January 23



Introductory Class: Syllabus, Course Outline, Class expectations, details and etc. Download a PDF of the syllabus and course outline in the “Syllabus” drop down menu. Class will also cover camera basics. These “Camera Basics” are not easy to understand.The technical components of photography (beyond just clicking) are not easy.If you had some trouble understanding what we went over in class, or just want a refresher, check the resources at the bottom of this post – they break down aperture, shutter speed & ISO.


Today’s Powerpoints:

History of Photo:dig-photo-1

Digital Photo Basics dp-2

This PDF contains ALL of the definitions we went over today, and explains them!

Basic Digital SLR Camera Operation

HOMEWORK: Draw your Cameracanon

Draw Your Camera: Your first assignment in this class is to draw your camera. Yes, Draw.

OBJECTIVE: To explore all the features of your camera before you start trying to use it. To begin honing your observational abilities.

Before you even start taking pictures I want you to become familiar with the functions of all the little buttons and toggles on your camera. For this weeks homework I would like you to make four different line drawings of your camera and diagram them.

Please turn on your camera and draw it from the front, the back, the top and the bottom = 4 drawings, each one on an 8 x 11 piece of paper (you can use cheap white copy paper). Make sure to include the LDC panels (hence, having to turn the camera on).

DO NOT get fixated on the quality of your drawings—simple lines will do. Use your camera’s manual to help you figure out what each button/ toggle/ number means but DO NOT copy the drawings from your camera’s manual. Your finished pieces will not be great works of art—more than likely they will look a little funny- but a large part of this assignment is to allow yourself the time to really LOOK at your camera, to feel the weight of the camera in your hands, to push all the buttons and to see what happens without the pressure of taking a photo.

Have fun!

Handy Camera Parts and Functions PDF digital-camera-partsfunctions

Student Examples:

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Photographic still from the film Walkabout, 1971

Assignment 1: Documented Walk: Document a walk in an environment (urban,  suburban, rural, wild) of your choice through a series of photographs. Five (5) is the minimum amount of photographs that I want to see for this assignment and twelve (12) is the maximum.

Examine both the minute and the monumental things you encounter. Document your observations about the space you are moving through. If its a place you typically frequent, try to closely observe the things you might always move past and not ponder. If its a place you never have gone to before or haven’t in a while – the possibilities are often endless for newfound sights.

This walk-based assignment could be a space you walk through everyday, or somewhere that you specifically choose to go to for this assignment.

Your photographs should be shot, edited and ready to be presented to the class at the beginning of our third class session via slide show or other type of digital presentation such as Powerpoint. Please remember to give your Documented Walk a title.

LASTLY,  I highly suggest you document your walk before our next class session so that you have some in-class lab time to open up the photographs in Bridge for editing and ultimately, start using and learning Photoshop.

Visit soundwalk.com for some interesting ways to experience a place through mobile locative audio.

Student Work:

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Helpful Videos:

Manual Mode – Breaking it Down 

This short video reviews some of the basic controls for an SLR camera:

How to take a great picture – Carolina Molinari


The History of Photography in 5 minutes

Illuminating photography: From camera obscura to camera phone – Eva Timothy

Digital Photography – Photographic Processes Series – Chapter 12 of 12