 week late will result in a reduction of up to a full letter grade on the project. Projects 1-4 will not be accepted if more than a week late and project 5 will not be accepted if turned in past the due date.
• Projects must be done as per the directions on each project description. Be sure to carefully read and understand the project.

All photos submitted for projects must be shot specifically for that particular project.
Unless instructed otherwise, you are not to submit photos that were taken for another class or taken during a time period other than that which was allocated for the project. The date you take the photo is indicated in the metadata attached to each image.

In the event of any absence, it is your responsibility to check with the instructor for any new projects or assingments and complete each by the due date.

A = 90% – 100% of total points possible
B = 80% – 89% of total points possible
C = 70% – 79% of total points possible
D = 60% – 69% of total points possible
F = Less than 60% of total points possible

Evaluation of Student Performance (Grades):
Each art assignment and test/exam will be worth a designated number of points indicated on the assignment summary. Projects are due at the time and on the due date indicated. Learning to plan for and meet deadlines is an important component of the business world. Projects turned in after the deadline will be penalized a minimum of 5% and projects that are, will drop one full letter grade for each week late. The instructor reserves the right to curve the grades. Attendance is computed as part of your total points earned. At the end of the semester the points earned divided by the total points possible will determine the student’s grade”
• 90%-100% = A
• 80%-89% = B
• 70%-79% = C
• 60%-69% = D
• Below 60% = F
Grade for the course is based on:
• Prompt attendance to all lectures
• Completion of all projects and exercises
• Prompt submission of projects
• Participation in class demonstrations, discussions and critiques

Attendance and Withdrawal Policy:
Attendance is required for both lecture and lab. Prompt attendance will significantly impact the student’s ability to fulfill the requirements of the course. For that reason, the instructor will drop your grade one full letter (10%) for two (2) unexcused absences. The instructor reserves the right to drop students on the 3rd unexcused absence. Every two (2) unexcused tardy’s will result in a 5% penalty to your overall grade. Additionally, attendance and tardiness will be taken into consideration for students “falling between two grades.”

If anyone in this class has a documented disability, including a learning disability, and would like to discuss possible accommodations, please see me or contact Disability Resources and Services in Building 37as soon as possible. They can be contacted at 480-461-7447.

Electronic Devices:
Students may NOT disrupt the classroom environment with personal electronic devices such as pagers or cellular phones. Please turn them off during class.

Classroom Policy
• Causing disruptions in class is disrespectful to fellow students and restricts the effectiveness of the course. Disruptions will therefore not be tolerated and will influence the outcome of final grades.
• The computer labs are available for your convenience in practicing and completing course assignments. Lab hours are posted.
• Absolutely no food or beverage is allowed in the computer lab at any time except water which must be in a tightly capped container and placed on the floor.
• All cellular phones must be turned off and put away during class.
• Use of headphones is prohibited during class.
• Surfing the web, computer games, texting and writing email are not allowed during class.

Controversial Course Content:
There may be times when legitimate class discussions or presented images deal with issues, images or symbols that are viewed as controversial by some class members. This is unavoidable in a course that deals with artistic expressiveness and themes. All students should be aware that some materials covered in class might be perceived as offensive to his or her sensibilities.

Student Responsibilities:
Each student is responsible for knowing the course information and policies in this syllabus.
Each student is also responsible for knowing the college policies included in the college catalog and student handbook.

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