The Photography Department at Saddleback College provides students with the skills necessary to achieve success in their academic and professional pursuits. Classes are designed to provide both technical and theoretical instruction in the making of photographic imagery and utilize the most current hardware and software available.
Fine Art Photography
The Saddleback Photography Department is committed to Photography as a Fine Art medium, yet recognizes the technical aspects of the digital age. Students will be challenged beyond learning the technical aspects of the machinery, and will be tasked to make thought provoking imagery.
As of Fall 2010, all Saddleback Photography classes are completely digital; no wet lab or chemicals.
To continue a tradition of excellence in image making, the Saddleback Photography Department utilizes the newest Macintosh computers and Epson Large Format Printers. The program is built around Adobe Photoshop's Lightroom image management software, and utilizes Adobe Photoshop's Creative Suite for in depth editing and manipulation.
Saddleback Photography classes will prepare students for transfer to a four year college or university, for a degree in Photography, or can be used to satisfy a general education requirements.
PHOTO 25 - HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
A survey of the history of photography from its origins to the present. An examination of critical and philosophical approaches to the photographic medium.
PHOTO 50 - DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY I
Introduction to digital photography to cover technical and aesthetic aspects. Includes operation of camera and lenses and photographic software. Fundamentals of composition, light, and portraiture are covered.
PHOTO 51 - INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOSHOP AND DIGITAL IMAGING
An introduction to digital imaging using Adobe Photoshop software on the computer. The course will cover the various equipment and techniques utilized in the production of digital imagery: scanning, manipulation, and output. Aesthetic issues and their relationship to photography will be covered.
PHOTO 55 - DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY II
Designed for further exploration of photographic imagery and techniques. Electronic flash, wide angle, and telephoto lenses are utilized. Continued refinement of photographic software includes Adobe lightroom and Photoshop. Work is done in color and black and white.
PHOTO 152 - INTERMEDIATE PHOTOSHOP AND DIGITAL IMAGING
An intermediate-level course in photographic manipulation using Adobe Photoshop. Relevant technical and aesthetic issues will be covered. Scanning and inkjet printing included.
PHOTO 154 - ALTERNATIVE DIGITAL PROCESSES
An intermediate level course that explores analog and digital photography based techniques used to create unique art works. The course covers digital printing on alternative media, image lifts, transfers, photographic multimedia and assemblage. The course also includes scanning of positive and negative images and 3D objects. Book and portfolio presentation are also covered. Macintosh lab environment utilizing Adobe software.
PHOTO 156 - DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY III
Emphasis on creating visual imagery through advanced photographic techniques. Includes fundamentals of studio lighting, with tungsten and electronic flash systems. Continued refinement of photographic software techniques.
PHOTO 157 - STUDIO LIGHTING
An introductory level course in photographic studio lighting intended for the advanced photographer. Covers lighting, equipment, and its application in a studio environment. Includes technical and aesthetic instruction with single and multiple light setups, lighting styles, and subject compositional concerns. Manually adjustable digital camera required. Macintosh lab, utilizing Adobe software.
PHOTO 190 - SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN PHOTOGRAPHY
Continued exploration of advanced photographic concepts and their development through various processes. Includes vintage and contemporary techniques.
PHOTO 200 - PORTRAITURE PHOTOGRAPHY
An exploration of various styles and techniques used in contemporary portraiture. Essential basics of lighting (natural and artificial), composition, and direction will be covered.
PHOTO 201 - INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
An introductory-level course in digital photography intended for the complete novice or technically challenged. Covers basic camera controls, functions, and settings. Also includes digital image management, storage, archiving and printing techniques. Composition, light and portraiture are explored. Digital camera required, no lab.