FNAR 115 Photography I: Digital Photography
Summer 2015 - Session II
FNAR 115 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN ROME
FNAR 115 Digital Photography Summer Session II TTH 2:00 – 6:10 pm
Tom Denlinger, Instructor
Office hours: Tues 12:00-2:00 & by appt.
Loyola University, John Felice Rome Center
Digital Photography in Rome: the digital camera as a documentary tool
This class is an introduction to the digital camera (and its accompanying online and computer software interface) as both a documentary tool and an expressive device. In this class we will explore the proper use of the camera, as well as the deployment of digital images online and through computer interfaces. We will also consider the culture of representation that is part and parcel of the camera’s role in our lives today. Toward this end you will learn to frame, record, and compose photographic images, while exploring the documentary possibilities of the digital environment, including documentation of historical forms, and using images to convey content through visual narrative.
Moreover we will be exploring the functions of this imaging machine in Rome, which will provide a wealth of historic and contemporary documentary material.
OBJECTIVES and GOALS
In this class you will become familiar with how photographs are manufactured and processed in the camera, in the digital environment and in our culture, as well as how images are created and/or assembled to frame and present concepts and ideas. In addition, you will examine images and visual culture as framed by the Eternal City, and in general through museum exhibitions, historical architecture and artifacts, readings, discussions, and presentations.
Although this class uses the online environment, and you will be trained in the use of some computer software, the emphasis is on the camera and the use of it to document situations and generate ideas, your ideas. Your challenge is to learn to control and direct the conceptual structure of your photographs, as well as to foster your own intellectual development as a media artist.
As such this class is an introduction to:
_Proper use of the digital camera
_Digital image editing, color theory and application, file organization
_Photographic and 2-D compositional practices
_Photographic Documentation: Truth, Fiction and the Historic environment
_The use of Sequencing and Narrative (direct and implied)
In this course you will be responsible for:
Three projects (two main projects and a Final project), a research paper, an artist presentation, a portfolio of your work, and weekly camera assignments.
Grading and Evaluation of projects, assignments and exercises:
Artist presentation w/written component 17%
Exercises, readings and discussions 18%
Project 1 20%
Project 2 20%
Project 3 (Final Project) w/written component 25%
Attendance & Class Participation -- You are expected to participate and contribute.
If you do not, I will deduct points from your grade.
EVALUATION~ Students will be evaluated on their comprehension of concepts, their participation in class discussions, and their engagement with the material as demonstrated by the quality of the construction and execution of their projects, as well as the paper and presentation.
Average work merits a “C” in this course. Simply following the requirements of the assignment does not result in an “A”. To achieve an “A” or a “B” work must be thoughtful, original, and go beyond the stated requirements of the assignment, as well as demonstrate excellent craft and superior knowledge of camera use and technique.
A = Excellence. Superior understanding of concepts, materials and techniques.
B = Above average. Student demonstrates clear understanding of goals, materials and techniques, and exceeds the expectations for the assignment.
C = Average. Goals were met, but there is little motivation beyond this. Average understanding of materials, techniques or concepts.
D = Below average. Work of poor quality. Below average understanding of materials, concepts or techniques.
F = Unacceptable. Work of unsatisfactory quality throughout the semester. Little or no effort has been made to satisfy the criteria of the assignments.
- This course requires students to be responsible not only for the themes covered in lectures and class discussions, but also for textual material in photocopies and handouts. For this reason, and because of the short and extremely concentrated term of study in Summer session II, students are required to attend class. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to obtain the class notes and instructions from one of your peers.
- The classroom is intended to be a respectful place, in which students contribute frequently and listen attentively to their colleagues and other speakers. It is a space reserved for the pursuit of knowledge and the development of critical thinking.
- No cell phones may be used in the classroom. All cell phone are to be turned off during class periods, no matter the location. No texting or checking of email is allowed during class. Similarly, other forms of distraction and discourteous behavior will not be tolerated.
Attendance and Late Work Policies:
PRESENTATIONS, DISCUSSIONS, CLASS ASSIGNMENTS AND MATERIALS WILL INCLUDE INFORMATION THAT IS NOT REPRODUCED ELSEWHERE. CLASSTIME SHOULD NOT BE SPENT COLLECTING OR PREPARING MATERIALS, NOR SHOOTING OR RESEARCHING. if you can’t keep up with a class assignment or project, please use lab time outside of the class time (approximately 5-7 hours per week.)
Students should arrive promptly to class and avoid absences. Any absence, late or leave early will affect your grade percentage. If you come to class without proper required materials to work it is considered an absence. Two lates will be considered one absence (class starts promptly at 2 Pm)
*Except for extreme circumstances, 3 absences constitute an F for the class. No more than ONE excuse can be used on medical situations.
Late work will be accepted only up to one meeting later than originally due and will be lowered one full grade.
Incomplete work will not be accepted, and will be considered late until finished and handed in, as per the rule governing late work (above)
Please read the complete Academic Integrity policy in the Loyola University student handbook.
FNAR 115 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN ROME
Summer session II
-DIGITAL CAMERA with the ability to make manual settings
*If possible, a Digital SLR camera is preferable. But consumer grade cameras are also very compatible with this class IF THE CAMERA ALLOWS MANUAL SETTINGS.
-camera storage card and spare card (2 gigabytes min.)
-card reader and/or USB connection for camera to download images (usually comes with camera)
-Storage device such as a large flash drive (4 -10 gigabytes) or small external hard drive (20 – 50 gigabytes minimum)
-Small portable camera tripod
-strongly recommended: lens shade and UV/daylight filter if possible with your camera model.
FEES FOR EXHIBITIONS
You will need to go to at least two and perhaps three museum or gallery exhibitions, so please put aside at least thirty euros for museum fees.
Suggested software, IF YOU HAVE A LAPTOP:
Some version of photograph editing software such as Photoshop (can be an abbreviated version) OR i-photo OR other photo editing software of some kind; also Microsoft Word for written assignments, and POWERPOINT for presentations
- Berger, John, and Jean Mohr. Ch 1, Ways of Seeing. New York: Vintage Books.
2. London, Barbara, and Jim Stone. 1996. A Short Course in Photography. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. Especially: Pp. 15-19, 26, 38-39
3. Rodchenko, Alexander. The Paths of Modern Photography. Pp. 256-266 in Photography in the Modern Era: European Documents and Critical Writing, 1913-1940. Ed. Christopher Phillips. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art: Aperture, 1989.
- “In Plato’s Cave,” from On Photography by Susan Sontag
FNAR 115 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN ROME
COURSE CALENDAR SUMMER SESSION II June 29 – July 24
Instructor reserves the right to change the syllabus with advanced notification.
At least once a week, on Thursday, the class will convene at locations around Rome rather than at the John Felice Rome Center. On Tuesdays we will convene at the JFR Center to go over your work from the previous week, to compare notes, work through problems, and to work on image organization and output. In addition there will be reading discussions and presentations designed to enlarge and enhance your conceptual development, as well as to work with the digital camera and environment.
T June 30
~Convene at John Felice Rome Center.
~Introduction to the course _ PLEASE BRING YOUR CAMERA AND MANUAL
~Short discussion: What is digital photography?
~The DSLR Camera: functions, EV, shutter speed, ISO
~Intro to YOUR camera – functions, menu, settings
~Discuss white balance and Kelvin scale.
~Shooting demo outside – use of available light and tripod.
~The computer interface, software and online environment
~File Storage and transfer, equipment for storage and transfer
Terms: DSLR, RAW, DNG, EV, F-STOP, SHUTTER SPEED, FLASH DRIVE, EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE,
Assignment: bring in your camera WITH MANUAL and tripod for NEXT class in Rome.
LEARN your manual and menu settings. How do you control the individual settings on your camera (aperture, shutter speed, ISO)?
Does your camera shoot in RAW format or JPEG, or both?
Reading assignment: handout
Intro: At Home on the (EV) Range
Introduction to Project One
Assignment: What Light? White balance exercises
TH July 02 Exposure Challenges #1 Due at the beginning of class for review.
Field trip to Piazza Navona: Exercises on site.
~Bring assignment sheets
~Exposure Challenges Part Two
-working with partners in groups of two and three
-basic compositional issues
-ISO and exposure functions as concept generative tools
~Thinking of narrative – shooting for content and documentation
- basic compositional issues
- ISO and exposure functions as concept generative tools
Terms: CF CARD, SD CARD, WORKFLOW, RAM, GRAY CARD, WHITE BALANCE CARD, KELVIN SCALE, HUE, SATURATION, COLOR CAST IN A PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT, COLOR CHECKER CARD
T July 07 Convene at John Felice Rome Center.
Due: Project One for review.
Due: At home on the EV range (Exposure Value exercise)
Due: reading due for discussion
Introduction of Project Two
Downloading your photos
Bringing photos into computer environment, and online.
-Library: creating files, organizing your catalog and files.
-Develop: Color/temperature adjustments, Histograms, sharpening.
-Processing photos efficiently
-Synchronization of settings and processes, time management and workflow.
-PPI vs DPI
Lightroom or Microsoft Slide module - Build slide shows in powerpoint or lightroom.
Narrative and concept in slide assembly
More Lab (capturing and organization)
Terms: HISTOGRAM, RGB, CMYK, INCIDENT, ADDITIVE LIGHT COLOR, SUBTRACTIVE INK COLOR, PROJECTED COLOR SPACE, REFLECTIVE COLOR SPACE, PPI, DPI
TH July 09 Convene at John Felice Center Exposure Challenges #2 Due
Field trip to the Pantheon for extreme lighting situations shooting demo and more exercises.
~Thinking of narrative – shooting for content
Destinations: Pantheon, San Luigi dei Francesi, Campo de Fiori
Bring Tripod to this and every city situation.
T July 14 Convene at John Felice Center
iPhoto or Microsoft Slide module - Building slide shows in iPhoto, Powerpoint
Narrative and concept in slide assembly.
Introduction of Final Project
Field trip to Fontana di Trevi: Exercises on site.
Destinations: Fontana di Trevi, Cappucine monastery, Santa Maria De
TH July 16 Convene at John Felice Center
Due: Project Two due for review and class-wide critique
T July 21 Convene at John Felice Rome Center.
Due: artist presentations
Individual meetings for Project Three
Assessment of work, organization, printing, electronic output, and/or alternative output of final project.
TH July 23 Convene at John Felice Rome Center for review of work in progress
Fri July 24 Due: Final project for review and class-wide critique