Photography 298 FC

Master Printing/Image Control

  • 3 Units -
  • 2 hours lecture,
  • 4 hours lab

COURSE CONTENT AND SCOPE (instructional topics or units)

  1. Before Depressing the Shutter
    1. Zone System Review (Darkroom)
      1. Image Goals
      2. Film type
      3. Paper
      4. ISO
      5. Processing
      6. Visualizing – Pre & Post
    2. Focus
      1. Auto, Zone, and Manual Focus
    3. Metering
      1. Middle Gray
      2. Selecting Metering Points
      3. Highlights, Midtones, and Shadows (tonal range)
      4. ISO
    4. Exposure
      1. M, Av, Tv, P
      2. File Format
        1. RAW vs. others
      3. Bracketing
    5. Composition
      1. Guidelines
      2. Seeing Pictorially
      3. The Whole Viewfinder
      4. Simple vs. Complex
  2. After Exposure
    1. Image Evaluation I
      1. First Look (Camera Preview)
      2. Visual Inspection
      3. Histogram
    2. Image Evaluation II
      1. Lightroom & Photoshop
      2. Raw Processor
        1. Basic views
        2. Basic adjustments
      3. Special Effects
  3. Image Adjustments
    1. Hardware Considerations
      1. PC vs. Mac
      2. Monitors/display device
      3. Calibration concepts and devices
      4. Speed
      5. Memory
    2. Software
      1. Workflow
        1. Photoshop & Lightroom
        2. Setting up Photo
        3. Understanding color spaces, gamuts, and profiles
        4. Choosing a workflow: RGB or CMYK
    3. Editing Environment
      1. Subdued Lighting
    4. Image Editing
      1. Setting hightlights and shadows
      2. Evaluating and Adjusting B&W images
      3. Evaluating and Adjusting Color images
        1. Objective and Subjective Color
        2. Correcting for skin tone
      4. Global vs. Local Adjustments
        1. Adjustment Layers
        2. Burning and Dodging
        3. Advance selection/masking
      5. Special Effects
      6. The Final look/mood
      7. Resizing and resampling your image
      8. Sharpening for Prints
        1. Knowing a sharpening tool
        2. Sharpening noisy images
        3. Sharpening in RGB vs. l.a.b.
      9. Mode Conversions
        1. RGB to grayscale fundamentals
        2. RGB to CMYK fundamentals
    5. Saving the Image
      1. Working with PSD files
      2. Working with TIFF files
      3. Working with EPS, PDFs, CMYK, Spot Color, Large Files, and JPGs
  4. Output – Printing
    1. Desktop Printing
      1. Selecting a Printer
      2. Substrate Selection
        1. Matte/Glossy/Pearl
        2. Non-traditional – canvas, flex , duratrans, metal, etc.
        3. Commercial Grade vs. Professional Paper
      3. Understanding Color Gamuts and Color Profiles
      4. Downloading and installing printer-paper profiles
      5. Determining the minimum printable highlight of a specific printer
      6.  Proofing
        1. Soft Proofing
        2. Hard Proofing
    2. Working with a Lab
      1. Selecting a Lab
      2. Understanding AM and FM screening
      3. Understanding dot gain
        1. Making dot gain adjustments
      4. Adjusting images for newsprint
  5. Professsional Pressentation
    1. Over-matting
    2. Canvas