Photography 1

Jan. 3, 2006

ORIENTATION: WelcomeTeacher: Kenji Tachibana

1. OPEN: Internet Explorer

a. Go to
b. Click on "Log in to myWebCT"
c. Enter your user name - your first initial and your entire last name.
d. Your password is the last six numbers of your student ID.
e. You will then see a web page with your name at the top and a place for
"courses". Choose Art114 from one or more of your online courses"
f.Click on the "Click Here" link to start the class.
- User: cedric
- PW: himitsu

The following instructions assumes that you have entered
the online classroom
. If you already attended the Orientation,
please read item #7 regarding Teams.

a. "Click Here" again to view the User Guide.
b. Skim review it - read it carefully later on-your-own.
s Demo changing screen resolutions.
d. Use the NEXT (Syllabus link) at the bottom of the User Guide page.


a. Global navigation - narrow column on the left.
b. Content - wide column on the right.
- Top section is the section header
- Bottom section is the main information area


a. Linked pages offers deeper level of descriptions.
b. These pages are normally small so that vertical scrolling is not required.
c. Links may also lead to Word or Excel document with more information or
provide assignment necessary guides and tools.


a. Skim review but point out highlights - read it carefully later on-your-own.
- cover requirements and expectations
- open up for syllabus specific Q&A
b. Use the NEXT (Introduction link) at the bottom of the page.
- before going over the overview, do the following


a. Quick review my intro
- Over 44 years of experience
- self taught - 3 years
- formally educated - BFA from Art Center College of Design
- professional experience - Advertising photography
- self taught and OJT at teaching photography - 5 years
b. Use the NEXT (Digital Camera Overview link) at the bottom of the page.
- before going over the overview, do the following

7. OPTIONAL TEAMS: You get what you put into it

Teams were created during the orientation. I will be e-mailing the team list once
the list has been e-mailed to me by each of the team leaders. Please join any
open team.

The team process has been created for the potential benefit of the students.
Please take advantage of it but do your part to make it equitable for all.The
team process is neither graded nor required.


A a generic digital camera is described in detail. You must take that general
description and apply them to your specific camera. And it must be done within
the first 2 weeks of this class.
I expect you to be able to:

a. Turn the camera on and off properly
b. Check battery level
c. Insert and remove the digital film properly
d. Turn the camera on and off properly
e. Control what appears on the LCD screen (screen display options)
- Most digital cameras have LCD display options
1). show nothing
2). Show minimum
3). Show grid
4). Show full information
5). Show active histogram (very popular on Sony and Pentax)
- Control LCD display characteristics
1). Brightness control - normal
2). Brightness control - low
3). Brightness control - high
- Know how to access and view the histogram (exposure information)
- Learn to interpret histogram:
1). Exposure - Over
2). Exposure - Normal
3). Exposure - Under
f.Learn about the playback (review) mode
- Instant playback and timing control
- Intentional playback
1). Normal view
2). Thumbnail multiple image view
3). Magnified mode (how much does it magnify?)
- Slide show mode
1). Normal - show all
2). Custom - show folder(s)
3). Custom - hide some images
g. Check battery level (always come to class with a fresh battery)
h. Camera operation and maintenance requirements
1). Keep it cool, dry, and dust free
2). Only uncover the lens when shooting
3). Clean lens immediately when dirty
i.Start looking at the world around you as a photographer.
- See the lighting
1). Soft - overcast
2). Moderate - broad source light coming through a big picture window
3). Hard - direct unmodified sunlight
- See the shadows
1). Soft - almost shadowless
2). Moderate - good tonal gradation from highlight to shadow
3). Hard - severe shadow
- See the tonality
1). North facing window light is beautiful for drawing with light
i.Start looking through a lot of photo books and magazines
- Let your own taste guide you in what you choose to review


Make sure to review and absorb the linked page(s) information. Any text which
is underlined is link to a local (internal), or an external page like,
or Word or Excel document download.


This class requires three text books but they are free.

a. Your camera manual - always bring to class
b. Digital Photography Overview section - expect to be tested on this section
c. - online information resource

11. ASSIGNMENTS SECTION: Read carefully and understand thoroughly

a. Top section - Introductory topics
b. Main section - Assignment list
- Go over the list at the concept level making building block connections
- Read the following assignment before coming to the Wednesday class
- I will go over most of the assignments on Wednesday
c. Yes, there are homework assignments starting with the first class. Review
the assignment page for exact information.


I expect you to read your manual, Digital Camera Overview, Assignment, and
linked pages more than once. In your first reading, assume that your under-
standing is at a very rudimentary level.

Continue to go back over the material until you start to see the true depth of
the information. Re-reading the first assignment requirements at the end of
this quarter will prove to be quite a different experience.