West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200
Department Photo

Listing of all Photography Classes

(Not all classes are offered each semester)

Photography 101 Basic Digital Photography Lecture 3 units
Lecture 2 hours, Lab hours 3
Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is an investigation of the historical and practical aspects of photography as an art form. Students have the opportunity to explore the basic theory and principles of light and photography through the analysis of photographic images from momentous photographers with a variety of diverse backgrounds. This course offers students the opportunity to gain a solid understanding of the theory and practice of photography by developing a point of view about the variety of possibilities for the photographic image in our culture.


Photography 102 Intermediate Digital Photography Lecture 3 units

Lecture 2 hours, Lab 3 hours 
Prerequisite: Photo 001 and 001L, or Photo 101
Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course continues the investigation of the historical and practical aspects of photography with a focus on the black and white image. Students have the opportunity to examine not only their own work, but the work of masters in the field to gain a better understanding of the tools necessary to create more compelling compositions. Activities include lecture, demonstrations, critique, digital darkroom work and field work.


Photo 010, New Media and Social Change 3 units

Lecture 3 hours

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This is a Cultural Diversity applicable course.

This course investigates how web-based technologies, internet multimedia, and photography have assisted in causing social change around the world through images. Evidence of social change from significant historical photographic images from momentous photographers with a variety of diverse backgrounds are explored for social and political context. Critical analysis of shifting perceptions and expectations regarding race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, cultural identity and ethnicity in contemporary web-based visual media. The evaluation of major new media expressions from various cultures that have caused social change include a wide variety of genres from social documentary photography, multimedia documentaries, contemporary art photography, ethnographic photography, photojournalism, social media, and blogs.


Photography 20A Studio Photography (Portraiture) 2 units
Lecture 1 hour Lab 3 hours
Prerequisite: Photo 001 and 001L, or Photo 101
Acceptable for credit: California State University

This studio portrait class introduces the student to the basic techniques of lighting and posing an individual portrait. This course explores the light sources and light modifying equipment used to produce different styles of commercial portraits. Basic retouching and enhancing techniques via Photoshop and Lightroom are incorporated in producing the finished portrait.


Photography 20B Intermediate Studio Photography (Portraiture) 2 units
Lecture 1 hour Lab 3 hours
Prerequisite: 020A
Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course will build upon the skills and techniques of photo 20A and will offer new concepts such as half, three quarter and full-length portraits, family groups, location portraits, executive and children portraiture, in-camera vignetting and diffusion. Students must supply adjustable (F/stop and shutter speed) camera and all expendable photographic supplies used in the course.


Photography 21A Studio Photography (Product Lighting) 2 units
Lecture 1 hour Lab 3 hours
Prerequisite: Photo 001 and 001L, or Photo 101
Acceptable for credit: California State University

Studio lighting arrangements for product photography will be demonstrated and used by the student to complete projects. The theory of color and black and white filters will be demonstrated and different auxiliary lenses will be stressed. Students must supply adjustable (F/stop and shutter speed) camera and all expendable photographic supplies used in the course.


Photography 21B Intermediate Studio Photography (Product Lighting) 2 units
Lecture 1 hour Lab 3 hours 
Prerequisite: Photo 021A
Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course will build upon the skills and techniques of photo 21A and will offer new concepts such as in-camera masking for backgrounds, producing color backgrounds, using drop-out backgrounds for catalog shots, "floating" products on backgrounds, photographing video screens and digital displays using special effects such as motion, studio fog, multiple exposure, and using the view camera for control of shape and sharpness. Students must supply adjustable (F/stop and shutter speed) camera and all expendable photographic supplies used in the course.


Photography 30D Color Digital Photography 4 units
Lecture 2 hours Lab 6 hours
Prerequisite: Photo 001 and 001L, or Photo 101
Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on the processing, printing and color correcting of digital files. Digital printing is also presented. In addition, a printing digital workflow is also covered in this course. This course offers some of the skills necessary for entry into commercial photography.


Photography 45A,B,C Field Studies 1 unit each
Lecture 16 hours Lab 5 hours
Acceptable for credit: California State University

A field trip format course with content varying depending on the destination of the filed trip. A preliminary on-campus meeting will be followed by an off-campus field trip. A critique of photo work from the field trip will complete the course. Students must supply adjustable (F/stop and shutter speed) camera and all expendable photographic supplies used in the course. Credit-no credit option.


Photography 60 Introduction to Electronic Imaging 3 units

Lecture 2 hours Lab 3 hours + 1.5 hrs by arrangement
Acceptable for credit: California State University

Prerequisite: Photo 001 and 001L, or Photo 101

This introductory course provides the student with the practice and theory of Adobe’s Photoshop as applied to digital photography. The students will produce digital images in the studio to explore techniques of portrait retouching, commercial product advertising and personal greeting cards. Techniques of panoramic and HDR imaging will complete this practical application class.


Photography 61 Intermediate Electric Imaging 2 units
Lecture 1 hours Lab 3 hours + 1.5 hrs by arrangement (Prerequisite: Photo 60)
Acceptable for credit: California State University

Prerequisite: Photo 060

This course will build on the foundation of photo 60. Photoshop software will be utilized to manipulate scanned images, stock images and output of digital images to digital end-products. Image manipulation will use advanced portions of Photoshop, including masking color corrections and sharpening and diffusing filters. The theory of the photo DC and input materials will be discussed.


Photography 62 Advanced Electric Imaging 2 units
Lecture 1 hours Lab 3 hours + 1.5 hrs by arrangement
Prerequisite: Photo 061
Acceptable for credit: California State University

Theory of the different types of electronic cameras and other input devices will be discussed in lecture. Laboratory assignments will create digital images that will be manipulated and out-putted to digital or silver end-products. Photo CDs will be produced and manipulated.


Photography 65 Current Trends and Issues 2 units
Lecture 2 hours Lab 1 hour by arrangement
Prerequisite: CA 20, Photo 1 or Photo 76 (Photo 1 is required for Photo majors)

This course explores current styles, trends and issues in the digital imaging field. Utilizing internet access to photography archives and galleries, the student will explore and critique a cross-section of digital images produced both for commercial and fine art applications. Credit/no credit option.


Photography 72 Environmental Portraits 1 unit
Lecture 3 hours (6 weeks)
Prerequisite: Photo 001 and 001L , or Photo 101
Acceptable for credit: University of California and California State University

This course will teach the use of natural light in producing beautiful portraits in outdoor settings. Techniques of posing, camera operation and accessories and the use of light control equipment will be presented. Students must supply adjustable (F/stop and shutter speed) camera and all expendable photographic supplies used in the course. Credit/no credit option.


Photography 73 Photographing Your Art 1 unit
Lecture 3 hours (6 weeks)
Prerequisite: Photo 001 and 001L, or Photo 101
Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course will demonstrate the simplest methods for photographing drawings, painting, sculpture and other media for the purposes of portfolio creation, inventory records , and publications. Simple equipment, and non-technical approach characterizes this weekend workshop for photographers and non-photographers alike.


Photography 74 Close-Up Photography 1 unit
Lecture 3 hours (6 weeks)
Prerequisite: Photo 001 and 001L, or Photo 101
Acceptable for credit:  California State University

This course will provide photographers with principles of close-up photography. It will explore the options for supplemental equipment, lighting and films. It will also explore the many possible areas of subject materials from flowers and insects to printed circuits and silicone wafers. Students must supply adjustable (F/stop and shutter speed) camera and all expendable photographic supplies used in the course. Credit/no credit option.



Photography 76 Visual Communication 1 unit
Lecture 3 hours Lab 1 hour by arrangement (6 weeks)
Acceptable for credit: University of California and California State University

This course is designed to provide visual communication directed to the needs of students working in the field of public relations, journalism, multimedia and desktop publishing. Students must supply adjustable (F/stop and shutter speed) camera and all expendable photographic supplies used in the course. Credit/no credit option.


Photography 91,92,93 Directed Studies 1-3 units
Lab 3, 6 or 9 hours by arrangement
Prerequisite: Interview with instructor to write a contract
Acceptable for credit: University of California and California State University

Advanced work in specialized fields of photography. Students must supply adjustable (F/stop and shutter speed) camera and all expendable photographic supplies used in the course. Credit/no credit option.


Photography 120 Adobe Lightroom For Photographers
Lecture 2 hours, Lab hours 3

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course explores the new Digital Darkroom created with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom4. This valuable application provides the best method for the digital photographer to import and catalog their camera images, process and enhance their images and prepare for printing or exhibition in a web gallery. A slide show with music is an alternative presentation format covered in this non-technical approach format.

 

For additional information: Please contact the department chair:

last published: 11/19/13 • validate xhtml css 508