Course Information
Course Title: Digital Photography
Course Number and CRN: ART 265 - 44561
Credits: 3
Course Date: Fall Term 2019
Course Meeting Times: MW 9:30
Course Location: BEC 156
Instructor: James Hutchens (541-815-8195,,
Course Description: Introduces students to the basics of composition and camera settings and provides an understanding of digital photo-editing for the purpose of creating successful landscape, portrait, montage and other photographic forms.
Learning Outcomes:
  1. Students will use a digital camera creatively to capture successful landscape images, portrait images, night-time or long exposure images, fill-flash images, panoramic images and other "montage" techniques, and a photographic series designed to present a broad concept, story, progression or other idea through the presentation of ten or more images.
  2. Students will learn about how shutter speeds, aperture settings, ISO settings, White balance settings, zoom settings all affect your images. 
  3. Students will use the Adobe Photoshop to create slideshow presentations, search images based on tags and categories, use Adobe Photomerge, Process multiple files, and more.
  4. Students will use Adobe Photoshop to crop, rotate, enhance, colorize, sharpen, and optimize your images. We will also discuss more advanced techniques of using tools to selectively adjust images such as the clone stamp,dodge,burn,sponge,healing brush, and more.
  5. Students will make selections within digital images with a variety of different tools in Adobe Photoshop so that images can be selectively blurred, sharpened, colorized.
  6. Students will use layers to combine multiple different images to create composite images from different sources.We will also master a special technique for creating shadows and reflections to make these composites realistic.
  7. Students will gain a brief understanding of working with Adobe Lightroom

Course Materials
An adequate digital camera is required, as well as a tripod and memory card reader

Technology:  We will use an independent website for the class: to facilitate submitting work, exhibiting work for the critiques, and for project grades
Technology Assistance: If you are in need of any technology assistance, contact Student Technical Support (541-383-7716, visit a Computer Lab, or view self-help resources online (  The following are Computer Lab locations: Bend-Boyle Education Center or Pioneer Hall; Redmond-Redmond Technology Center; Madras; Prineville.


Project 1: Scavenger Hunt This project will challenge you to try out the things we've discussed. I'll want everyone to shoot 10 images:-Wide Angle (landscape)-Telephoto (distant object)-Telephoto (portrait)-Backlight shot without exposure compensation-Backlight shot with exposure compensation-Same shot wtih flash (no exposure compensation)-Fill flash used with outside portrait-Slow flash used with low lighting-Close-up macro shot that makes us guess

Project 2: A day in the life of AmericaLike the famous book from the 80s, we'll be creating our own series of images that attempt to capture the spirit ofeveryday life in our country. My best friend's wife moved to America from France over 20 years ago, but has aGrandmother who will never visit her distant home. Lets help her portray what life is like here.

Project 3: The Landscape ImageLandscape subjects continue to inspire and intrigue photographers and viewers alike and I feel it will be fun to analyzeand emulate some favorite landscape images to help us capture the world around us in a way that is powerful as animage.

Project 4: Night PhotographyNight photographs can be fun because of what can happen during a long exposure that you hadn't intended. Also,shooting at night can be a strange and interesting experience because it is an altered reality from what we normallyexperience. Furthermore, we'll learn about a blending technique that allows you to combine different exposures forwonderful mixed lighting effects.

  1. One night landscape or interior shot that involves the use of the multiple exposure techinique we've talked about.
  2. One night or interior shot that either is a standard one long exposure shot, or perhaps uses a different specialtechnique such as the addition of an artificial light source...i.e. (laser pen, flash light, headlights, sparklers, glow stick,tail lights, etc.).

Project 5: Portrait IdeasPortraits continue to be the majority of the images we take and see, but how are they done. We'll experiment with acouple of techniques, as well as hone our understanding of lighting, focus, depth of field, composition, and more.

Project 6: Composite imagesComposite images are images that are composed of more than one image. A good example of this is the creationof a "panoramic" image that is actually composed of multiple images taken from slightly different angles and thencombined to form a large seamless image. Another method for creating composite images is through the specialDavid Hockney "joiner" method we'll discuss.

Project 7: Visual IronyFascinating surreal images can be created by combining separate images that don't normally belong together. Thiscan result in interesting meanings and even dreamscapes or other "fantastic" images.

This project will challenge you to combine two or more images that emphasize the idea of surrealism, or of thingsnot belonging together. One way to do this is through incorrect proportions of image (simply by scaling them), anotherway to do this is conceptually.

Finally, we'll then add words to this composite in the manner of an advertisement.

Project 8: Photographic Series. This project will challenge students to create a series of 10 images that express a progression, story, concept, explore variety or similarity, etc.This project can be presented in many different ways.

We'll turn in the photographic series as a slideshow and present it for our final class.

Final Exam Date and Time  8:10am December 9th
Grading and Assignments
Grades will be based on completed projects that will be discussed within class and due at a specified time. This discussion will be a presentation called a "critique". During each critique, every student will present their work and help the rest of the class understand what it is intended to express.

Each project will be graded at the time of the critique and incomplete projects will receive an appropriate grade.  Grades can be made up within two weeks of the project for extenuating circumstances, but not after.  Part of the grade for each image will be based on what you have to say about the image, as an artist statement.  This will include elaborating on what the image is trying to express.  Explain your motivations for your work. Photographs without artist statements will not receive a full grade.

During the first critique we will outline the protocol for discussing images during the critique.  All students are encouraged to participate. Grades will be based on participation in the critique, technical expectations of the project, and the artist statement.

Grading Scale: 
A 93-100 Outstanding performance
A- 90-92 Superior
B+ 87-89 Excellent
B 83-86 Very good
B- 80-82 Good
C+ 77-79 Better than satisfactory
C 70-76 Satisfactory
D 65-69 Passing (Note: Courses in which D grades are earned may be limited or not used in specific certificate or degree programs)
F 0-64 Not passing
I Incomplete 

Course Policies: (OPTIONAL Include here any of the following that help clarify the requirements of your course. Examples are listed online at [insert web site].)
  • Opportunities will be provided to make up missed classes
  • Attendance is required
  • Please contact James at (, 541-815-819,
COCC Policies
Important Enrollment Deadlines
The following deadlines apply to full term courses; for part-of-term courses, see individual dates or insert dates here.
First week of each term
Mandatory attendance: students not in attendance or absent without instructor permission are administratively withdrawn
5pm, Friday of second week
Last day to drop with full refund.
5pm Friday of 7th week
Last day to drop with no grade on transcript, last day to change to an audit, instructor approval not required
6pm, Wednesday of last week of regular classes.
Last day to drop, requires instructor approval, shows as W on transcript

Final Exam Policy:
Information about the final exam schedule, policies for rescheduling final exams, and final exam policies are located on the Academic Calendar web site ( Please note that rescheduling exams is available in specific circumstances and requires advanced planning.

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