Photography, Intermediate Digital
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 36.0
Credit Value: 2.5
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2019
Prerequisites: VDES70006
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Digital Photography
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: Owen Colborne
Version: 20190107_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This course is offered on-campus. The sessions may include a variety of interactive and engaging activities including discussions, workshops, group activities, role plays, case studies and presentations. Readings, video, and podcasts may be provided online, on Sheridan's Learning and Teaching Environment (SLATE), to support class activities and reinforce material covered during class sessions. Assignment details will be provided in class and on SLATE. Students will need reliable access to the internet.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Acquire an intensive grounding in digital photography through hands on practical learning. Learn to shoot digital photographs indoors and outdoors, process and manipulate digital images and make prints. You are required to bring your digital SLR camera, along with a tripod, if you have one, to the first class. Class will be held in both a MAC lab and photography studio.

Program Context

Digital Photography Program Coordinator(s): N/A

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to: operate digital equipment ensuring a comprehensive electronic process for proficient, consistent workflow in personal photo projects.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Recognize the relationship of histograms and metering to create a raw camera file.
  2. Define a two light portrait set up with spotlight and floodlight.
  3. Explain the Inverse Square Law as it relates to exposure.
  4. Utilize studio lights to create either a broad light, short light or glamour light set up using up to 4 lights.
  5. Effectively translate the raw file into a useable and expressive digital file for projection or print.
  6. Implement a file naming and archiving strategy to manage their personal photographs.
  7. Utilize flash to augment existing light in the creation of photographs.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Class Assignments10.0%
 Activity Assignment20.0%
 Creative Assignment30.0%
 Natural Light Assignment20.0%
 Summative Test20.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL The following protocol applies to every course offered by Continuing and Professional Studies. 1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the instructor. 2. Students must write all tests at the specified date and time. Missed tests, in-class/online activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding Sundays and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not. An extension or make-up opportunity may be approved by the instructor at his or her discretion.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Information Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Numeracy

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Portfolio
  • Interview

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: Multiple Professors
Resource(s): N/A
Applicable student group(s): Continuing Education Students
Course Details:

Module 1 - CLASS 1-4 (modules and classes may rotate based on studio availability)

CLASS 1 - Studio  - AA2
-  An introduction to digital cameras and an explanation of raw
-  Review of equivalent exposures and the Inverse Square Law.
-  Refresher on effective metering.
-  Shooting studio portraits with 2 lights:  demonstration followed
   by students photographing other students.

HOME ASSIGNMENT #1: Shoot 10 frames of activity.  FILL THE FRAME with
your activity to make it obvious to the viewer what the activity is. 
It can be anything from passive to frantic, people or animals. 
Due by the end of Class 4.

CLASS 2 - Computer Lab - S419
-  An introduction to the digital darkroom.
-  Introduction to the Mac, using the Finder, creating folders,
   launching applications.
-  Overview of Photoshop and the use of Camera Raw.
-  Discussion of histograms.
-  Process raw files from Studio portrait session.

CLASS 3 - Studio - AA2
-  Demonstration of a 4 light portrait set-up.  Explanation of the
   hair light and background light.
-  Class assignment:  Set-up and shoot 4 light portraits of fellow
   students.  Shoot broad light or short light, as appropriate to the
-  Waist up portraits, NO PROFILES.
-  Demonstrate glamour or butterfly lighting.

CLASS 4 - Computer Lab - S419
-  Understanding digital file sizes and the limitations they create.
-  Working with Camera Raw on studio images.
-  Process files from studio 2 and home assignment.
-  Activity assignment due by the end of class.
-  Due by the end of Class 8.


CLASS 5 - Studio AA2
-  Advanced lighting, window lighting techniques and composition.
-  Demonstration and or video, discussion.
-  Shooting portraits with new techniques.

CLASS 6 - Computer Lab - S419
-  Demonstrations on creating B&W from raw and from Photoshop.
-  Demonstration for optimizing files, various techniques.
-  Work on files created in the last class.

CLASS 7 - Studio - AA2
-  Presentation on composition.
-  Studio time to work on Creative Assignment;bring in appropriate   
   items to photograph.

CLASS 8 - Computer Lab - S419
-  Continuation of working with raw files, work with Creative

MODULE 3 - CLASS 9 & 10

CLASS 9 - Studio - AA2
-  Flash, in/on camera and off camera
-  Demonstration of fill flash and other creative uses of flash.
   formal portraits using only the light that exists in your location
   (indoors), no supplementary light sources or flash allowed.

CLASS 10 - Computer Lab - S419
-  Printing, optimizing files, concerns for non-photo paper printing.
-  Composition considerations
-  Review, class time to work on assignments.


CLASS 11 - Computer Lab -  S419
-  Review of Camera Raw, image processing for optimum print files
-  Review of shooting and processing requirements

CLASS 12 - Computer Lab - S419 - finale
-  Presentation of Creative Assignment
-  Wrap up, work on personal projects

Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

Intellectual Property: Sheridan's Intellectual Property Policy generally applies such that students own their own work. Please be advised that students working with external research and/or industry collaborators may be asked to sign agreements that waive or modify their IP rights. Please refer to Sheridan's IP Policy and Procedure.

Respectful Behaviour: Sheridan is committed to provide a learning environment that supports academic achievement by respecting the dignity, self-esteem and fair treatment of every person engaged in the learning process. Behaviour which is inconsistent with this principle will not be tolerated. Details of Sheridan's policy on Harassment and Discrimination, Academic Integrity and other academic policies are available on the Sheridan policy website.

Accessible Learning: Accessible Learning coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. For more information or to register, please see the Accessible Learning website (Statement added September 2016)

Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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