ARTS 627
The Digital Darkroom: Technique and Image

Sasha Rudensky

Course Schedule
Class 1

INTRO - Syllabus, Expectations, Structure

LECTURE - Digital Photography in Context: From Grain to Pixels

TECH - Resolution, ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, White Balance

ASSGN: Read Handouts; Shoot 40-50 pictures                                   
Bring camera, card with images, and manual to the next class

Class 2

TECH - Photoshop Intro:Importing files, Adobe Bridge
Resizing, Sharpening. Processing RAW files - Adobe Camera Raw                                   
Work period                                    

ASSIGN: Shoot 100 images

Class 3

LECTURE - Color Temperature (White Balance), Histograms                                   
Introduction to Layers - Curves, Color Balance, Contrast                                   
Fine -tuning color using info palette
Work period - Individual Meetings                                   

ASSGN: Shoot 100 images for Monday

Class 4

LECTURE - "What and How do I shoot?"                                    
Tools: Retouching, Cropping, Selections, Masks                                   
Dodging and Burning                                   
Work period - individual meetings                                                   

ASSGN: Get files ready for Critique                                                    
Shoot 100 images

Class 5

LECTURE - Slide Lecture - Photographic Composition (Szarkowski and Shore)           

CRITIQUE - 5 IMAGES                                   

ASSGN: Shoot 100 images

Class 6

LECTURE - Visualization in Color vs. Black and White                                   

DEMO - Printing, Resizing, Flattening, Color Profile                                   

ASSIGN: 100 images

Class 7


Work period - Individual Meetings                                   

ASSIGN: Group A: 6 Final Prints

Class 8


Work period                                   

ASSGN: 100 images for Monday

Class 9

LECTURE - The Photographic Series


ASSGN: 100 images on Series Assignment

Class 10

LECTURE - History of Photography: Past and Present                                   
Guest Lecturer                                   

CRITIQUE - Work Prints                                   

ASSGN: Shoot 100 images  on Series Assignment

Class 11

CRITIQUE - The Series Assignment                                   

Sasha’s Work                                   

ASSGN: Finish Portfolio (12 Final Prints)