Digital Photography Technician Certificate

This program is no longer accepting new students and/or re-entering students into the program.
Delivery Method: On-Ground Modality
Campus: Madison Campus Only

Digital Photography Technician is an intensive, 30-week program that prepares its graduates for entry-level positions as assistant photographers, and entry-level positions in related field such as image database management.

The program teaches fundamental camera skills, lighting,and studio and location photography, but there is also a strong emphasis on digital workflow,file management and archiving, color management,and image correction and adjustment.Other courses cover the fundamentals of video production using DSLR cameras, the output of photographs for print, web and tablet devices,and the practice of photography as a business.

Our goal in designing the Digital Photography Technician program has been to build a set of core technical skills in an efficient and timely manner. We encourage creativity in all of our courses, but we also believe that a photographer’s personal style takes time to develop and mature, and that working as an assistant photographer is a valuable step in the process. The Digital Photography Technician program may also appeal to graphic designers and publications specialists seeking to add to their versatility as communicators.

Semester One

Course Number

Course Name

Credits

DP101

The Photograph

2

DP102

Camera and Lens

2

DP103

Image and Workflow

3

DP104

Studio I

3

DP105

Lighting and Exposure

3

 

Total Credits

13

Semester Two

Course Number

Course Name

Credits

DP201

DSLR Video

3

DP202

Image Output

2

DP203

Image and Workflow II

3

DP204

Studio II

3

DP205

Professional Practice

2

 

Total Credits

13

   

DP101 The Photograph

Credits 2
This course will analyze photographs as completed media texts, examining the ways in which photographs communicate meaning and are used in social contexts. The course will survey the aesthetic and technological histories of photography, as well as the various genres of the medium as currently practiced, and the key documents in the history of photographic criticism. Students will also participate in a facilitated online forum where they will post their photographs and engage in directed peer critique. Here they will experiment with the visual dynamics of both individual photographs and sequences of photographs.

DP102 Camera and Lens

Credits 2
Camera and Lens will survey the tools used in contemporary photographic practice, including cameras, lenses, light meters, memory cards, portable and studio lighting, scanners, digital printers, colorimeters and computers. The course will emphasize the selection and operation of appropriate tools for specific photographic assignments; it will be based on, but not limited to, the use of DSLR cameras.

DP103 Image and Workflow

Credits 3
Image and Workflow I will be the first of two courses to examine the capture, formation, processing, modification, storage and output of digital photographs. The course will focus on building robust workflows using Capture One, Bridge, Photoshop and Lightroom software, as well as choosing appropriate file formats and resolutions, and managing color and metadata. Primary image corrections will also be covered.

DP104 Studio I

Credits 3
Through a graduated sequence of assignments, students in this course will apply the basic practices of professional photography. Early assignments will emphasize best practices in workflow and camera operation, to minimize errors and improve efficiency. Later tasks will develop skills in lighting for still life and studio portraiture, providing students with the opportunity to explore the creative possibilities of alternative solutions.

DP105 Lighting and Exposure

Credits 3
Lighting and Exposure will study the evaluation, measurement and use of light, the raw material of photography. The course will begin with an investigation of visual perception, including the process of depth perception and the role of memory in the sensation of brightness and color. The course will next examine the measurable properties of various sources of light, including intensity, quality and color temperature, before comparing the different ways in which lighting can be utilized and modified to change and enhance the meaning of photographic images.

DP201 DSLR Video

Credits 3
The use of Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras and lenses in video production enables the creation of a film look at relatively modest cost, but the process is not a simple matter of “point and shoot.” In this course we will examine the video features and operation of DSLR cameras, as well as the accessories that improve their usability for video work. A graduated series of assignments will explore the visual potential of DSLR cameras, and the concepts of shooting for continuity editing.

DP202 Image Output

Credits 2
Image Output will survey the potential end uses for digital photographs, and examine the ways in which files may be optimized for various output media. Students will learn about process (“CMYK”) and digital (“RGB”) printing, and the characteristics and limitations of print media. Students will practice outputting files for online display and learn how to manage image galleries and digital portfolios, and in the second half of this course they will develop personal portfolios in both print and online versions.

DP203 Image and Workflow II

Credits 3
Image and Workflow II is the second of two courses that examine the capture, formation, processing, modification, storage and output of digital photographs. This course will focus on using image workflows suitable for high-volume production, and on making secondary corrections to images, including portrait retouching, and using high dynamic range and merge techniques.

DP204 Studio II

Credits 3
In Studio II students will continue to develop their skills in professional photography through a series of tasks that includes location portraiture, small and large event coverage and the photography of architectural interiors and exteriors. Studio time will also be available for approved portfolio projects.

DP205 Professional Practice

Credits 2
Professional Practice will focus on developing the workplace skills that are vital in the transition from college to workplace.  Topics will include copyright and contract law, record keeping, basic accounting, best practices in business and self-publicity using resumes, blogs and online portfolios. The coursework will be supplemented by guest speakers and workplace visits.

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