Course Number and Title: COM 250 Photography
This course is designed to teach the concepts photographic theory and practical techniques for creating and understanding photographic images. This course introduces and reinforces the skills of digital SLR camera operations and basic photo software use.
At least three (3) Jump drives (minimum 2GB) and an external hard-drive is highly recommended.
- Explain the evolution of photography, the different types of photographic equipment, and techniques used in the field. (CCC 1, 6; PGC 2)
- Produce high quality photographic images using assigned equipment. (CCC 2, 3, 4, 6; PGC 2, 3, 5)
- Demonstrate professional digital image processing techniques and file organization. (CCC 2, 4, 6; PGC 2, 3, 7)
- Create a professional portfolio to demonstrate skills in the field of photography. (CCC 1, 2, 5; PGC 1, 4, 5)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Explain the evolution of photography, the different types of photographic equipment, and techniques used in the field.
- Explain the history and evolution of photography.
- Discuss the photography industry.
- Evaluate and present photography educational material through an online presentation.
- Conduct research and prepare a presentation on a professional photographer.
- Analyze professional photographs.
- Identify, compare, and contrast the different types of cameras, lenses, accessories, and proper usage of each.
- Identify parts and functions of cameras used in class such as DSLR, 360, and GoPro.
- Use techniques for shooting and capturing a proper image.
- Identify color theory, composition, and visual presence.
- Identify and use camera controls, shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.
- Produce high quality photographic images using assigned equipment.
- Produce photographic images.
- Prepare visual displays for in-class peer and professional critique.
- Capture and process a minimum of 400 images during the semester.
- Demonstrate professional digital image processing techniques and file organization.
- Use accurate storage techniques for all images, including labeling and back-up.
- Demonstrate appropriate industry-standard editing skills.
- Create a professional portfolio to demonstrate skills in the field of photography.
- Create and display photographs in a photography exhibit.
Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Analyze the impact of media on society.
- Produce media products that meet professional standards.
- Apply principle of design to media products.
- Demonstrate effective professional communication skills.
- Apply professional, ethical, and legal standards of behavior.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.