Digital Photography is a one-semester course for seniors or students meeting teacher approved requirements with a portfolio of work BEFORE ENROLLMENT DEADLINE. Students will create a variety of projects involving the basics elements of art by using black and white and color formats. Topics covered in this course will include Line, Shape, Value, Texture, Merger, People in Their Environment, Viewpoint, Color, Lighting Quality & Direction, Composition and Photo Criticism. Students will use Adobe Photoshop as an adjunct in creatively manipulating images. For students going on to post high school art study, Digital Photography is not a substitute but rather, an adjunct for Studio Art.
DUE DATES: All work is due on the assigned due date.
IMPORTANT: Photography cannot wait until the last minute. If you do your work immediately when it is first assigned, you will have room for errors. If you hold off until the last possible moment, it is almost certain that disasters will result. Therefore, unlike many courses, you cannot crash and be successful. Crashing does not work in photography because there are too many technical variables with cameras, computers, labs, printers, and so forth that can go wrong.
HINT: TAKE YOUR CAMERA WITH YOU EVERYWHERE TO SHOOT. DO NOT WAIT TO SHOOT.
FINAL EXAM: A portfolio of your best 23 mounted images dry mounted on 11” x 14” mat board with written inventories (you will learn about these later) in addition to an un-mounted self portrait.
A working digital camera with a minimum of 3 megapixels which is compatible with Windows operating systems.
You can own, borrow or rent a working digital camera (minimum 3 megapixels) for the entire course that is compatible with USB connections. As an alternative, you may use a traditional camera. When you develop the film ask the lab to put the images onto CD Roms, so they can be brought to class on due dates. Buying one? See the Yellow Pages in paper/on online under “Photography” or "Camera sales," etc. If you go to Wholesale Photo in Midland Park and tell them you are a student of IHA, you will get good service. Ask if they give student discounts and you might get –10%. B & H Photo in Manhattan also has a fine selection as does Bergen Camera in Westwood and Gene Hacker in Hackensack.
At least 10 CD Roms on which you will burn each assignment at home to take to class for a critique and selection for laser printing.
An 11” x 14” unlined journal with 100 blank pages (available at Pearl Paint or another art supply store*).
Optional: Purchase your own 11" x 14" white matt boards or you may cut your own from school supplied matt board.
WHAT DO I DO WITH MY PHOTOS ONCE THEY ARE SHOT?
ALL IMAGES FROM EACH ASSIGNMENT MUST BE BURNED ON A CD ROM AND DOWNLOADED IN YOUR FILE ON OR BEFORE THE DUE DATE. THE BURNED CD ROM FOR EACH ASSIGNMENT MUST BE BROUGHT TO CLASS ON THE DUE DATE FOR CRITIQUE.
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