Online Outline: http://www.basearts.com/curriculum/DigImagingOutline.htm
Recommended Texts in...
Digital Photography & Imaging (general theory)
Digital Dialectic: New Essays on New Media,
Peter Lunenfeld, The MIT Press, 1999
to Grid: A User's Guide to Digital Arts, Media, and Cultures,
Peter Lunenfeld, The MIT Press, 2000
Photography, or Short Course in Digital Photography, Current Edition, Prentice Hall
CC for Windows and Macintosh", Elaine Weinmann,
Peter Lourekas, Peachpit Press 2005
"The Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers",
Scott Kelby, New Riders Publishing, 2005
Design Writing Research Writing on Graphic Design, Elen
Lupton & Abbot
Miller Phaidon, 1996
Design Cookbook: mix and match recipes for faster, better layouts,
Leonard Koren & R. Wippo Meckler, Chronicle Books, 1989Web
Style Guide, Patricia J. Lynch and Sarah Horton, Yal
Closer 2, Critical Writings on Graphic Design, Edited
by Michael Bierut, William Drenttel, Steven Heller, and DK Holland,
Allworth Press, 1997
abc's of (symbols - triangle, square, circle) : The Bauhaus and
Ellen Lupton and J. Abbott Miller, editors, 1999 *reprint.
History of Graphic Design, Philip B. Meggs
on Type, Critical Writings on Typography, Steven Heller
and Philip B. Meggs, Allworth Press, 2001
The Thames & Hudson Manual of Typography,
Ruari McLean, Thames & Hudson, Ltd., 1980
Great Type and Lettering Designs, David Brier,
North Light Books, 1992.
Creative Typography, Marion March, North Light
Type Design, Color, Character & Use, Michael
Beaumont, North Light Books, 1987.
New Typography, Jan Tschichold, University of California Press,
An introduction to the basic principles and practices of digital
production for fine art or personal use. Students will develop and
enhance their abilities in the creation of digital artworks. Course
introduces use of computer generated imagery, scanning technology,
and digital photography.
Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Create digital images with the computer.
2. Utilize a digital camera and the resulting images to produce digital
3. Operate a scanner and prepare resulting images to produce digital
4. Properly store and backup digital files.
Topics and Scope:
I. Image File formats
C. File Types and Use
II. Digital Camera and Scanner
A. Hardware Control
D. Basic Editing and Image Manipulation Functions
III. Computer Based Imagery
A. Basic Digital Tools Introduction
C. Basic Editing and Image Manipulation Functions
IV. Transferring and storing digital artwork
A. Presenting artwork on the computer
B. Writing files to cd or dvd.
V. Critiquing Work
VI. Copyright Issues
Assignments may include any or all of the following:
1. Create a digital photogram.
2. Create composited digital images.
3. Make a presentation of digital artwork.
4. Create a backup of digital images to cd or dvd.
STUDENTS PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT BUY TEXTBOOKS before checking with the SRJC
These titles are representative only, and may not be the same ones used
in your class.
of student grades will be based on class participation. Students
must attend class in order to effectively participate.
of student grades will be based on the completion of assignments. These
assignments will not be graded for skill or content, but will be
evaluated for technical completion. 10%
of the student grade will be determined by the final portfolio presentation.
A PORTFOLIO OF COMPLETED WORK WILL
BE MAJOR BASIS FOR COURSE GRADE. OTHER
FACTORS: ATTENDANCE, EFFORT, GROWTH, AND CLASS PARTICIPATION.
[Photography Lab Hours] (Schedule subject to change) Photography Equipment Checkout Hours:
Monday–Thursday / 8:30 – 9 am / 12 – 12:30 pm / 3:30 – 4:00 pm
Photography Lab Hours: (see posted schedule for when classes are in session in Art 109) Monday–Thursday / 10 am – 10 pm *except when class is in session
Friday–Saturday / 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday / 10am - 10pm
Hallway lockers within the Department of Art & Art History are available for use each semester. You must provide your own lock and remove your lock and contents of your locker by the end of the last day of finals.
Below is a list of equipment and supplies that you need to purchase for this course. Additional course materials and expenses such as media cards, film, camera accessories, printing paper, etc., will be required throughout the semester.
It is also strongly recommended that you use a mouse or Wacom tablet instead of your track pad on your laptop for editing in Adobe CC.
• Digital SLR, with manual mode at least 6 Megapixel or higher (there are digital cameras for checkout but not enough to guarantee availability throughout the term). Please speak to me if you have any questions on your camera.
• UV filter or skylight filter to protect your lens.
• 3 ring negative binder for contact sheets.
• One art journal.
• Mouse or Wacom tablet (using the track pad on your laptop is not recommended). • Sonoma County Library Card (for access to Lynda.com)
Optional (but very useful) Supplies:
• Tripod and cable release
• Camera filter(s): polarizing, yellow, orange and/or red
• Photographic 18% Grey Card/ White Balance Card
• On and off camera flash units and accessories such as a diffuser
[Digital Materials] Epson Printers:
• It is recommended that you purchase Epson Ultra Premium Luster Photo Paper 5 stars inkjet photo paper in sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 inches.
• Other types of papers may be used on the Epson printers but you must first check with me to see if you need to install the paper profile. When testing papers you may want to share a pack of paper with a classmate.
• 500 GB or larger portable Thunderbolt, USB or FireWire external hard drive (http://www.lacie.com/products/range.htm?id=10036)
• Other media options include online storage on sites such as Dropbox.com.
• Looking Glass Photo & Camera, lookingglassphoto.com o 1045 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, 510.548.6888
• Jeremiah’s Photo Corner, www.jeremiahsphotocorner.com o 441 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.544.4800
• Shutterbug Camera Shops, shutterbugcamerashops.com
o 3011-C Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.546.3456 o One Petaluma Blvd. N, Petaluma, 707.762.4079
• B&H Photo – Video – Pro Audio, www.bhphotovideo.com • Freestyle Photographic Supplies, www.freestylephoto.biz • Adorama Camera, www.adorama.com
• KEH.com (used equipment), www.keh.com
• Light Waves Imaging, www.lightwavesimaging.com
o 130 Russ Street, San Francisco, 415.431.9651 o 4810 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, 510.922.8487
• The Lab, http://www.thelabsantarosa.com
o 400 Tesconi Circle, Santa Rosa, 707.575.5553
UK, 2013. (ISBN-10: 0415715717)
• RayKo Photo Center, raykophotocenter.com
o 428 3rd St, San Francisco, 415.495.3773
[Readings] (In addition there will be readings as PDFs that we will discuss in class) Textbook:
• Lynda.com: You may gain free access with a local Sonoma county library card. Once you have your card go to sonomalibrary.org > Research > Databases > Lynda.com > enter in your library card number and pin.
• Wells, Liz Photography: A Critical Introduction, 2004. (ISBN-10: 041530704X)
Suggested Reading: (These are not required and many are on reserve at the school library)
• Paul, Christiane Digital Art, 3rd edition, Thames & Hudson World of Art, 2015. (ISBN-
• Martin, Sylvia video art, 3rd edition, Taschen, 2006. (ISBN-10: 3822829501)
• Barrett, Terry Criticizing Photographs: An Introduction to Understanding Images, 4th edition,
Mountain View, CA 2005. (ISBN-10: 0072977434)
• Wells, Liz The Photography Reader, 2002. (ISBN-10: 041524661X)
• Thornton, Sarah Seven Days in the Art World, 2009, (ISBN-10: 039333712X)
• Lunenfeld, Peter Snap to Grid: A User’s Guide to Digital Arts, Media and Cultures, MIT Press,
Cambridge, MA 2000
• Coleman, A. D. The Digital Evolution, Nazraeli Press, New York, NY 1999
Technical reading regarding Digital Imaging:
• Horenstein, Henry Digital Photography: A Basic Manual, 2011, (ISBN-10: 0316020745)
• Galer and Andrews Photoshop CC: Essential Skills: A guide to creative image editing, Focal Press, Oxford,
• Afterimage, www.vsw.org/ai
• Aperture, www.aperture.org/magazine
• Artforum, www.artforum.com
• Art in America, www.artinamericamagazine.com • Blind Spot, www.blindspot.com
• Cabinet, www.cabinetmagazine.org
[Art Venues] Galleries:
• Daylight, www.daylightmagazine.org
• Fraction, www.fractionmag.com
• Frieze, www.frieze.com
• Lens Culture, www.lensculture.com
• Magnum, www.magnumphotos.com
• Photo District News, www.pdnonline.com
• Sonoma University Art Gallery, www.sonoma.edu/artgallery, S Sequoia Way, Rohnert Park, 707.664.2295 • SF Camerawork, www.sfcamerawork.org, 2nd Fl 1011 Market St, San Francisco, 415.487.1011
• Pier 24 Photography, pier24.org, 24 Pier The Embarcadero, San Francisco, 415.512.7424
• Fraenkel Gallery, fraenkelgallery.com, 49 Geary St 5th Fl, San Francisco, 415.981.2661
• Robert Koch Gallery, www.kochgallery.com, 49 Geary St #450, San Francisco, 415.421.0122 • Robert Tat Gallery, www.roberttat.com, 49 Geary St, San Francisco, 415.781.1122
• RayKo Photo Center, raykophotocenter.com, 428 3rd St, San Francisco, 415.495.3773
• PHOTO Gallery Oakland, www.photogalleryoakland.com, 473 25th St, Oakland
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, www.sfmoma.org, 415.357.4000
De Young Museum, www.famsf.org/deyoung, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco,
Berkeley Art Center, www.berkeleyartcenter.org, 1275 Walnut St, Berkeley, 510.644.6893
UC Berkeley Art Museum, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu, 510.642.0808
Oakland Museum of California, museumca.org, 1000 Oak St, Oakland, 510.318.8400
San Jose Museum of Art, sjmusart.org, 110 S Market St, San Jose, 408.271.6840
• Julieanne Kost, jkost.com/photoshop.html
• Adobe TV, tv.adobe.com
• The Massive Development Chart, digitaltruth.com • ASMP, www.asmp.org
• PhotoShelter, www.photoshelter.com/resources
• Mary Virginia Swanson, mvswanson.com
• College Art Association, www.collegeart.org
• Hyperallergic, hyperallergic.com
• Strobist, strobist.blogspot.com
• Society for Photographic Education, spenational.org
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