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DP2001

DP2001 Digital Photography

 

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: NIL; Academic Unit: 3.0]  

 

Academic Unit                         :           3 AU

 

Pre-requisite                            :           NIL

 

Course Description                 :

 

Learning Objective

To deliver to students a practice-based introduction to the photographer’s digital editing workflow. To introduce students to the large digital editing toolset and the many creative approaches that it offers.

 

Content

The computer has become a powerful tool for artists, especially photographers. It has given them flexibility, control and expressive freedom. Through demonstrations and instruction, students will gain knowledge and understanding of the digital workflow of the photographic process such as: film scanning, basic digital workflow, retouching, colourising and printing.

 

Besides the existing topics, the following topics will also be added to the contents:

• Additional special image editing softwares, e.g. Nix collection, Photo suite, Vue, Lightroom, etc 

• Fine art digital printing, e.g. Image print 

• Web and social media based image presentation

 

Course Outline

 

Wk

Topic

Lecture Hours

1

• Intro to course

3

2 - 6

• 8bit vs. 16 bits

• Film scanning

• Digital Process know-how

• Digital capture know-how

• Analogue vs Digital capture

• Level: Exposure

• Curve: Contrast & Colour correction

• Working with blending mode

• Colour conversion

• Black and white adjustments

• Dust off: spot healing brush tool, healing brush tool, patch tool

• Working with adjustment layers

15

7

 • Mid Sem review of assignments

3

8 - 12

• Get to an image that has sufficient tonal range

• Colour corrections

• Conversions from colour to black and white.

• ICC Profile & Colour space

• How to calibrate your monitor

• Choose a working colour space in Photoshop

• How do we deal with working colour space?

• Sharpening tools, e.g. High pass, Unsharp mask, Smart sharpener

• Additional special image editing softwares, e.g. Nix collection, Photo suite, Vue, Lightroom, etc 

• Fine art digital printing, e.g. Image print 

• Web and social media based image presentation

  Additional special image editing softwares, e.g. Nix collection, Photo suite, Vue, Lightroom, etc 

  Fine art digital printing, e.g. Image print 

  Web and social media based image presentation

 

15

13

• Final review of assignments

3

 

Learning Outcome

The students will have covered the basics of editing within a digital environment and will have a basic understanding of the many creative possibilities that the digital editing workflow offers.

 

Student Assessment

Continuous Assessment: 100% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

1)     Studio-based exercises and Short Assignment. Students are expected to respond to a theme requiring them to make a short series, and 3 studio-based exercises (40%)

2)     Individual, Group and Team-based Assignment. Students are expected produce a self-initiated photo series requiring them to make between 10 to 15 images (40%)

3)     Class Participation. Students are expected to demonstrate active class participation during presentations, discussions and critique sessions (20%)

 

 

Textbooks/References

1. Kartin Eismann, The Creative Digital Darkroom, O'Reilly Media

2.          Marvin Heiferman, Photography changes everything, Apertature

3.          Jonathan Lipkin, Photography reborn: Image making in the digital era, Abrams studio​