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ART-1310-VA01X - Digital Photography I

Synonym: 179307
Location: St. Albans
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Day/Times: Friday, 05:00P - 09:00P
Semester Dates: 09-14-2018 to 10-14-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-20-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 10-02-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Marty Leech | View Faculty Credentials
Materials/Lab Fees: $90.00
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This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Human Expression
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

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Course Description:

Students will explore the mechanical and electronic aspects of digital photography as well as the basic tools of image manipulation. The course also includes the study of design, composition, and aesthetics of digital images. Prerequisite: Microcomputer Applications I. Access to a digital camera and some previous photography experience are required.

Essential Objectives:

1. Identify and describe the basic functions and components of a digital camera.
2. Review the differences and similarities between digital and traditional photography.
3. Explain mechanical and electronic aspects of digital photography.
4. Discuss and give examples of concepts of composition, design, lighting, and aesthetics in photographic images.
5. Describe and demonstrate the use of various tools of electronic image manipulation, such as selection tools, dodge-and-burn tools, brightness and contrast controls, filters, paint tools, cloning tools, sharpen and blur tools, and the smudge tool.
6. Create, transfer, and store digital images.
7. Examine, discuss and critique art work, including some reference to the art historical, social, and cultural context.
8. Design and complete individual projects.
9. Create a portfolio of digital images.
10. Display finished works in a professional manner.



  • Small-group and whole-class discussion
  • Mini-lecture
  • Individual and small group activities
  • Hands-on activities and field trips
  • Research project and oral presentation
  • Independent and final projects


Fall 2018 textbook data will be available on June 4. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Martha Leech
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Gretchen Dehart

Attendance Policy:

Due to the nature of an accelerated course, consistent attendance is essential. No credit will be given if a student misses more than 6 hours of class time.


Digital Photography Syllabus Fall 2018

Friday, September 14   5-9PM     The Art of Photography

·       Class policies, information and expectations

·       The Art of Photography 

·       Mastering the digital camera

·       Using the course textbook: Hardbound/eBook, QR code for video links


Saturday, September 15   8AM-5PM        Out and About

·       Class sharing and discussion of assignments

·       Topics:

o   Composition: perspective, balance (symmetrical/asymmetrical/visual weight)

o   Camera mastery: modes/depth of field/ISO

·       Morning: Location shooting

·       In-class activities:

o   Transferring and storing images/File Formats: jpeg & raw/organizing and copying images

o   Black and White photography

o   Composition: Golden Mean=Rule of Thirds/Rule of Space/focal point


Sunday, September 16   8AM-5PM           On Location/Post Production: Photoshop

·       Class sharing and discussion of assignments

·       Topic: Motion Photography

·       Morning: On location shooting

·       Afternoon Topics:

o   Photoshop: resolution/image adjustment/cropping/black and white/collage

o   Camera mastery: setting review/motion/ lighting effects

·       Organizing your portfolio/portfolio requirements

o   Thematic images/macro photography/landscape/portraiture/golden hour/symmetrical-asymmetrical images

·       Interim project assignments: photography genres, expectations, due dates


October 12          5-9PM   Special Topics

·       Class discussion and sharing of assignments

·       Topics:

o   Portraiture styles/black and white: high key, low key, full range of value

o   Problem solving

·       Post Production digital editing


October 13   8AM-5PM    The Printed Portfolio

·       Exceptional Photographers Presentations and discussion

·       Post Production: digital editing

·       Print images for portfolio


October 14   8AM-5PM    The Online Portfolio/Presentations

·       Post Production: digital editing / print images / organize portfolio

·       Portfolio presentations and class critiques

·       Celebration & Closure


Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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