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.
Shooting Assignment List (tentative)
We'll be using the Nikon D5200 in our class.
Parts & Controls
How-to by Ken Rockwell
The Exposure Triangle
The exposure triangle has many names, but they all deal with three things:
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 guide 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.