Photography and Digital Imaging
Photography and Digital Imaging offers professional level training for this challenging yet rewarding field. The program goal is to graduate students as photographers, assistant photographers and/or Photoshop™ technicians.
This program runs much like a large professional studio/lab. Some camera/general equipment (digital and analog) is provided by the program for students in order to complete program requirements. Photography & Digital Imaging maintains a 16 workstation Mac lab with a variety of scanners and printers. In order to simulate a realistic environment many duties and responsibilities are managed by the students. These include: mixing chemistry, minor equipment maintenance, minor cleaning and facilities upkeep. Through workshops, self-study and practical application, students will learn both basic and advanced skills required for success in the field of photography.
Student training is enhanced by many workshops, guest photographers and opportunities for on the job training. The course places a strong emphasis on the business of photography, aspects of which include: specialty and general employment options, market research and marketing/self promotion for photographers, creative and technical standards and portfolio development. Students of Photography & Digital Imaging have significant opportunity to develop their self-motivation and personal initiative and are encouraged to pursue personal and paying assignments outside of regular program activities.
Students applying to the program must submit a print portfolio that exemplifies two key concepts:
- Dedication - Prints that show a history of interest and personal study in photography over a period of several years. Portfolio photographs may be from school and/or other related courses but at least five images should have been generated on the student's personal initiative.
- Exploration - Prints that show the applicant has researched and practiced at least seven of the major photographic themes. Color photographs (and black and white if possible) of subject matter i.e., landscape, nature detail, formal portraiture, wedding, candid portraiture, animal, still life, product, abstract, experimental technique, figure study, sports, news events, astronomy and architecture. Please research themes.
Prints in the portfolio can be color or black & white (some of each would be ideal), must be a minimum size of 5 x 7 inches and presented neatly in a business folio or an album of good quality. Prints may also be presented mounted on board. Minimum number of prints is 12.
Other media can include: alternative printing methods (Polaroid transfers, etc.), traditional wet darkroom prints including hand coloring, solarization and photograms, slides and cross processed images. Additional images may be presented on CD/DVD or personal web posting (Flickr, Photobucket, etc.).
Photography and Digital Imaging Coursesprint full list with descriptions
Take the following course(s):
PEI Occupational Health and Safety
An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.
Course Code: SAFE-1005
Professional Studies I
This course is about important business practices such as presenting a professional attitude, listening to your clients wants and needs, managing your time properly, the art of giving and accepting constructive feedback and the importance of safety in the workplace. Topics covered in this course are intended to provide you with the foundational professional skills expected, both at college and in the workplace.
Course Code: PHOTODI-1000
Photographic Technique I
In this course students will be introduced to various cameras, lenses and light meters as well as studio lighting and black and white processing and printing. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to practice several new skills by creating images of varying subject matter using different lighting styles and locations which will help them to problem solve and adapt.
Course Code: PHOTODI-1010
Black and White Darkroom I
In this course students will learn how to select appropriate films and process black and white negatives. Additionally, students will learn safety procedures used when handling materials commonly used in a photography darkroom. Key subject areas covered in this course include basic black & white film processing, push/pull processing and image quality control.
Course Code: PHOTODI-1020
History and Design I
This course will give students an appreciation for the history of photography, past and present photographic trends and basic composition. Students will learn to appreciate, comment on and discuss images in a meaningful and professional manner. Students will also have the opportunity to create photographs that showcase their new found appreciation.
Course Code: PHOTODI-1030
Photographic Technique II
Photographers perfect several skills that set them apart from the rest. This course focuses on depth of field, motion and critical focusing techniques. Students will practice with a variety of subjects in different lighting conditions including indoor sports, studio portraiture and night photography.
Course Code: PHOTODI-1040
Black and White Darkroom II
Building on the knowledge and experience gained in Black and White Darkroom I, this course focuses on print making. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and practice with various darkroom tools and accessories common to advanced printing techniques. Additionally students will learn about the archival printing process, manual print retouching and preparing prints for presentation by dry mounting, matting and framing.
Course Code: PHOTODI-1050
Studio Photography I
This course is an introduction to basic studio lighting. Using tungsten lights, with light shaping tools and accessories, students will learn how to control scene contrast and ratios while maintaining a multi-user studio. Students will have the opportunity to further apply the learning in this course by working with both live models and commercial products as subject matter.
Course Code: PHOTODI-1060
In this course students will research a variety of concepts often illustrated photographically. Topics will include documentary, press, fashion, editorial and advertising. Appropriate background selection and creating depth and atmosphere in images will also be emphasized.
Course Code: PHOTODI-1070
Location and Studio Lighting I
This course introduces professional level flash photography. Small hot shoe compatible models to multi-head location and studio systems are demonstrated and made available for immediate use. Students will learn how to arrange and meter multiple light setups while controlling intensity and quality.
Course Code: PHOTODI-1080
Studio Photography II
This course will focus on portrait photography including the highly sought after "perfect portrait." Using studio flash systems and light shaping tools, students will practice various techniques including Hi-Key and Low-Key lighting. Additionally, important photography skills such as controlling lighting ratios and portrait posing techniques will be highlighted in this course.
Course Code: PHOTODI-1090
This course introduces students to topics such as color theory, printing colour and the determination of colour temperature. Students will gain practical experience in the darkroom fine tuning their color perception. This course will also include an introduction to color pet photography and handcolouring black and white photographs.
Course Code: PHOTODI-1100
Building on the foundational learning gained in Color I, this course emphasizes the use of slide film for color temperature comparisons and the making of a "ring-a-round" color chart. Students will also have the opportunity to gain creative and practical skills by cross processing slide film, practicing close-up photography and applying photographic copying techniques.
Course Code: PHOTODI-1110
Perspective Control I
This course is an introduction to the 4X5 view camera. These highly adjustable cameras will clearly demonstrate the affects of focus, depth-of-field, shape and perspective on the subject. Students will choose two themes and assemble relevant props to make two dynamic still life images. Black and white negative and Polaroid films will be used with studio flash and light shaping accessories.
Course Code: PHOTODI-1120
Digital Imaging I
This course will introduce the students to the possibilities of digital imaging. The main focus will be on operating MacIntosh computers, Photoshop and other relevant software along with digital SLR cameras. The goal is to give students a good basic understanding of and comfort level with semi-professional technologies.
Course Code: PHOTODI-1130
This introductory course in entrepreneurship will equip students with the resources and skills to make their first incursions into the business world. Students will construct and professionally present a portfolio containing samples of their best images. In this course students are required to develop and write a basic mission statement and code of ethics. Additionally, students will create a pricing policy and learn how to prepare estimates. Emphasis will also be placed on building the student's ability to identify customer needs, apply ethical standards and business etiquette and to identify professional photographic associations.
Course Code: PHOTODI-1140
Perspective Control II
Building on the foundational learning in Perspective Control I, in this second installment students will photograph landscape and urban architecture. Students will need to rely heavily on knowledge assimilated in the previous course by using a tilt/shift wide angle lens on a digital SLR body instead of a 4X5 view camera. Expectations regarding focus, depth-of-field, shape and perspective are higher due to previous experience.
Course Code: PHOTODI-2000
Advanced Location Lighting
This course builds on the knowledge gained in Location and Studio Lighting by continuing to explore the challenges of applying professional level studio/on location lighting to a variety of subjects. Students will have the opportunity to learn new techniques as they produce press, wedding, industrial, architectural and portrait photographs. Throughout this course, students will gain experience working with a variety of equipment, backgrounds and subjects on location.
Course Code: PHOTODI-2010
History and Design II
Building on the knowledge gained in History and Design I, in this course students will continue to explore the origin of photography, as well as its impact throughout history in relation to design. Students will have the opportunity to produce a variety of design projects that deal with basic design principles such as layout, type and color, in conjunction with their own photography. Conceptual imagery is also explored. Using the knowledge gained in this course, students will demonstrate their skill by producing a mock magazine highlighting their course work.
Course Code: PHOTODI-2020
Digital Imaging II
Building on the knowledge and practical skills from Digital Imaging I, this course involves a more in-depth study of the capabilities of Photoshop and word processing software. To ground the learning in this course and to develop an understanding of all available capture and output systems, students will gain hands-on experience as they design, write and print their own self-promotional newsletter. In addition students will also practice using MediaCom and CD/DVD burning software.
Course Code: PHOTODI-2030
Digital Imaging III
With the knowledge and experience gained in Digital Imaging I and II, in this course students will continue to develop both their technical and creative skill base. Students will produce multi-image composites as well as restore damaged or "antiqued" photographs. Students will also have the opportunity to build their collaborative skills by working with a partner from the Graphic Design program to produce an image that responds to the requirements of a design project.
Course Code: PHOTODI-2040
This course builds on the learning in Entrepreneurship I furthering student preparedness to gather information and to produce business documents integral to operating a photography studio. Students will prepare written communication including a brief resume and cover letter,(to send to potential On The Job training sites), pricing policies, estimates, and proposals. Additionally, through this course students will learn to identify funding sources, develop pricing policy, interpret contracts, and understand legal issues such as copyright, contracts and model releases.
Course Code: PHOTODI-2050
Building on the knowledge and practical skills gained in Entrepreneurship II, in this course, students will gather information and produce business documents integral to operating a photography studio. Students will design and prepare their own personalized business plan, budget and marketing/self promotion strategy. Discussions will continue on topics such as pricing policies and tax obligations as well as the importance of networking, participating in professional associations and entering contests and competitions. To ground these discussions, students will be required to establish a business card file, participate in the professional photographic community and research stock photography agencies.
Course Code: PHOTODI-2060
Professional Development II
Portfolios are essential tools for career success, standing as a current statement of abilities and as a device for career planning and development. This course culminates the learning throughout the photography program with the preparation of a professional photography portfolio, a polished resume and promotional materials. As an integral part of portfolio planning students will be required to reflect and write a plan for the future, projecting their short-term and long-term paths.
Course Code: PHOTODI-2070
The Photography and Digital Imaging program requests that students supply a 35mm camera system. It should have interchangeable lenses and full manual operation. Contact the Photography and Digital Imaging department if further information on an appropriate film or digital camera system is required.
|Credential Issued:||Diploma, Photographer|