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					 Commercial Photography
 2008-2009 Course Syllabus

 Mike Hogan, Instructor
 Voicemail: 626-441-5820 x2615
 Email: mhogan@fc.spusd.net

 *** I am available in Room 615 from 7:30am until 3:30pm.

 Textbook:
 London, Barbara & Upton, John. Photography - Sixth Edition, Menlo Park CA, Addison Wesley Longman, Inc., 1998.

 Equipment:
 Every student should have access to a 35mm film camera for the class. Ideally, the camera should be an SLR, but
 rangefinder cameras (“point and shoot”) are also acceptable. Students may use a digital camera second semester,
 although digital SLR cameras are provided for student use second semester for all in-class work.

 Students are responsible for supplying their own black and white and color 35mm film and b/w photo paper.

 Course Description:
 Photography is a yearlong, University of California-approved course. It follows the State of California Visual and
 Performing Arts standards and the standards established by the Los Angeles County Office of Education Regional
 Occupation Program.

 The first semester is primarily an introductory, film-centered photography class. This section provides students with
 opportunities to extend their knowledge and skills in the field of photography. It will familiarize students with
 photographic equipment, materials, methods, and traditional darkroom processes. Students are required to maintain a
 portfolio of their work.

 The second semester is an advanced photography course. This course provides students with opportunities to extend
 and advance their knowledge and skills in digital photography, photo editing, and studio lighting. It requires students
 to produce digital images and a formal college entrance portfolio of traditional and computer-generated work that
 draws on past knowledge gained in the first semester.

 Unit Sequence:
 Unit I - History of photography
           A. Photography timeline
                   1. "Camera obscura"
                   2. Joseph Niepce and the heliograph (first photographic image) -1826
                   3. Louis Daguerre and the daguerreotype - 1837
                   4. William Talbot and the calotype (first photos on paper) -1840
                   5. Frederick Archer and the collodion (first reproducible image) - 1851
                   6. George Eastman and the Kodak camera (first camera to use film) - 1888
                   7. Hannibal Goodwin and the first roll film - late 1800's
                   8. James Maxwell and the first color photos - 1861
                   9. Leopold Mannes and Leopold Godowsky and Kodachrome color film - 1935
           B. Early photography
                 1. Portraiture
                 2. Travel photography
                 3. Mathew Brady and Civil War photography
                 4. Photographs as documents rather than portraits
                 5. Photographs as vehicles of social change
                 6. Photojournalism
                 7. Photography as art
Unit II - Pinhole Camera
           A. History of cameras
           B. Parts of a pinhole camera
           C. Exposure theory and practice
           D. Use a pinhole camera to produce a series of photos
                 1. Make a pinhole camera
                 2. Develop, mount and submit
Unit III - Exposure
           A. How light behaves in a camera
           B. Shutter = time
           C. Aperture = opening
          D. "oats"
          E. Analysis of lighting and light meters
          F. Ambient light
          G. Incidental light
Unit IV - Cameras
          A. Parts of a camera
          B. Types of cameras
          C. View camera (field camera)
          D. Rangefinder camera (viewfinder camera)
          E. Single Lens Reflex camera (SLR)
          F. Lenses
Unit V – How film is developed
          A. Film properties
                     1. film speed
                     2. film grain
                     3. filters
          B. Film types
          C. Black and white developing process
                     1. developer
                     2. stop bath
                     3. fixer
                     4. rapid wash
                     5. Photo-flo
          D. Traditional wet darkroom printing
                      1. enlarger
                      2. timer
                      3. easel
                      4. fine grain focuser
                      5. safelight
                      6. developer
                      7. stop bath
                      8. fixer
                      9. wash
                      10. drying cabinet
                      11. flip dryer
          E. Color developing process
                      1. pre-soak
                      2. developer
                      3. blix
                      4. stabilizer
          F. Handcoloring techniques
                      1. oils
                      2. waterbased pigments
                      3. colored markers and pens
 Unit VI - Composition
          A. Compositional guidelines
          B. Compose and frame the subject to be photographed
          C. Depth of field
          D. Produce photographs using compositions rules
                      1. Photogram
                      2. Night photography
                      3. Photo essay
                      4. Indoor portrait
                      5. Outdoor portrait
                      6. Silhouette
                      7. Solarization (Sabattier process)
                      8. Double exposure
                      9. Dodge and burn techniques
 Unit VII - Studio Lighting
          A. Lighting safety
          B. Types of lighting and accessories
                        1. Hot lights
                        2. Strobes
                        3. Soft boxes
                        4. Booms
                        5. Hair light (snoot)
                      6. Ring light
                      7. Barn doors
         C. Direction of the light source
                      1. 6 ways to light using a single light source
                      2. Multiple lights
                      3. Main light
                      4. Fill light
                      5. Flash lighting
Unit VIII – Studio Backdrops
              A. Paper roll
              B. Muslin cloth
              C. “The Corner”
              D. Table shots
Unit IX – Studio Work
          A. Modeling
                    1. individuals
                                  a. male poses
                                  b. female poses
                                  c. standing
                                  d. sitting
                    2. groups
                    3. infants; young children
                    4. animals
                    5. wedding; prom; senior portrait
          B. Commercial
                    1. food
                    2. branded objects
                    3. table shots
                    4. “the corner”
                    5. automobiles, etc.
Unit X - Digital Photography
     A. Digital camera use
     B. Similarities/differences between film and digital
     C. Ethics of digital image manipulation
     D. Adobe Photoshop
               1. digital retouching
               2. digital manipulation of images
     E. Burning images on a CD/ jump drive/ iPod
     F. file storage/ file management concerns
Unit XI - Formal photography portfolio
     A. Traditional bound portfolio
     B. Web-based portfolio
     C. CD portfolio
     D. PowerPoint presentation

Methods of Evaluation:
    1. Project evaluation sheets for every photo shoot
    2. Group discussion and peer reports
    3. Announced tests and worksheets
    4. Portfolio presentation and assessment (both semesters)
    5. Famous photographer PowerPoint presentation
Grading Policy:
All of the photography assignments for the class are in the form of deadlines. There are four deadlines in the first
semester; six in the second semester. Each deadline includes at least eight photo shoots, developed film, contact sheet,
and prints. Work not submitted on deadline will not be accepted, with two exceptions: (1) prior approved extension and
(2) excused absence on deadline day. Work that is accepted late due to an excused absence is due at the end of the class
period on the day following the day that the student returns to class.

         Each project evaluation sheet counts as a test grade (100pts).
         Announced tests (100pts).
         Portfolios (400pts).
         PowerPoint presentations (200pts).
         Total of all worksheets for the semester (100pts).

				
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