Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

FNAR 115 Digital Photography

Summer 2014 - Session I


Loyola University Chicago, John Felice Rome Center

FNAR 115 Digital Photography In Rome



FNAR 115 Digital Photography In Rome

Summer Session 1, 2014

Professore Donald R. Winslow

Class meets T/TH 15:00 - 18:20

Final Class: 19 June 2013

Office Hours: Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00 and by appointment



COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class is designed for beginning and intermediate photography students exploring the interiors of Rome and the surrounding countryside, towns, and villages, concentrating on the dynamics of composition through the use of color and natural light. A variety of subjects will be covered including how to shoot portraits and fashion, picturing food, shooting a photographic essay, and

preparing a portfolio. There will also be individual and group photography critiques, and photographic field trips. When possible, there may be guest presentations by local Italian photographers. The emphasis of the class, however, will be in learning how to control the camera in order to create photographic images that are an expression of your personal vision.



LEARNING OBJECTIVES: An understanding of the basic concepts of photography; how cameras, lenses, and digital imaging and film work; photographic composition; lighting conditions and lighting techniques; editing and presenting photographs; building a portfolio of images; individual and group photography critiques.



REQUIRED MATERIALS: Students must have a DIGITAL CAMERA with the ability to make manual settings. A digital SLR camera is preferable; no film cameras. Consumer grade cameras may be compatible with this class IF THE CAMERA ALLOWS MANUAL SETTINGS. Also required: a camera storage card and a spare card (minimum of 2GM); a card reader and/or USB connection for camera to download images; storage device such as a large flash drive (4 to 10GM) or a small external hard drive (20 to 50GB); small portable camera tripod. A laptop computer with photography editing software is recommended.



REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: A Short Course in Digital Photography by Barbara London and Jim Stone. Paperback, 224 pages, Pearson Publishers, 2nd edition. ISBN-10 # 0205207863. ISBN-13:

978-0205207862. Available at LUC's Campus Bookstore: http://www.luc-lsc.bkstr.com/




In this class there will be individual weekly photographic assignments; a written Mid-term Exam; a

research paper about a photographic artist; an organized portfolio of your images; and a semester photographic project (which will serve as the Final Exam).


Week 1 (May 20, May 22): Basic photography. Class lectures, understanding how assignments will be given and delivered, shooting first photographic assignments, first critiques.



Week 2 (May 27, May 29): Available light, composition, and portraits. Class lectures, assignments, class shoot, field trip for portrait and fashion. Propose and approval of research paper about a photographic artist.


Week 3 (June 3, June 5): Nature, landscapes, and urban photography. Class lectures, assignments, field trips for nature, landscape, and urban photography, written mid-term exam. Semester project topic proposed and approved, project shooting begins.


Week 4 (June 10, June 12): Fashion, food, and specialty photography, photographic essays and picture stories, preparing portfolios. Class lectures, assignments, class shoot, field trip for subjects. Research paper on a photographic artist is due on 13 June.


Week 5 (June 17, June 19): Final week for shooting semester project. Finishing semester project, finish picture stories, finish portfolios. A critique of the semester’s work, one-on-one and group critiques. Final project due on last day of class, 20 June.


Students are required to shoot a sufficient number of images per assignment to satisfy the instructor. Students are required to meet with the instructor during scheduled office hours for one-one-one critiques of their photography, along with group critiques of their work during class sessions.


ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATION: Attendance is mandatory. A missed class will result in the lowering of a final grade.


GRADING POLICY: Each individual assignment will count as one grade and the Final Semester Project counts as two grades. A written Mid-Term Exam will count as two grades. A research paper counts as two grades. All grades will be averaged for the final course grade. Late or incomplete assignments will be penalized by one grade (an A becomes a B, etc.). One week before the class ends, students wishing to improve their grade may have an opportunity to do so by taking on an additional assignment. The additional assignment can only improve the grade; it will not be used to compute the final grade if by including it the final grade would decrease. Grades: A = 94-100; A- = 90-93; B+ = 87-89; B = 83-86; B- =

80-82; C+ = 77-79; C = 73-76; C-= 70-72; D+=67-69; D = 63-66; D-= 60-62; F= 0-59. A/A- = Excellent command of the photographic language, image structure sophisticated, project organization is high, software application is advanced. B+ = Very good command of the photographic language showing very few errors, image structure is advanced. B = Good command of the photographic language, competent use of image structure, evidence of development and complexity, work will generally be above average.

B- = Satisfactory command of the photographic language, image structure will be simple, medium number of errors. C+ = Some evidence of ability to control the photographic language, image structure is simple, frequent but not serious errors. C/C- = Some evidence of the ability to control the photographic language, high frequency of errors. D = Little evidence of the ability to control or apply the photographic language, failure to execute a photographic project, frequent errors. F = No evidence of the ability to apply the photographic language and failure to make a photographic project.


FINAL EXAMINATION: There will be no written Final Exam. The Semester Project serves as the Final. On the last day of class (Thursday, 19 June) there will be an extensive individual and group critique of the semester’s assignments and the Semester Project. Students will present, and attendance is mandatory.


FEES FOR EXHIBITIONS: There will be field trips to two or three museum or gallery exhibits, so please set aside twenty to thirty Euro for fees.


SUGGESTED SOFTWARE: Adobe Photoshop / Lightroom, or Apple’s Aperture or iPhoto, on a laptop computer is recommended.



STATEMENT ON CHEATING & PLAGIARISM: A student whose actions are deemed by the school to be out of sympathy with the ideals, objectives or the spirit of good conduct as fostered by the school and academic community, may be subject to discipline, including dismissal, by the school. Cheating is a dishonest action out of sympathy with the ideals, objectives and spirit of the university. Cheating reflects negatively on one’s personal integrity. Cheating is unjust to those students who have studied. A student who commits an act of

academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the dean,

who has the final decision on the outcome of the student’s grade and status.