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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "AS 289-2"
COURSE NAME: "Digital Photography"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Serafino Amato
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: T 3:30-6:15 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Recommended preparation: AS 105
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is meant for students who wish to deepen their knowledge of digital photography. It will review basic camera functions, lighting, principles of composition and pictorial dynamics, color interactions, and introduce methods of the elaboration of photos on the computer. The course will consider the historical and formal knowledge of photography, as well as including picture-taking in a variety of genres and the preparation of a photo exhibition. Each student must be equipped with a digital camera with a wide lens or a 3x or greater optical zoom, and camera functions selector which includes M,A,S,P. A tripod and modern single-lens reflex (SLR) digital cameras with interchangeable lenses are highly recommended.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

Various genres of photography will be analyzed: Portrait
Landscape
Reportage
Close up
Theatre and arts (artists at work)
Fine art.

1. Introduction to terms used in photography, both technical and theoretical.
2. Detailed examination and review of the camera and all its mechanisms.
3. Discussion of optical principles, in particular with regard photographic lenses: focal lengths, apertures, etc.
4. Introduction to black and white film, color film, and negatives. Film speed (Iso/Asa). Techniques of film developing. Techniques of photographic printing.
5. Ways of editing and displaying photographic images; presentation in the context of a photographic exhibition. The single image, the series, the essay, etc.
6. The photographic genres
7. Natural and artificial lighting in photography.
8. The course will focus on the relationships and advantages offered by ne tchnologies for traditional film photography.
9. It is highly recommended that students come prepared to class with, if possibile, a laptop.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:

The objective of the course is for students to achieve a technical knowledge sufficient to realize images in different contexts. These skills will develop in controlled environments, in order to be verifiable technically and conceptually.

Early in the course, a working context will be proposed. This context, or contexts, will be the environments of the theater, of architecture, and also of the studios of visual artists. Among the problems proposed is to photograph actors as they prepare a theatrical performance
TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Attendance and ParticipationGrading is based on a student's physical, mental, and verbal participation in class, comprehension of assigned reading, and a body of photographs.30%
Mid-term ExamConsisting of short answers on technical aspects of material and technique adresses in class.20%
Participation on the class Blog 20%
Final Project 30%

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality shows excellent mastery of the course content along with exceptional levels of technical skill, artistic awareness, originality, resourcefulness, commitment, quantity of work and improvement. There has been excellent collaboration and leadership in group projects, and there have been no attendance problems.Acttive partecipation at the class blog
B A highly competent level of performance with work that directly addresses the content of the course, with a good quantity of work produced.
CAn acceptable level of performance: the work shows awareness of the course content, but is very limited in quantity, quality, commitment and skill.
DThe student lacks a coherent grasp of the course material and has failed to produce much work.
FNegligent in attendance, academic honesty, or engagement with the course content.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Class attendance and participation is essential, and count 20% of the final grade.

ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

Session

Session Focus

Reading Assignment

Other Assignment

Meeting Place/Exam Dates

Session 5

Using Adobe Lightroom to edit your files. Basic corrections, file management. On-site

Essay John Szarkowski "The photographer's Eye"

 

 

Session 1

Introduction to the course, expectations and outcomes. The basics of photography. Aperture, Shutter and ISO.

 

 

 

Session 2

How to control exposure. Using your camera's lightmeter. On-site

 

 

 

Session 3

Lenses and visualizing the photo. Choosing the right lens. Perspective, view point.

 

Explore Shutter Speed and Aperture

 

Session 4

The digital sensor and the negative compared. Differences and similarities. Using RAW. On-site

 

Explore different lenses. perspective

 

Session 6

Guest lecturer. Photo journalist will explain and present his work. On-site

 

 

 

Session 7

Mid-Term test. Evaluate knowledge first part of this semester. Write a critique/essay about 2 photos.

 

 

 

Session 8

On-site Class. Villa Borghese

 

 

 

Session 9

Lightroom II. Advanced editing techniques for your photos. Masking, dodging and burning. From color to Black and White

 

 

 

Session 10

Review/critique student work. Discuss final project ideas.

 

Prepare final project idea

 

Session 11

On-site class Orto Botanico

 

 

 

Session 12

Finalizing the portfolio. Prepare presentations for the exam day.