J580: Intermediate Photojournalism

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Welcome to Intermediate Photojournalism. In this course we will seek to expand your technical abilities by teaching you how to use artificial light. We will enhance your creative ability through visually exploration, and build your portfolio with images from both as well as a final picture story/essay. This is also a service learning class! You will gain experience working with an actual non-profit client while using your skills to provide a needed service to your community.

<strong>Goals</strong>
•To understand and apply the fundamentals
of lighting in photojournalism
•To gain experience and perform service
working for a client
•To learn to see photographically and
develop a personal style
•To enhance your beginning photojournalism portfolio

<strong>Objectives</strong>
At the end of the semester students will be able to:
•Operate studio and location lighting
•Analyze fashion, still life and portrait lighting techniques, and create portfolio images from original ideas
•Plan, propose, create and deliver a custom photographic project for a client incorporating both the client’s stated needs and the student’s creative ideas.
•Create a print portfolio of their work

• ASSIGNMENTS
You will complete exercises, five lighting assignments, a written story proposal, and a photo essay. You will design and complete a custom photo project for a client.

• READING
You will have reading most weeks. Reading is assigned one week before the corresponding lecture and is critical to success in the class. Reading cards will be collected weekly.

• EXAMS
You will have one exam. It will be on readings, class lectures, and current events. You are responsible for any information presented in class, whether it is in the reading or not. The Photo Journal will count as the second exam.

• MEDIA & IDEAS
You will need to read various media to find ideas and stay informed. You will be required to find image examples and create specific shoot plans using examples. In addition, you will be analyzing photography in print and on the web.

• DEADLINES
All assignments will be turned in to a dropbox on the server. I will go by the time and date on the file to determine if it was on time. Late exercises will not count. Late assignments due to an exposure or processing disaster or other emergency will be accepted three times and be docked 10%. Subsequent missed deadlines will result in a zero.

• ATTENDANCE
Attendance is mandatory. Lectures, guest speakers and demonstrations will not be repeated. Don’t expect me to teach twice, I’m too busy. You are permitted 3 excused absences for personal reasons. Subsequent absences will result in a 25 point (5%) deduction. If you need an excused absence, you must notify me by phone or e-mail before the start of class. It is your responsibility to obtain material from any missed class. Lateness may result in an unexcused absence. I will only take attendance once.

• TIME
You will need to commit about 5-6 hours a week outside of class to complete assignments, lab work and reading. Manage your time well.

• INCOMPLETE
Because all assignments are done on a deadline, a grade of incomplete will be assigned only in extreme cases and at my discretion.

• HONOR CODE
It is expected that all students will operate within the requirements of the honor code. All work must be your own, must be done specifically for this class, and should be done with the high level of honesty and integrity that this University demands.

• EQUIPMENT AND MONEY
You will need a 35mm single lens reflex camera with manual controls and interchangeable lenses. We will use primarily digital. Checkout will be the same as in J80. Photojournalism is EXPENSIVE. Although you can rent our digital equipment, it’s time to start acquiring your own piece by piece.
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Required Texts</strong>
• “Light: Science and Magic? Hunter and Fuqua
• “Photojournalism, The Professional’s Approach? Kobre

Supply List:
•Heavy duty Inkjet printing paper
•Sharpie marker
•Writeable CD’s
•Dustoff canned air

<strong>Grading Criteria</strong>
•Communicative Merit (creativity, publishability, storytelling value, emotive response from viewer, conceptual value)
•Aesthetic Merit (Lighting for mood, composition, graphics, color, motion, technique, propping, styling)
•Technical Merit (Proper lighting technique, exposure, scanning, color correction, presentation).

<strong>Strategies for Teaching and Learning</strong>
•We start with the basics of studio lighting, and will learn them through exercises.
•We will progress into lighting assignments that are typical of a photojournalist.
•We will explore personal vision through a “photo journal.?.
•We will complete one picture story, essay or portrait series.
•Two student teams will work with an assigned client to propose and produce a customized photo project by the end of the semester.
•Lectures will be informal, and will sometimes include guest speakers and slide shows with examples of the techniques being discussed.
•Labs will include studio and location shoots. Each assignment will be critiqued.
<strong>Assignments and Exercises </strong>

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