PP110 Camera and Workflow

Course Description

This Photography class introduces the digital single lens reflex camera (dSLR), a professional photographer’s primary image-making instrument. Classroom demonstrations, lectures and exercises will help the student to fully understand major camera controls, functions, components and accessories; how light, ISO, shutter speed and aperture are all interrelated (reciprocity); metering light for correct exposure; adjusting for optimal exposure; and how variable and fixed focal length lenses affect the look of our images.

In addition, students will get a detailed look at Lightroom’s Library, Develop and Print functions. After proper portable hard drive formatting, students will learn how to import, catalog, rank, sort, compare, embed keywords and metadata, develop, print and export RAW files. Particular attention will be paid to developing strong habits and strategies for organizing and securely archiving and backing up files across multiple hard drives. During this module, students will also begin to work on The Faces Project, the deliverable for future Photography certification modules Camera and Workflow III.

Learning Outcomes/Topics

  • SLR function
  • Exposure and reciprocity, balance of 4 variables (volume of light, ISO, shutter speed, aperture)
  • Metering methods (reflective, incident, gray card principle); “null the meter”
  • Metering modes (spot, center weighted, matrix/evaluative)
  • Exposure modes (manual, aperture priority, shutter priority, program manual); emphasis on manual mode
  • Lenses; focal length, field of view, lens effects, focal length vs. camera position
  • Auto focus (single vs. continuous servo, center focus point, AF/AE lock, etc)
  • The digital sensor; demosaicing, interpolation and resolution
  • File formats, bit depth, RAW vs. JPEG
  • Digital color (color space, color mode, white balance, Kelvin scale)
  • The Histogram, correct vs. optimal exposure (“shooting to the right”) exposure compensation
  • Flash vs. ambient exposure
  • Basic speedlight function
  • Flash exposure modes (TTL, auto, manual)SLR function
  • Exposure and reciprocity, balance of 4 variables (volume of light, ISO, shutter speed, aperture)
  • Metering methods (reflective, incident, gray card principle); “null the meter”
  • Metering modes (spot, center weighted, matrix/evaluative)
  • Exposure modes (manual, aperture priority, shutter priority, program manual); emphasis on manual mode
  • Lenses; focal length, field of view, lens effects, focal length vs. camera position
  • Auto focus (single vs. continuous servo, center focus point, AF/AE lock, etc)
  • The digital sensor; demosaicing, interpolation and resolution
  • File formats, bit depth, RAW vs. JPEG
  • Digital color (color space, color mode, white balance, Kelvin scale)
  • The Histogram, correct vs. optimal exposure (“shooting to the right”) exposure compensation
  • Flash vs. ambient exposure
  • Basic speedlight function
  • Flash exposure modes (TTL, auto, manual)