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COURSE SCHEDULE
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WEEK 1
(THURS) JAN 8

• Introductions & Print Share, Syllabus/Schedule Overview, Flickr (please join prior to next class)
• Facilities/Lab Overview
• Technical Quiz & Camera Operations Review
o Bring your Camera, User Manual, Questions: Camera, Computer, Software, Hardware, Photograph, ect.
• Review Compositional Elements

Lecture Topic: Do You See? Composition, Framing/Crop, Primary & Secondary Subject Matter
Assignment: This assignment challenges the active process of critically seeing your subject in both form and content. Your goal is to create one dynamic image that directs the viewer around the image using Elements of Composition (as many as you can) as your guiding tool; Your image should also communicate a message (what are you passionate about?). When composing the image both formally and conceptually, consider this primary intent: If you were to crop the image later how would this crop change the image intent/message/meaning? This will be our critique discussion next week as we explore the power of crop and the photographic edge.
• Shoot in RAW Format (+ JPEG if you are unable to process the RAW prior to next week)
• Shoot a minimum or 150 images, all in full Manual Exposure Mode.
• Print one contact sheet (20 images) of the best images from your shoot.
• Bring your RAW file of the selected images to class next week: Select 1-2 images from the shoot for in-class processing and critique. Provide exposure information including: Aperture, Shutter-Speed, ISO, WB, Focal Length, Lighting Description, Metering Mode, etc.
• List all the compositional elements you used, how do they help direct the viewer around the image (first read, second read, third read), where do you intend to crop the image later, and how will this crop change the meaning of the image?
Reading: Please review quiz and explore areas you feel weak. Order the textbook if you have not yet.

WEEK 2
(THURS) JAN 15

Digital Lab: Orientation, Workflow Management, Printing
Please bring your RAW files from the assignment, we will Process and Print in class
Image Review/Discussion: Do You See? Why crop? Where would you crop to change meaning of photo?
Assignment: Use compositional elements to show the ambience of a desired interior space. See Flickr for assignment details.

WEEK 3
(THRUS) JAN 22

Review Assignment
Lecture: Taking and Making Photographs
Topic: Histograms: In-class shooting exercise. Please bring your camera and other accessories.
Assignment: Urban Nightlight - Analyze Histograms, record exposure info in handout and bring markups to next class. See Flickr for assignment details.
Watch Documentary, Brief Encounters by artist “Maker” Gregory Crewdson www.gregorycrewdsonmovie.com/

WEEK 4
(THURS) JAN 29

Review Assignment: Urban Nightlight
Lecture Topic: Lighting & Color Analysis
Gels & Filters, Light Sources, RGB Additive Color, Color Space, Custom WB & Kelvin Scale
Shooting Exercise (weather pending) – lighting, atmosphere and color at night (bring flashlight or other lighting tools)
Assignment: Color By Numbers – Expand on in-class exercise, record all lighting, gel, WB, Exposure, etc. and include with RGB Histograms and 1 proof print for each image (4 total) for review next week. Each image must contain a minimum of 3 different light sources. See Flickr for assignment details.
For next week bring to class a book that contains a multi-color photograph. You will use it for a technical exercise, and the more color the greater the learning curve. You will also need your camera.

WEEK 5
(THURS) FEB 5

Review: Color By Numbers
Lecture Topic: Color Proofing
Bring to class the book containing your chosen color photograph. You will RAW capture this image using your camera and the copy-stand. We will process and color-match your capture with image in book.
Review & Discussion: Share source Images, color corrections; discuss assignment handout
Assignment: Artist Research Project (part 1) See flickr for details. You also need to bring a RAW file to class for technical exercise next week. This should be an image that you would like to print.

WEEK 6
(THURS) FEB 12

Digital Lab: Roll Paper Orientation
• Printing Overview: Roll Papers
• Soft proofing exercise
Lecture Topic: Source Material, Appropriation, Subversion, Intervention, Copyright
Assignment: Artist Research Project (Part 2).
See Flickr for details.
Watch Banksy documentary, Exit Through The Gift Shop www.banksyfilm.com/
See also:
cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2007/03/fairy-use-tale
creativecommons.org/licenses/



WEEK 7
(THURS) FEB 19

Review: 3 contact sheets from assignment due (60 images) for peer review and written comments. Share feedback and insights.
Lecture Topic: Workflow & Planning: Size Matters
• Review image selections, workflow management
• Print size, edits, post-production
• Production for print
Assignment: Based on the peer-review feedback, reshoot your chosen subject.
Bring at least one project image file to next class. You will soft proof the image during class and print using roll papers. You should know in advance the size your will be printing the image or images. You should also bring your preferred method for transporting your large image (tube, photo tissue, portfolio box/carrier, DIY carrier using foam board and gaffers or photo tape, etc.)


WEEK 8
(THURS) FEB 26

Digital Lab: Soft Proofing and Printing during class / Solutions for transportation and handling of large prints
Daylight Studio: Shooting and Assisting
Assignment: Shoot for Personal Project. Bring image files and proofs to class next week.


WEEK 9
(THURS) MAR 5

Review of work in-progress
Lecture Topic: Archiving & Presentation Methods, Matte Cutting Demo, Writing Artist Statement of Intent
Lab: Portfolio printing – bring 10 RAW files for portfolio printing and JPEG formatting. These should be your best images from the course.
Assignment: Finish your personal project. All work must be printed and presentation considered. Finish your Statement of intent for the final project and bring a printed copy to present with your final project for critique next week.


PREPARE FOR FINAL CLASS
Schedule time during the week for working in the Digital Lab, editing and printing you final work. Images must be printed larger than 8.5x11 and printed by You! You will also need to assemble your 3-ring binder, format you digital portfolio, finalize your Statement of Intent, etc.



WEEK 10: FINAL CLASS
(THRUS) MAR 12

Final Critique/Presentation
Final Printed Project, Digital Portfolio (on thumb drive) & Printed Statement of Intent due
Bring food/drinks, invite friends/family to help celebrate your hard work!
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