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					`Pierce College Fall 2007                                                       Photo 10
Section 0588( needed for Bookstore lab fee)

Gerard Burkhart, Instructor                                 Email: burkhagj@piercecollege.edu

ClassTime : Monday 12:45-2:50

Office hours: In Lab-11:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Supplies: All students must have a 35mm SLR camera and additional supplies (See supply list at
end.)
Lab Fee: There is a lab fee of $15, which is payable at the book store.
Textbook: Photography by Barbara London and John Upton 8th ed.

Course Description: Photo 10 is a beginning photography class which utilizes digital image
processing and printing. The class is designed to give the student an understanding of the
controls of a 35mm camera, exposure, digital image processing, printing and other techniques.

Course Objectives

Understand the basics of light.
    Without light, there is no photography- always pick good light to work in.
    Good light can be direct, like sunlight or a camera flash, or diffused like a cloudy day, the
      shadow side of a building or bouncing your flash off a white wall.
    The best use of light is making it ―directional‖ or ―sculpting.‖ Sunlight when it is low in
      the sky creates scenes more pleasing to the eye. This is true of all light use.

Understand and practice the basics of good exposure.
    Choose an ISO appropriate to light intensity
    Expose manually.
    Interpret light through metering and choosing an appropriate shutter speed and aperture
      combination for your subject.
    Understand and practice how fast shutter speeds freeze action and slow shutter speed
      cause a blurring sense of movement.
    Understand how aperture or f stop affects the depth of field-
        -Depth of field is the range of focus that different apertures have in different focal
         length lenses. A wide open lens aperture like f 2.8 will have a narrow range of focus
         and sharp focusing will be critical. A small lens aperture opening like f 16 will have a
         deep range of focus that allows more of the scene to be in focus with less need to be
         focused on any one spot.
    Understand Reciprocity—once you determine a good exposure-- changing your shutter
      speed means needing to change your f-stop and that changing your f stop means needing
      to change your shutter speed to maintain the proper exposure.

Understand and practice how basics of design help make better photographs
    The simplest design that works for photography is to start through the viewfinder by
      framing your subject matter, and the elements that relate to it, into thirds- vertical,
      horizontal and/or diagonal.

Begin making content rich, story telling photographs.
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      Begin to see the emotional impact in subject matter utilizing light, design and perspective
       in pursuing ―the decisive moment.‖
      Creating a series of storytelling photos on one subject.

Other goals
    Brief history of photography.
    Digital printing and matting.
    Camera nomenclature and set up.
    Editing and storing digital images.
    Research and write a report on a photographer of your choice.


Attendance: The college's guidelines on attendance will be strictly followed. Attendance is
necessary and required. It is your responsibility to notify the instructor if you arrive after
attendance has been taken. It is also your responsibility to drop the class if you decide to do so.
Your grade will be lowered for more than 3 absences and three tardies equals one absence.

Lab: 3 hours 10 minutes Digital Photo Lab is in Village 8300. You will need this time to
complete your assignments. Please keep a log of your lab usage.
Photo Lab Hours Mon-Thurs. 11am-8pm.You can use the digital lab anytime during these
hours when space is available but you must attend lab demonstrations. Please follow all the lab
rules (see handout) and be considerate of other students working in the lab.

Assignments: All assignments need to be turned in on the due date. You will lose points for late
assignments and late assignments will not be accepted more than one week late. Please put your
name on everything you turn in. Photographs turned in for assignments will be discussed in
class. Students shooting film should keep notes of what settings they used for each assignment,
digital images will have this recorded in the metadata. Students may re-shoot assignments if the
original assignment was completed and turned in on time. Re-dos are due within one week and
will not be accepted after that. (See assignment list.)

Academic Integrity: All work must be your own. All assignments must be original work, done
specifically for the assignment, NO RECYCLING! Anyone cheating or plagiarizing will fail the
class.

Quizzes: Quizzes will be on material in the book or information from class lectures. Quizzes
may be unannounced. There are no make-ups for missed quizzes.

Report: Students will be required to turn in a typed report on a photographer of their choice.
(Students should check with instructor for suggestions/approval.) Report should be 2-5 pages
long and can discuss the photographer’s style, training, and life and should discuss at least one
photograph taken by the photographer. In addition to information found through research,
students should also include their own opinion of the photographer's work and what they like or
don't like about it and why. Students will be asked to present and discuss the photographer they
researched in class.


Final Project: Students to present in class a portfolio of 5 prints all on one subject of their
choosing. (Topics open but must be accepted by instructor.) Can be to inform,
illustrate, amuse, provoke thought, etc. Students also must do an oral presentation explaining the

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project. Photographs should include various techniques learned throughout the course of the
semester. This projected will be mounted on mat board.

Extra credit: students will be able to receive extra credit by:
-going to a photography gallery or museum and writing a report about the exhibit
-Shooting a publishable assignment for the Roundup student newspaper.

Extra credit may raise your grade a maximum of one letter grade.


Grades: Grades for the course are based on completing the assignments, report, quizzes and
final project. In addition attendance, classroom participation and extra credit assignments will be
considered. It is recommended that students keep all graded work on file until they receive their
final grade.

Grades will be determined by:
Assignments 70%
Final Project 20%
Quizzes 5%
Report 5%
100-90%=A; 89-80%= B; 79-70%=C; 69-60%=D; 59-0%=F.
The schedule is subject to changes.

Assignment due dates

       1. 3/10/08 Basic Exposure.
       2. 3/17/08 Shutter Speed.
       3. 4/7/08 Depth of Field.
       4. 4/14/08 Equivalent Exposure and Lens Perspective.
       5. 4/21/08 Creative interpretation and design.
       6. 4/28/07 Self-portrait assignment.
       7. 5/5/08 Portrait/Light assignment.
       8. 5/12/08 Photographers report due
       9. 5/19/08 Final projects due
       10. 5/28/08 WEDNESDAY! Final exam. 12:30-2:30

Grading Rubric
Assignments 1, 2 and 3 are purely technical assignments. Grading will be based on
thoroughness, accuracy of exposure and focus.

Assignments 4,5,6 and 7 will be graded on:
    Content- 20%- is it an interesting subject that makes me see the world in a new way.
    Aesthetics-50% -is it a beautiful interpretation of that content using a creative blend of
      light and design to create mood and evoke emotion in the viewer.
    Technical quality-30%-did you use an effective exposure and focus for your subject.

Assignments 9, the project, will be graded on:
    Content- 20%- is it an interesting subject that makes me see the world in a new way.
    Variety-30% are there enough creative different perspectives in the images to give the
      viewer a thorough sense of what the subject is about.

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      Aesthetics-20% -are each of the photos a beautiful interpretation of that content using a
       creative blend of light and design to create mood and evoke emotion in the viewer.
      Technical quality-30%-did you use an effective exposure and focus for your subject.




Class Calendar

2/4/08
     Roll call, review syllabus, assignment list and due dates, equipment list,
       textbook, camera requirements- Preferably a Digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR)
       with appropriate memory card. A film SLR with slide film is acceptable. CF
       compact flash card, thumb drive to move pix-optional.
     No point and shoot cameras!

2/11/08
    Talk about photog report –interview and write a report on a photographer of
        your choice. Report will be presented in class please include photos example
        via website of chosen photographer to illustrate. DUE 5/12/08
    Bring your camera and owners manual to every class.
    Reading: Chapter One in Photography.
    We will go through a ―hands on‖ exercise on parts of the camera, how to set up
       the digital camera and how to load your film. Discuss 3rd stop increments and the
       most common color space rgb adobe 1998.
    Tour digital lab (over in the bungalows next to tnnis courts) to show equipment and
       introduce Sean who will explain lab procedures in detail.

NOTE FOR DIGITAL USERS- Image rescue software is usually on your new CF card-
download it before formatting the card. Rob Galbraith has good info. www.robgalbraith.com
explains more about cards, write and read speed.

Make sure you backup your work on a hard drive, CD, external hard drive or thumb
drive. If I lose your assignment- you want back up!


2/18/08
    Basic exposure class. Qualities of light. Read Chapter Four in Photography. The
      relationship between shutter speed, F-stop, ISO and meter interpretation in
      creating effective exposures.
    Reciprocity- Equivalent exposures-- the only math you need to know in
       photography.
    ―Sunny 16ths‖ rule for daylight exposure. F-16 at the shutter speed closest to
        your ISO.
    Focusing the camera- Auto-focus and manual focus.




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2/25/08

Shakedown cruise! Have your camera!!

Practice for the first assignment in class and around campus. Group/individual instruction as you
explore your first exposure. Rendezvous back in class to discuss results and problems and
strategy for good exposure.

Assignment- go shoot a building or house or object. Pick the appropriate ISO for existing light
intensity, use 125th of a second as shutter speed and choose an f-stop for exposure using one of the
methods for interpreting exposures discussed in class. Photos must be in focus. NOTE:
Assignment due on March 10, 2008 on the camera CF/memory card or slide film.

Assignment Objective
         1. Begin metering for manual exposure.
         2. Begin making accurate manual exposures.
         3. Have a first assignment to begin learning editing, filing and digital image storage.

3/3/08

Meet in the Photo Lab (Tentative pending confirmation)
   Sign up for photographers report.
   How to get images off CF card, edit on Photo Mechanic, Photo Shop Browser or Adobe
       Lightroom and burn a cd.
   Edit and Burn images before class end.
   A little bit about photoshop.


3/10/08

    First Exposure assignment due for class discussion.
    Start discussion of shutter speed, freeze action, pan, blur.
    Reading- Chapter Two-The Shutter, pages 18-23
Shutter Speed Assignment due 3/17/08.

             1. USE A MOVING SUBJECT.
             2. Shoot examples of freeze action, pan and blur on a moving subject.
             3. Use slow shutter speed for blur(4th, 8th,15th, 30th of a second for blur and
                pan.) Do this once for blur and once again for pan.
             4. Use faster shutter speeds to stop action on a moving subject. (60th, 125th
                250th, 500th, 1000th.)
             5. Do this with correct manual exposure changing the f-stop as needed.

Assignment Objective
    1. Observe and practice at what point fast shutter speeds freeze action and how
       slower speeds can be used to create a sense of motion.
    2. Practice the relationship between changing shutter speed and changing f-stop to
       maintain proper exposure.



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3/17/08
    Turn in Shutter speed assignment on CD for class review.
    Lecture Depth of field for assignment.
    Reading: Chapter 2, Camera, The Aperture pages 24-29. Chapter 3- Lens,
       Focus and Depth of Field pages 54-59.
    Depth of Field assignment Due on 4/7/08.
              1. Choose a subject that will allow you to use every major f-stop on your
                 lens. (f 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, and 16).
              2. Do this with correct manual exposure changing the shutter speed as
                 needed.

Assignment Objective
            1. Observe and practice how the plane of focus increases with smaller
               apertures and decreases with wider apertures.
            2. Practice the relationship between changing f-stop and changing shutter
               speed to maintain proper exposure.


MARCH 24-28 SPRING BREAK

3/31/08 Cesar Chavez day no class

4/7/08
        Depth of field assignment due for class discussion.
        Discuss equivalent exposure assignment and lens perspective.
        Beginnings of design- Rule of thirds.
        Reading- Equivalent exposures pages 28-29, 68. Lens perspective page 60-61

Equivalent Exposure and Lens Perspective Assignment Due 4/14/08
           1. Pick any subject in good light.
           2. Use one lens you have available. Could be wide or long, but pick one.
           3. Using correct manual exposures shoot every available f-stop/ shutter speed
              combination for both close up and far away perspectives
           4. Edit your assignment and pick the five images that you think work best for
              your subject for presentation in class. You must present a selection of
              images from each perspective. Be prepared to support your decision in
              class discussion.

Assignment objective
    This assignment goal is about the beginning of critical creative
      thinking based on the shutter speed f-stop combination and lens choice
      perspective.

4/14/08
    Mid Semester Quiz.
    Preliminary discussion on final project. Ideas due 4/21/08. Project printed due
       5/19/08
    Equivalent exposure/lens perspective assignment due for class discussion
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        Start telling stories, capturing mood and evoking emotion through design.
        Discuss creative assignment-- interpret a word.
        Reading- Chapter 17-―Seeing Photographs‖ pages 326-331.

Creative interpretation and design assignment due 4/21/08
              1. Interpret a word chosen in class using design elements of spot/line, shape
                 pattern and/or /emphasis/balance.
              2. In good light using correct manual exposure choose the best shutter/
                 speed f-stop/ ISO combination for the scene.


Interpretation and design assignment objective
    Begin thinking creatively and practicing technical/design skills that contribute to
       visual ingenuity.

4/21/08
    Story Idea due.
    Creative assignment due for class discussion
    Discuss self-portrait – a good self-portrait will reveal elements of the inner you. It will
       convey your mood, emotion and/or lifestyle.
    Reading: Chapter 17-Seeing Photographs: pages 319-324
    Self-portrait assignment due 4/28/08
             1. In good light with proper exposure make a self-portrait using good design
                 elements. Pay attention to framing and backgrounds choices.

Assignment Objective
    This assignment is about combining many of the elements we have worked with so far in
      class. Good exposure choices should be a given. Content, how you interpret your subject,
      the emotion that you wish to convey, good design elements, framing and background
      choices are the next step to practice in this assignment.


4/28/08
    Self-portrait due.
    Lecture on Light.
    Reading Chapter 13- Pages 226-235
    Portrait assignment Due 11/19/07
            1. With proper manual exposure make a portrait of the same subject (not
                you!) using direct and diffuse lighting. Use good design elements. Pay
                attention to framing and backgrounds choices.

Assignment Objective
    Practice using different kinds of light.
    Practice interpretive portraiture--A good portrait will tell the viewer something about the
      person that is being photographed. This could be about lifestyle or emotional state of
      mind. This assignment is about conveying the story telling content of the subject, in a
      good design that can include other story telling elements, all in effective light.


5/5/08
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    Light/ portrait due.
    Lecture Talk-- finalize final project ideas.
    Final Project Discussion: Students to present in class a portfolio of 5 prints all on one
      subject of their choosing. (Topics open but must be accepted by instructor.) Can be to
      inform, illustrate, amuse, provoke thought, etc. Students also must do an oral presentation
      explaining the project. Photographs should include various techniques learned throughout
      the course of the semester. This projected will be mounted on matboard. DUE 5/19/08

5/12/08
    Photog report due. Present report and accompanying photos in class.
    Final exam review.
    Discuss any problems with final project


5/19/08

      Final projects due for class display and discussion.


5/28/08 WEDNESDAY!!!

      Final exam. 12:30-2:30

Photo 10 supply list
Gerard Burkhart, Instructor
Email: burkhagj@piercecollege.edu
Put photo 10 followed by your name in the subject line so I don’t mistake it for spam.

Required
    Digital SLR Camera—capable of manual exposure.
    At least one lens for that camera.
    Digital photo paper 8.5x11 Ilford Smooth Pearl. 25 to 100 sheets
    15 11x14 mount bars
    One, one or two gigabyte sized memory cards for digital camera. You may want to own
      more than one card if you shoot a lot.

Note: treat your memory cards like original film. Don’t delete images in the camera because
when the camera writes over the deleted image you have a higher incidence of corrupted images.
Wait till you are done shooting then down load the whole shoot.

      10-20 rolls of color negative film
      CD’s or DVD’s to burn assignments on for grading
      Sharpie to write your name and assignment on CD /DVD
      CD/DVD Envelope to turn in assignment. (Bare discs may get scratched and become
       unreadable and thus ungradable.
      Anti static cloth to clean lenses and viewfinder.

Recommended


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   Tripod – a tripod can hold your camera steady during a long exposure. Cheap alternatives
    are sand bags, a small bean bag or a zip lock full of couscous.
   Dedicated TTL Flash- Not required but you probably want one because it will do so
    much more than the built in flash. We will cover a few flash tricks in class, and I am
    available for more discussion before and after class.
   Hand Held Light meter- not a requirement but if you have money to burn it’s a great
    device for accurate exposure interpretation.




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