Digital Photography


  2. A. Course Title: Digital Photography
    B. Course Number: AR 113D - 10159
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: M 6:00:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Henning, Brian
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours:
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): No prerequisites.
    M. Corequisite(s): No corequisites.
    N. Class Location: HAC113

    This is a beginning course in digital photography and assumes no prior knowledge of digital camera usage or manipulation of digital images. Emphasis is on digital camera skills and image editing software using a computer. This is a three credit hour course.




    1. Two USB drives able to hold a minimum of 4GB per drive.
    2. A digital camera. A DSLR camera is ideal, but any digital camera that allows you to control aperture, shutter speed, and ISO will work for this class. Cell phone cameras will NOT WORK for this class.
    3. Memory cards and batteries for your camera.
    4. If your camera has an instruction manual, put it in your camera bag and bring it to class with you.
    5. A hot-shoe on your camera is not required, but will allow you to use various on and off camera flash units and is recommended.
    6. A tripod that fits and will support your camera is not required, but recommended.


    No text books required for this class.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    1. Students will perform or create a piece of work that embodies skills and competence in their area of focus.
    2. Students will demonstrate the ability to use a variety of techniques to create a successful piece of work.
    3. Students will identify the effective reasoning and rationale behind decisions made during the production of their work.


    Upon completion of this course, the successful student should be able to:

    1. Demonstrate the ability to use camera settings and lighting to control photographic outcomes.
    2. Identify the effective reasoning and rationale behind decisions made during the production of their work. Why specific camera settings and lighting were used.
    3. Discuss and analyze the progression of his or her own photographic imagery and that of others.
    4. Demonstrate basic skills and knowledge of Photoshop as a digital darkroom.


    Attendance = 30% of grade.
    Photo project(s)= 30% of grade.
    Weekly photo assignments = 30% of grade
    Written final exam = 10% of grade.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

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    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

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    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Course Outline
    Week 1:
    Who am I? and Why am I here? Exercise (10 Points)
    Your camera: Learning to operate the machine.
    • Camera controls: All of those buttons and knobs.
    • Shutter settings.
    • Aperture settings.
    • ISO settings.
    • Color settings.
    • Image quality settings
    Image assignment—To be decided (TBD).
    Week 2:
    Full control: using your camera in Manual Mode. Learning to use the in camera meter (its not hard to do).
    Practice Day. Students will be using their cameras while controlling the shutter speed, aperture, ISO and other basic settings on their cameras to capture a variety of different images (sometimes of the same subject).
    Image assignment—TBD.
    Week 3:
    Exposure control: automatic—camera controlled—exposure systems verses manually controlled—photographer controlled—exposure systems.
    All about lenses.
    Image assignment—TBD.
    Week 4:
    Now that students have a basic understanding of how to control their camera and use their camera as a tool to capture an image as intended, students will learn basic photo analysis including subject matter, image orientation, and image composition.
    Image assignment—TBD.
    Week 5:
    Human portrait photography. Students will be introduced to various types and styles of human portrait photography.
    Practice Day: Students will work in-studio using what they have learned in class to photograph a live model. Students will get to practice intentionally altering settings on their camera to capture different images of the same model in a studio environment with an instructor present to help where needed.
    Image assignment—TBD.
    Week 6:
    The digital darkroom—Photoshop is not magic or painful. Students will be introduced to basic Photoshop techniques and image adjustments. Students will then use what they have learned about Photoshop on the portrait images they captured in class last week.
    Image assignment—TBD.
    Week 7:
    Animal portrait photography. Students will be taught to apply their knowledge of image composition and camera control to photographing animals, both domestic and wild. Class lecture will address how to vary camera settings to optimize photographic outcomes for various animal portraits.
    Image assignment—TBD.
    Week 8:
    All about basic lighting. Class lecture will introduce students to the basics of various forms of photographic lighting including natural light, on camera flash, and studio strobe lights. Students will use their cameras in class in various lighting situations.
    Image assignment—TBD.
    Week 9:
    More about lighting. Students will learn to integrate what they have learned about lighting a photograph and camera settings to manipulate the light in a photograph. Taking photographs in low light will also be addressed. Students will apply their knowledge of camera settings and lighting to specific photographic situations, including low available light.
    Image assignment—TBD.
    Week 10:
    Digital darkroom. Students will put the photographs taken last week through the digital darkroom.
    Image assignment—TBD.
    Week 11:
    The black and white photograph. Class lecture will address black and white photography; when and how it can improve and photograph. Student will learn to turn a color photograph into black and white photograph using basic Photoshop techniques. Variations on monochrome imagery will also be discussed.
    Image assignment—TBD.
    Week 12:
    Practice Day: Students will work in-studio using what they have learned in class to create an artistic black and white photograph. Students will practice intentionally altering settings on their camera and adjusting lighting to capture a color image with the intention of turning it into a black and white photograph in Photoshop in a studio environment with an instructor present to help where needed.
    Image assignment—TBD.
    Week 13:
    Abstract imagery. Class lecture will address what constitutes abstract imagery in photography and various approaches to capturing abstract photographs that have artistic appeal. Students will practice what they have learned in class creating an abstract photograph in the classroom studio exercising control of camera settings, lighting, and digital darkroom techniques to create a specific photograph.
    Image assignment—TBD.
    Week 14:
    Travel/Vacation/Documentary and Themed photography. Class lecture will address taking photographs with the intention of telling a story. Approaches to taking multiple photographs with the intention of relating a line of events will be discussed. Additionally, themed photography, and how themed photography differs from travel/vacation/documentary photography will also be addressed in class lecture. Approaches to taking multiple photographs based on a common theme will be discussed.
    Image assignment—TBD.
    Week 15:
    Landscape and architecture photography. Class lecture will discuss what makes a good landscape photograph. Following class lecture, the class will leave the classroom to practice camera skills and photographic composition skills to create night images of a local urban landscape.
    Image assignment—TBD.
    Week 16:
    Digital darkroom. Students will put the photographs taken last week through the digital darkroom.
    Students and instructor will review for the final exam.
    Week 17:
    Final written examination.
    Note: The specifics listed in the above course of events for AR113 Digital Photography are subject to change at the instructor’s discretion. Changes in weather, model, site availability and other variables beyond the instructor’s control may necessitate changes in class lecture and activity.
    Note: Throughout the semester various fieldtrips and photo shoots may be offered for student participation. These fieldtrips and photo shoots are designed to provide the student with opportunities to use what they have learned in class through participation in a variety of fun and interesting photography situations. These fieldtrips and photo shoots are voluntary and will not affect a student’s grade.