PHOT 161 - Introduction to Digital Photography
(ARTD) (R only)
An introduction to digital photography using digital cameras and basic image editing software. This course includes print production for making black-and-white and color photographs and studio techniques that include portrait lighting and still life photography. No prior photography experience is required. Students use digital photography for the production of a photographic portfolio. One hour lecture, four hours laboratory each week. Formerly PG 161.
3 semester hours
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:
- Operate a digital camera using both its manual and automatic exposure controls.
- Employ different compositional approaches and various zoom focal-length settings to make pictures.
- Use camera controls to obtain several creative photographic effects such as selective focus, depth of field differences, and sharpness and blur with moving subjects.
- Employ tripods to steady the camera for slow shutter speed photos.
- Control the camera’s built-in flash.
- Download digital images to a computer using camera cables and card readers.
- Create specific folders in computers to organize digital image files.
- Create backups of their image files to CDs or DVDs.
- Use basic image editing programs to crop, re-size, adjust brightness and contrast, and correct color balance.
- Create image files suitable for output via ink-jet printers and photo labs.
- Employ correct printer settings for paper type, resolution, and color space to obtain the best quality print.
- Create different lighting approaches for portrait and still-life assignments that may involve artificial lighting, reflectors, natural light, or a combination of the three.
- Write a basic critical review of a photographer’s exhibited or published work.
- Use dodge and burn tools and basic filters for sharpening or for other creative effects.
- Create a portfolio of clean, mounted prints.
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