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PHOT 150

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PHOT 150 | Introduction to Photography examines the nature of photography and visual literacy through the personal exploration and making of photographic images as well as the critical discourse of photography’s role and function in society and culture. The primary focus of the course will be to engage in photographic practice as a means to respond subjectively as well as objectively to the conceptual and aesthetic experiences of the photographic image as a visual document of creative expression and communication.   Historical and contemporary photographic works from the contexts of the family album, art photography, commercial / advertising photography, photography and media, and cyberspace will be examined and discussed to further cultivate and refine each students’ visual literacy of the photographic image.

Using these discussions as a jumping-off point to create an inspiring and thought-provoking forum, you’ll engage these critical considerations within the development of your own photographic practice.  As the primary focus of the course is to create photographic work that challenges your conventions of what photography may be for yourself, we’ll spend considerable time and attention making and talking about your own photographs.This will include instruction on the use of the camera and the possibilities of various image capture devices; image processing, primarily with Adobe Lightroom and secondarily with Adobe Photoshop; as well as exploring and developing your photographic print making craft in the digital photography environment.

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Appropriate for students without prior photographic experience. Satisfies Grossmont GE – Area C requirements.

You will need to have access to a digital camera. Camera phones, digital point and shoot cameras as well as digital SLR’s (single-lens reflex) cameras are all appropriate options to use for assignments and projects. The Grossmont College Photography Program provides a limited selection of digital point and shoot cameras and digital SLR’s that can be checked for use on the weekends starting the third week of the semester. Positive daily attendance to each class session is required.

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Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Create photographs of creative expression that demonstrate the purposeful use of photography’s aesthetic attributes for an effective communication of personal vision, including the use of light, compositional organization, photographic description, emphasis and moments of exposure.

Demonstrate application of photographic tools, materials and processes, including camera controls, image exposure and processing.

Demonstrate application of proper laboratory practices necessary for making and presenting photographic prints of optimum technical quality, craft and professional standards.

Demonstrate application of critical thinking practices in describing, interpreting and evaluating the use of photography as a means of effective creative expression and communication of personal vision.

Assessment Activity: Portfolio and Reflective Self-Assessment Essay

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Course Information and Curriculum Links for PHOT 150 | Introduction to Photography

Scroll down page for detailed semester calendar and click on link to locate information regarding curriculum activities and assignments.  Due dates for the completion of the critical inquiry, project assignments and final project are in red.

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Possible Curriculum Activities

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Quizzes and Final Exam

Quiz 1 | Beyond The Surface | Thinking About PhotographsSeeing PhotographsThe Camera and The Lens | The Digital Camera

Quiz 2 | Digital Image Workflow, Processing and Management |  Adobe Photoshop and Basic Image Optimization | Digital Photographic Printing | The Art of Color

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Critical Issues Responses

1 – Are You Looking For Great Photographs?

2 – In the Wake of Photographs

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Working Process | Image-Making Assignments

POD – Picture of the Day

 

1 – Why People Photograph

2 – The Camera I

3 – Proof of Existence

4 – Into The Distance

5 – The Quiet and The Loud Photograph

6 – The List

7 – The Photographic Scene

8 – Inside The Digital Vault

9 – Spectacle of the Gaze

10 – Points of View

An Adventure in Photography – Initiating A Personal Vision

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Final Project

The Portfolio

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PHOT 150 Fall 2017 Calendar

Section 3602 | Tuesdays and Thursdays – 1:00 to 3:55 pm

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8 | 22 – Tuesday – 1

Discussion on How Did You Learn Photography? and Why People (Including Yourself) Photograph

Introduction to course, discussion of syllabus, course expectations and use of course website

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8 | 24 – Thursday – 2

Presentation | Discussion of Photographic Seeing, including Beyond The Surface | Thinking About PhotographsSeeing Photographs

Discussion of The Camera and The Lens | The Digital Camera (bring digital camera to class)

Discussion of Phone Cameras and Apps | VSCO

Review of Digital Cameras Available | Digital Photography Review – http://dpreview.com

Presentation | Discussion of Image-Making Assignment | Why People Photograph

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8 | 29 – Tuesday – 3

Discussion | Demonstration on Digital Image Workflow, Processing and Management – Adobe Bridge | Lightroom

Discussion | Demonstration on Digital Photographic Printing

Digital Lab

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8 | 31 – Thursday – 4

Critical Inquiry Response – In ClassAre You Looking For Great Photographs?

Review Discussion on Digital Image Workflow, Processing and Management – Adobe Bridge | Lightroom

Review Discussion on Digital Photographic Printing

Discussion on Developing A Working Process

Digital Lab

Review Presentation | Discussion of Image-Making Assignment | Why People Photograph

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9 | 1 – Friday

Census Day – Last Day to Drop without a “W” appearing on Academic Record

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9 | 5 – Tuesday – 5

Quiz 1 | Beyond The Surface | Thinking About PhotographsSeeing PhotographsThe Camera and The Lens | The Digital Camera

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 1POD – Picture(s) of the Day

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9 | 7 – Thursday – 6

Presentation | Discussion of Image-Making Assignment | The Camera I

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 2POD – Picture(s) of the Day

Critique | Why People Photograph

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9 | 12 – Tuesday – 7

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 3POD – Picture(s) of the Day

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9 | 14 – Thursday – 8

Presentation | Discussion of Image-Making Assignment | Proof of Existence

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 4POD – Picture(s) of the Day

Critique | The Camera I

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9 | 19 – Tuesday – 9

Discussion of A Valentine to Good Photographs

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 5POD – Picture(s) of the Day

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9 | 21 – Thursday – 10

Discussion | Demonstration on Adobe Photoshop and Basic Image Optimization

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 6POD – Picture(s) of the Day

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9 | 26 – Tuesday – 11

Presentation | Discussion of Image-Making Assignment | Into The Distance

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 7POD – Picture(s) of the Day

Critique | Proof of Existence

9 | 28 – Thursday – 12

Review Discussion | Demonstration on Adobe Photoshop and Basic Image Optimization

Discussion | Demonstration of Technical Assignment | Image Optimization and The Digital Photographic Print

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 8POD – Picture(s) of the Day

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10 | 3 – Tuesday – 13

Review Discussion | Demonstration on Adobe Photoshop and Basic Image Optimization

Discussion | Demonstration of Technical Assignment | Image Optimization and The Digital Photographic Print

Discussion | Demonstration on Making Digital Contact Sheets with Adobe Photoshop

Presentation | Discussion of Image-Making Assignment |  The Quiet and The Loud Photograph

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 9POD – Picture(s) of the Day

Critique | Into The Distance

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10 | 5 – Thursday – 14

Substitute Instructor – Patricio Chavez

Technical Assignment Due At End of Class | Image Optimization and The Digital Photographic Print

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 10POD – Picture(s) of the Day

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10 | 10 – Tuesday – 15

Presentation | Discussion of Image-Making Assignment | The List

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 11POD – Picture(s) of the Day

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10 | 12 – Thursday – 16

CritiqueThe Quiet and The Loud Photograph

Presentation | Discussion of Image-Making Assignment | The Photographic Scene

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 12POD – Picture(s) of the Day

 

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10 | 17 – Tuesday – 17

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 13POD – Picture(s) of the Day

Critique | Review of Contact Sheets for The List

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10 | 19 – Thursday – 18

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 14POD – Picture(s) of the Day

Critique | Finished Photographic Prints for The List

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10 | 24 – Tuesday – 19

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 15POD – Picture(s) of the Day

Critique | Review of Digital Photographs/Files and Contact Sheets for The Photographic Scene

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10 | 26 – Thursday – 20

Review for Quiz 2 | Digital Image Workflow, Processing and Management |  Adobe Photoshop and Basic Image Optimization | Digital Photographic Printing | The Art of Color

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 16POD – Picture(s) of the Day

Critique | Review of Digital Photographs/Files and Contact Sheets for The Photographic Scene

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10 | 31 – Tuesday – 21

Quiz 2 | Digital Image Workflow, Processing and Management |  Adobe Photoshop and Basic Image Optimization | Digital Photographic Printing | The Art of Color

Presentation | Discussion of Image-Making Assignment | Inside The Digital Vault

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 17POD – Picture(s) of the Day

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11 | 2 – Thursday – 22

Presentation | Discussion of Image-Making Assignment | Spectacle of the Gaze

Review Discussion | Demonstration on Adobe Photoshop and Basic Image Optimization for Inside The Digital Vault

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 18POD – Picture(s) of the Day

Critique | Finished Photographic Prints for The Photographic Scene

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11 | 7 – Tuesday – 23

Discussion of Selection of 3 Photographs to Represent Class in Spring Student Show

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 19POD – Picture(s) of the Day

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11 | 9 – Thursday – 24

Selection of 3 Photographs to Represent Class in Spring Student Show

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 20POD – Picture(s) of the Day

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11 | 10 – Friday

Last Day to Drop with a “W” appearing on Academic Record

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11 | 14 – Tuesday – 25

Critique | Review of Digital Photographs/Files and Contact Sheets | Spectacle of the Gaze

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 21POD – Picture(s) of the Day

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11 | 16 – Thursday – 26

Presentation | Discussion of Image-Making Assignment |  Points of View

Critique | Finished Photographic Print for Inside The Digital Vault

Critique | Review of Digital Photographs/Files and Contact Sheets | Spectacle of the Gaze

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 22POD – Picture(s) of the Day

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11 | 21 – Tuesday – 27

Presentation | Discussion of Image-Making Assignment | An Adventure in Photography – Initiating A Personal Vision and The Portfolio

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 23POD – Picture(s) of the Day

Critique | Spectacle of the Gaze

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11 | 23 – Thursday

No Class | Thanksgiving Holiday

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11 | 28 – Tuesday – 28

One-on-One Individual Critique | An Adventure in Photography – Initiating A Personal Vision

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 24POD – Picture(s) of the Day

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11 | 30 – Thursday – 30

CritiquePoints of View

One-on-One Individual Critique | An Adventure in Photography – Initiating A Personal Vision

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 25POD – Picture(s) of the Day

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12 | 5 – Tuesday – 31

Critical Inquiry Response – In Class | In the Wake of Photographs

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 26POD – Picture(s) of the Day

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12 | 7 – Thursday – 32

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 27POD – Picture(s) of the Day

Turn-In Final Project | The Portfolio

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12 | 12 – Tuesday

No Class

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12 | 14 – Thursday

Scheduled from 11:35 am – 1:35 pm

Presentation of Final Project | The Portfolio

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Curriculum Evaluation

Your final grade will be determined by a culmination of points earned based on your performance with the below listed curriculum assignments. Questions regarding curriculum assignment grades and/or the final grade must be brought to the attention of the instructor. To provide equitable instruction for all students while during class hours, please ask questions regarding your grade during instructor office hours or after class.

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Curriculum Evaluation

Your final grade will be determined by a culmination of points earned based on your performance with the below listed curriculum assignments. Questions regarding curriculum assignment grades and/or the final grade must be brought to the attention of the instructor. To provide equitable instruction for all students while during class hours, please ask questions regarding your grade during instructor office hours or after class.

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140  –  Working Process Assignments | Picture of the Day (28 @ 5 pts each)

..60  –  Quiz (2 @ 30 pts each)

..15  –  Critical Inquiry Response #1 | Are You Looking For Great Photographs?

..15  –  Critical Inquiry Response #2 | In the Wake of Photographs

..40  –  Image-Making Assignment #1 | Why People Photograph

..40  –  Image-Making Assignment #2 | The Camera I

..40 –  Image-Making Assignment #3 | Proof of Existence

..40 –  Image-Making Assignment #4 | Into The Distance

..40 –  Image-Making Assignment #5 | The Quiet and The Loud Photograph

..40 –  Image-Making Assignment #6 | The List

100 –  Image-Making Assignment #7 | The Photographic Scene

..40 –  Image-Making Assignment #8 | Inside The Digital Vault

..40 –  Image-Making Assignment #9 | Spectacle of the Gaze

..40 –  Image-Making Assignment #10 | Points of View

200  –  Final Project | The Portfolio

890

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Final Grading

Your overall final grading based on points earned will be representative as follows:

A(100% – 93%) ………..890 – 823

A-.. (92% – 90%) ………..822 – 796

B+..(89% – 87%) ………..795 – 769

B (86% – 83%) ………..768 – 734

B-.. (82% – 80%) ……….733 – 707

C+..(79% – 77%) ……….706 – 681

C (76% – 70%) ……….680 – 618

D (69% – 60%) ……….617 – 529

F (59% and less) ….…528 – 0

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