Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

FNAR 115 Photography I: Digital Photography [Fusion]

Session II Fusion Experience

 

FNAR 115 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN ROME   2016

 

FNAR 115  Digital Photography / Digital Fusion in Rome and Abruzzo

 

Summer Session II  TTH 2:00 – 6:10 pm

 

Tom Denlinger, Instructor                             Office hours: TTH 11:30-12:30 & by appt.

 

Loyola University, John Felice Rome Center

 

tdenling@depaul.edu, 

 

 

 

Digital Photography / Digital Fusion in Rome and Abruzzo: using the digital camera as a documentary and expressive tool for exploring connections across space and time in contemporary Italy.

 

This class is an introduction to the digital camera (and its accompanying online and computer software interface) as a documentary machine, an expressive device, and a useful instrument for examining the fusion experience in contemporary Italian culture.  Students will learn the proper and most effective use of the camera as an imaging device, and as an apparatus for surveying the historical and urban milieu of Rome, as well as its relationship to a neighboring medieval borgo.

 

As crossroads of cultural, socio/historical and contemporary environments, Rome and Abruzzo will provide a rich territory of living and archival material with which to trace the networks of exchange that define these adjacent, ancient landscapes. Toward this end you will learn to frame, record, and compose photographic images, while exploring the documentary possibilities of the digital environment, including recording of historical and contemporary forms, and using images to convey content through visual narrative.

 

 

 

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 through its historical relationships to a nearby walled town.  Information will be witnessed LIVE through viewing and recording of historical architecture and artifacts, relevant exhibitions, 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 record 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

 

_Photographic and 2-D compositional practices

 

_Digital image editing and file organization

 

_The use of sequencing and narrative to construct content

 

 

 

In this course you will be responsible for:

 

Three projects (two main projects and a Final project); verbal and written analysis of photographic images; and weekly camera assignments.

 

Grading and Evaluation of projects, assignments and exercises:

 

Exercises, readings and discussions                               25%

 

Project 1 w/written component                         20%

 

Project 2                                                                      20%

 

Project 3 (Final Project) w/written component   35%

 

Attendance & Class Participation -- You are expected to participate and contribute.

 

If you do not, points will be deducted 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 research and written components of this class.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Instructional Policy

 

§  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, UNLESS IT IS A FIELD TRIP OR A SPECIFIED TIME FOR SUCH WORK. 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) AND CERTAINLY COME TO SEE ME IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE KEEPING UP.

 

 

 

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

 

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)

 

 

Academic Integrity

 

Please read the complete Academic Integrity policy in the Loyola University student handbook.

 

 

 

 

 

FNAR 115 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY/Digital Fusion in Rome and Abruzzo

 

Summer session II

 

 

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

 

-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 (4 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 LIGHTROOM, or other photo editing software of some kind.

 

Also Microsoft Word for written assignments, and POWERPOINT for presentations

 

 

 

SUGGESTED READINGS

 

  1. 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.

 

  1.  “In Plato’s Cave,” from On Photography by Susan Sontag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FNAR 115 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY/Digital Fusion in Rome and Abruzzo

 

COURSE CALENDAR SUMMER SESSION II   June 29 – July 24, 2015

 

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.

 

 

 

WEEK ONE

 

T July 05          ~Convene at John Felice Rome Center.

 

                        ~Introduction to the course _ PLEASE BRING YOUR CAMERA AND MANUAL

 

~Short discussion: What is digital photography?

 

~Short discussion: What is landscape?

 

~The DSLR Camera: functions, EV, shutter speed, ISO

 

~Intro to YOUR camera – functions, menu, settings

 

~Discuss white balance and Kelvin scale.

 

~Does your camera shoot in RAW format or JPEG, or both? How do you change           your settings?

 

~Shooting demo outside – use of available light and tripod.

 

~Assignment: What Light? White balance and exposure exercises

 

 

 

Intro: At Home on the (EV) Range

 

Introduction to Project One

 

Assignment: What Light? White balance and exposure exercises

 

Reading assignment: handout or online pdf

 

 

 

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)?

 

 

 

Terms: DSLR, RAW, JPG, DNG, EV, F-STOP, SHUTTER SPEED, FLASH DRIVE, EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE, Practicalities of storage capacity

 

 

 

TH July 07       Exposure Challenges #1 Due at the beginning of class for review.

 

~The computer interface, software and online environment

 

~File Storage and transfer, equipment for storage and transfer

 

                        Field trip to Piazza Navona: Exercises on site pertaining to Project 1  

 

                        ~Bring assignment sheets

 

~Exposure Challenges

 

                                    -working with partners in groups of two and three

 

            -basic compositional issues

 

            -ISO and exposure functions as concept generative tools (use of dark and light)

 

            -looking for formal, functional, concept relationships in juxtaposition of   objects, places, people

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK TWO            

 

T July 12          Convene at John Felice Rome Center.

 

Due:Reading for discussion

 

                        Due: Exposure exercises #2

 

Introduction: Project Two and Final Project                        

 

                        Field trip to the Pantheon for extreme lighting situations shooting demo and                               more exercises.

 

~Thinking of narrative – shooting for content

 

                        Destinations: Pantheon, Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Campo de Fiori

 

                        Bring a tripod to this and every city situation.

 

 

 

TH July 14       Convene at John Felice Rome Center.

 

Due: Project One for review.

 

Downloading your photos

 

Bringing photos into computer environment, and online.            

 

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

 

Reading assignment

 

 

 

WEEK THREE __ Move to Abruzzo

 

 

 

T  July 19         Convene at Town Center

 

                        Review of photographic adjustments for new circumstances.

 

                        Break out into teams

 

                        Exploration of town covering major areas and monuments;

 

                        Re-convene for data comparisons                    

 

                        HW: Finish Project Two

 

                       

 

TH   July 21     Convene at Town Center

 

                        Due: Project Two for review

 

                        Review of parameters of Abruzzo section of Final Project.

 

                       

 

                                               

 

WEEK FOUR

 

T July 26          Convene at Town Center

 

                        Individual meetings for Project Three

 

Assessment of work, organization, electronic output, and/or alternative output of final project.

 

                                               

 

TH  July 28      Convene in Abruzzo Town Center for review of work in progress

 

                        Transition back to Rome

 

                       

 

Fri July 29        Due: Final project for review and class-wide critique