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what we will do

This introductory course teaches beginning and intermediate photographers how to improve their photographic technique and to use digital cameras for effective visual communication.

Using their own digital cameras, students practice professional shooting strategies and produce practical, creative photo assignments bi-weekly.

Students will use image-editing software for creatively improving communication, composition, tone and color, focusing on the basic tools and techniques most valuable to the digital photographer. All the images in daily assignments can be edited in professional imaging software to recompose, resize, crop, color correct and sharpen.

Topics include camera operation and theory, useful file formats, composition basics, composing within the frame, using natural available and artificial lighting, texture, shape, form, and line in the photograph, framing, useful tonal ranges, digital darkroom techniques, repair and retouching, compositing, portraiture, scenic and nature photography, action photography, close-up photography, and shooting products.

Academic Integrity Policy. Academic integrity is the cornerstone of the university. Any student who attempts to gain unfair advantage over other students by violating the Academic Integrity Policy, may be reported to the university, and may receive serious sanctions.



The weekly assignment and resource links below are tentative, and may change before each week.

week 1 resources

assignment 1 & study guide
powerpoint course introduction
technical photography introduction
texture and line notes

focal length discussion images
camera discussion images
exposure discussion images
balance discussion images
rhythm discussion images

harbor in San Francisco
clip and tone demo images
science building
sr project presenter
woman blue dress painting
old city gate, christmas girl
bride and children

assignment 2 & study guide
example exposure collage
Assigned book tutorial images
Assigned images 13a, 13b, 13c

powerpoint action pictures
powerpoint good pictures
white balance discussion images
tone demo images
A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L

week 2 resources

assignment W2N1 & study guide
powerpoint macro photography
macro example images
powerpoint color adjustments

assigned images to color correct (#5)
5a girl Reading, 5b Athens,
5c Braukmann, 5d Log House,
 Note:The Parthenon is not gray!

color correction In-class practice
young girl, girls, two kids, GU color, HPPV, color guides
RAWs: store, cup, Kootenays, Corfu

week 2 assignment 2 & study guide
photo essay description
photo essay example images
framing example images
horizon example images
triangle example images
natural lighting example images
powerpoint notes on natural lighting
powerpoint culture and travel
photographing fireworks

Other Images for Class Editing
dry falls, dry falls sky, Stalin building
woods, Cusco ladder, Oaksdale

Images for Class HSL Editing
Albert Hall, Chihuly London, Dartmoor

useful links

Textbook Tutorial Images
Long's online resources


week 3 resources

week 3 assignments & study guide
assigned image: woman
portrait lighting handout
powerpoint on portraiture lighting
powerpoint on portraiture advice

web recources
3-point lighting tutorial Lincostore
portrait lighting Adorama TV

example images
needs haircolor
needs complexion fix & a smile
needs glow
needs wider eyes, smaller nose
needs wrinkles minimized
needs blemishes removed channel
needs blemishes channel option
needs spothealing blemishes
needs tatoo removed
needs to lose weight 1 and 2
needs different sweater
needs graduated filter
notes on retouching

ethics of photo manipulation
photographers' rights

week 4 resources

week 4 assignment & study guide
powerpoint on product photography
backgrounds for product placement

examples of student product images

images for composites
little jack, kitten, desk, woman, room, man, alley, motorcycle

notes on woman in room (hair)
notes on man in alley composite

tutorial on selective sharpening
powerpoint on scenic photography
powerpoint on noise reduction
powerpoint on using flash
powerpoint on travel photo tips

images for sharpening and noise
flower, opera house, desert mount, color noise, car, Heidi

images for black-white
tree image, showalter, Sedona

final exam study guide
The final exam will be on the last day of class, July 18. It will have a multiple choice section, a short answer section, and an applied section in which you will edit several images. The exam will cover the questions in the week 4 assignment & study guide, plus the topics on this review sheet.
Here is a sample test image1 and image2

book images
All book tutorial images
ron miles image
portrait image


Required Textbook:
Complete Digital Photography, 9th ed., Author: Ben Long