Photography Courses

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  • PHOT 1 — Laboratory Studies: Black-and-White Photography ( 1A, 1B, 1C, & 1D ) - 1 unit

Extended Black and White laboratory experiences to supplement those available in the regular program. Provides students the opportunity to pursue and improve advanced projects and experiments.


  • PHOT 1ALaboratory Studies: Beginning Black and White Photography - 1 unit

Extended Black and White laboratory experiences to supplement those available in the regular program. Provides students the opportunity to pursue and improve advanced projects and experiments.


  • PHOT 1BLaboratory Studies: Advanced Black and White Photography - 1 unit

Extended advanced black and white laboratory experiences with medium and large format cameras to improve skills and pursue more advanced photographic printing, processing, and enlarging techniques. 


  • PHOT 1CLaboratory Studies: Studio Photography - 1 unit

Extended studio photography experiences to supplement those available through the regular program. Provides students the opportunity to improve skills through further instruction and practice, as well as pursue more advanced projects and experiments.


  • PHOT 1DLaboratory Studies: Computer Applications in Photography - 1 unit

Extended studio photography experiences to supplement those available through the regular program. Provides students the opportunity to improve skills through further instruction and practice, as well as pursue more advanced projects and experiments.


  • PHOT 5Digital Cameras and Composition - 1 unit

Use of digital cameras and image editing software to create well-composed, quality photographs for use in Graphic Design and other applications. Camera required after first class meeting. Field trip required.


  • PHOT 9Digital Image Editing for Photographers  - 3 unit

Software and techniques including digital workflow practices, digital image editing, enhancing and retouching methods commonly used in photography.


  • PHOT 10 — Basic Digital and Film Photography - 3.0 units

The basic mechanical, optical and chemical principles of photography including digital image systems. Laboratory experiences involve problems related to camera and image output techniques.

  • Supplies, equipment, and the definition of photography

  • Darkroom Photograms

  •  Black and White film processing

  • Black and White negative enlarging

  • Dodging and Burning techniques

  •   Controlling contrast
  • Systems and techniques of photographic exposure and outputting

  •  Output processes: digital media, contact; output papers, printing, finishing techniques
  •  Photographic application of optics: aperture, depth of field
  • Camera lenses
  •  The camera shutter and working with motion
  •  Exposure meters
  • Types of lighting

  •  Guidelines for photographic composition

  • Image quality: resolution, dpi, intensity, contrast, grain, speed, printing filters, exposure, dodging and burning

  •  Retouching digital images

  •  Digital Workflow

  •  Print presentation: dry mounting

  •  New directions in photography

 

 


  • PHOT 11— Intermediate Photography - 4 unit

Current professional techniques and studio lighting. Includes studio and field assignments related to problems encountered while professionally photographing people and products. Topics include medium and large format film and digital cameras, computer basics for professional photographers and studio lighting. Students must furnish a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera. Field trips may be required.

  • Darkroom procedures
  • DSLR operation (menu and software)
  • Use of studio lighting
  • Meters: incident and reflective (available, spot, flash)
  • Medium format camera film image output
  • Medium and large format digital capture and output
  • Portrait and product lighting techniques
  • View camera operation
  • Large format film processing and printing
  • Portfolio review

  •  PHOT 12Photographic Alternatives - 3 unit

Alternative photographic processes. Instant films: Lifts and transfers, specialized lighting, stain toning, emulsion coating, scanography and hand-made camera construction will be applied to produce images not considered common to making photographic prints.

  • Basic photo techniques 
  • Traditional alternative processes 
  • Cyanotype processes 
  • Lithography
  • Hand coating emulsions, substrates and matrices
  • Transfers and lifts, with instant films and xerography 
  • Camera designs and creating a unique camera
  • Unique and unusual lighting sources
  • Montage and collage techniques
  • Special purpose films and papers
  • Scanography 
  • Toning techniques with metals, organics, pencils, and pens; masking controls 
   

  • PHOT 14Commercial Lighting - 3 unit

Use of studio equipment, and studio and location lighting techniques used in all aspects of commercial photographic applications. Field trips may be required.

  • Studio equipment and terms
  • Qualities of light
  • Color control (color temperature, white balance)
  • Lighting ratios using multiple lights
  • Studio lighting 
  • Location lighting 
  • Lighting reflective subjects
  • Lighting glassware
  • Analysis and critique of student photographs
  • Main and subordinate lights

  • PHOT 15History of Photography - 3 unit

Survey of the history of photography from circa 1839 to the present. An introduction to concepts of photographic representation and their impact on society.


  • PHOT 16Fashion Photography - 3 unit

Professional illustrative, editorial and advertising fashion photography. Studio and location production in digital capture. Business aspects of operation and working with clients are presented. Off-campus assignments may be required.


  • PHOT 17Photocommunication - 3 unit

Affects that camera controls have on visual communication with photographs. Includes message enhancement using optical and digital controls, depth of field, lenses, lighting, composition, books, black and white vs. color images, and documentary and journalistic styles.


  • PHOT 18Portraiture and Wedding Photography  - 3 unit

Professional studio and field techniques for portrait and wedding photography. Off-campus assignment or field trips may be required.


  • PHOT 19Digital Color Management - 3 unit

Digital color management software and hardware skills, techniques and digital workflow practices commonly used in photography.


  • PHOT 20Color Photography - 3 unit

Fundamentals of photographic color theory, editing, schemes and presentation of color photographs. Applying color psychology principles and HDR to enhance image messages.


  • PHOT 21Exploring Color Photography - 3 unit

Use of color principles as they relate to commercial and artistic styles and innovative use of color applications. Includes lighting and unusual techniques, exaggerated and unique color schemes, light-painting, lighting effects, high dynamic range effects, and oversize output.


  • PHOT 24Advanced Digital Image Editing for Photographers - 3 unit

Advanced software and techniques for digital image editing, archiving, and retouching used in commercial photography.


  • PHOT 25Digital Capture Workflow - 3 unit

Advanced application of digital capture and workflow using DSLR medium and large format digital camera systems and software to produce high-quality digital files as a photographer or as a digital photographic technician. Field trips may be required. 


  • PHOT 26Video for Photographers - 3 unit

Teaches advanced photography students how to create moving images for commercial applications using DSLR cameras. Using principles of framing and composition, storyboarding, production, camera, sound, and editing techniques, students will produce a commercial advertising reel representing their work. Field trips may be required.


  •  PHOT 28Photography Portfolio Development - 3 unit

Development of a photography portfolio and marketing materials for use in job application or gallery exhibition purposes. Field trips may be required.


  • PHOT 29Studio Business Practices for Commercial Artists - 3 unit

Studio business practices for commercial artists. Small business operations, pricing services based on the licensing business model, copyright basics, project production, and estimating and invoicing. Field trips may be required.


  • PHOT 30Advertising Photography - 3 unit

Overview of the commercial photographic industry including specialties and styles. Field trips may be required.


  • PHOT 98Work Experience in Photography - 1 unit

Provides students with on-the-job experience in professional photography and related areas in an approved worksite to strengthen and broaden skills in the workplace. A minimum of 60 non-paid clock hours per semester is required for each unit of credit. It is recommended that the hours per week are equally distributed throughout the semester.


  • PHOT 99Special Projects in Photography - 2 unit

In order to offer selected students recognition for their academic interests and ability and the opportunity to explore their disciplines to greater depth, the various departments from time to time offer Special Projects courses. The content of each course and the methods of study vary from semester to semester and depend on the particular project under consideration. Students must have an instructor's authorization before enrolling in this course. Students repeating this course will make individual contracts of a more advanced nature with the instructor to ensure that proficiencies are enhanced.