On Looking 7:38pm, 15 January 2015
Photography II: Digital (Winter 2015)
Keeara Rhoades |

Explore advanced digital photography techniques while learning workflow processes for making visually dynamic fine art photographs. Learn techniques that parallel digital camera and computer workflow such as advanced composition, framing and cropping; exposure techniques, RGB color spectrum, light filtration and Kelvin scale/white balance; RAW processing and basic Adobe Lightroom Photoshop adjustments for workflow management, using PS Smart Objects, editing, soft proofing, image formatting, printing and archiving. Introduction to flash, external lighting, and/or low lighting techniques will also be explored.

Learn concepts to construct images containing hierarchies of subject-matter. Explore visual language to develop dynamics, context, and symbolic, metaphoric or narrative based imagery. Through intensive, hands-on work throughout the quarter, develop your personal style and refine your visual dialogue. Students must have a digital SLR camera with full manual control.

Assignments are designed around the technical and theoretical information presented in class to inspire a collective understanding of photographic concepts and development of strong visual dialogue. Supported by technical and conceptual lectures, the student is encouraged to interpret each assignment as it relates to his/her interest, but with a fine art emphasis. Early assignments are geared to challenge a photographic way of seeing by deliberately constructing the image. This process will develop personal intuition and keen observational skills to visualize dynamic photographs.

Weekly critiques will include instructor and peer interpretation, constructive feedback, and suggested source material for continued investigation. Criticism will take constructive form and it is expected the student will inquire further into suggested terms, concepts, techniques and sources following critique. To encourage individual process and critical thinking, assignments are set out to challenge the student with a puzzle: Deconstruct it to reconstruct. Each assignment will have a conceptual emphasis that will require some extended research. In addition to research, major assignments should consider 1) pre-shoot and pre-production planning; 2) re-shoot or digital post-production; 3) Output and digital workflow. We will isolate this process in the final assignment.

Critiques are intended to help realize your personal style. Class participation is strongly encouraged, and students will be asked to comment on their own work as well as their classmates. Images from lecture with notes and assignment details will be posted on the course flickr page for your reference following assignment introduction and slide lecture. It is important that you refer to this posting each week for updates or modifications to the assignment.

Required Materials:
•       Digital SLR camera, minimum 8 MP
•       User Manual for camera
•       memory cards (4-8 GB recommended)
•       External Storage Device to store/archive digital files (250 GB minimum suggested)
•       3-Ring Binder for archiving weekly contact sheets, proof prints, research, critique feedback, etc.

Recommended Course Materials:
•       Off-Camera Flash, card-reader, Tripod, Gray/Color Card, Adobe Photoshop CS4/5 (if working on laptop or outside lab) or equivalent Photo Editing software (Light Room, Aperture)
•       Archival Digital Printing Paper (for pigment ink) for use on PCNW Epson printers

NOTE: The PCNW Digital Lab supplies Lexjet papers (gloss, semi-matte, matte surfaces) that can be purchased at the time of printing (8.5x11” @ $0.50/sheet; rolls @ $1.00/sq foot). If you would like to print using special papers NOT provided by the PCNW digital lab, please contact the digital lab technician, Juan Aguilera (, for approved ICC Profile papers. Purchased papers should be compatible with pigment inks and Epson printers.

Required Textbook:
•       Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels, 5th Edition, by Robert Hirsch
•       Photography, by Upton, Stone, London
This text is required in addition to the Hirsch text if you have not taken Digital Photography 1 at PCNW

Suggested Texts on Photography for reference:
•       Criticizing Photographs: An Introduction to Understanding Images, by Terry Barrett
•       The Creative Digital Darkroom, by Katrin Eismann and Sean Duggan
•       Perception and Imaging, by Richard D. Zakia
•       On Photography, by Susan Sontag
•       About Looking, by John Berger
•       Ways of Seeing, by John Berger

Expected weekly commitment outside of class: 6 hours minimum
Prerequisite for this course: Digital Photography 1

Facility Rental/Fee information: Photo Center student rental rates take the place of optional lab fees to give students a better choice in budgeting their time for class assignments, and to help the Photo Center cover its operational costs and supplies. Averaged over a 10 week period (the normal duration of a 3-credit class), these blocks offer 2, 4, or 6 hours per week of facilities use, at discounts ranging from 20% to 62% percent off of normal members rates. Please check with the front desk for updated lab hours and availability. You will need to make a reservation to ensure you will have a computer and to verify that there is not a lab conflict. Additionally, if you intend to print in the digital lab using roll paper call ahead to reserve the appropriate printer – printer reservations must be made to ensure that the printer is in fact available for use and is only being used by the person whose paper is loaded in the printer.

Please call the front desk at 206-720-7222 X10- to make a reservation.
Learn more on the PCNW website:

Student Block 1: 20 hours, $140
Student Block 2: 40 hours, $200
Student Block 3: 60 hours, $225
*NEW* Unlimited Use Pass $650 - Unlimited facilities use for two quarters

Facility Rental Blocks (aka print blocks) will now be valid for TWO consecutive quarters and will expire at
the end of this time frame; blocks will be valid from the first day of an academic quarter, or time of purchase if after the start of the quarter, and will expire on the last day of the following academic quarter. No exceptions. For example: blocks purchased during the Winter 2012 Quarter, on or after January 2, 2012, will expire on the last day of the Spring 2012 Quarter.

Learn more on the PCNW website:
Helpful considerations when planning which block is most appropriate for your needs:
•       Expect to spend a minimum of 20 hours editing and printing your work. Printing your own work is a requirement for completing the course. Contact Sheets are the ONLY exception for printing services.
•       Please note: lab fees do not cover printing costs such as paper an ink outside of class time. You are required to purchase paper for printing all proofs and assignments. Sheet and Roll papers are available for purchase in the digital lab. Please inquire with lab technician on cost. Ink cost is $0.05 / sq. inch.

Course Requirements and Grading:
Grades will be based on attendance, completion of assignments, demonstration of improved skills and class participation. Since each assignment relies on the information learned in the previous lessons, it is essential that you attend each class. One missed class will be allowed with no grade penalty. Each additional missed class will be a .25 grade drop. More than three absences and you will be dropped from class with no credit.

Participation cannot be made-up so it is important to attend each class. If student must miss a class it is his/her responsibility to notify instructor prior to absence. Attendance to another section of the same course is permissible to make up that session. Missed assignments can be turned in prior to the next class meeting for assignment credit and at any time before the end of the quarter for partial credit.

•       30% of grade is class participation (includes weekly critique, flickr, discussions)
•       40% of grade is based on weekly assignments
•       30% of grade is based on final project and portfolio

Online Course Forum:
A group is set up for students to upload their work each week for the assignment. Assignment details, images and notes from lectures, updated schedule and syllabus information, and other class details or references will also be posted in the flickr discussion.

Early assignments will include digital critique using your flickr posting. When printing assignments, you will still be required to upload images to the flickr group for instructor and peer feedback. Participation in this group is necessary to improve editing and communication skills.
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