The Professor | PHO102B_2018

PHO102B Digital Photographic Imaging

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PHO  102B - 2001   Digital Photographic Imaging I       TH 10-1:50  NLV BLDG A 1744
PHO  102B - 1001   Digital Photographic Imaging I
PHO  102B - 1002   Digital Photographic Imaging I

This course will introduce students to the basic Adobe Photoshop techniques such as layers, layer masks, color correction and retouching, directed specifically to how it applies to photography, will be explored. We will be using digital camera images. This course can be taken in the same semester as PHO 101. The student must be familiar with computer navigation, saving files, renaming files and using the internet.

The Class
1) Work consistently, don’t procrastinate. Things will go wrong. To get the most out of this class you should plan on working in photoshop every day for the next 15 weeks.
1a) OK this is a jam filled class. don’t wait to get started. Start NOW! NOW! NOW!
2) Have fun, explore, share ideas, have an open mind, be respectful or others, work hard, shoot more. Negativity and sarcasm ruin the class. Constructive opinions are welcome, I am open to opinions that are thought out and expressed appropriately.
3) Because this class is mainly a technical class you will not be getting much aesthetic criticism from me.  If you have a problem with a project I will let you know how to improve.  Ask questions, let me know what you are thinking. send me links to photographers you like, let me know your successes. Please email me at
4) TITLEING INFO: please name all files:
Last name_First initial_project.extension
(example) protz_h_retouch.psd
•files not names properly will not be accepted. I will not know the file belongs to you without your name. I will not know the project without the project name included. Makes sense, right? DO NOT INCLUDE MY NAME IN YOUR FILE!!!

You will need QuickTime installed on your computer to view videos. This is a free download.

You will need Java installed on your computer  (it should already be installed, it is also a free download. You may need to update your version if your files do not upload

Book required: No book required

•••Any Project can be turned in BEFORE the due date•••

ONLINE STUDENTS: HANDING IN YOUR WORK and viewing grades:                                                                              
We will work from Canvas for this. Submit you files here and look at your grades and comments from me on your projects.

TITLING INFO: Please name files: LastName_FirstInitial_ProjectName.Extension                                                                    
Mary Smith retouch should be turned in as:    Smith_M_retouch.psd                                                                                      

Files not names properly named will not be accepted.                                                                                                           
I will not know the file belongs to you without your name.                                                                                                     
I will not know the project without the project name included.                                                                                               
Makes sense, right?                                                                                                                                                                
DO NOT INCLUDE MY NAME IN YOUR FILE!!!                                                                                                                            
ONLY UPLOAD FILES, NOT FOLDERS -do not zip files or folders                                                                                              
All files should be 2160 Pixels on the longest side 240ppi, 8bit                                                                                              
(exceptions are the files I provide to you)                                                                                                                                

I want to see Layers in these files!                                                                                                                                            


Semester Assignments:
•Who Are You
•Layered Canvas (saved as .PSD)
•Retouch (saved as .PSD)
•Colorize  (saved as .PSD)
•Duotone Contact Sheet (this can be turned in as a .PDF or .JPG)
•Simple Action
•CC 50 Images
•CC Levels
•Female Portrait
•Male Portrait
•Liquify Portrait
•Final Portfolio

week 1: TH, August 30, 2018


Office Hours

Assignment: Who Are You:
Send an email to (save this email for future use)
•Include your first and last name.

•Best phone number to reach you.
•Best email to reach you.
•Favorite photographer that is not Ansel Adams. Look one up if one does not come to mind. Tell me why you are drawn to the photographers work.
•What type of photography are you interests you?
•What photography classes have you taken. Anywhere, high school, workshop, online?
•Do you Have Photoshop? Do you plan to subscribe this semester?
•Have you used Photoshop?
•Do you want to be a Professional Photographer? Hobby? For Fun? Sounded cool?
•Tell me something cool, unusual, Something you want me to know about yourself.

Turn in by Monday January 22, 8am for full credit. Do it now. 
Classroom Students: Subject Line: PHO102B Thursday - Who are you
Online Students: Subject Line: PHO102B DE - Who are you

Final Portfolio: Its never to early to start working on your final project.

Introduction to Photoshop
Tools, Panels, creating a canvas.
Today we will explore Photoshop, open a new canvas, look at panels, play with the tools. This will be an overview of where things are. how to pick a tool. color panels, setting up your Photoshop color space for at home.

Set up your color space on your home computer:
Edit – Color Space  : I recommend  North America Prepress 2 and keeping the Adobe RGB (1998) color space. Your color space depends on your output. here at school we are using Inkjet printers and the Adobe RGB (1998) or ProPhoto RGB would be a  good choice.


Assignment: Layered, New Canvas
This will be graded in class TODAY

Macintosh Keyboard PC Keyboard
Command Key    =    Control Key
Option Key    =    Alt Key
Delete Key    =    Backspace Key
Return Key    =    Enter Key

•••Photoshop Tool Panel Overview - PRINT THIS!•••

Would you like a review of today's class and a little more information about the interface? Watch this video. Terry White, The Interface, 59:09  -The good info starts around 5:50.
Be sure to take notes as you are watching.

week 2: TH, September 6, 2018

Assignment/how to: Retouch (an old photograph)

my scanned images for you to use

week 3: TH, September 13, 2018

Retouch Due

Assignment/how to: Colorize

Photoshop shortcuts

week 4: TH, September 20, 2018

Assignment: Sizing Images

My Images for you to use:

A video from Adobe on sizing

Resolution explained

week 5: TH, September 27, 2018

Colorize Due
Sizing Images Due

Assignment/how to: Duotone/BatchRename/Contact Sheet
Use your own images for this one. Bring in a full resolution image to use for this project. Do not download an image from social media. Start with an image at least 3000 pixels on the longest side.

How To: Make a Traditional Duotone Video

Faux Duotone

Batch Rename Files

Contact Sheet

Start planning, start shooting, the end of the semester will be here before you know it. Discuss your ideas and images with me. I am a valuable resource. All work must be photographed this semester!  -print it

Assignment Simple Actions:

How To: Simple Action Video

FINAL PORTFOLIO This is the second time you’ve seen this.

week 6: TH, October 4, 2018

Assignment 50 IMAGES

Introduction to Adobe Camera RAW
Bring files to practice with - Or use Mine.

week 7: TH, October 11, 2018

Levels, Curves and Localized Corrections

week 8: TH, October 18, 2018

Black and White and Localized Corrections

week 9: TH, October 25, 2018

50 images Due at the end of class.
Work in class to finish project and get feedback before submission

week 10: TH, November 1, 2018

Assignment/how to: Sharpening (can be graded in class today if you get it done)
Use your own images for this one. Start with an image at least 3000 pixels on the longest side.

If you are a Canon shooter what lens do you shoot with? Is it a pro lens?
If not check out a pro lens from CSN and make a sharpness comparison.
It is worth the money to buy a pro lens?

FINAL PORTFOLIO This is the third time you’ve seen this.

week 11: TH, November 8, 2018

Download this PDF for a workflow strategy - putting it all together

Assignment/how to: Female Portrait

Assignment/how to: Male Portrait

Assignment/how to: Liquify

how to: Portrait Retouching Techniques

A great book
Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop (Voices That Matter) by Scott Kelby

week 12: TH, November 15, 2018

Portrait Continued:
We will continue working on the portrait assignment. Practice is how you become a photoshop guru… Remember not every technique is appropriate for every image, working on a second image will give you a chance to practice techniques you did not use on the first portrait. If you started with a woman your next portrait could be a man, child, push yourself.

week 13: TH, November 22, 2018 - Thanksgiving Break

week 14: TH, November 29, 2018

Portraits Due

Assignment/how to: Borders
Use your own images for this one. Start with images at least 3000 pixels on the longest side.

week 15: TH, December 6, 2018
Borders Due
Final Projects due at the end of class

Final Critique -December 13, 2018 •You must attend the Final Critique for full credit On Final Project•