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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 with Adobe Photoshop; developing your photographic print making craft in the digital photography environment as well as an introduction to the analog (film) darkroom and photographic studio environment..

Appropriate for students without prior photographic experience.

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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Catalog Description

An introductory course that examines the nature of photography and visual literacy through the personal exploration and making of photographic images with various image-making devices, including the use of Adobe Photoshop as well as an introduction to an analog (film) darkroom and photographic studio environment. 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 critically discussed to further cultivate and refine each students’ visual literacy of the photographic image in society and culture. Any type of lens-based, image-making device including smart phones, digital point-and-shoot cameras, and digital SLR’s can be used.

Satisfies Grossmont GE – Area C requirements.

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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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Final Quiz | Exam

Beyond The Surface | Thinking About Photographs

Seeing Photographs

The Art of Color

The Camera and The Lens

Light, Film and Exposure

Digital Image Workflow, Processing and Management

Adobe Photoshop and Basic Image Optimization

Digital Photographic Printing

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Working Process | Image-Making Assignments

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

 

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 or Points of View

10 – Analog Capture/Darkroom/Photographic Studio, including possible assignments (TBD)

Pinhole Camera Construction & Image Processing in Darkroom

The 35mm SLR Film Camera & Introduction to Printing in a Darkroom

Portraiture and an Introduction to the Photographic Studio

An Adventure in Photography – Initiating A Personal Vision

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Final Project

The Portfolio

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PHOT 150 Spring 2019 Calendar

Section 8609 | Tuesdays and Thursdays – 9:30 am to 12:20 pm

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1 | 28 – 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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1 | 30 – 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 image-making device to class)

Discussion of Smart 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

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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2 | 5 – Tuesday – 3

Discussion on How AI is Changing Photography

Discussion on Adobe Creative Cloud Photography for Students

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

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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2 | 7 – Thursday – 4

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

Discussion on Digital Photographic Printing

Discussion on Developing A Working Process

Discussion | Demonstration on Making Digital Contact Sheets with Adobe Photoshop

Digital Lab

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

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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2 | 8 – Friday

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

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2 | 12 – Tuesday – 5

Discussion | Demonstration on Adobe Photoshop and Basic Image Optimization

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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2 | 14 – Thursday – 6

Review Discussion | Demonstration on Adobe Photoshop and Basic Image Optimization

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

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

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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2 | 19 – Tuesday – 7

Review Discussion | Demonstration on Adobe Photoshop and Basic Image Optimization

Contact Sheet Review | The Camera I and Proof of Existence

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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2 | 21 – Thursday – 8

Contact Sheet Review | The Camera I and Proof of Existence

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

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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2 | 26 – Tuesday – 9

Contact Sheet Review | The Camera I and Proof of Existence

Digital Lab

Critique | The Camera I and Proof of Existence

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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2 | 28 – Thursday – 10

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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3 | 5 – Tuesday – 11

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

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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3 | 7 – Thursday – 12

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

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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3 | 12 – Tuesday – 13

Contact Sheet Review | Into The Distance

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

Critique and Turn-In | Into The Distance

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3 | 14 – Thursday – 14

Presentation | Discussion of Image-Making Assignment | The List

Contact Sheet Review | The Quiet and The Loud Photograph

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

Warm-up Critique | The Quiet and The Loud Photograph

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3 | 19 – Tuesday – 15

Critique and Turn-in | The Quiet and The Loud Photograph

Contact Sheet Review | The List

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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3 | 21 – Thursday – 16

Contact Sheet Review | The List

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

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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3 | 26 – Tuesday

No Class | Spring Recess

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3 | 28 – Thursday

No Class | Spring Recess

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4 | 2 – Tuesday – 17

Presentation | Discussion of The Art of Color

Presentation on Starburst – The New Color Photography

Contact Sheet Review | The List

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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4 | 4 – Thursday – 18

Critique and Turn-In | The List

Presentation | Discussion on Pioneers of Color Photography – Shore | Meyerowitz | Eggleston

Presentation | Discussion on Contemporary Color Photographers

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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4 | 9 – Tuesday – 19

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

Contact Sheet Review | The Photographic Scene

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice 

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4 | 11 – Thursday – 20

Contact Sheet Review | The Photographic Scene

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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4 | 16 – Tuesday – 21

Contact Sheet Review | The Photographic Scene

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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4 | 18 – Thursday – 22

Contact Sheet Review | The Photographic Scene

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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4 | 23 – Tuesday – 23

Contact Sheet Review | The Photographic Scene

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

Critique and Turn-In | The Photographic Scene

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4 | 25 – Thursday – 24

Presentation | Discussion of Image-Making Assignment | Spectacle of the Gaze or Points of View

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

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

Critique and Turn-In | The Photographic Scene

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4 | 26 – Friday

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

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4 | 30 – Tuesday – 25

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

Critique and Turn-In | Inside The Digital Vault

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5 | 2 – Thursday – 26

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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5 | 7 – Tuesday – 27

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

Critique and Turn-In | Spectacle of the Gaze or Points of View

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5 | 9 – Thursday – 28

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

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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5 | 14 – Tuesday – 29

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

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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5 | 16 – Thursday – 30

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

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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5 | 21 – Tuesday – 31

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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5 | 23 – Thursday – 32

Digital Lab

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

Turn-In Final Project | The Portfolio

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5 | 28 – Tuesday – 33 | Scheduled from 9:25 pm – 11:25 pm

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

Presentation of Final Project | The Portfolio

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5 | 30 – Thursday

No 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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490 – Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Participation | Practice (1 – 32 @ 15 pts & 33 @ 10 pts)

.N/A  –  Image-Making Assignment #1 | Why People Photograph – evaluated as Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

..40  –  Image-Making Assignment #2 & #3 | The Camera I and 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

..40 –  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 or Points of View

..40 –  Image-Making Assignment #10 | Analog Capture/Darkroom/Photographic Studio

..40 – Final Quiz

650  –  Final Project | The Portfolio

1500

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Final Grading

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

A(100% – 93%) ……..1500 – 1387

A-.. (92% – 90%) ………1386 – 1342

B+..(89% – 87%) ………1341 – 1297

B (86% – 83%) ………1296 – 1237

B-.. (82% – 80%) ………1236 – 1192

C+..(79% – 77%) ………1191 – 1147

C (76% – 70%) ………1146 – 1042

D (69% – 60%) ………1041 – 892

F (59% and less) ….…891 – 0

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