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DC-125/501/510 Digital Still Photography DePaul CDM room 632

Winter 2013, Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8:30am-10:00am
Instructor: Mathew Paul Jinks-email: mjinks@cdm.depaul.edu
Office hours- Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00am -10:45am held in room 632a

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Image: Sebastiao Salgado

DC-125/501/510 Digital Still Photography DePaul CDM room 632

Winter 2013, Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8:30am-10:00am
Instructor: Mathew Paul Jinks-email: mjinks@cdm.depaul.edu
Office hours- Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00am -10:45am held in room 632a

Summary of the course:

This course is an introduction to the history and aesthetics of still photography and to the concept of photography as a descriptive and interpretive artistic medium. Students studying photographs in this context will discover relationships between individual photographers choices and their own understanding of meaning. The role these artistic choices play in conveying meaning in still photography. Discussions of the photos' cultural contexts and meanings will deepen their understanding of the role of still photography as a conduit for cultural values. Students will learn the fundamental concepts necessary to shoot, edit, manipulate, and print digital still photographs. Also, students will acquire the knowledge needed to analyze and critique existing work. Students will be required to use their own digital still cameras for this course.

On-line:

I will require you all to join the DePaul Photo social network that I have set up on Ning.com. This Social Network is a resource shared by DC125 classes. It is there for you to add links to websites you find and comment on topics of your choice. I will send you all an invite to join it. Your assignments must be uploaded to your personal page on this network for me to grade them and for us to critique and comment on, if you did not receive an invite let me know. Try using Firefox to access the site from a DePaul computer, Ning does not always like Safari.

When using the lab computers, sign in and sign out, if you forget to sign out, people have been known to find strange comments on the network site that they did not send because somebody used their log in to make comments.

Textbooks and printed resources:
Required:

Required: Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age by Robert Hirsch, • Publisher: Focal Press (September 14, 2007)
• ISBN-10: 024080855X
• ISBN-13: 978-0240808550

Available from Barnes and Noble in the DePaul Center, we will be reading from this book. Amazon-used approx $30.

Prerequisites:

None

Grading:
Assignments:10% ea= 70%, Mid-term quiz 10%, Final Quiz 10% Group gallery presentations 10%

All work handed in for the projects must have been made since the beginning of the Quarter! And for this class alone.

ANY work handed in for a project that is evidently made before the quarter will result in a fail for that project.

Grading scale:


A, B, C, F.

Late assignments will have half a grade reduction for each day they are past due.

Goals and Requirements:

In this course we will explore the ways photographers have used the medium to enrich and challenge the conventions in their practice. We will be looking at many works from individual artists and analyzing the images as well as discussing the process. Students will be required to work on six projects and in groups present on a local photo show for the end of the Quarter. We will focus on many of the techniques to shoot and to print digital photographs paying special attention to composition and presentation of the work. We will follow (more or less) a thematic format. Each student will be REQUIRED to do the readings for the week. Students are encouraged to follow their own interests in their projects by developing self motivated ideas. Please, no instant messaging. No text...
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