1. Fundamentals of photography
Theory: Practical: exposure - the Golden Formula. Discuss implementations and creative control applicable to this photography segment. Research samples and applications of pinhole photography. The darkroom Set up and take pinhole photo, develop film and make contact print in darkroom.
2. The digital camera
Key DSLR camera features - Buttons and settings. Exposure - speed/time versus aperture. Discuss implementations and creative control applicable to this photography segment. Research Rangefinder cameras versus SLR cameras. Composition, colour and visual communication Available light shoot on location
3. Lens technology and technique
All about lenses: Lens characteristics and selection. Depth of field. Discuss implementations and creative control applicable to this photography segment. Watch “National Geography - The Photographers” and discuss your favourite photographer/genre in a written assignment. Nature photography at nature reserve.
4. Electronic flash
On-Camera Flashes and Studio flashes, applications and science. Discuss implementations and creative control applicable to this photography segment. Compare and illustrate differences between flash and available light photography, discuss advantages and disadvantages of each. Portraiture lighting. Creative studio portraiture and lighting
5. Digital platform for photography
Understanding RAW and other file extentions. Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and file management. Create ‘Image Bank’ for source and for export with proper key-wording, preferably on an external hard drive. Creative Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Post edit and manipulate own work.
6. History of photography as art
History of photography versus history of art up to Post Impressionism, with emphasis on the creative photographer as an artist. Discuss implementations and creative control applicable to this photography segment. Research the birth of the art salon and compare it to the modern photography salon. Creative filters and in-camera manipulation. Shoot image in style of early modern artist/photographer of your choice.
7. Macro & close-up photography
Close-up and macro photography- science, flash/strobe and specialised lenses. Table-top white/blackline photography. Research and plan food advertisement with applicable sketches. A look at graphic design - formatting and page layout. Food photography for magazine advertisement.
8. Fashion photography
Creative glamour and fashion: Portraiture. Lighting, styling and props. Make up tutorial. History of fashion and glamour portraiture. View VSS DVD on this subject and plan contemporary fashion shoot. Make-up styling and applied fashion photography on location.
9. Photo journalism
Photojournalism Discuss ethics of photojournalism with reference to Kevin Carter’s ‘Vulture Stalking a Child’ photo. Real world photo journalism at shanty town and shebeens in rural area. in theory- nature of photojournalism, the history of photojournalism and ethics. Photojournalism in practice- equipment and techniques
Prepare portfolio of photographic images and finalise assignments for completion of Portfolio of Evidence and summative assessment. Digital printing technology processes within the production of digital photographic images. Present and exhibit photo portfolio at end of course exhibition at VSS.