Montgomery College 2023-2024 Catalog 
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PHOT 161 - Introduction to Digital Photography

(ARTD, GEIR, GEEL) (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.

3 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, 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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