Dec 03, 2021  
2021-2022 College Catalog 
2021-2022 College Catalog
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ART 146 - Lighting for Photography I

4 Credits, 6 Contact Hours
2 lecture periods 4 lab periods

Introduction to creative professional lighting concepts and techniques for commercial and fine art photography. Includes lighting and studio equipment, light qualities, lighting for form, lighting for surface qualities, still- life photography, portrait photography, image composition, critical analysis, and portfolio.

Prerequisite(s): ART 128  
Information: Students are strongly recommended to own or have access to a digital camera with manual exposure control and a computer with image processing software. Professional quality cameras, computers and software, printers, lighting equipment and studio will be provided for specific assignments. There may be additional supply costs in addition to course fees. 

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate skill with professional quartz halogen lighting, studio equipment, incident light meter, and professional cameras and lenses.
  2. Control light qualities including direction, contrast, size and scale, and diffusion.
  3. Demonstrate skill in lighting for form by use of chiaroscuro.
  4. Perform lighting for surface qualities that are smooth, textured, reflective, and transparent.
  5. Photograph a still life by use of organization, composition, environment, and lighting.
  6. Create portraiture by use of lighting patterns, poses, and lighting techniques.
  7. Demonstrate skill in image composition.
  8. Develop critical analysis and visual literacy, and an understanding of the roles of photography in the diverse contemporary society.
  9. Produce basic portfolio building including technical and aesthetic unity and quality.

  1. Lighting and Studio Equipment
  1. Types of continuous light sources
  2. Professional quartz halogen lights – use and safe handling
  3. Studio equipment – use and safe handling
  4. Incident light meters
  5. Professional cameras and lenses
  6. Assignments demonstrating competency
  1. Light Qualities
  1. Direct
  2. Contrast
  1. Light contrast
  2. Subject contrast
  3. Scene contrast
  1. Size and scale
  2. Diffusion
  3. Assignments demonstrating competency
  1. Lighting For Form
  1. Differentiating shape and form
  2. Creating chiaroscuro
  3. Assignments demonstrating competency
  1. Lighting For Surface Qualities
  1. Smooth and textured surfaces
  2. Reflective and metal surfaces
  3. Transparent and glass surfaces
  4. Assignment demonstrating competency
  1. Still-Life Photography
  1. Scale, organization, and composition
  2. Background and environment
  3. Applying learned lighting techniques
  4. Assignments demonstrating competency
  1. Portrait Photography
  1. Portrait lighting patterns
  2. Posing and posture
  3. Applying learned lighting techniques
  4. Assignments demonstrating competency
  1. Image Composition
  1. Elements of composition
  2. Photographic rendering
  3. Assignments demonstrating competency
  1. Critical Analysis
  1. Group and individual critiques
  2. Discussions of photographic history and culture
  3. Written review of exhibition
  1. Portfolio
  1. Types of portfolio
  2. Technical and aesthetic unity and quality
  3. Demonstrate competency by producing a final portfolio of ten 8 ½ x 11 inch prints with technical and aesthetic unity and quality

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2021/2022

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