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PHOT 252

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PHOT 252 – Photographer’s Portfolio examines the practice and working process on being an active photographer with a heightened understanding of personal vision, aesthetic sensibility and refinement of technical skills.  As one’s personal practice of photography continues to become more engaged and begins to evolve with a greater sense of maturity, it becomes necessary for the photographer to further develop insight into who they are as a photographer and their working process. We’ll discuss the working process of photographers within the contexts of various genres of photography, including art, documentary, portraiture, fashion and advertising. Perspectives into the photographic creative process will be examined, including personal vision and content, creative possibilities and choosing directions, sustaining an engaged practice with photography, business and marketing considerations as well as dealing with artistic growth.  Discussions may include the following:

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  • Finding Your Subject – what are your interests, curiosities and ideas in which you would like to explore through photography, and what do you want to visually say
  • Identifying Your Vision – what are your conceptual concerns and how do you approach your subject in consideration of your aesthetic sensibilities and use of tools and materials
  • Knowing Your History – which photographers have worked in a similar manner and how do you deal with this influence
  • Sustaining Photographic Practice – what direction(s) would you like to see your photography go (art, documentary, portraiture, fashion and/or advertising) and what steps are necessary to develop and maintain your photographic work
  • Marketing Considerations – what opportunities exist within the various genres of photography, identifying potential audiences/markets and what to consider when introducing your work
  • Business Practices – understanding business and legal aspects of photography, including copyright and reproduction rights
  • The Next Step – where do you see yourself going next (continued education, career, and/or personal interest)

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During the course of the semester, students will have the opportunity to conceptualize, develop and execute a final photographic print portfolio (minimum 20 photographs) as well as a website. Initially, students will present work previously made so as to identify potential interests, ideas and conceptual possibilities for further photographic exploration. Once a concept has been identified, students will focus their attention on developing a working process that is viable and conducive to exploring their idea with sustained interest and engagement. Particular attention will be given to refining a photographic vision that best articulates these ideas, including how content is approached, as well as considerations of tools and materials. The finished print portfolio will be completed in such a manner to reflect the student’s photographic vision and sense of professionalism.

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Catalog Description

An advanced course to further develop and refine the techniques necessary to support serious photographic communication will be the primary objective of this final course within the major. Skillful control of modern technological options and clear understanding of historical and contemporary issues within the medium will be applied with a high degree of critical analysis in the production and interpretation of the student’s photographs. A final portfolio will be produced describing the depth and scope of the student’s interest, craft ability and vision.

Prerequisite: “C” or “CR” grade or higher in PHOT 151 – Intermediate Photography or equivalent.

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Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Demonstrate the ability to recognize and recall the critical issues and visual strategies of historical, modern and contemporary photographic thought within specialized genres of photographic practice.

Create photographs of creative expression that demonstrate the purposeful use of conceptual development and visual strategies that attempt to define a range and depth of individual photographic practice within a specialized genre of photographic practice.

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

Demonstrate advanced application of proper laboratory practices necessary for making and presenting photographic images 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: Program Capstone Project and Reflective Self-Assessment Essay

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Readings for Critical Inquiry Responses

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Students will participate in critical issues discussions on various aspects on being a photographer and the photographic process. The discussions will be based on assigned readings from Image Makers, Image Takers (on Reserve in Library with Call# – PHOT 252 IMA 2010) and  The Education of a Photographer (on Reserve in Library with Call# – PHOT 252 EDU 2006), which are available from Amazon and on reserve in the library.  Students will be asked to complete written responses to questions for each of the assigned readings.

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Course Information and Curriculum Links for PHOT 252 | Photographer’s Portfolio

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 and project assignments are in red.

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Critical Inquiry Responses

The Education of a Photographer

1....A Brief List of Self-Assignments for Artists 203

2....The Dos and Don’ts of Graduate Studies: Maxims from the Chair 190

3....Commitment 185

4....A Handy Kit for Do-It-Yourself Critics 194

5....Colleagues 32

6....Photography at the Crossroads 7

7....Something Better, Or At Least Something Different Website / Discussions

8....Unprecedented Photography 199

9....The Artist in the Marketplace – An Interview with Charlotte Cotton 168

10..What’s Next

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Image Makers, Image Takers

1....Art, Documentary, Fashion and Advertising, and Portraiture

2 ....Next Generation

3....Curators and Gallerists, Agency Directors, Editors and Publishers, and Retouching, Online Curating and Publishing

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Working Process | Image-Making Assignments

POD ! – Picture of the Day

1–3In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision

Critique Groups

#1 – Bunting | Pryor

#2 – Conly | Rynkofs

#3 – Loden | Murphy

#4 – Chavarin | Dennis

#5 – Ricks | Unating

#6 – Capitano

#7 – Hernandez | Nalty

4....On Being A Photographer | A Personal Statement

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Final Project :

The Photographic Portfolio

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PHOT 252 | Spring 2017 Calendar

Section 8648 | Tuesdays and Thursdays – 1:00 to 3:50 pm

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1 | 31 – Tuesday – 1

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

Discussion of Considering How Photography is Easy, Photography is Difficult

Initial Discussion of 2013 – The Year of Interdisciplinary Photography

Presentation | Discussion of Project Assignments 1 – 3 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision

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2 | 1 – Thursday – 2

Bring 2 examples of previous photographic work that represents a possible starting point of portfolio direction

Review Discussion of Beyond The Surface | Thinking About Photographs and Seeing Photographs

Review Discussion of The Camera and The Lens | Input – Principles of Scanning | Adobe Photoshop and Basic Image Optimization | Digital Photographic Printing

Discussion on Editing and Living With Your Work and Developing A Working Process

Selection of Critique Groups

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2 | 7Tuesday – 3

Whiteboard Discussion on Conceptual Development, Determining Your Subject Matter and Identifying Your Vision

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

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

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2 | 9Thursday– 4

Critical Inquiry Response | The Education of a Photographer | 1....A Brief List of Self-Assignments for Artists 203

Photographer of the Day – Richard Mosse

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

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

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2 | 10 – Friday

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

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2 | 14Tuesday – 5

Critical Inquiry Response | The Education of a Photographer | 2....The Dos and Don’ts of Graduate Studies: Maxims from the Chair 190

Photographer of the Day – Jessica Eaton

Presentation on The Art of Color

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

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

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2 | 16Thursday – 6

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

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

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2 | 21Tuesday – 7

Critical Inquiry Response | The Education of a Photographer | 3....Commitment 185

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Critique 1 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision | Group 1

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

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2 | 23 – Thursday – 8

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Critique 1 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision | Group 2

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

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2 | 28 – Tuesday – 9

Critical Inquiry Response | The Education of a Photographer | 4....A Handy Kit for Do-It-Yourself Critics 194

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Critique 1 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision | Group 3

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

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3 | 2Thursday – 10

Critical Inquiry Response | Image Makers, Image Takers | 1....Art, Documentary, Fashion and Advertising, and Portraiture

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Critique 1 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision | Group 4

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

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3 | 7 – Tuesday – 11

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Critique 1 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision | Group 5

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

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3 | 9 – Thursday – 12

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Critique 1 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision | Group 6

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

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3 | 10 – Friday

Deadline for Application of Graduation for Degree and/or Certificate

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3 | 14 – Tuesday – 13

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Critique 1 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision | Group 7

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

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3 | 16 – Thursday – 14

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Presentation | Discussion of Final Project | The Photographic Portfolio

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

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3 | 21 – Tuesday – 15

Critical Inquiry Response | The Education of a Photographer | 5....Colleagues 32

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Critique 2 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision | Group 1

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

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3 | 23 – Thursday – 16

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Critique 2 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision | Group 2

Critical Inquiry Response | Image Makers, Image Takers | 2....Next Generation

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

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3 | 27 – Tuesday

No Class | Spring Recess

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3 | 29 – Thursday

No Class | Spring Recess

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4 | 4 – Tuesday – 17

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Critique 2 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision | Group 3

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

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4 | 6 – Thursday – 18

Critical Inquiry Response | The Education of a Photographer | 6....Photography at the Crossroads 7

Additional Reading and Discussion | We’re All Editors

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Critique 2 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision | Group 4

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

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4 | 11 – Tuesday – 19

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Critique 2 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision | Group 5

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

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4 | 13 – Thursday – 20

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Critique 2 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision | Group 6

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

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4 | 18 – Tuesday– 21

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Critique 2 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision | Group 7

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

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4 | 20 – Thursday– 22

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Critique 3 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision | Group 1

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

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4 | 25Tuesday – 23

Critical Inquiry Response | Image Makers, Image Takers | 3....Curators and Gallerists, Agency Directors, Editors and Publishers, and Retouching, Online Curating and Publishing

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Critique 3 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision | Group 2

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

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4 | 27 – Thursday – 24

Critical Inquiry Response | The Education of a Photographer | 7....Something Better, Or At Least Something Different

Presentation | Discussion of Project Assignment 4 | On Being A Photographer | A Personal Statement

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Critique 3 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision | Group 3

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

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4 | 28 – Friday

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

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5 | 2 – Tuesday– 25

Critical Inquiry Response | The Education of a Photographer | 8....Unprecedented Photography 199

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Critique 3 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision | Group 4

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

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5 | 4 – Thursday – 26

Project Assignment 4 | On Being A Photographer | A Personal Statement (Draft)

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Critique 3 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision | Group 5

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

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5 | 9 – Tuesday– 27

Critical Inquiry Response | The Education of a Photographer | 9....The Artist in the Marketplace – An Interview with Charlotte Cotton 168

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Critique 3 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision | Group 6

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

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5 | 11 – Thursday – 28

Critical Inquiry Response | The Education of a Photographer | 10....What’s Next

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Critique 3 | In Sight – Developing A Personal Photographic Vision | Group 7

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

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5 | 16 – Tuesday – 29

Project Assignment 4 | On Being A Photographer | A Personal Statement

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

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

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5 | 18 – Thursday – 30

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 28POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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5 | 23 – Tuesday – 31

Studio | Darkroom | Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 29POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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5 | 25 – Thursday – 32

Image Pin-Up Discussion 30POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

Presentation of Final Project | The Photographic Portfolio

Portfolios from all Groups are due

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5 | 30 – Tuesday – 33

Presentation of Final Project | The Photographic Portfolio

Scheduled from 1:45 pm – 3:45 pm

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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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Working Process Assignments | Picture of the Day…….……………………..  …150(30 POD’s @ 5 pts each)

Critical Inquiry Responses | The Education of a Photographer…….……… …  100   (10 responses @ 10 pts each)

Critical Inquiry Responses | Image Makers, Image Takers….…….…………….   90(3 responses @ 30 pts each)

Image Making Assignments #1 – #3 | Developing a Photographic Vision… .  300   (3 critiques @ 100 pts each)

Working Process Assignment #4 | On Being a Photographer – Statement…..   60………

Final Project | The Photographic Portfolio……………………………………..…….300

…………………………………………………………………………..……………     …1000

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Final Grading

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

A(100% – 93%) ……..1000 – 925

A-.. (92% – 90%) ……….924 – 895

B+..(89% – 87%) ………..894 – 865

B (86% – 83%) ………..864 – 825

B-.. (82% – 80%) ……….824 – 795

C+.(79% – 77%) ………..794 – 765

C (76% – 70%) ……….764 – 695

D (69% – 60%) ……….694 – 595

F (59% and less) ….…594 – 0

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