Digital Storytelling Photo II

Digital Storytelling Photo II Course Syllabus

Digital Photography II

  • This class will introduce advanced studio techniques that build on the previous skills acquired in Digital Photography I.
  • Students will learn to work with more advanced photographic equipment including professional strobe and hot-lights, while refining their natural lighting skills.
  • Students will concentrate on the development of a distinctive personal style and will pursue individual interests.
  • Students will continue to critique their work and will engage in an ongoing study of the history of photography.
  • Students will critique and analyze photographers from various fields across the globe.
  • This class will continue to focus on hands-on learning both inside and outside the classroom/lab.
  • Students will continue to develop an on-line portfolio of digital photographic work and will be required to actively participate in the critique process.

Common Core Standards:

·      Key Ideas and Details

RST.9-10.3.  Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.

·      Craft and Structure

RST.9-10.4.  Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9–10 texts and topics.

·      Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

RST.9-10.7. Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.

Cameras Used In Class: TBA

Programs Used: TBA

We will/may use excerpts from the following books, magazines, or article links listed on the website:

  • Adobe Photoshop CS4/5/6 Classroom in a book
  • O’Reilly Photoshop CS4/5/6 photo effects cookbook,
  • O’Reilly: Photoshop fine art effects cookbook
  • Popular Photography
  • New York Times Photoblog
  • Etc.

Homework: At least one writing assignment per semester

Assessment/Grading Policy: See the Rubric for additional details

  • Projects = 60% of final grade
  • Labs = 40% of final grade
  • Participation = 10% of final grade

Supplies Needed: (Highly recommended)

  • 8 GB flash drive
  • Notebook to keep class notes, ideas and sketches

Behavior Policy:

  • School wide policies will be upheld in this class. This includes, but is not limited to; a no electronic device policy, a dress code policy, tardy policy (in this class a tardy is defined as not in the room and ready when the bell rings).

Digital Photography Class Privileges:

  • In photography at times we get the privilege to go outside and photograph.
  • It is very important that you understand this is a privilege and it can be revoked at anytime if it is abused.
  • At all times you must respect the fact that other classes are in session.
    • Avoid the classrooms
    • Do not disturb classes (through a window, a door, or other means)
    • Do not communicate with people in classes (that includes talking and waving)
    • Whisper in the halls, your talking voice can be very loud to a quiet classroom
    • Stay within the outlined boundaries – TBA
    • You may not hang out in the halls (only use the halls to quietly go to an open space)
    • You may not use your cell phone while on a photography assignment (it is still class time)
    • You may not leave campus without explicit written permission

Course Objectives: Students will be able to…

• Demonstrate a solid understanding of art concepts through the elements of art and principles of design
• Demonstrate an intermediate to advanced knowledge of Adobe Photoshop (PS)
• Demonstrate working knowledge of digital photography via a DSLR camera by producing consistent quality images
• Create projects that reflect individual creativity and personal interpretation
• Maintain an online portfolio of photographic work divided into various class projects

Course Activities:

1. Lectures and demonstration
2. Software Lessons/Lab
3. Camera Instruction and Assignments
4. Project Assignments
5. Critique
6. Class Participation Course Topics

Course Projects: (TBA, tailored to individual students)

• Photojournalism
• Portraiture
• Online Digital Portfolio

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