Photography Courses

    • PHOT 1 — Laboratory Studies: 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 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 — Professional Photography - 4.0 units
Professional photographic techniques. 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. 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 12 — Photographic Alternatives - 3.0 units
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
  • Basic photo techniques
  • Traditional alternative processes
  • Working with cyanotype processes
  • Lithography
  • Hand coating emulsions, substrates and matrices
  • Transfers and lifts, with instant films and xerography
  • Camera designs and creating a unique camera
  • Working with unique and unusual lighting sources
  • Montage and collage techniques
  • Special purpose films and papers
  • Working with Scanography
  • Toning with metals, organics, pencils, and pens; masking controls
  • Project critique
    • PHOT 14 — Commercial Lighting - 3.0 units
Use of studio equipment and studio location lighting techniques used in all aspects of commercial photographic applications.
  • Studio equipment and terms
  • Qualities of light
  • Main and subordinate lights
  • Color control (color temperature, white balance)
  • Lighting ratios using multiple lights
  • Studio lighting
  • Location lighting
  • Lighting reflective subjects
    • PHOT 15 — History of Photography - 3.0 units
Survey of the history of photography from circa 1839 to the present. An introduction to concepts of photographic representation and their impact on society, both past and present.
    • PHOT 16 — Fashion Photography - 3.0 units
Professional illustrative editorial and advertising fashion photography. Studio and location production in digital capture are emphasized. Aspects of business operation and working with clients are explored. Off-campus assignments may be required.
  • Studio, equipment, and model releases
  • Studio lighting, shoot tethered to computer
  • Location lighting, strobe sunlight combo
  • Photographing for catalogs
  • Shooting for magazines - editorial style
  • Portfolio presentation, promos and websites
  • Photography for stock and fashion look books
  • Estimates and invoices
  • Finding clients and building a customer base
  • Image processing and retouching
  • Portfolios
    • PHOT 17 — Photo-communication - 3.0 units
Effects 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.
  • Visual elements and their design in imagery
  • Creating concepts, using symbols and metaphors to enhance messages
  • Tools: lenses and filters
  • Context of vision with focal length
  • Tools: shutter and motion, aperture and depth of field
  • Tools: lighting (artificial and existing)
  • Journalism and documentary styles
  • Composition including gestalt principles
  • Psychology of color and color temperature
  • Sequencing imagery
  • Digital imaging impact on illustrating stories
  • Mini-books and presentation techniques
  • Book styles
    • PHOT 18 — Portraiture and Wedding Photography - 3.0 units
Professional studio and field techniques and procedures for informal, formal and environmental portraits with an emphasis on wedding photography, includes lighting, color correction, digital techniques, photographic critique, and posing for individuals, couples, families, and groups in the photo studio and on location. Also includes business and legal issues for wedding and portrait photography businesses. Off-campus assignment required.
  • Portrait photography
  • The studio, strobe lighting, metering and lighting ratios
  • Posing Individuals
  • Posing couples
  • Posing families and groups
  • Portrait lighting styles
  • Professional photographer shadow
  • Wedding photography
  • The wedding day - pre-planning, ceremony, formals and reception
  • Technical aspects and special techniques
  • Business and legal requirements
  • Studio and outdoor lighting
  • Photographic critique
  • Color correction and digital file manipulation for color photographic prints
  • Final portfolio review
    • PHOT 20 — Color Photography - 3.0 units
Fundamentals of photographic color theory, editing, schemes and presentation of color photographs. Applying color psychology principles and HDR to enhance image messages.
  • Review of black and white and digital processes
  • Additive and subtractive color theory
  • Color management, testing materials with MacBeth
  • Color output theory and practice
  • Color schemes
  • Color photographers of the 20th century
  • Psychology of color
  • Presentation of color materials
  • Editing color digital images
  • Photographing on-location lighting
  • Color balancing lighting
  • Color analyzing systems
  • Portraits in color
  • Advanced editing techniques
  • Color and the digital image
    • PHOT 21 — Exploring Color Photography - 3.0 units
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.
  • Commercial verses fine art styles defined
  • Color theories
  • Contemporary color techniques
  • Exploring innovative color schemes
  • Specialized lighting, light-painting, ghetto lighting, existing lights
  • Quality control profiling
  • Calibrating for print consistency
  • Exaggerating color schemes applied to common subjects
  • Mixing light sources
  • High dynamic range programs
  • High dynamic range imaging
  • Color editing tools, noise, curves, posterize, contrast pushing
  • Oversize print resources for outputting
    • PHOT 28 — Photography Portfolio Development - 3.0 units
Development of photography portfolio and marketing materials for job use in job application or gallery exhibition purposes. Field trips may be required.
  • Analyzing, evaluating and selecting appropriate work
  • Photographic specialties and styles
  • Presentation styles and techniques
  • Critiquing and improving work
  • Developing a brand
  • Promotion, marketing and getting clients
  • Creating a book
  • Galleries and showcases
  • Portfolio assembly
  • Creating new work
  • Cover letters, resumes and business cards
  • Promotional and marketing pieces
  • Final selections
  • Making printed portfolios
  • Digital, online and device portfolios
    • PHOT 29 — Studio Business Practices for Commercial Artists - 3.0 units
Studio business practices for commercial artists. Small business operations, pricing services based on the licensing model, copyright basics, project production, and estimating and invoicing.
  • Business of commercial art and specialties
  • Starting a commercial art business
  • Copyright and the licensing business model
  • Finding clients
  • Pricing: fees for commercial art services based on the Licensing Business Model
  • Pricing: expenses
  • Contracts and formalizing agreements
  • Estimating and invoicing
  • Project production
  • Other markets
  • Commercial art business
    • PHOT 30 — Commercial and Illustrative Photography - 3.0 units
Application of photographic principles used in commercial and illustrative photography. Practical experience in studio product photography, lifestyle, fashion and location / industrial photography. Ise of digital capture, image manipulation and output. Emphasis on concept , crativity and indiviual expression. Field trips may be required.
  • Introductions and review studio equipment
  • Lighting Theory
  • Medium and Large format Digital Capture and editing
  • Contemporary approaches in commercial photography
  • Studio lighting and its efficient use
  • Product photography
  • Editorial/Illustrative photography
  • Location and Industrial photography
  • Fashion, glamour and executive portraiture
  • Location/industrial photography
  • Commercial specialties and styles
  • Studio Practices
  • Working with layouts
  • Building and presentation of portfolio
  • Promotion
    • PHOT 98 — Work Experience in Photography - 1.0 unit
Provides students with on-the-job experience in professional photography and related areas in an approved worksite to strengthen and broaden his/her skills in the workplace. A minimum of 75 paid clock hours or 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. Students who repeat this course will improve skills through further instruction and practice.
    • PHOT 99 — Special Projects in Photography - 2.0 units
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 project courses. The content of each course and the methods of study vary from semester to semester and depend on the particular project before enrolling in this course. Students repeating this course will make individual contracts of a more advanced nature with the instructor to insure that proficiencies are enhanced.

(NOTE: Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information; however, students should consult the  College Catalog  for the most current and accurate information regarding courses and degree/certificate requirements.)

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