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Revision Date: 24-Apr-24

Summer 2024 | ART-1310-VO02 - Digital Photography I

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-21-2024 to 08-12-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-10-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-08-2024 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Kurt Budliger
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Dana Lee

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Arts & Aesthetics
  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 catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

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. Basic computer skills 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 principles 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 while demonstrating an understanding of the relationship between file size and image quality.
7. Examine, discuss, and critique artwork, including references to diverse art historical, social, and cultural contexts.
8. Critically examine socio-cultural biases and influences represented in major and minor trends in photography.
9. Investigate the messages and meanings of photographic expressions as a vehicle to positively impact social change and explore aesthetic traditions.
10. Design and complete individual projects.
11. Create a portfolio of digital images and display finished works in a professional manner.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.

Evaluation Criteria

Students will be evaluated on the quality and completeness of work as well as class participation using the corresponding and published rubric for each assignment.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Orientation/Introduction,Image/Discussion Post,Getting to Know Your Camera



Image/Discussion Post(A Look at the Masters),Seeing the Light 1, Exposure & Exposure Compensation



Digital Workflow Basics and File Management, Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic,Seeing the Light 2, Image/Discussion Post



Composition/Design, Depth of Field, Best practices Library Module in Lightroom,Image/Discussion Post



Intro to Develop Module Tools in Lightroom,Image/Discussion Post



ISO & Noise, Intro to Portraits, More Develop Module Tools inLightroom,Image/Discussion Post



More Develop Module Tools in Lightroom, Using Collections, Exporting from Lightroom,Image/Discussion Post



Master File,Image/Discussion Post,Color Management/monitor calibration, Capturing Motion



Introduction to Photoshop for Photographers,Image/Discussion Post



Contrasts,Working with Layers and Masks in PS, Sizing for Web in Lightroom,Image/Discussion Post



Cloning and Healing in PS, Patterns and Repetition, Sizing and Sharpening for print,Master File,Image/Discussion Post



Electronic Portfolio, Image/Discussion Post


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Your growth and development as a photographer and artist is directly related to the amount of time you put into learning and practicing the craft. There is no substitute for time on task. An equally important aspect of learning photography is regular reflection on one’s work as well as the work of others. During the course we will have regular shooting assignments that take place during the week. Most of these will be based on a particular photographic theme to focus your efforts, but some will be open ended.

A major part of these assignments will require the sharing of images for feedback and critique in the form of Image/Discussion Posts. Your participation in class discussions as well the discussion forum (sharing images and providing feedback to others as specified in the assignment) is critical to not only your success in the course, but the success and growth of everyone else in our class community.

The expectation is that you attend class and participate in class discussions. Missing 3 or more classes will result in failing grade for the course.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Some assignments may be completed/submitted late. However, there will be a 10% reduction in the maximum grade for every week an assignment is late. Final Portfolios can not be turned in late.

Weekly Image Posts/Discussions (also sometimes called Shoot & Share) will be closed after a specified day and time (noted in each assignment). Afterward, no late contributions will be accepted and therefore no points awarded if you didn’t participate (typically 30 points). The weekly discussions also serve as a student's attendance for the week.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

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.