FILM 165 Digital Still Photography for Non-Majors (Formerly DC 125)
In this course we will shoot, edit and critique a series of photography projects. These projects
cumulatively provide guidance on the best practices of lighting and composing an image that
tells a compelling story. Students will leave this course with a basic understanding of how digital
cameras work, as well as how to use them creatively.
Upon completing DC 125, Students will be able to-
- Create well lit, well composed photographs.
- Analyze a photograph and make recommendations for improvement.
- Explain, in well-written prose, what a work of art is about and how it was produced
(i.e. you should be able to articulate and explain the “content” of that work and its
methodology of production).
- Comment on the relationship between form and content in a work.
- Assess the formal aspects of their subject and put those qualities into words, using, when
appropriate, specialized vocabulary employed in class and readings.
This course course carries Arts & Literature Domain Credit; as such, a minimum of 5-7 pages
of well-written prose must be written as part of this course. Each student will meet these
requirements by writing a 2 page "process" paper as part of each of the 3 major assignments
for the course. We will discuss these papers in the lectures, but in brief, in each paper you will
describe your thought process and methodology while completing each major project.
Course Management System:
Assignments, feedback and grading will be given weekly online using the D2L system. Students must check the information provided online each week.
All images must be Jpegs, and should not exceed 2 MB. All assignments must be turned in to
D2L, not emailed. Late assignments will have points deducted. Project 3 cannot be submitted
Last day to drop this course with no penalty is Tuesday September 21.
Every student will need to have access to some kind of digital still camera. Yes, you can use
If you have access to a better camera, great. Use that. Otherwise use what you have. You don't
need something fancy for this course.
You can check out very good still cameras from DePaul’s equipment center for free (if they are
If you choose to buy a camera, any “point and shoot” with decent (better than 10x) optical zoom
will work well for our class. Don’t feel pressured to buy an expensive camera: This is an
Additional Required Supplies:
This class requires the use of Adobe Photoshop. Here is a link to where you can get it:
This is tentative and likely to change!
Most classes will also include a go-and-shoot participation project, so always have your camera.
Introductions. Discussion of syllabus. Overview. Assignments:
1) Find your camera manual.
2) Bring in cameras and way to connect them next week
3) Read Light and Lens Chapter 1
Image file formats (JPEG, RAW, ETC.)
- Setting up image import
- High / Low project. Compositing.
Setting up projects, "save for web", basic tools, resolution, image size, canvas, layers
Video screening (TBA). Midterm terms introduced
Project #1 Assigned
Project #1 due, view and discuss. Review for Midterm
Shooting around the school.
Composition, balance, rule of thirds, line, perspective.
Shooting around the school.
Photoshop: Image adjustments, color, levels, saturation, white balance.
Go over midterm
Project #2 Assigned
Project # 2 due before noon, View and discuss in class. Photo Critique.
Begin project 3 proposal.
Assignment #3 discussion (not due yet) Watch video: TBA
Final project proposal due. Discuss.
Photoshop: Clone Stamp tool, image removal, masks. Assignment: Have materials to work on in
class next week.
Rough draft of final project due. Use feedback to improve your project before the finals period.
Final Project Due November 17th before 12pm (noon).
Review final projects during class.
Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age by Robert Hirsch ISBN-10 024081827X |
I’m not picky about what edition you get. Mostly, this book is great for inspiring you if you are
struggling to come up with an idea for an assignment.
20% Project 1
20% Project 2
30% Project 3
20% Midterm exam
(Roughly one participation assignment will be assigned each class, worth 1 point each)
-The Final Project (Project 3) is due November 17th before 12pm (noon).
-No late final projects will be accepted. A minimum of 1 point off per day late will be deducted
from all other projects.
This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.
Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course
content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The
evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely
separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation.
Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.
This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at http://academicintegrity.depaul.edu/ If you
have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.
All students are expected to abide by the University's Academic Integrity Policy which prohibits cheating and other misconduct in student coursework. Publicly sharing or posting online any prior or current materials from this course (including exam questions or answers), is considered to be providing unauthorized assistance prohibited by the policy. Both students who share/post and students who access or use such materials are considered to be cheating under the Policy and will be subject to sanctions for violations of Academic Integrity.
All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at http://www.cdm.depaul.edu/Current%20Students/Pages/PoliciesandProcedures.aspx.
Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that
you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002