• Digital Photography I

    Instructor: Thomas Viskocil

    Phone: 773-8295 classroom

    Email: tviskocil@fusd1.org

    Course Description

    This class is designed to provide students with a basic, working knowledge of photographic techniques. Students will become proficient in using common Point and Shoot cameras in a variety of situations and for a variety of purposes. Students will experiment with lighting and digital manipulation techniques, up-to-date computer software and conceptual approaches in order to create visually compelling photographs. Students will also learn the fundamentals of art, the history of photography and study famous photographers, their works, and their styles through an electronic and traditional portfolio.

    Course Materials

    Students will be provided all the necessary supplies including a notebook, handouts, a camera to use during class, and a computer to use to finish projects.


    Students must attend class on a regular basis. A majority of the work is done in class. Numerous absences will negatively affect a student’s grade. It is the student’s responsibility to make up work missed for any reason.

    Grading will be based on the following scale:

    90-100% = A     80-89% = B       70-79% = C      60-69% = D      Below 60% = F

    Each week students will have a deadline to meet for an assignment.


    Students must follow school expectations when in class and do not have the right to disturb the learning process. Students should be listening to lectures, watching and taking notes during videos, and completing projects.

    Course Outline (subject to change)

    Weeks 1-2-3-4-5

    Topics include analyzing the media industry and its role in the economy, getting a job and being able to keep that job and communication skills in the workplace, both verbal and non-verbal.

    Week 6

    Topics include copyright laws, legal issues, and the history of photography.

    Weeks 7-9

                Topics include Data capture, computer applications and photo manipulation

    Weeks 10-18

    Topics include composition, lighting, pre-production, and theory of color.

    Projects could include Shape, Pattern, texture, repetition, Family, Pets, Community, Landscape, Sports, Portraits, Photo Journalism, Children, Photo Collage, Group Project,

    Slide shows, flash photography, silhouettes, close-ups, and more.



    I have read the syllabus and agree to abide by the rules and format of the class.


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