If you've ever thought about a career in the exciting and growing field of photography, then don't waste another minute. DCB now has two photography options available beginning Fall 2013.
Option one: Certificate Program
This is a one year intensive photography certificate program that prepares students to confidently enter the photographic profession either by obtaining a job or by starting their own business. Students will receive intensive training in the photographic arts with 10 classes including outdoor photography, photojournalism, commercial photography, and portrait photography. Students will also learn valuable business practices in the Business of Photography class. If you want to receive the education and training to start your new career as a professional photographer in under a year, then this is the option is for you.
Option two: AAS Degree
This is a two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in photography. In this program, students will take the same photography courses required in the certificate program and the necessary general education courses to earn an AAS degree. If you want to receive the education and training to start your career as a professional photographer, but would also like a degree under your belt, then this is the option is for you.
Photography Course Curriculum
PHOTO 180 - Photography 1: (3 credits); Pre: None
This is an introductory level photography course in which students will learn the basics in photography and how to use a DSLR camera. This class will cover all aspects of the camera from shutter speed and aperture to all of the buttons, dials, and menus. Students will also learn basics in lenses, downloading, file formats, storage and back up, intro to printing, composition, creativity and design. This is an 8 week course.
PHOTO 190 - Principles of Lighting: (3 credits); Pre: PHOT 180
In this course, students will learn basic principles of lighting and a variety of equipment used in lighting. Students will be introduced to using natural lighting, dedicated flash units, and studio lighting. This is an 8 week course.
PHOTO 210 - Intermediate Photography: (3 credits); Pre/Co: PHOT 180, PHOT 190
This is an intermediate level photography course in which students will be introduced to a variety of genres, styles, subject matter, and careers in photography. Students will explore techniques, principles and aesthetics in a variety of photographic genres and subject matter.
PHOTO 232 - Commercial Photography: (3 credits); Pre/Co: PHOT 180, PHOT 190
In this course, students will learn all aspects of commercial photography including lighting, equipment, locations, techniques, post production, image editing, and careers. Students will work with advanced studio lighting and a wide variety of subject matter related to the commercial photography world. This class covers everything from creating product images to sell in catalogues to creating high dollar custom ads for international magazines.
PHOTO 235 - Portrait Photography: (3 credits); Pre/Co: PHOT 180, PHOT 190
In this course, students will learn all aspects of portrait photography including lighting, equipment, locations, techniques, post production, image editing, and careers. Students will work in a professional studio environment to learn all aspects of portraiture including head shots, school photography, groups, memory mates, kids, families, senior pictures, and weddings.
PHOTO 240 - Outdoor Photography: (3 credits); Pre/Co: PHOT 180
In this course, students will learn all aspects of outdoor photography including lighting, equipment, locations, techniques, post production, image editing, and careers. Students will explore a variety of subject matter including landscapes, scenic, wildlife, rustic and rural, and urban photography.
PHOTO 250 - Digital Darkroom: (3 credits); Pre/Co: PHOT 180, PHOT 190
In this course, students will learn basic digital darkroom techniques and digital workflow. Students will be introduced to working with both RAW and JPG files using post production software including Photoshop, Bridge, Camera Raw, and Lightroom. Techniques students will learn include workflow, retouching, image correction, color correction, and image manipulation.
PHOTO 270 - Business Photography: (3 credits); Pre/Co: PHOT 180, PHOT 190
In this course, students will learn basic business principles, and specific business practices involved with each of the genres of photography being taught. Each student will develop a five year plan of action for his/her desired field in which they can begin the day after they graduate from the program.
PHOTO 289 - Portfolio Class: (3 credits); Pre/Co: PHOT 180, PHOT 190
In this course, students will create a professional portfolio in their desired area of focus. Emphasis will be placed on ideation and concept while developing a personal style with a high standard of professionalism and technical proficiency. The end result will be a professional portfolio the students will use to enter their photography careers.
PHOTO 290 - Documentary: (3 Credits); Pre/Co: PHOT 180, PHOT 190, PHOT 250
In this course, students will learn all aspects of documentary photography including lighting, equipment, locations, techniques and careers. Students will also learn the processes of documentary photography including choosing a project, accessibility, funding, release forms, legal issues, output for the projects, and trends such as social media, the internet, and video. During the semester the students will work together as a team on a project chosen by the class. This is a photo intensive class, so the students will produce a high volume of photos each week, and gain valuable editing skills as well as developing their photographic skills.
PHOTO 292 - Photography Practicum: (1-2 credits); Pre/Co: PHOT 180, PHOT 190
It is important that the students get as much exposure to real world assignments and projects as possible. Students will be expected to earn practicum credits each semester and may do so in a variety of ways. Students can earn practicum credits by working as photo assistants, studio assistants, and shooting assignments for the college as assigned by the instructor.
DSLR Camera - any brand is fine as long as it's at least 10 megapixels. We will be working with Canon cameras, so a Canon is recommended. The Rebel series is okay for starters, however we recommend stepping up to the Canon 60D or higher.
Lenses - The students will need at least one lens to get started. We recommend a lens in the 28-100mm zoom range. The students will be learning about lenses and which lenses are appropriate for their chosen field during class.
Tripod - The students will need a sturdy tripod.
USB Flash Drive - The students will use a USB flash drive to save and transport their homework.
Purchasing Gear - We recommend that the students shop local whenever possible, however if they do not have access to a camera store then they can go online. They need to know that companies such as Canon regulate their pricing, so they are NOT going to find an amazing deal online, and if they do, it is likely a scam. Here are two trusted online sources for purchasing camera gear.
http://www.canogacamera.com/ | http://www.bhphotovideo.com/
Clint Saunders - Biography
Clint Saunders has a Masters in Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University San Francisco. Aside from his passion for creating fine art images, he has also worked as a professional photographer for the past 14 years. His photos have won numerous local, national and international awards and been published internationally in magazines such as B&W Photo and COLOR Magazine. His work has also appeared in multiple coffee table books, magazines, and area publications. Along with his publications, Clint has a growing national exhibition record including juried art shows, galleries, museums, private collections, and purchased public art. You can see more of his work at http://www.clintsaunders.com & http://www.opgart.com/OPG.html