Bruce Ray Hemingway
CSE 190 B: The Science and Art of Digital Photography, spring 2012 (pending approval, the course number will change to CSE 131)
Digital Photography is a unique technological activity that is totally dependent on its roots in digital sensing and computational imaging. It has many functions—scientific, artistic, documentary and social—and its historical development is a fascinating study in scientific innovation. This course will give students the tools and technological understanding to make better pictures. We will concentrate on four areas: the history and development of photography; the science of optics and digital imaging; the elements of photographic composition and design; and the future of internet-enabled photography.
Student learning goals
This course is designed to provide you with the foundations necessary for designing and making better digital photographs.
At the conclusion of the course, you will be able to:
Identify the elements that make a good photographic composition, and apply those to your own work.
Improve your own digital photography by proper understanding and use of performance boundaries of the equipment.
Relate classic film photography issues to modern digital imaging techniques.
Show some proficiency in digital image post-processing software.
Understand the uses of Social Photography and web and cloud-based services such as Google Plus, Picasa, and Flickr. Select the right digital camera for your use.
General method of instruction
Math 120 or equivalent. You must have a digital camera with manual control over shutter speed and aperture. Need not be an SLR. Web access for uploading images. Programming experience is not required.
Class assignments and grading
Evaluation and grading
40% weekly photography assignments (8), graded on meeting assignment goals 10% Participation 25% Midterm (on readings and lectures) 25% Final