Digital Photography 2 Syllabus

Instructor:  Erin Mahoney




We will delve further into the fundamentals of photography from a digital perspective; covering everything from technical concepts, controlling light, workflow options, and concept building.  In essence, the tools you need to create “better” photographs.  You will cover the basics and general techniques revolving around digital photography as well as a basic introduction to external light sources.


Recommended Textbooks: 

·       Digital Photography: A Basic Manual, by Henry Horenstein, 2011

·       Tony Northrup’s DSLR Book: How to create stunning digital photography, Tony Northrup, 2012

·       On Photography, Susan Sontag, 2001

Class 1: Review: Know Yourself, Know Your Camera

  • Seeing through the lens, defining aesthetics
  • Amateur vs. Pro: Creating a conceptual story
  • Metering Review: Introduction to Exposure (Triangle) and Histograms
  • Intro to Lightroom and Camera Raw

Class 2:  Intro: Image Manipulation and external light

  • Photo editing software- Pros/Cons: Photoshop and Pixlr
  • Exposure triangle reminder, tips, and ideas
  • File Types and Metadata
  • External Flashes

Class 3: File Selections, Archiving, and More ( May be discussed in week 4 based on skill/interest level of students)

  • Studio Day!  Strobes vs. Constants
  • Controlling and understanding light through portraiture 

Class 4:  Advanced image editing and aesthetic building

  • Edit, edit, edit!  Finishing the final project
  • Defining a story, defining your aesthetic
  • Advanced digital workflow 

Class 5: Final project reveal & Tie up Loose Ends

  • Final project reveal
  • Review of Everything
  • Other ideas:
  • ·       HDR image in Photoshop
  • ·       Automating actions in Photoshop & Camera Raw
  • ·       Photo retouching






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This course explores the conceptual and practical principles of photography in the digital era. Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, and other imaging software applications are used to explore creative and experimental possibilities for manipulating photographs.


Digital SLR Camera

External Hard Drive > Lacie Rugged with Thunderbolt and USB ports, size 1TB, 2TB, or, 3TB (if you don’t have this, then you will need some type of storage devise to save your large, tiff files) 

Inkjet paper > Epson Ultra Premium Luster or Moab Entrada Rag Bright. (You don’t have to buy these right away. We can discuss options in class)

Box, folder, or tube for transporting prints

White gloves for handling prints


Digital Photography: A Basic Manual, by Henry Horenstein, 2011

Tony Northrup’s DSLR Book: How to create stunning digital photography, Tony Northrup, 2012

On Photography, Susan Sontag, 2001


Week 1

  • Introduction to course, syllabus, & teacher.
  • Discussion of data storage devices and materials.
  • Review of equipment and cameras.
  • Shooting in raw, jpgs, tiffs, and various file formats. 
  • Lecture/Demo > Camera basics, depth of field, motion, aperture sizes, shutter speeds, light metering, flash, formatting memory cards using the camera, intro to uploading raw files in photoshop and making preliminary edits.
  • Introduce Assignment #1 > “Emulate one artist.” Research and think of ideas for this project. Be prepared to share that idea with Jen next class. 

Week 2

  • Review cameras and exposure. Field questions of all sorts.
  • Scanning and editing negatives together as a class.
  • Using Histograms to gauge exposure, adjustments, exposure, white balancing. Intro to the tool bar.
  • Discuss file management.
  • Slideshow: Artists who use digital media
  • Demo of Adobe Photoshop.
  • Inkjet printing basics. 
  • Work on Assignment #1 for homework- “Emulate one artist.” Due next class.

Week 3

  • Critique “Emulate one artist” as a class. Be prepared to share your digital files and prints.
  • Scanning and retouching negatives continued. 
  • Editing in Lightroom. 
  • Creating documents in InDesign
  • Begin final projects, you will work on your projects in class next week.

Week 4

  • Studio day to demonstrate strobes vs constant lighting. 
  • Work on final projects in class! 
  • Inkjet printing

Week 5

  • Review of skills learned during this class. 
  • Final project critique.