Read the introduction, along with chapters 1-3
The test will be multiple choice. It will cover most everything on the study guide. It would be in your best interest to not only read the study guide, but actually read the chapters themselves.
Assignment 1 - due Friday, 1/30
LR5 can be a bit intimidating to newbies, but...
...once you get a feel for how it works, you'll never go back. Since we're using shared computers, we're going to have to go through a couple of extra steps. On your own computers, you shouldn't really have to worry about using multiple catalogs.
Adobe's page on catalogs
Adobe's intro to LR5 page
You've saved up, and now you're ready to sink you hard-earned cash into some shiny new gear. Which camera maker should you go with?
Nikon, obviously. :) Just kidding. I say Nikon because both my father and I have been shooting with Nikon gear for years, and, since I'm created the budget for a program, we're getting Nikon gear. But, honestly, digital cameras today are so advanced, so utterly awesome in their ability to capture fantastic images, that it really just comes down to personal preference. Read to the two articles below that delve deeper into the age-old discussion of who makes the better camera and decide for yourself which camera maker should reign supreme.
The Great Debate: Canon vs Nikon
The Real Reason the Canon vs Nikon Debate Will Never Die
Here's a collection of articles dealing with basic concepts you'll need to learn in order to start taking your photography to the next level.
Good summary of Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO
Difference in lenses
What is Depth of Field?
What is Sharpness?
Another good guide to exposure
Go ahead and bookmark this site on your laptop/phone's browser/etc., as we'll be using it throughout the year. We will also start using Dorman's new itsLearning system at some point this semester, but I plan for this site to be a resource for you, and one that you can share with your family and friends, as well as a place to show of your work and growth as photographers throughout the semester.
This class is not easy. Digital photography combines both art and science, and will require you to be an adaptable, flexible, and self-motivated learner. We will be working with cameras, lenses, lights, laptops, and image editing software. We'll be working on the laptops to edit and deliver our images. You'll be required to read outside of class for tests that will be in class. And yes, you'll have to study. Everything can be done outside of class if needed, but your life will be a lot easier if you use your time wisely and get your work done in class.
This course requires a basic understanding of Windows 8 (if you're familiar with Win 7, you'll pick it up pretty quickly). We'll be transferring files around, working with network drives, and working with Adobe products.
You'll be learning a new vocabulary with which to talk about photography so that you can go out on your own and interact with other photographers and sound like you know what you're talking about.
I'll provide you with the knowledge and skills to go out and get started, but it will be up to you to master the concepts and techniques we cover in class.
I expect you to be responsible and mature. I know you hear this in a lot of classes, but it is especially important in this class. Playing around in class could cost you money, and a lot of it at that. Horsing around in the room or when out shooting will not be tolerated.
All that being said, I'm excited that you're here and excited to see you grow as photographers over the course of the semester. I want you to learn to create images, not snapshots, and kind that you'll be proud to have your name attached to.
I'll be teaching you from the perspective of a working photographer; everything we do will be geared towards developing the skills needed to be a photographer who works in the real world.
Most of all, I want you to have fun. The more you put into it, the more you'll get out of it.
Course Introduction and Basic Concepts
The last page must be signed and returned as one of the prerequisites for using classroom equipment.
This document will give you a very brief overview of the history of photography.
What is a DSLR?
In our class, we'll be using a Nikon D5200, an entry-level DSLR.
The Exposure Triangle
The exposure triangle has many names, but they all deal with three things: ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture.
How do you talk about photography?
We'll do a lot of critiquing and reflecting on photography in DPI. These guides will help you to develop a vocabulary with which to talk intelligently and accurately about photography.
What do I need to know in order to take a camera outside of the room?
We'll talk more in-depth about the tiered-progression checklist for using the classroom equipment, but this along with an exposure test are the two main things you'll need to complete prior to being able to take a camera out on your own.