Digital Photography – ARTS 361

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a basic knowledge of digital photography. Students will learn to operate a digital single-lens reflex camera with proficiency. The correction and digital manipulation of images using current industry-standard software will be taught. Students will learn to communicate with their photography by posting their images to the Internet, printing their images using current inkjet technologies, and producing slideshows of their images for group consumption. (Students are required to have their own digital single-lens reflex cameras). Note: May be taken twice for credit.




Within the past two decades, photography has undergone a technological revolution. The days of shooting, developing, and printing with film are gone for all but the personal artist. Therefore, a visual communicator must add to his or her basic knowledge of traditional analog photography a whole new set of digital skills. The visual communications field is changing on an almost-daily basis; communications professionals must keep up or be left behind. The demand in the job market is great for communicators that possess honed and polished digital photography skills.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and then utilize the fundamental controls of his/her camera to create his/her own visual imagery.
  2. Enhance his/her captured images using digital processing techniques, learning the correct order or workflow in which to perform various tasks.
  3. Effectively output his/her images for print, size them for Internet usage, and present them to groups of people.
  4. Effectively archive, catalog, and backup his/her work so that his/her images will be safe and retrievable in the future.
  5. Interpret/criticize a digital photograph for the basics, such as exposure, density, contrast, composition, and perspective, but also for the so-called intangibles, such as meaning, style, and artistic merit.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (7)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 200 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 100 words. Any citations that are used must be cited in current MLA format.

Photography Assignments (7)

The student will complete 7 photography assignments in this course. The student will follow the step-by-step instructions to successfully complete each assignment. The photos captured in these assignments will be used in the Slideshow Final Project.

Research Paper

The student will write a 3-page research-based paper in current MLA format that focuses on the student’s top 3 photographers. The paper must include at least 2 references, in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Slideshow Final Project

The student will create a final slideshow showcasing at least 35 of the images he or she captured in the Photography Assignments. The show must be 3.5–5 minutes and include some type of synchronized soundtrack (music, narration, etc.). All photos must be taken by the student at some point during this course. The student will be graded on the following: originality of subject, quality of images, professionalism of presentation, length of show, and creativity. The slideshow must be in 1 self-contained file and must run continuously without outside prompts. The soundtrack must be embedded and be a part of this self-contained video file. The slideshow must be formatted as a video file and then uploaded to YouTube. The student must provide the instructor with the URL address to the YouTube video.

Quizzes (7)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain between 10–40 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a time limit of either 30 minutes or 1 hour.

Final Exam

The Final Exam will cover all materials in the Reading & Study folders throughout the course. The exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 100 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 2-hour time limit.