Art 218: Digital Intro

Art 218_Syllabus_Sp18


This course includes an introduction to camera operations and computer image manipulations. Emphasis is on learning basic camera function, photographic compositions, and computer enhancement of photographic images.


Art 206


Photography: The Concise Guide, Bruce Warren, 2nd Edition. ISBN: 978-0-495-89780-4


  1. To learn the basic function of the Digital SLR camera
  2. To learn how to use a flatbed and film scanner
  3. To learn the basic skills needed to successfully manipulate an image in Photoshop CC
  4. To gain an introduction to digital asset management by creating a catalog and editing RAW files in Adobe Lightroom CC.
  5. To learn fundamental rules of composition and successfully demonstrate them through assignments
  6. To create images which communicate defined messages and have the quality of a “finished” fine print.
  7. To successfully print an image using an archival inkjet printer


Fundamentals of Photography (exposure, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, camera functions)

Lightroom Fundamentals Including: Importing Files, Creating a catalog, basic editing in LR, exporting files from LR

Photoshop Fundamentals Including: Workspace, Workflow, Tools, Selections, Color Correction/Color

Management, Layers and Layer Mask basics

Use of Flatbed Scanner

Use of Inkjet Printer


(From FMU Student Catalog, p. 59). Each student is responsible for the proper completion of his or her academic program, for familiarity with the Francis Marion University Catalog, for maintaining the grade point average required, and for meeting all other degree requirements.

  1. For successful completion of this course, the student must be able to demonstrate competency in the course objectives and course outline listed above. Student must also successfully complete the course assignments and projects.
  2. Students must provide their own film and paper for this course.
  1. Upon completion, students should be able to successfully expose, develop, and print a well-conceived composition. To teach the student the correct use of the camera, exposure, use of lighting, selection of subject matter, compositional skills and darkroom processes and techniques


Your final grade for this course will be graded on a 10 point scale:

100-90  = A

89-80     = B

79-70     = C

69-60     = D

59-0        = F

Breakdown of Graded Assignments:

In Class Exercises, Worksheets and LR Catalog = 15 points (1-2 points each)

            3 Shooting Exercises = 15 points (5 points each)

4 Projects = 40 points (10 points each)

Midterm = 5 points

Final Project = 15 points

Final Portfolio = 5 points

Final Exam = 5 points


Photoshop. Lightroom and In Class Shooting Exercises: These exercises are meant to reinforce the information learned during lecture and demonstrations.

Shooting Exercises: Shooting exercises are designed to aid the student in learning the fundamentals of the digital camera, enhance awareness of composition choices, and making observations of subject matters.

Projects: There will be 4 projects that result in the majority of your final grade. Each project will require between 2-5 finished images. Old images may not be used for projects. Critiques are a part of the grading process for projects. Participation is required during critiques. If a student misses critique they will lose the opportunity to have class feedback and will only receive feedback from the instructor on the grade sheet. Each student will also be required to prepare a written statement about their artwork presented during critique.

Final Project: The final project is weighted heavier than regular projects and will be based on a more extensive concept. The final project will also include a presentation to be given on the last day of class.

Final Portfolio: The final portfolio will consist of answers to questions concerning the semester’s work. The portfolio will also include a collection of all works from the semester. Images from the Shooting Exercises and Projects will be turned in on a disc. You must keep up with all your files during the semester. If you lose them or trash them you will not be able to complete your final portfolio.

LR Catalog: You will also be graded on your Lightroom Catalog that is built over the semester. It should include all files exposed for shooting exercises, projects, final projects and in class exercises. Files should be rated and renamed according to procedures discussed during class.


Final grades are only rounded up to the next letter grade if they are within a .5 point or closer.


(From FMU Student Catalog, p. 62). It is the responsibility of the student to attend all scheduled meetings in the course in which he/she is enrolled. If a student is absent more than twice the number of required class or laboratory sessions per week during regular semesters or more than 15% of required sessions during accelerated semesters, a grade of “F” or “W” will normally be assigned, unless absences have been excused for cause by the instructor.

Attendance Policy for Art 218:

Students may miss up to 4 classes. If the student missed a 5th class, he/she will be dropped from the course. Absences include both excused and unexcused absences. As stated in the FMU Catalog, Prior to the completion of 33 percent of a course, a faculty member may withdraw a student from a course for violation of the stated attendance policy and the grade recorded will be “W.” After the completion of 33 percent of a course, a faculty member may still withdraw a student from a course for a violation of the stated attendance policy but the grade recorded will be “F” or “W” based on the academic average at the time of withdrawal. If you miss class the day before a schedule break you will receive 2 absences. If you come to class without being prepared you may be considered absent. An excused absence will require a doctor’s note or other approved documentation for absence.

Please be on time, as a courtesy to the class. Excessive tardiness will be harmful to your final grade. Three tardies equal one absence.


If absent from class, it is the responsibility of the student to email the Professor (via email or office visit) or contact a classmate to inquire about missed assignments. If an assignment is given and due the next class period, the student will still be responsible for completing the assignment even if absent from class.

Late Work: Projects and Assignments that are late will be dropped one letter grade. Projects will also be deducted an additional 2 points for every day they are late after the due date. Late work must be turned in within 2 weeks of the due date. After 2 weeks the grade will be a “0.”


There will be time to work on your assignments in class. However, please anticipate that you will have to do work outside of class in order to complete your projects and assignments for this course. If a student is present in class for work days, but is not prepared to work the student will given an absence.

Student excursions to art museums, galleries or studios may be scheduled. Participation is expected. Students must provide a legitimate reason if participation is not possible.


Students must provide their own storage media. Storage media may include a flash drive (NOT RECOMMENDED) or preferably a portable external hard drive. It is highly recommended and advantageous (for speed, reliability and storage space) to purchase an external hard drive. If you purchase an external hard drive, consider purchasing one that is Mac and PC compatible if you use both platforms. (Western Digital Passport USB 3.0 1TB = $59 at Storage devices should be purchased by the second week of classes. Students must also be aware that there may be a limited number of cameras available for student use. Inkjet paper will also be a requirement. There are Epson printers in the lab, so Epson papers are suggested, but not a requirement. Here are three basic papers that can be found online and in stores: Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Paper, Epson Premium (or Ultra) Luster Photo Paper, Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper. I suggest 25-50 sheets of 8.5”x11” paper. Some of these papers are available to purchase by the sheet from the photo lab assistant or the professor if you do not wish to purchase an entire package of paper.

For a detailed list of acceptable and/or suggested materials please refer to the supplies handout or visit the course supply list on B&H Photo. To locate the class list on B&H go to: Go to “Find a School’s Supply List”. Find and select “Francis Marion University.” Click on Introduction to Digital Photography. You are responsible for ordering and purchasing your own materials that are not provided by the University.


The art department has a limited number of cameras, tripods, books, and other related photography equipment for student use. There are also a large number of books in the library.


Cell phones are prohibited during class, unless announced otherwise by the instructor. Please be sure that your phone is on silent and put away when you enter the classroom. Cell phones are prohibited in the darkroom during group use. In other words if you are in the darkroom with someone else, cell phones are not allowed. You may not listen to music during class unless permission is given by the instructor. You may not check Facebook or any social media during class.


1/9    First day of class; Introduction to Course

1/11   Digital Camera Basics; Exposure Fundamentals


(click to download pdf for each topic)


Digital Camera Basics

Manual Exposure

Metering Light





Entire Fundamentals PDF


Critique Expectations

Workflow and File Management



Dry Mounting



Art 218_ShootingTechniques_Aperture

Art 218_ShootingTechniques_Shutter Speed

Art 218_ShootingConcepts_Light









Art 218_Worksheet_Chapter1&2

Art 218_Worksheet_Chapter2&3

Art 218_Worksheet_Chapter3&4

Art 218_Worksheet_Chapter5&8


Art 218_ScanogramEditingExercises

Art 218_Grayscale_Sp18

Art 218_PortraitRetouching_Sp18

Art 218_Toning_Sp18

Art 218_FrequencySeparation_Fa18



Digital Photography Tutorials  (vimeo password is “art218”):

RAW vs. JPEG from Julie Mixon on Vimeo.

This video discusses the differences between jpeg and camera RAW files including the advantages and disadvantages of each.

RAW Files vs. DNG Files from Julie Mixon on Vimeo.

This video discusses the advantages of the Digital Negative (DNG) files over proprietary RAW files.

Lightroom Tutorials (vimeo password is “art218”):

What is Lightroom? by Julie Mixon

Should I use Lightroom or Bridge? by Julieanne Kost

What is Lightroom. Getting Started with Adobe Lightroom


What are Lightroom Catalogs? by Julie Mixon


The Lightroom Catalog, by George Jardine

Introducing Catalogs, by Chris Orwig

Lightroom 5, Create a Catalog, by Wade Hamtpon Digital Media


The Adobe Lightroom Interface from Julie Mixon on Vimeo.

Another Video about the Lightroom Interface (click on link and locate video titled: “Getting Started in Lightroom CC”)


Importing Files into Lightroom from Julie Mixon on Vimeo.

Importing Files to Lightroom, by Julieanne Kost:

Please watch the following videos on Organizing, Sorting and Moving Files in Lightroom:

Getting Started in Lightroom CC: Organizing Your Files

Quick Tip: Don’t Move Photos Behind Lightroom’s Back

Getting Started in Lightroom CC: Viewing and Selecting Images

Getting Started in Lightroom CC: Comparing, Rating and Prioritizing Images


Night Photography  and Long Exposure Research:

Night Photography:

Long Exposures Using Neutral Density Filter (with Scott Kelby):

Night Photography:

Night Photography Documentary : Part 1:

Night Photography Documentary : Part 2:

Night Photography Documentary : Part 3:

Light Painting:

Photographing the Stars with a Kit Lens:

Need a Review for Photoshop Tools:

Photoshop Workspaces:

Tool Box Reference:

Tool Box Tutorial:

Keyboard Shortcut Tutorial:

Need a Review for Adobe Bridge:

Need a Review for Photoshop Color and Adobe Camera RAW:

Photoshop Color:

Camera RAW Tutorials:

What is Camera RAW?


Need a Review for Basic Editing in Photoshop:

Straightening an Image:

Need a Review for making Selections in Photoshop:

Need a Review for working with Layers in Photoshop:

Need a Review for working with Layer Masks in Photoshop:

Inspiration for the Digital Collage Process:

Need a Review of Inkjet Printing?:

Quick Guide to Inkjet Printing


Other Information:

Here are the links to Charity Valentine’s slideshows she shared in class:

Charity’s Work

Scanogram Examples

Basic HDR: Digital Photography 1 on 1: Episode 73



I will be unable to attend class on Tuesday, March 13th due to a death in the family. Your landscape project will still be due on Thursday, March 15th. However, you DO NOT have to print and mount your images for Thursday.

PLEASE REMEMBER, Neil Jernigan will be our visiting artist for Thursday, March 15th. He will be discussing long exposure photography. Please be respectful of his time and arrive on time or early to class. You all are also welcome to stay for my next class period in which Neil will be giving a lecture/demo on “Off Camera Flash for Nature Photography.”



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