Middle Tennessee State University
This course is designed to give a better understanding of digital image making through the application of lens-based processes.
Each student will be exposed to basic terminology and techniques within the field of photography. Upon the successful completion of this course, you should be comfortable with the following: appropriate camera and lens selection, in-camera exposure controls, principles of 2D design, basic image editing software controls, and image presentation. This course will also rely upon critical thinking and creative problem solving as methods of image creation and evaluation.
• Demonstrating proper camera control to achieve specific aesthetics. • Applying basic compositional guidelines to image making.
• Using both available and artificial lighting.
• Making images that address certain visual problems.
• Understanding how light represents form in two dimensions.
• Critiquing photographs from a specific perspective.
• Digital Camera with Manual (aperture & shutter) settings. Prefer a DSLR
• A prime lens (focal length depends on sensor size) or a variable focal length lens • Camera stabilization device. TRIPOD
• Card reader or cable to connect to computer
• External storage device for digital files. Portable HD or Jump Drive
• Smartphone that takes pictures.
Students are required to attend all class meetings, to arrive on time, to come prepared & ready to work, and to stay for the duration of the class. Any absences that may be considered as excused, must be properly documented and made available to the instructor prior to the following class meeting. Furthermore, it is the student’s responsibility to make up any missed information due to absences.
Late arrival or departure
Students are required to arrive on time and to stay for the entire duration of the class. There are no excused late arrivals or departures. A student is considered late beginning at 15 minutes after the class’s scheduled start time. All late arrivals or departures will be documentedbytheinstructorandwill constituteapartofthefinalgrade.
Cell Phones are prohibited. In the event of an emergency, please make the instructor aware prior to class beginning that you will need to have your phone accessible. No digital wandering during class unless it is a part of a project.
Attending class does not constitute participation. It is your responsibility to have the required items ready at the beginning of the class meeting. We will be having several discussions about the work you produce and your engagement with the discussions in necessary. Your participation in this class will constitute 30% of your final grade.
Middle Tennessee State University
Final grades will be based upon the following:
Attendance & Participation 20% Weekly Assignments / LAB 20% Mid Term Exam 20% Final Project 40%
A 100-90 B 89-80 C 79-70 D 69-60
You will receive approximately one project per week which will address a specific visual problem. All requirements
will be specified and you are expected to follow them. Projects are primarily graded upon technical proficiency and
are based upon the following scale:
5 Exceeds expectations in all aspects
4 (100%) Fulfills all requirements in an advanced manner
3 (75%) Average completion of requirements
2 (50%) Below average completion of requirements
1 (25%) Does not meet all requirements
0 (0%) Nothing submitted
All assignments must be delivered on time unless approved by the instructor. There will be NO LATE WORK ACCEPTED, unless you have an excused absence for the class period the project was given.
This will draw upon everything you have learned in class. You should take a considerable amount of time and dedicated effort to pre-visualizing and photographing your final project. You should take pride in all of your projects.
Exam which covers the technical elements discussed.
THIS COURSE IS TIME-CONSUMING AND REQUIRES THAT YOU DEVOTE YOUR ATTENTION & PATIENCE, AS DEVELOPING A PHOTOGRAPHIC VISION TAKES TIME.
PLEASE COMMIT TO STAYING FOCUSED AND DILIGENT!
A note to my students.
We will create a atmosphere of learning by doing. I expect the student to ask lots of questions and be curious. Learn to appreciate more about the “Photographer’s Art” through the study of historic and contemporary trends and apply that appreciation to your own work. Develop the habit of looking closely at the visible world around you in order to represent it in terms of aesthetics and truth.
There will be lectures, a movie or two, and lots of picture making. There will be some additional reading to stimulate your creativity and also educate you on some historical aspects of photography. Reading is to be completed before class. Work is to be presented at the beginning of class that will be critiqued by the class. Ask questions. Participate in critiques. Don’t be a wallflower. As the sign says… Be Fearless, Behold Wonder.