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  • Course Syllabus

    ART 140 PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

    Course Number 36560

    ART 290AB STUDIO ART

    Course Number 36974

    Scottsdale Community College - Main Campus

    Fall 2011

    Instructor:

    Roger E. Palmenberg

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    It is one thing to take a picture of a stranger. It is a much more difficult thing to make a portrait of a

    stranger to whom the viewer will care about. Paul Strand

    The lesson was that a portrait must get beyond the almost universal self-consciousness that people have

    before the camera. If some moment of reality in the personality of the sitter did not happen, you had to

    provoke it in order to produce a portrait that had an identity with the person. The essential thing was to

    awaken a genuine response. Edward Steichen, A Life in Photography

    The role of the photographer in the making of a portrait is to listen and observe, feel and absorb, to

    take the time to learn that story before ever unpacking the camera. Caring comes before you can capture

    their story on film. In this way of thinking, to make a portrait is to be a blend of translator and

    storyteller Brooks Jensen, editor and publisher of Lenswork

    COURSE NUMBER: ART140 Portrait Photography Course Number 36560

    ART290AB Studio Art Course Number 36974

    INSTRUCTOR: Roger E. Palmenberg

    TERM: Fall 2011 August 30 through December 16, 2011

    CLASSROOM: Art Building - Room AB-133 Main Campus

    PHONE NUMBERS: Art Department, 480-423-6344

    Instructor, 602-234-0696 ext 170 (M-F, days)

    E-mail: roger.p@gpimail.com

    OFFICE HOURS: By appointment with instructor

    COURSE TIME: Tuesday, 3:00 PM through 7:00 PM and

    Optional open studio sessions selected weekends

    PREREQUISITES: ART-131 or permission of the instructor.

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course will provide insight into fine art and commercial

    Portrait Photography. The course will include application of the principles of design, lighting,

    composition, posing, and portfolio presentation techniques.

    This is a creative class; students are expected to have a working understanding of the medium.

    Expect to be challenged to produce the best images you have ever created. Portraiture, serious

    portraiture, is a two-way street connecting the photographer with the subject. That connection

    is expressed in the final print and is evident to anyone looking at the print. It is this level of

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    competence that we will strive to attain in this class. That means it is absolutely necessary for

    you to have a more-than-elementary understanding of the technical aspects of photography. If

    you are not at that level, you will be expected to make whatever additional efforts are needed to

    improve your skill level. When that skill level is attained, your focus will be with your subject,

    not the mechanics of the process. The results will be dramatic and self-evident.

    TEXTBOOKS: Vanity Fair magazine subscription and student selected texts relevant to the

    course subject (optional), class notes. Students are expected to keep a composition style

    notebook and a 3-ring loose-leaf binder.

    Optional: get a free subscription to Rangefinder magazine via the Internet

    (www.rangerfinder.com) to supplement class notes and Vanity Fair; other magazines

    that have been popular include Rolling Stone, W, and Vogue.

    COURSE COSTS: There is a $25.00 course fee paid at the time of registration. Vanity Fair

    subscriptions cost $15. In addition, expect to pay for image processing and printing. There are

    added costs for preparation of the final portfolio. Expect to shoot dozens (hundreds

    digital images or, 20 or more rolls of film, or 50 or more large format sheets this semester.

    EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Camera (any format), tripod, lens selection; cameras should be of a

    higher functionality (professional or pro-sumer grade) including manual exposure controls. A

    limited inventory of equipment may be available through the college by prior arrangement with

    the instructor. A hand-held light meter is good to have. And<

    YOUR CAMERA MUST BE ABLE TO UTILIZE OFF-CAMERA STROBE UNITS.

    BECOME FAMILIAR WITH YOUR CAMERA AND ASSURE YOURSELF OF THIS

    FEATURE AND HOW IT WORKS.

    BRING YOUR CAMERA MANUAL TO CLASS IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF THE

    FUNCTIONALITY

    BRING SPARE BATTERIES, EXTRA MEMORY CARDS, A THUMB DRIVE, AND A

    CARD READER (NICE TO HAVE, NOT ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY);

    USE A LENS HOOD.

    IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU PURCHASE YOUR OWN RADIO SLAVE UNIT.

    WITHDRAWAL: As defined in the SCC Student Handbook

    ATTENDANCE: Successful portraiture is all about commitment. Attendance at (and

    participation in) class demonstrates commitment. The attendance policy is:

    Miss two classes you may be excused provided advance written notice is given;

    Miss the third class interview with instructor about your commitment;

    Miss the fourth class and you will be dropped.

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    GRADES: Class participation: 40%

    Portfolio: 40%

    Attendance: 20%

    It is not possible to earn an A grade without attending and participating in class activities,

    presenting a critiqued portfolio that shows progression in the art form, turning in written

    assignments on time, and demonstrating a working understanding of the medium.

    DISABILITY STATEMENT: Students with special needs who believe they may need

    accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Disability & Services Office,

    Building SC-144 (Phone 480-423-6517) and the instructor. It is college policy to provide

    reasonable accommodations to students with documented special needs.

    SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS: This course includes use of electronic devices that are capable

    of shock or other injury; some of the studio equipment is heavy and could be a lifting hazard;

    students are asked to assist in set preparation including use of step-ladders; there are tripping

    hazards; the studio is crowded and often dimly lit. Exercise caution when performing these

    tasks and using the equipment. Operating manuals are available, familiarize yourself with the

    equipment before using it; if you are not familiar with the equipment, ask and the instructor

    will assist.

    DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: Course content and topic sequence may change or be modified

    in response to class needs. Modifications, if any, will be written and distributed when

    appropriate to do so.

    MODELS: Models are a part of this course; the success of the class is somewhat dependent on

    the availability of models. Class participants are encouraged to invite models to the class.

    Everyone photographing a model is expected to submit either prints or images in electronic

    media to the model within one-month. A sign-up list and blanket model release will be kept for

    each model indicating the class participants involved with that individual as a means to follow-

    up on the image production. Submittal of these images is a component of class participation.

    The blanket model release has mandatory conditions for the use of images produced.

    ASSIGNMENTS: There will be assignments throughout the semester. Assignments are

    provided in the weekly syllabus updates as applicable. Assignments are a part of the class

    participation component of grading.

    QUIZZES: There may be several quizzes in the semester. These quizzes are more for the

    instructor than the students since they are an effective means for measuring interest and

    progress.

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    FINAL PORTFOLIO: Students will photograph and display a personal portfolio by the end of

    the semester. The portfolio will demonstrate progress in the art form and must include at least

    one image from the Set Selections column on the following table (matrix).

    The final portfolio standards include:

    A completed image record; and

    A model release.

    Complete this matrix with check marks indicating your portfolio selections, no more than four

    images per model. Turn in the completed matrix with the Final Portfolio.

    ART140 - Portrait Photography

    FINAL PORTFOLIO STANDARDS SELECTIONS MUST INCLUDE AT LEAST ONE IMAGE FROM EACH OF THE TYPES BELOW; PORTFOLIOS MUST INCLUDE AT LEAST FOUR DIFFERENT SUBJECTS. ONE IMAGE MAY FIT TWO CATEGORIES.! THE NUMBER OF IMAGES IN THE FINAL PORTFOLIO VARIES DEPENDING ON YOUR CHOICE OF PRESENTATION

    (SEE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW).

    Set Selections: at least one image from the selections below

    Self-Portrait

    Group Portrait

    Formal Indoor Portrait

    Outdoor Portrait

    Full Length Portrait

    -Length Portrait

    Head Shot

    Teen, Senior, or Baby

    Studio - high key

    Studio - low key

    Studio - hot lights

    Outdoor, ambient

    Mixed lighting

    IMAGE TYPE: AT LEAST ONE EACH FROM THESE SELECTIONS

    Black & White

    Color

    There are three acceptable submittal formats for the final portfolio: matted prints, prints in a

    commercial folio/