ART H250-1, Digital Photography, 3 cr
Fridays 6:0 - 7:35
Division of Arts And Humanities
Naugatuck Valley Community College
Instructor: Jerry Nevins
Home office hours M, Tu, Wed, Thurs 9-11pm via email and phone
Required Textbook: None. All reading provided on class website
Required Materials: Digital Camera, USB drive
Fall Semester, 2016
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Class Blog Spring 09
Action is the foundational key to all success.
::: Pablo Picasso :::
This course in Digital Photography is designed to develop your skills in pixel based photographic design and printing. The dream of film-less photography his finally become a reality. Cameras, printers, inks and paper have evolved that are able to not only match traditional continuous tone photographic quality, but can also extend traditional possibilities. In this first introductory course in digital photography, we will use this new found power to create, edit, post and share our images electronically.
As a studio art course, you will be assessed not by tests or writing papers
but mainly by your visual work leading to a final portfolio of images. Your
ability to grow in the medium, try on new ideas, learn to communicate using
the language of this medium, to appreciate ideas and trends in historical
as well as contemporary photographic art will all contribute to your grade.
Learning Outcomes: ·
To become proficient at the technical aspect of photographing with a digital camera and working with those images including digital editing, saving, sizing, posting and printing of those images
To extend the possibilities for photographic printmaking to the digital realm.
To develop and practice skills using digital photography tools and the Internet including emailing and posting to a web site.
To learn to shoot with digital cameras... and learn to maximize the quality of the output from them.
To appreciate more about the "Photographer's Art" through the study of historic and contemporary trends and to apply that appreciation to your own work.
To develop the habit of looking closely at the visible world around you in
order to represent it in terms of aesthetics and truth.
To begin to learn about the history and aesthetics of fine art photography and to apply that understanding to your completed assignments.
How to Correct Color, how to scan and prepare images for printing.
How to adjust contrast, tonality.
Review of all relevant tools found in Adobe Photoshop CS4/5/6 software.
Understand managing image files... saving, opening, uploading, posting, etc.,Electronic images… their scaling and use: imaging for the Internet
Gain proficiency with image editing for maximum image impact.
File size and print size... how to use layers, adjustment layers and resize images.
Composited Images, panoramas, HDR
Instructional Methodology: The course will balance lectures with hands-on demonstrations, learner-centered application assignments, and a comprehensive final project.
Photoshop Editing Techniques Nevins Playlist
Class 1, Friday, Sept 2
Create an online portfolio using Google Drive. All of the evidence for the semester's work will be placed here.
Class Blog: ARTH250fall2016.blogspot.com
Post an image of yourself on the class blog and tell us something about yourself. You may shoot a self portrait using the self timer on your camera or more creatively, shoot a reflection of yourself in glass, mirrors, steel, shop windows... what can you imagine? Try using the search term "self portrait" in Google Images. Not to stress about this one though... have fun! E-mail me if you have any issues, problems, etc. Click the "Contact" button above.
Read 10 tips for great pictures at Kodak.
Read my article on pixels and resolution.
By the end of week 1, you are comfortable with using your camera, moving images around and posting and emailing them. All systems are working! You can open and edit your pictures, you know how to post to the class blog, upload to Google Drive, share your folder with me.
You have posted a portrait and introduction of yourself to the class on the blog and have done all of the reading.
Read through my syllabus for the Introduction to Photography class offered in the day program as a darkroom course. Pay particular attention to the section entitled "The Classic Approach" Click through the many links regarding cameras, lenses, film, etc. to learn about technical issues in photography.
Class 2, Friday., Sept. 9
Bring 50 or more photographs of the built environment. You can photograph decay, textures, shapes and geometries. Pay attention to the light especially and the design of the elements in the frame... be inventive. Use reflections, shadows, distortions, odd angles, etc. We will edit these down to your best 6-10 using Photoshop CC and will post the 50 along with their edited versions to your Google Drive portfolio and 2 or three of your favorites to the class blog.
Class 3, Friday, Sept. 16
Class 4, Tuesday, Sept 23
Introduction to Composition
We will learn to use line, mass, value (tone), contrast, color, and selection consciously in the creation of your images.
A big part of the photographer's art lies in one's ability to organize the visual chaos of the visible world. You learn to clarify, simplify and present your environment with intention and control. Here, we will learn to go way beyond "taking pictures", accepting whatever "comes out of the camera", and move to "making photographs" through your careful looking at your subject before shooting.
Reflect on the concept of selection and looking at the edge of the frame to consciously decide what to include and not incude in your image. Appreciate light and form and how that is central to your work for this class.
Look at the work of Edward Weston. Consider this image:
Edward Weston used his 8"x10" camera to photograph this small green bell pepper set in a simple wooden bowel by window light. Notice how he moved in, and filled the frame with the form of the pepper. The simple elegance and direct presentation of the pepper has transformed it from a mere description of an ingredient in tonight's dinner to an image that is transcendent.
Read Photography—Not Pictorial, Edward Weston, Camera Craft, Vol. 37, No. 7, pp. 313-20, 1930
Browse through Weston's other natural forms.
Photograph shapes, reflections, light and pattern in an urban or town environment paying particular attention to the shapes you select in the frame and the quality of light on the subject.
Avoid being far away or showing a whole building. Always shoot with natural light. Never use flash in this class... get in close, fill the frame.
Read about Paul Strand.... His work in New York City in the early 20th Century defined how photographers could use new ideas of modernism championed in painting to great effect.
Read The Art Motive in Photography, Paul Strand, The British Journal of Photography, Vol.70, pp. 612-15, 1923
You may work in black and white.Photoshop CC makes it easy to convert and tone your images. Submit your best two images on the class blog and post 6-10 or more to your Google Drive Portfolio.
Technical: What is Aperture? How does it relate to exposure, depth of field, exposure time, etc. Demonstrate how aperture relates to these issues. How to zone focus.
Class 4, Friday, Sept 23
Class 5, Friday, September 30
Assignment: By the Sea
Look at Weston's work at Point Lobos, California. What kind of light did he photograph under? How did he move in and compose what ever he was looking at? For each photograph, consider the point of view Weston and the camera position.
Weston got down, got close to these rock forms on the beach. I want you to do the same
You are to visit the beach, and look carefully at form, light, composition and line. Examine tidal pools, rock formations and sand patterns with the curiosity and freshness of a young child, say a toddler. Move in close, fill the frame. Submit your best two images on the class blog and post 6-10 or more to your online album. (Links in academic expectations below). If you live well inland and would prefer to visit a waterfall or brook with moving water, that would work too.
Technical: What is Aperture? How does it relate to exposure, depth of field, exposure time, etc. Demonstrate how aperture relates to these issues. How to zone focus.
Class 6, Friday, October 7
Class 7, Friday, October 14
Shadows and Light
Consider this gallery of photographs by amateur Greek photographer, George Christakos. Notice how the photographs are about the quality of light... and shadow. Shadows take on a materiality that is just as strong as the architectural elements depicted, perhaps stronger. Use the widest focal length setting on your lens. Look for shadows as geometric form this week. Start around your home, downtown, or anywhere your travels take you. Look down, look up, fill the frame.
Light reflecting directly off water can be interesting... throw in dramatic clouds...perhaps at sunset... convert to black and white...
Chairs, railings, your back deck, light streaming in through windows casting shadows.... shadows made by people walking downtown...
Read this short Wikipedia entry on Minor White.
Read Equivalence: The Perennial Trend Minor White, PSA Journal, Vol. 29, No. 7, pp. 17-21, 1963
How can we use light as poetic metaphor?
Submit your best two images on the class blog and post 6-10 or more to your Google Drive.
"A very receptive state of mind... not unlike a sheet of film itself - seemingly inert, yet so sensitive that a fraction of a second's exposure conceives a life in it". -Minor White
In Windowsill Daydreaming (left), Minor White has found a projection of light rather than shadow to photograph. Can you find a beam of light to photograph?
Technical: What is shutter speed? How does it relate to exposure and the depiction of time, both instantaeous, and extended?
Class 8 Friday. Oct 21
Class 9 Friday Oct 28
God is in the Details: Altered scale: Large images from tiny object(s) (The macro project)
Read The Photographer's Eye, John Szarkowski, Introduction to the Catalog of the Exhibition
Most of your digital cameras have the wonderful ability to get really close to things and keep it in sharp focus. This is called "Macro" photography. Find out how close your camera can get and shoot everything this week from this distance. My Nikon coolpix can get to within 3/4" of the subject and keep it really sharp. Each camera is different so look it up in your manual. If you have a scanner at home, consider using it as you digital camera for the week. Scanners capture remarkable detail... better than digital cameras....
Browse through this gallery of amazing macro shots. How did the "photographer" pay attention to design and light? Discover form inside the flowers rather than just taking a picture "of" a flower... the flowers were a springboard to exploring formal elements of art and design.
Diane Vetere has been published and shows internationally. She let her lilies die in the soft drink, Sprite, creating beautiful forms that she scanned and made large 24x24" prints.
Technique: When scanning a flower, leave the lid of the scanner up. Preview the bed of the scanner then select just the area you want. Only then click scan. Here is where you choose how large a scan you'd like. Since most of our work is posted online, this won't matter... If you'd like to make prints, go back and reread my article on resolution.
If you don't have access to a scanner take a look at:
picture a day from Belgium.
Visit a greenhouse... how's your garden? . Use the macro setting on your camera, move in close!
Submit your best two images on the class blog and post 6-10 or more to your online album. (Links in academic expectations below).
Technical: What is focal length? How does it relate to the way a photograph looks in terms of perspective, depth of field, foreshortening, etc? Read this discussion about the focal length of lenses.
Class 10 Friday, Nov. 4th
Class 11 Friday, Nov 11th
The Digital Portrait
I call this assignment "How to Fry an Egg".... Everyone thinks they know how to do it but when you come right down to it, there is a lot of technique involved and there is plenty of opportunity to mess it up.
Watch Video Introduction to the assignment.
Here's what I'd like you to do... Find someone you know, love and trust. This can be a child, spouse, best friend, parent... you get the idea. Take them by window light. Watch the light on the face, wait for an open, truthful expression and create a simple but beautiful portrait. (No flash!). Use a piece of white cardboard, a sheet or other white object to reflect light back into the shadow side of the face. Take your time... there's no rush. If your model puts up a fuss, find someone else. Can you do it?
Use the Photoshop CC tools to adjust light, contrast, grayscale (if you'd like). Notice how the student took many images... Hold the camera vertically, use the telephoto (zoom in) setting on your camera, steady your hand or use a tripod. Don't make your subject smile, just relaxed and truthful. No candids either....Crop the photo like this....
Post your best 2 images to the blog, tell us about them and add an additional 6 - 10 to your Google Drive online portfolio.
Another worthy window light portrait with no reflector.
These all use a window as the main source of light.
Okay... you can do your pet... but it's harder...
Tips... No direct sunlight, simple background, quiet expression... take your time. These portraits, if done well will be far better than most commercial work from low end Sears Portrait Studio images up to high end commercial photographers... Most commercial work is over produced and artificial. For your work to be good in this assignment, I am looking for a simple, true, honest and direct portrait... it doesn't get better than that.
Class 12, Friday, Nov 18th
Class 13, Friday, December 2nd
Go back and photograph in more depth, your favorite mode of working this term. Create 7 - 10 more images that are even better than your first attempt. Post to the blog your best work and put the remainder in Google Drive. Remember to shoot on a 10 : 1 ratio... that is take 10 shots for each one you hope to post.
Want to try a time lapse project? Check this out...
December 9th, Optional make-up day
December 16th, Final Exam day, Final Project due.
Post at least once a week to the class blog. Care about the quality as well as quantity of your creative work, help and collaborate with others in the class, communicate openly with me…. Do your best. Your portfolio posted to Google Drive portfolio will be the tangible evidence of your progress in the medium but your overall contributions will play a role in determining your grade as well. Don't wait until near the end, then run around and try to get your work done in a rush... that's like skipping class all semester. Go shooting each week, post each week, let me track your progress on your fotothing.com portfolio. You may keep working on earlier assignments until the end. You may replace earlier work with newer work you like better. Your final grade is based on "The Big Picture", that is, how well you have tried to understand the assignment and worked to create pieces reflecting the spirit of the task at hand, your progress in the medium, your contributions through posting comments on other's work on the class blog as well as on fotothing, Effort counts!
For the purpose of computing numerical credit point averages, grades are evaluated as follows for each semester hour of credit. Grades on exams, papers, and quizzes, will be based on this grading system.
Acceptable Letter Grade Range to be used by the Instructor
A- to A
B-, B, B+
C-, C, C+
D-, D, D+
-A digital camera with usb cable to connect to computer usb port or a card reader, connected to your usb port (preferred).
-Know how to install software, create online accounts, upload text and images, and how to save your work into folders on your computer and how to locate and browse to those folders to retrieve it.
Tradition of Respect: In our class: 1) Everyone is allowed to feel they can work and learn in a safe and caring environment; 2) Everyone learns about, understands, appreciates, and respects varied races, classes, genders, physical and mental abilities, and sexualities; 3) Everyone matters; 4) All individuals are to be respected and treated with dignity and civility; and 5) Everyone shares the responsibility for making our class, and the College, a positive and better place to live, work, and learn.
Important! In the Digital Arts Program a majority of learning is done in the classroom. Since all classes in this program meet once a week, one absence is equivalent to missing two classes worth of information. One absence, while not encouraged, may not affect your learning experience or grade significantly; two or more will make it difficult to successfully complete the class. After a second absence, please set up a time with me to discuss options for the class. After three absences or more, in order to avoid receiving a failing grade, it is best to withdraw from the class
Photography And The Art Of Seeing: A Visual Perception Workshop For Film And Digital Photography (Paperback) by Freeman Patterson "On those frosty mornings when I grab my camera and tripod, and head out into the meadow behind my house, I quickly forgot about me..."
The World Around You: A Visual Design Workshop For Film And Digital Photography
(Paperback) by Freeman Patterson "This book about observing and photographing
the world around you is a gift to you from my students - hundreds and hundreds
of photographers who..."
Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color & Composition in Photography (Updated Edition) (Paperback) by Bryan Peterson "The human eye sees in much the same way as a 50mm lens, and therefore, the 50mm focal length lens is appropriately called a normal..."
Photographic Composition (Paperback) by Tom Grill, Mark Scanlon "Behind every photograph is an idea..."
Organizing and Editing Your Photos with Picasa : Visual QuickProject Guide (Visual Quickproject Series) (Paperback) by Steve Schwartz
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Monday, September 5 Labor Day - College Closed
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Tuesday & Friday, December 6 & 9 Reading and/or Make-up Day (Instructor Discretion)
Saturday - Friday, December 10 - 16 Final Examination Period
Saturday, December 17 Final Exam Make-up Day
Wednesday, December 21 Final Grades Due
Sunday, December 25 Christmas Day - College Closed
Monday, December 26 College Closed
New Dimensions Student, Skye Cornell on the North Atlantic Coast, near Roundstone, Ireland. Irish Journal course, May,2000.
infrared quadtone print.
Grey Lilly #1
Diane Vetere, Toronto, Canada
Raul, school assignment...(not from me, jn)
"For my photo class I had to shoot a series of portraits by a window using the natural light from outside. Also, I had to use a reflector (in my case, poster board) to bounce some light onto the face. Here are the results."
Good job Raul....