ARTS 152 Digital Photography by mm6889


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ARTS 152
Digital Photography
June 2011 Session (10-55)
Monday, May 30, 2011 – Saturday, July 23, 2011

Course Description
      Introduction to digital photographic imagery. Students explore a variety of creative techniques for
      digital artists and graphic designers. Students learn the fundamentals of digital camera operations,
      and a variety of creative techniques for manipulating photographic images using Photoshop. Topics
      include a digital portfolio of images for presentation that includes: still life, self-portraits,
      documentation, landscape, special effect, surrealism, night photography and more. Digital camera
      required (minimum of 3 megapixels).
      Please Note: This course does NOT meet Arts and Humanities General Education Requirement.
      Prerequisite: -- none
      Proctored Exams: -- none

Instructor Information
      Shelly L. Murney

Textbook, Software, Digital Camera
              A Short Course in Digital Photography. By London. 2010. Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
                         ISBN: 978-0-205-64592-3
      Image-editing Software:
              Recommended: Adobe PhotoShop CS4 or Adobe PhotoShop CS4 Extended. Other Image-
              editing Software may be used such as older versions of Photoshop, Photoshop Elements,
              Gimp, etc. Please allow time for ordering and installation of software.
      Digital Camera:
              Digital camera – Adjustable high-end digital camera. Not a point and shoot camera.
              Recommended: Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR).
      Textbooks for the course may be ordered from Missouri Book Services. You can order
          • online at (be sure to select Online Education
             rather than your home campus before selecting your class)
          • by phone at 800-325-3252
      For additional information about the bookstore, visit
      Please note that the use of an eBook carries certain risks: information may be missing due to
      copyright restrictions, the book cannot be resold to MBS, and an eBook purchase cannot be refunded.
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Course Overview
      Digital Photography will present an in depth look at the basic techniques of photography:
          • How to get good exposures.
          • How to adjust the focus, shutter speed, and aperture to produce the results you want.
          • How to transfer your pictures to a computer and make sure they are organized and safe from
          • How to use computer software to make your photographs look their best.

Technology Requirements
      Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia
          •   A computer with reliable Internet access,
          •   a web browser,
          •   Acrobat Reader,
          •   Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office.
      You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

      Image-editing Software and a Digital Camera will also be required: Please see “Textbook,
      Software, Digital Camera” Section for Details.

Course Objectives
  •   To learn proper digital camera operation.
  •   To learn color evaluation and color correction techniques.
  •   To explore experimental lighting and digital special effects.
  •   To learn proper resample techniques.
  •   To learn basic digital image enhancements using Photoshop.
  •   To present digital photographs using basic design principles.
  •   To identify the fundamental design elements and know how to use them effectively.

Measurable Learning Outcomes
  •   Identify the essential equipment and software needed to produce quality digital images.
  •   Create proper exposure by accurately combining film speed, aperture, shutter speed, and depth of
      field to utilize lighting conditions.
  •   Evaluate levels, curves, density and contrast in a digital image.
  •   Use digital, burning, dodging, cropping, and toning to improve the look of photographs.
  •   Identify the fundamental design elements and know how to use them effectively.
  •   Learn to use digital editing confidently.
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Grading Scale                                  Grade Weights

 GRADE      POINTS         PERCENT               ASSIGNMENT                       POINTS      PERCENT
 A          1350-1500      90-100                Weekly Assignments               800         53
 B          1200-1349      80-89                 Discussion (Critiques)           300         20
 C          1050-1199      70-79                 Quizzes                          400         27
 D          900-1049       60-69                 TOTAL:                           1500        100
 F          0-899          0-59

Schedule of Due Dates
Week     Assignment         Points     Due         Week      Assignment          Points    Due

         Introduction       20         Wed.                  Critique 5          35        Wed.

         Critique 1         35         Wed.           5      Assignment 5        100       Fri.
         Assignment 1       100        Fri.                  Quiz 5              50        Sun.

         Quiz 1             50         Sun.

                                                             Critique 6          35        Wed.

         Critique 2         35         Wed.           6      Assignment 6        100       Fri.

  2      Assignment 2       100        Fri.                  Quiz 6              50        Sun.

         Quiz 2             50         Sun.

                                                             Critique 7           35       Wed.

         Critique 3         35         Wed.           7      Assignment 7         100      Fri.

  3      Assignment 3       100        Fri.                  Quiz 7               50       Sun.

         Quiz 3             50         Sun.

                                                             Critique 8           35       Wed.

         Critique 4         35         Wed.           8      Assignment 8         100      Fri.

  4      Assignment 4       100        Fri.                  Quiz 8               50       Sat.*

         Quiz 4             50         Sun.

All assignments due at 11:59 pm CT                                Total points    1500

*Denotes due dates that do not follow the Friday/Sunday due-date pattern due to holidays or the end of the
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Assignment Overview
        Each student is responsible for:
            •   Completing weekly readings.
            •   Participation in weekly discussions (critiques).
            •   Completing weekly assignments.
            •   Completing a total of 8 weekly quizzes.
        Please complete assigned readings prior to working on assignments each week.
        Discussions (critiques)
        Only one photograph to be critiqued should be posted by Wednesday (11:59 pm) or sooner of the
        assigned week’s assignments and a critique response to at least two classmates should also be posted
        by Wednesday (11:59 pm) or sooner of the assigned week. Each discussion topic (critique) is worth a
        maximum of 30 points. Your grade will be based on the level of thought you gave the Critique and
        your responses to other student’s remarks. Constructive suggestions that may lead to improvements
        to the photographs should be the main purpose of the critique. “Great,” “I like it,” and “awesome” are
        not critiques. You may say why you like or don’t like a photo but be kind. You may use the Grading
        Criteria for Assignments (see “Rubrics” section below) as a guideline for your critiques.
        Weekly Assignments
        After the critique period ends on Wednesday 11:59 pm, the weekly assignments may be posted in the
        dropbox. The dropbox will be open from Thursday 12:00 am to Friday 11:59 pm. Please feel free to
        use the appropriate suggestions from your classmates to improve your photography.
        Weekly chapter quizzes
        Each will be weighted equally toward your grade. Each quiz is worth 50 points. Quizzes should be
        completed by Sunday midnight. Due to the end of the session - Quiz#8 will be Due on Saturday by
        11:59pm CT.

Course Schedule
NOTE: This Syllabus may not be accurate and all assignments maybe subject to change. Please go to and use
the version in the course content.

Week 1: Chapter 1 – Getting Started

    •   Assignment 1: Photographs demonstrating basic compositional techniques of horizontal, vertical,
        diagonal, and proportion (rules of the thirds).
    •   Reading: Getting Started, Chapter 1.
    •   Chapter Quizzes: Quiz 1 this will cover Getting Started, Chapter 1. Quizzes will be available in the
        “Quizzes” area of the course. They will consist of multiple-choice questions relating to that week’s
        readings. They are worth 50 points each. Each assignment is usually due by the following Sunday
        evening, before 11:59 p.m. CT.
    •   Discussion Topics (both DUE WEDNESDAY at 11:59pm):
        1) Introductions: Introduce yourself to the class in the "Introductions" thread of our class
            Discussion area, or our "virtual classroom." Include your profession, hobbies or interest,
            background and any other information that can help us get to know you. Why are you interested
            in digital photography? Attach a photo of yourself (optional). Introduction is worth a maximum
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         of 20 points.
      2) Critique 1.

Week 2: Chapter 2 – Lens
  •   Assignment 2: Photographs demonstrating basic compositional techniques of asymmetry (formal
      balance), asymmetrical (informal balance), framing, shape, and reflections
  •   Reading: Chapter 2 – Lens
  •   Chapter Quizzes: Quiz 2 over Chapter 2
  •   Discussion Topics: Critique 2

Week 3: Chapter 3 – Light and Exposure
  •   Assignment 3: Photographs demonstrating basic camera techniques of stopped motion, blurred
      motion, panning, and depth of field.
  •   Reading: Chapter 3 – Light and Exposure
  •   Chapter Quizzes: Quiz 3 over Chapter 3
  •   Discussion Topics: Critique 3

Week 4: Chapter 4 – The Digital Darkroom and Chapter 5 – Imaging Editing
  •   Assignment 4: Photographs demonstrating documentary techniques of small towns, farms, building,
      and landmarks.
  •   Reading: Chapter 3 – The Digital Darkroom and Chapter 5 – Imaging Editing
  •   Chapter Quizzes: Quiz 4 over Chapter 4 and Chapter 5
  •   Discussion Topics: Critique 4

Week 5: Chapter 6 – Printing and Display
  •   Assignment 5: Photographs demonstrating story telling techniques. Expose frames in a sequence that
      tells a story. Your story must be entirely visual, and easily understood from just the images.
  •   Reading: Chapter 6 – Printing and Display
  •   Chapter Quizzes: Quiz 5 over Chapter 6
  •   Discussion Topics: Critique 5

Week 6: Chapter 7 – Organizing and Storing and Chapter 8 – Lighting
  •   Assignment 6: Photographs demonstrating strong emotional content. Shoot Photographs of
      abandoned intimate non-living objects and photographs of stranded people or animals.
  •   Reading: Chapter 7 – Organizing and Storing and Chapter 8 – Lighting
  •   Chapter Quizzes: Quiz 6 over Chapter 7 and Chapter 8
  •   Discussion Topics: Critique 6

Week 7: Chapter 9 – Seeing Like a Camera
  •   Assignment 7: Photographs demonstrating night photography techniques such as long exposures,
      light writing, ghost images, and the transition period.
  •   Reading: Chapter 9 – Seeing Like a Camera
  •   Chapter Quizzes: Quiz 7 over Chapter 9
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  •   Discussion Topics: Critique 7

Week 8: Chapter 10-History of Photography
  •   Assignment 8: Photographs demonstrating lighting techniques such as using existing light, simple
      portrait lighting, using artificial light, and using flash.
  •   Reading: Chapter 10 – History of Photography
  •   Chapter Quizzes: Quiz 8 over Chapter 10
  •   Discussion Topics. Critique 8

Course Policies
Student Conduct
      All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for
      behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Code of Student Conduct and Ethics Code
      for Computer Users. Students violating these codes will be referred to the Campus Life Office for
      possible disciplinary action. The Code for Student Conduct and the Ethics Code for Computer Users
      can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can
      also obtain a copy by calling the Campus Life Office at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right
      to manage a positive learning environment and all students must adhere to the conventions of online
      Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation
      of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is
      plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work
      (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For
      proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for
      your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education
      and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from
      the College.
      Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is
      considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course
      should be particularly careful.
      All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to for the detection
      of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the reference database for the
      purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on
      the site.

      There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation,
      religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

ADA Accommodations
      Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required
      to register with the Coordinator for Disability Services at (573) 875-7626. Until the student has been
      cleared through the disability services office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a
      student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus before
      enrolling in the course. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not
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Online Participation
      You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course
      activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule
      in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your
      instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy
      Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted a course assignment during that week of
      the session. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for
      Week 8, when the week and the course will end on Saturday at midnight). The course and system
      deadlines are all based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar E-mail
      All students are provided a Cougar Mail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You
      are responsible for monitoring e-mail from that account for important messages from the College and
      from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar e-mail account to another account; however, the
      College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other e-mail
      Students should use e-mail for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class
      discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about
      any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy
      An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your
      classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of
      the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the
      schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of
      reading and writing to successfully complete the class.
      Digital assignments (digital photography) should be current and taken with the assignment in mind.
      Check the time and date on your digital camera. They should be completed and successfully
      submitted so that they are received by the due date. No late assignments will be accepted without
      extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student and with instructor notification prior to
      the due date. All late assignment may be assessed a penalty. Any assignment turned in one or more
      than one week late will receive no more than half credit and will be graded at the instructor’s
      convenience. There are no redo images. There are no make-up quizzes unless there are special
      circumstances. If discussion postings (critiques) and responses are late, (after Wednesday) they will
      be of no help to the photographer. It is assumed that you did not participate in that week’s discussion
      critique so you may receive reduced or no points for responding late.
Course Evaluation
      You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. Course evaluations
      will open on Monday of the Week 7 and remain open until 5 pm Wednesday of the Week 8. You will
      be able to access the link from your eServices page. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous
      and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Additional Resources
Orientation for New Students
      This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and
      Columbia College. The Student Manual provides details about taking an online course at Columbia
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      College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one

Technical Support
      If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the
      Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available
      within the online course environment.

              800-231-2391 ex. 4357                    877-325-7778

Grading Criteria for Assignments

      Technical Qualities: Proper image adjustments, proper file size, cropping, color correction

      Composition: Space usage, eye movement, balance

      Content: Fulfills the assignment, shows intent, and demonstrates meaning to the viewer in a creative

      Communicative and Aesthetic Properties: Visual impact, emotional reaction, mood, the digital
      image is appreciated and valued.

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