Photography Syllabus ~ Spring 2012 City High School Instructor: Jason Marrano Description: This class focuses on learning the art of photography through hands-on learning and by studying the work of professionals in the field. The class meets Tues/Thur. from 1:15-2:05 Goals: An important goal of the class is for students to assemble a portfolio of work with a personal artist statement about why they feel photography is important to them. To understand how the manual camera settings work and how best to get the image to look the way you want it to. To learn file management skills on the computer to maximize storage capability at City High School. To learn basic Photoshop skills in order to enhance (but not ruin) your photographs. To display your photographs in the community in order to connect your personal vision with the needs of the local and school community. BIG questions: What makes a photograph GOOD? In this age of cameras being everywhere, what are the hazards or benefits of this? how important is to have a trained eye? How can we combine our photography skills with our other skills in a meaningful way? Is it inappropriate to take certain photos? When, where, what, why, who? Is it necessary to have really expensive equipment to be a successful photographer? Has the computer and Photoshop made photography better ? easier? Schedule: Unit 1 Foundation skills ~ revisited (2 weeks) Using the camera/manual settings File management (using the server) What’s ‘good’? (elements and principles) Rule of Thirds Basic Photoshop Unit 2 Point-of-View (3 weeks) Seeing from another perspective Diptychs and Triptychs The portable eye Unit 3 Photo History (4 weeks) From analog to digital Cyanotypes Unit 4 Getting Close (4 weeks) Knowing your subject, the photo essay project Unit 5 Photography as a Fine Art (5 weeks) Macro photography/abstract photography Cubist Photography/ “Joiners” Using photography as a tool, “part of the picture” Displaying work/ matting and mounting ** All Assignments will be graded according to the 6 Habits of Heart and Mind. ** Behavior Policy: Students are expected to act according to the guidelines set forth in the student handbook as well as the guidelines set by the teacher in the classroom and on all field trips. Disruption of the learning process will be handled in the following manner: 1. Verbal Warning 2. If disruption continues…Student will be asked to leave the classroom, a conference with the teacher, and/or a call home 3. If disruption continues…Referral to an administrator and/or other appropriate consequences.
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