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ART 35 — Digital Photography and Photoshop

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Wednesdays
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Date(s): Mar 30—May 11
Duration: 6 weeks
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Drop Deadline: Apr 12
Unit(s): 1 Units
Tuition: $360
Format: On-campus course
Limit: Limit 20
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on April 27
In this course, students will learn how to take better digital pictures and improve the photos they take through editing in Photoshop. The first two sessions will provide a basic overview of digital photography, touching on subjects like how to shoot on Manual using a DSLR, how to better use natural light, how to use a flash attachment, lens choices, composition, and depth of field. We will look at the work of well-known photographers for inspiration. The rest of the course will be spent on laptops editing in Adobe Photoshop CC. Students will be asked to bring in photos to edit that they have shot outside of class using a DSLR camera in RAW format. We will learn how to effectively and efficiently process and edit photos using Adobe Photoshop CC. Topics covered will include Camera RAW processing, adjustment layers, selective brightening/darkening, masking, sharpening, color correction, cropping, retouching (“airbrushing”), cloning, object removal, preparing images for the web, and suggestions for making successful prints. We will touch very briefly on compositing (combining images). The course will culminate in each student preparing an online web portfolio of images they have retouched.

This course is open to photographers of all levels. Students should have a general understanding of digital file handling, and some knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is suggested.

Students must bring a laptop with Photoshop installed to class. Although the most recent version is not necessary, Photoshop CC is suggested and is the version that will be used in class. (Photoshop Elements will not be supported.)

Erin Gleeson, Photographer

Erin Gleeson received an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts and has taught photography and Photoshop at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Academy of Art in San Francisco, and The Art Institute of California–Silicon Valley. She is the creator of the blog and New York Times bestselling cookbook The Forest Feast.

Textbooks for this course:

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