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Basic Digital PhotoSyllabusThe Basic Digital Photo section of the Digital Photography Decal is a beginner-oriented photography course, with the aim of introducing students to photography, improving their understanding of how to operate a camera, and encouraging their photographic creativity.The class will cover various types of photography, running the gamut from sports to portraits to macro/close-up photography.The class is aimed at any students interested in photography, and there are no prerequisites or background knowledge needed for this course. Core CurriculumThe course will cover several areas of photography, encompassing the scenes and situations most often encountered by photographers. Roughly 2/3 of the subjects are defined here - at the beginning of the course, suggestions will be taken on the material students are interested in learning about to fill in the remaining 1/3 of the course.The class will consist of weekly field assignments where students will take photos and experiment in a certain field of photography, and weekly meetings to review andcritique students’ photos. Students’ photos will also be uploaded online, for students to comment and critique in discussion threads. Low-light photography-Stabilization techniques-High ISO techniques-Creative uses of blur from motion and camera shakeAction-High ISO techniques-Flash stop-action photographyPortraits-Experimentation with lighting-Focal length and perspectiveMacro-Angles and perspectiveLandscape-Utilizing different focal lengthsNecessary MaterialsThe only equipment required for this class is a digital camera of some sort. Even a cell phone or PDA camera will work for most assignments, so long as the images canbe transferred onto the computer. However, the more capable the camera, the moreyou will be able to learn. A tripod may also be useful.You may use a film camera, although you would need to scan the negatives in as digital images for the class (a film scanner is available). Given that the assignmentsare due weekly, this is probably impractical.Minimum Camera Feature Requirements:Ability to retrieve image files onto computerAbility to zoom to some extent (not digital zoom)Useful Camera Features for this class:Manual control over ISO, Aperture, and Shutter SpeedLarge range for ISO settings (Lower than ISO200, greater than ISO400)Large range in focal lengths (large optical “zoom”)GradingStudents will be evaluated on completion of weekly assignments, and also participation in online discussions of students’ photos. Students will be required to complete 75% of the weekly assignments and post at least 3 commentaries/critiqueson other students’ photos each assignment, for 75% of the assignments. The courseis graded on a Pass/No Pass basis.Course ScheduleAs the course is likely to be molded by the pace of the course and topics students are interested in, there will be no set course schedule, although topics will generallyfollow in the vein of the core curriculum outlined


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