Digital Photography DeCal EECS 98/198 Nathan Yan About this course -Technical Understanding of...
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Digital Photography DeCalEECS 98/198Nathan YanAbout this course-Technical Understanding of Camera Systems-Application to Photographic technique-Photo-processing: The Digital Lightroom
Theory SectionCourse Objectives:
-Understand photography beyond basic cause->effect -Smaller apertures renders more things in focus -Higher ISO makes pictures noisyWHY?
-Understanding the underlying science is the key to mastering photography: making photos look the way you want them to look, on demand.
-Applying technical understanding to practical techniques
-Darkroom of digital: Learn how to process photos
Become a more capable photographer by attaining a technical understanding of photography
Week 1:-Anatomy of a Digital Sensor-Conversion process of light into images-Aperture, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity in sensor model
Week 2:-Side-effects of exposure parameters-Autoexposure/metering-Controlling exposure parameters in program modes
Week 3-Analyzing blur-Blur reduction technology/techniques
Week 4-Defining noise-Sources of noise-Noise vs. detail
Week 5-Noise reduction methods-Creative usage of blur
Week 6-Why flash is usually bad-Advanced flash techniques-Flash stop-action-Direction and intensity of light
Week 7-Dynamic, tonal range limitations-Balancing detail vs. contrast
Week 8-Expanding dynamic range-Shrinking dynamic range
Week 9-White balance-Black and white conversion
Week 10-Focal length and angle of view-Subject distance and perspective
Week 11-Focusing-Autofocusing systems-Depth of field
Week 12Thanksgiving break =(
Week 13-Lens characteristics-Resolving power-Diffraction-Chromatic aberrations-Distortion-Software workarounds
Class Format:Class meets every week Tuesday/Thursday? 6-8pm in 293 Cory/320 Soda?Structure: 1st hour photo review; 2nd hour lecture/presentation
Work:Weekly photo assignment, concentrating on a specific photo concept or technique.Weekly photo discussionOnline quizzes
Photo Review:Review photos from weekly assignment
Grading:50% grade on quizzesComplete 80% of assignments
Applications SectionCourse Objectives:
-Applying theory to practice
-More in-depth look at photographic concepts and technology
-Learning via teaching
Open-ended format course for expanding photographic knowledge
Mostly (completely) student determined
Potential Topics:Image file formatsImage processing workflowImage library managementUsage of ultrawide lensesPanoramic stitchingColor detectionNoise reductionDigital printingAutofocusLens engineeringBokehLightingFlashStop-action photographyMacro photographyPhotojournalism storytelling techniques
Class meets every week Tuesday/Thursday? 6-8pm in 293 Cory/320 Soda?
Work:Weekly photo assignmentResearching, preparing presentation
Class:Review photos from weekly assignmentStudent presentationsDiscussion
Grading:Complete presentation projectComplete 80% of assignments
Go to http://photodecal.org/09sp/apply.php
Application due Sunday, 2009 Feb 1 at 11:59pm
Reply email by Monday morning
First class:Tuesday/Thursday 2009 February 3/5?
Other photo classes to consider:Intro to Photojournalism Decal (Wednesday 6:30-8:30, starts Feb. 11)Focus on Photography Decal (Wednesday 4-6, starts Feb. 4)