An online introduction to the use of digital cameras; basic camera types, controls, storage, image size,
and display will be covered. Technical and compositional exercises will enhance the understanding of
digital cameras and techniques covered.
Instructor Information: Sita Bhattacharji
Phone: (408) 864-8999 X3479
Office Location: A-65
Office Hours: Summer: by appointment
The course is internet-based with a supporting textbook. There are not
prerequisites, and no photographic knowledge is assumed; however a basic
understanding of photography will certainly augment your experience of this
-to differentiate between and define camera types.
-to describe and define digital camera controls.
-to understand and differentiate between appropriate settings necessary for image capture.
-to apply camera controls for the making of creative images.
-to experiment with various digital display possibilities for web or print presentation.
-to learn to evaluate and critique images.
This course is designed to take approximately 2 to 3 hours per week. You will
be expected to do the reading assignments, participate in online discussions
and to complete practical skills assignments. Remaining current with your
weekly activities will allow you to complete the course with ease and,
hopefully, with pleasure!
Eismann, Duggan and Grey, Real World Photography, 3rd Edition. Berkeley,
CA: Peachpit Press, 2010.
Required Course Materials
Each student will need a computer, internet access, a personal email account
and a digital camera, either consumer or prosumer.
You may access your final course grades through the STAR System [408-777
-9394 or 650-917-0509] or the Internet at: [http://regserv.fhda.edu/da-
grades.html]. Grades will not be transmitted via email.
It is the responsibility of the student to officially withdraw from the class if he or she is unable or unwilling to complete the course.
Note to Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic accommodations or services in this course, provide (name of Instructor) with a Test Accommodation Verification Form (also known as a TAV form) from Disability Support Services (DSS) or the Educational Diagnostic Center (EDC). Students are expected to give five days notice of the need for accommodations. Students with disabilities can obtain a TAV form from their DSS counselor (864-8753 DSS main number) or EDC advisor (864-8839 EDC main number).
90-100% = A
80-89% = B
70-79% = C
60-69% = D
59 & below = F
BE SURE to keep backup copies of all assignments!
Late assignments will be penalized by 10% of the possible points.
Please email me when your assignment has been posted.
If you experience technical difficulties you can notify me by email, then
submit the assignment to the Creative Arts Division office, A-47, where I
have a mailbox.
Assignments: Due Dates: Points:
Assign. #1: Introduction; Questionnaire October 7 100 pts.
Assign. #2: Environmental Portrait (1 image) October 24 100 pts.
Assign. #3: Questionnaire; Camera Modes (1 image) October 21 100 pts.
Assign. #4: Depth of Field (2 images) October 28 100 pts.
Assign. #5: Lighting Situations (1 image) November 11 100 pts.
Assign. #6: The Still Life (1 image) November 18 100 pts
Assign. #7: Written Evaluation November 25 100 pts.
Assignment #8: Final Project (2 images) December 9 100 pts.
QUIZ December 16 100 pts.
Total Points 1000 pts.
Policy on Copying and Cheating:Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments will receive a failing grade in the course and will be reported to college authorities.
This course utilizes Catalyst, De Anza's Online Learning Community. Please view the Catalyst website at https://catalyst.deanza.edu/
to login. Please note that you will be unable
to login until the first day of class
. Be sure you are using your correct username and password - do not use your social security number or international "99" number. If you need help logging in or finding your
student ID, please view the short instructional video at: https://catalyst.deanza.edu/?pg=mod1
. Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website
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