Creative Camerawork Digital Imaging

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    Course Description: In Creative Camerawork, students learn to apply traditional photography principles to a digital medium. The course covers the primary mechanical and conceptual differences between digital and traditional 35mm cameras. Through lectures, demonstrations, shooting assignments, and critiques, students are introduced to a basic aesthetic grammar of photography, addressing the historical, cultural, commercial and artistic significance of photography as a medium, and are provided with an historical and critical context for looking at and making photographs. Students learn the fundamentals of digital capture and use software for file processing, management, and output, using their own digital cameras with manually adjustable focus and exposure (a limited number of loaners are available for one-night use). Students must also provide their own external hard drive. Fee $75.00 includes 2 packs of paper.
    Enduring Understandings:

    • Artists communicate sensibility and meaning through visual & performing arts.
    • Artists manipulate their medium(s) to construct meaning.
    • An artist's ability to listen and interpret affects his or her ability to understand the art form.
    • A level of proficiency is necessary to communicate an artist's intent.
    • An artist's use of skills and techniques is a continual, repetitive learning process.
    • Artists present finished products or performance.
    • The critique process can lead to heightened awareness of aesthetics.
    • Critiques promote the use of art vocabulary.
    • The critique process is a valuable analysis of what takes place intuitively.

    Essential Questions:
    • How do form, content and context express and influence meaning?
      Assessment Prompt: Support with evidence how form, content and context express and influence meaning.

    • How do elements (nouns) and principles (adjectives) facilitate the creative process?
      Assessment prompt: Evaluate the use of elements and principles in facilitating the creative process.

    • How do skill and technique enable the creative process?
      Assessment prompt: Evaluate the role of skill and technique in enabling the creative process.

    • How do we use critique to inform our art?
      Assessment prompt: Analyze the role of critique in informing art making.
  • Course Academic Vocabulary:

    • Aperture
    • Burning
    • Contrast
    • Depth of field
    • Dodging
    • DSLR
    • Exposure
    • Focal length
    • Gif
    • ISO
    • JPEG
    • Layer
    • Opaque
    • Pixel
    • Reciprocity
    • Shutter speed
    • Tone
    • Transparent
    • Tripod

    Course Units / Topics of Study:

    • Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
    • Digital photo collage
    • How to operate a DSLR camera
    • Light painting with Pixel Stick
    • Motion blur
    • Photomontage
    • Portraiture
    • Stop motion
    • Shallow depth of field vs deep depth of field
    • Using a scanner