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Introduction to Digital Photography
Course: AVC142

First Term: 2023 Fall
Lec + Lab   3.0 Credit(s)   6.0 Period(s)   6.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: T - Lab Load

Description: Fundamentals of digital photography. Includes camera operations, exposure techniques, introduction to digital output, and theory of digital photography.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Explain and use basic camera parts and their functions. (I)
2. Explain and use modes of exposure control. (II)
3. Describe and apply a variety of focusing controls. (III)
4. Describe the effects and purposes of different focal length lenses. (IV)
5. Use the electronic flash in a variety of applications. (V)
6. Use white balance to control color. (VI)
7. Produce photographs using basic camera handling techniques. (VII)
8. Describe presentation methods as they apply to digital photographic imagery. (VIII)
9. Demonstrate an understanding of photographic aesthetics to produce digital images. (IX)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Cameras and Their Functions
   A. Camera operation
   B. Memory cards
   C. Resolution, file size and image quality
II. Exposure Control
   A. Manual
   B. Automatic
   C. Exposure value (E.V.) settings
III. Focusing Controls
   A. Manual
   B. Fixed
   C. Automatic
   D. Depth of field
IV. Lenses
   A. Define focal length
   B. Perspective
   C. Angle of view
   D. Zoom
V. Electronic Flash
   A. Built-in flash (automatic)
   B. Dedicated
   C. Fill flash
VI. White Balance and Color
   A. Color temperature and light
   B. White balance correction
VII. Special Shooting Techniques
   A. Available light
   B. Close-up
   C. Point of view
   D. On-site editing
VIII. Exhibition Methods for Digital Photographs
   A. Web page display
   B. E-mail distribution
   C. Printed output
IX. Photographic Aesthetics
   A. Introduction to history of photography as a cultural form
   B. Principles of design
   C. Fundamentals of the photographic frame
   D. Criticism and discussion
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: February 28, 2023

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