PHOT 1100 This hands-on introductory course is designed to familiarize students with the industry standard Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera. Coursework will cover operation of manually-adjustable DSLR camera functions such as controlling motion, depth of field, ISO, white balance through various indoor, outdoor, and natural lighting conditions. Gaining an understanding of the controls and adjustments will be the key to this course; but students will also be exposed to additional skills such as management and output of images as part of the digital workflow procedures, photographic composition, use of on-camera flash, presentation of finished images, and uses of images in the industry.
PHOT 1200 The essence of good photography is the ability to apply principals of photography to the understanding of light and lighting conditions. This course teaches students to differentiate and control light by distinguishing qualities of light in terms of direction, color, contrast, and intensity. It builds on this differentiation by teaching ways to modify light, both in the studio and on location. this course covers the use of various types of light meters and light modifiers used in all different lighting conditions from studio, to window light, to indoor flash, and to outdoor light. Consideration is given to the use of traditional lighting methods and the significance of these methods in the commercial photography market.
PHOT 1350 Photographers not only need to master their digital camera but also master the software that downloads, organizes, manipulates, enhances, stores and outputs their images for the clients. The two main software (but not the only) that this course will introduce is Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. Since these two software can be used separately and interchangeably, both are being introduced in this one course. Skilled use of the computers operating system software will be covered and expected as well. Essential for skillful use of these software will be a thorough understanding, identification, and ability to use the 100+ tools that both Lightroom and Photoshop bring to the user. Projects will be designed to exercise as many tools and techniques as possible. Be prepared to bring personal images to class for hands-on practice.
PHOT 1750 In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of commercial portraiture. Students will apply knowledge of lighting and exposure, along with understanding of posing and styling, in order to make images for todays discriminating consumer. Assignments will include a variety of genres of portrait photography and pictorial styles. Students will also make images in a variety of lighting conditions including existing environmental portraits, studio lighting, and existing ambient and window light conditions.
PHOT 2510 In this course, students will take part in the planning, photography, and post-production of studio commercial photography projects. Emphasis will be given to studio lighting, and students will apply lighting and aesthetic skills to a variety of assignments including architecture, food, still-life objects, glassware, and textiles. Students will also replicate industry work as they make images according to client specifications regarding size, cropping, file format output, color, and other layout considerations.
PHOT 2650 Successful photographers have a set of skills that include time management, organization, marketing, professional ethics, accounting and general business policies. These are the topics covered in this courses. The purpose is to prepare the individual for all the aspects of the business side of this industry. Whether the photographer or technician works for themselves as an entrepreneur or is employed by a photography company this knowledge will be beneficial to their success.
PHOT 2750 In this course, students will make a professional portfolio intended to align with the students career or continuing educational goals upon graduation from DCTC. Students will begin by clarifying and assessing their own post-college goals and then comparing those goals to the expectations of the niche market (s) they intend to pursue. Students will create a print portfolio as well as an electronic presentation of their work. Portfolios will be presented at a juried Senior Portfolio Show attended by all graduating students.