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Join date : 2009-06-09

PostSubject: Intro to Photography Course   Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:06 am

This Basic Photography course is for students who have not had any previous technical training in photography. It is for the 12+ year old student; however, any student with the maturity to take care of a camera and work independently on photo shooting assignments can master this course. This course is also offered as a credited course for high school student elective. Please indicate if the student needs course credit prior to the first day of coop.

The photography assignments will consist of written, oral and projects and can be sent to me via email or posted to the blog, or with a flash key or memory card. There will be one project each week for the student to complete, as well as a class project at the end of each semester. For film cameras, my suggestion is that you have a CD made of the roll of film being processed, or if you have a scanner at home you can digitize the photos that way too. Obviously for digital cameras, you will need to download from the camera to your computer to email as attachment. Please note, that when emailing the digitized photos watch the size of the file, try to keep it under 500 KB if possible.

When I critique the photographs, I will not be giving a grade for creativity but for completing the assignment to the best of the student’s ability. Photography is an art form and requires creativity, imagination and a “good eye” (similar to painting or sculpting) in order to become a good “Photographer.” Some people have this gift and others will remain “picture takers” ---those who use a camera to record family events, vacation fun, etc. Hopefully, by the end of the course, the student will know if they wish to pursue photography further; at the very least, they should be taking better pictures no matter what their talent.

The course starts with an overview of the history of photography, discussion of some of the better-known photographers, and careers in photography. Then, we will look at the parts of the 35mm camera – how it actually takes pictures, how film is exposed, different types of film, and a comparison of film cameras with digital. After that, we will talk about different aspects of photography – basically what makes a good photograph and how to take various kinds of pictures: flash, nighttime, silhouette, interiors without flash, etc. Finally, we will combine photography with journalism and graphic arts – how to use pictures to tell a story and how to layout an article with pictures.

The camera equipment for the course can be either film or digital. Here are the requirements for the two types.
• 35mm SLR (single lens reflex) camera with, at least, a 50mm lens.
• Flash (either separately or built into the camera).
• Cameras with automatic focus (AF) like the Canon Rebel should also have a switch to Manual Focus.
• Cameras with automatic exposure must also have a switch to manual control of shutter speed and f/stop (the aperture).
• Purchase of Color film – film speed of 100 or 200 is best unless doing night photography without a flash.

Digital cameras come in all shapes and sizes because they are not limited in shape to accommodate film. If you want to use a digital camera, it must:
• Have manual focus
• Have manual control of the shutter speed and f/stop (the aperture)
• Have a flash unit built in or able to attach a flash unit.

Class curriculum fees will be minimal of $5 will include a CD of the textbook. This can be paid online on my Paypal account or by check/cash the first day of coop. If you wish to pay via Paypal you must email me your request at . The only other cost the student will have is for his or her textbook to be printed out which I STRONGLY recommend, unless the student has a laptop computer and can view the files during class time for review and reading aloud. This may be done at home on a printer, through Kinko’s, or can remain in digital format which will be available on CD. Some pages from the text may be posted to the blog, for example, directions for an assignment or due dates for projects. Class quizzes will be accepted in paper format only, so the students will be responsible for providing me with a paper copy of their quiz otherwise I will need to charge them for a copy. Any questions should be directed to my email which is or via phone 828-644-0707.
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