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- ART 240C
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- Digital Photography
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Explores the boundaries of advanced digital photography to cultivate a personal practice while placing work within a historical, social and cultural context. Explores the critical skills necessary to expand perceptual and visual cultural awareness by using a broad range of advanced digital processes and concepts. Encourages further development of a professional-level photographic practice. Requires access to a camera with manual exposure controls, DSLR (digital single-lens-reflex) cameras are preferred. This is the third course in a three-course sequence for second year digital photography. Prerequisite: Two terms of ART240 or ART240B or instructor permission. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
This course provides hands-on experience that approaches aspects of advanced
digital photography from an artistic, historic, and craft-oriented perspective. All
aspects of digital photography will be considered, from exposure of images in the
camera, to the presentation the finished image. Special attention will be paid to
self-expression, based on an understanding of aesthetic principles and graphic
design. Historical approaches and contemporary issues concerning the art of
photography will be discussed. Students’ abilities will be developed through
regular photographic assignments and critical evaluations.
Intended Outcomes for the course
• Continue to understand, interpret and enjoy photography from past to present within a local as well as global context at a deeper level.
• Ask sophisticated, meaningful questions, identify ideas and issues, and develop increasingly articulate language to use when participating in critical dialogue about photography with others using advanced level vocabulary.
• Find and develop creative ways to solve artistic and conceptual problems with an advanced understanding of the medium using a variety of photographic strategies.
• Create personal photographic artwork, which demonstrate an intermediate level of understanding of the advanced photographic ideas, processes, materials, and techniques associated with making digital photographs.
• Navigate challenges & opportunities of working in a community photographic studio.
• Integrate the understanding that any photographic image is created and interpreted through the lens of both the artist and the viewer’s own personal, social and cultural filters at an advanced level.
Course Activities and Design
• Understand and employ advanced digital capture formats and strategies and
investigate the use of alternative methods of digital and traditional photographic
• Build upon current skill set with the intent of working towards advanced
• Utilize medium and large format printing, archival printing methodologies and
• Generate ideas/concepts with an advanced awareness of the intended content
of the work produced.
• Hone and refine research and critical inquiry skills applied to photography
locally and globally.
• Develop personal work with an awareness of historical and contemporary
artists working in photography.
• Practice and improve skills of assessment and knowledge base of materials
• Assess and self-critique personal work to strategize creative solutions.
• Further expand and utilize the necessary vocabulary specific to digital
photography when participating in class critiques and discussions.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Students are expected to:
• Complete and present the individual work within a professional studio
• Use and further develop a sophisticated use of photography-related vocabulary and concepts necessary to engage within a studio environment
• Demonstrate appropriate techniques in an advanced photographic practice as well as studio habits beyond the classroom studio
• Demonstrate ability to meet deadlines with proper time management and craftsmanship.
• Prepare portfolios for professional presentation.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
1. Visual awareness and ability to see.
2. Methodologies for designing and creating a print that may include, thirdparty
printing, in-house color calibration and self-printing, projection,
virtual or web presentation of their images
3. Challenges to visualization inherent in photography.
4. Language of photography and the qualities that distinguish it from other
graphic and/or digital media.
5. Photography in history, its ethical, social, political and cultural contexts.
6. Options and possibilities for original work.
7. Evaluating prints and images.
9. Environmental concerns related to materials, consumption, production
and output strategies and proper disposal of waste produced.
10. Non-traditional media and combined techniques (e.g., zines, artist &/or
kinetic books, collage, mixed media and collaboration with other
SKILLS AND METHODOLOGIES
Advanced knowledge of the camera: image storage systems, light metering and
balancing systems, and the exposure controls (manual and automatic).
Digital capture: understanding of the variety of methods of digital capture as
technologies are developed and explored, as from camera to scanner, film to
Digital darkroom: Advanced knowledge of the use, manipulation, advantages and
limitations of digital image software. Advanced level of digital image processing
and editing across multiple file formats (such as jpg, tiff and RAW), evaluating
digital image exposures for lighting, contrast and color balance; further image
manipulation such as dodging, burning and cropping.
Finishing the digital photograph: rendering for web or print; retouching the final
image; dry mounting and over-matting; other options, including books, zines, and
mixed media may be discussed. Competence in the variety of methods for
outputting the image physically or virtually.
• medium and large-format printing
• use of professional printers
• publish/exhibit work online
• employ knowledge of archival issues and after-print methods of optimizing,
• presenting, and maintaining the print itself.
Aesthetic issues: use of graphic techniques, through control of contrast and
density; effective use of focus, depth-of-field, and stopping/blurring motion; use of
the rectangle, the edge, and cropping; line, form, shape, texture, rhythm, and
Attributes of digital and chemical photographic history and practitioners:
presentation, through slides, lectures, and videos, of periods, artists, and
technology, issues in the history of photography. In particular, photographic
genres, including landscape and nature, documentary, reportage, abstraction,
portrait, self-portrait, and candid photography, will be discussed. Emphasis will be
on how historical concerns effect, and led to, contemporary issues, artists, and
Self-Expression: the digital image as an interpretive medium and the ability to
reflect on one’s own work through methods that may include discussion, journaling
peer and self-critique.
Presentation: understand contemporary exhibition and presentation options and
techniques and standards as well as development of a personal portfolio.
Community: collaborative projects, Service Learning, or individual projects
incorporating social and community practices and engagement.
Understand how to select the most effective presentation for a particular image.
Demonstrate familiarity with historical styles by comparing prints to those of other