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Courses listed as "Online Only" may be completed entirely online.
Courses listed as "Hybrid" will have some class activity that takes place at a designated location in addition to your online coursework. This activity may range from a few proctored exams to regular meetings on a MiraCosta campus.

Digital Photography

This course uses digital cameras and the computer as tools to create photographic imagery. Students explore camera controls, principles of composition, and photographic theory and techniques using state-of-the-art hardware and programs. Students learn editing techniques appropriate for print and electronic presentations. The course addresses ethical considerations regarding image manipulation and ownership. Students may use digital camera images, scanned negatives, or slides to produce a final print portfolio.

Subject: ART
Course Number: 251
Section Number: 1482
Units: 3
Instructor: Jones, Peggy

Instructor information about this course

Learning Management System (LMS) for this course: Canvas
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Course start page:
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Office: OCN 2274
Office hours: Tu Th 5:30 - 6:30pm
Phone: 760-757-2121 x 6596
Instructor notes: For success, students will need the following resources:
Manually adjustable digital camera. There are some compact digital cameras that have fully adjustable focus, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.  DSLR cameras and Mirrorless Camera Systems are manually adjustable. NO CELL PHONE CAMERAS
Computer and software. Adobe just made some changes. You will need access to a computer with Adobe Lightroom Classic  CC, or version 6 or later. You can buy a copy or subscribe monthly. Adobe's Lightroom CC - Creative Cloud may be substantially different which the course instructional materials will not support.
Canvas, a Learning Management System, for delivery of course instructional materials and turning in / posting assignments.
No Text Book: Our course does not have a required text book. There are ample training videos, power point style presentations, etc. available through Canvas content.
About the Course: Watch this video link for a peek into Canvas and the course.
There is a discussion board on different photographers, a gallery blog where you post your photography, and exercises for learning principles of photography and  camera controls.  The projects are designed to help you become fluent in the language of photography and to grow creatively. At the end of the semester you create an online published book in a subject of your choosing.
Cost of the course: Not counting the cost of the camera, the Adobe Lightroom subscription will run about $120.00.  Printing the portrait project and the final book project starts around $35. depending upon where you choose to print your portrait, and final project book features such as size and binding. The instructor also suggests one or two external storage devices @ around $20. each.
This course is one of the foundation courses for the Digital Photography Certificate and the A.A. transfer in Digital Photography. Expect the rigor of a college level course.

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