DAT 108, DIGITAL IMAGING I
Prerequisite: DAT*H101. Digital Imaging I provides an in-depth study of
This is a working studio class and through demonstrations and hands on work you will learn to solve visual problems using Adobe software. This "hands on" experience is the key to success in this class. The primary evidence for progress in this class will be a portfolio of 50+ pieces illustrating concepts learned.
Number of Credits: 3
Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of all required assignments, the learner will be able to:
1. To understand the use of all tools found in Photoshop CS 5.5/6 software.
5. Gain proficiency in creating vector graphics.
Complete Photography Guide for Beginners at Life Hack
Class 1 2-Sept Intro to class, create class blog, post bio and image to blog. Demonstrate editing tools in Photoshop. Students Edit their own work.
Class 2 9-Sept Introduction to Composition: Photographic Geometry of the the built environment Photoshop Edit for focal point and emphasis, Sculpt light...feathered selections the levels tool, the curve tool, Color correction. View How to Video Here
Newer Video, recorded June, 2013
Watch this video I made on basic editing for light, contrast and color balance using a student image. Feb 2015
Class 3 16-Sept Introduction to Composition: Photographic Geometry of the the built environment. Further work on using editing tools... levels, curves, feathered selections, etc. Video discussion of student work on this assignment. I discuss what I am looking for this week and go over the good, the dull and the ugly....about 13 min long....
ADOBE TV Dozens of short how to videos from Adobe.
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.
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.
Class 4 23-Sept Macro/ Close up Photography.
Browse through this gallery of amazing macro shots.
Class 5 30-Sept Light and Shadow: Design your compositions with the materiality of shadows. Photoshop focus, Feathered selections, levels adjustment, reading the histogram.
Class 6 7-Oct The Beauty of Urban Decay.... Excellent images to begin with here. Photoshop focus, Contrast, Hue and Saturation, Color Balance.
Class 7 14-Oct 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.
25 Inspirational Natural Light Portraits Take a look at these...Which is your favorite? Why? Where did the photographer position themself relative to the light?
Photoshop focus: Healing brush, clone tool, "painting" blur with history brush, other skin tips and techniques.
Class 8 21-Oct Motion Blur Photography Learn to control shutter speed for expressive movement.
Class 9 28 -Oct Photoshop Surrealism/ the composited reality.
Photoshop focus: Layer blend modes, advanced selection techniques, layer masks, lighting techniques.
Class 10 4-Nov Photoshop Mirrored and Rotational Symmetries Intro to composite project. View How to Video Here.
Class 11 11-Nov Illustrator Tools - examples of various tools, fills strokes, objects, clones, the pen tool, bezier curves.
ADOBE TV: dozens of short how to videos from Adobe on getting started and more in Illustrator.
Class 12 18-Nov Illustrator: brushes, rotations, clones, transformations.
Class 13 25-Nov Veteran's Day, No Classes.
Class 14 2 -Dec More Illustrator tricks: Vector tracing, splash graphics, using the blend tool, create vector characters, swirls and flourishes, perfecting the use of the pen tool, Icon/Logo design.
Class 15- Dec 9 Illustrator: 50 Illustrator Tutorials.
Final Class- Dec. 16 Final Exam/Last Class Finish up any incomplete work, polish final portfolio.
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Sunday, August 30Last Day 100% Refund
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Tuesday, December 8Reading and/or Make-up Day (Instructor Discretion)
Sunday, December 13Credit Classes End
Monday - Sunday, December 14 - 20Final Examination Period
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Wednesday, December 23Final Grades Due
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