Photography I: Digital - Fall 2020

Photography I: Digital - Fall 2020

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Dan Hawkins
DAY / TIME Tuesday 6-9pm (Pacific Time) | September 29 - December 1, 2020
TUITION $825 | Payment & Refund Policy
FORMAT Online; this will be hosted as a live, interactive online course utilizing the Zoom platform along with Google Drive for sharing files.
LEVEL Foundation
PREREQS None; Students must have a Digital SLR Camera (or equivalent camera with manual controls)
CREDITS 3 – Fulfills Elective requirement for Certificate Program

Photography I: Digital is an introduction to the creative and technical processes of photography through digital media. The course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of photography through exercises and creative assignments using a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera (or equivalent, such as a mirrorless camera). Students gain a basic understanding of digital media, a thorough knowledge of camera operation and photographic processes, while also engaging concepts of composition, style and medium.

This course is designed for those who have little or no previous experience in photography and there is no prerequisite. In addition to weekly shooting assignments, class sessions include critiques, lecture, in class hands-on exercises, and the review of weekly shooting assignments. Critiques are an important aspect of photographic education and class critiques are intended to acquaint students with the language of photography and the basic critical skills for conceptualizing, creating, viewing and discussing photographic images.


  • Learn to operate a Digital SLR Camera (or equivalent camera) in manual mode (including controlling aperture, shutter speed, ISO, manual focus, white balance, file size, etc.)
  • Full understanding of the three factors of exposure: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
  • Learn to utilize white balance and color balance
  • Utilize your digital light meter for correct exposure and creative lighting
  • Brief introduction to the history of photography and regular lectures with focus toward discussing core photographic tenets of composition, exposure, etc.
  • Introduction to digital workflow using Adobe Lightroom
  • Explore photography as a creative tool to develop a body of work that speaks to your personal viewpoint

Students will complete the course with:

  • Fluency in digital SLR camera function and operation
  • Foundation of basic workflow from capture to camera upload, image organization, editing, and export/printing
  • Understanding of core tenets of photography including composition, framing, depth of field, exposure, contrast, leading lines, etc.
  • Experience participating in critique, exploring artistic vision, and realizing a personal project
  • Ability to apply technical skills and photographic knowledge/vocabulary to personal practice


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