Advanced Digital Imaging

Emphasis in Digital Photography

Spring 2003

Tuesday, Thursday 8:30 am-11:45 am


Dr. Dena Elisabeth Eber       

Phone:  372-8526                                                          Office: 123


Office Hours 2-3:30pm, Tues/Thurs or by appointment



In advanced imaging you will crystallize your artistic focus within the broad definition of digital imaging.  This semester, we will use digital photography as a framework to approach the class.  As you will learn, digital photography, digital imaging, and photography are somewhat of a continuum. As with intermediate imaging, the art is the emphasis and the tools (the computer, peripherals, and software) are secondary.  Except for covering specific details within digital photography, we will not spend a lot of time in new techniques. In order to make the art; however, command of the software and comfort level with the computer are necessary. I assume all students have an advanced level of sensitivity to figuring out what they need to on the computer, technical experience (NT, MAC, software, hardware), and artistic maturity.




Subject to changes, additions, and subtractions.


The primary goals of this class are to crystallize your artistic voice and to continue the process of creativity with the digital imaging medium.  As you do this, you will learn about or use:

* Digital cameras

* Studio lighting

* 2 D paint programs

* Image manipulation

* Advanced printing

      * Alternative display

* Various input devices

* Misc. topics time permitting


With these methods as background, the primary focus of the course will be for you to develop a strong direction.  We will also discuss:

* The broader definition of imaging and digital photography

* Digital art, digital imaging, and digital photography theory and history

* Individual expression and creativity


You will also have various reading and writing assignments that will help you find your voice, facilitate your creative process, and help with the content of your art.



Blank journal                                                                                                   Due 1/16

Folder for handouts                                                                                           Due 1/16

Secondary back up (zip, CDs or DVD-R disk)                                                        Due 1/16

Money for prints

In lab prints                    Put aside money for printing because you will bursar prints as needed.  Your will use the various printers at FLAAR, which you will bursar when you print.  You will also make Epson 9000 prints under supervision , which you will bursar when you print.  Paper will be available for purchase in the media cage and you will be charged for the inks you use on the Epson 3000 automatically. 


Slides                            $2.00                                                             Dates will vary


You will be graded on an equal balance of the following:


Class participation (asking questions, participation in discussions, making comments, participation in group projects, participating in critiques)

Overall growth (how much you matured over the semester)

Minor assignments

Midterm (X 2)


Final (X 3)


Misc. Projects (my discretion, totaled to equal one grade)                         



Up to 24 hours late is one half of a letter grade down, 24 to 48 hours late is lowered one letter grade, and 48 to 72 hours late is lowered two letter grades.  I will not accept late assignments after three days and you will receive an “F” for that project.



Absences      Only 3 excused absences allowed, no unexcused absences permitted.  Your final grade will go down one half a letter each time you exceed this.


Late            Three late = one unexcused absence.  Role is taken at the beginning of class, it is your responsibility to make sure I mark you present if you wander in late.  This must be done during the class period.


Leaving       Leaving class early without clearing it with me = absent.



Critiques      Attendance at Midterm and Final critiques is mandatory.  Unexcused absence from either will lower your grade by one half.



You are accountable for material covered in class, including handouts.  IF ANYTHING IS NOT CLEAR, ASK!  It is your responsibility to get missed material.  I will happily clarify items you do not understand, but I will not repeat demonstrations for absentee's. 


BOOK: ***

Spalter, Anne Morgan.  (1999).  The Computer in the Visual Arts.  Reading, MA:  Addison-Wesley.

ALSO, see my web page for further recommendations


VERY ROUGH TECHNICAL CALENDAR (It will change - I promise!)

More Readings and Essays will be due throughout the semester


Jan 14 (T)        Intro, syllabus, fill out info form on-line, check accounts, SIGGRAPH slides give Ex 1 (initial focus, another artist, bring work on disk), MAC Desktop, monitor meeting, ask about book

Jan 16 (Th)      History of digital ?? give Ex 2 (story telling) (duane michaels, others), Journal due, folder due, disk due, (camera, review scanning)

Jan 21 (T)        EX 1a due, in class direction critique, Printing 3000, 9000, give

                        Ex 3, prints

Jan 23 (Th)      Technology and comparison lecture ?, Ex 1b due

Jan 28 (T)        Printing VCT, Work time

Jan 30 (Th)      Presentation story artist, Technical lecture?

Feb 04 (T)       Ex 2 due:  Story Telling Due, crit part I

Feb 06 (Th)     Ex3 Prints due, crit part II, give Mid Term

Feb 11 (T)       Presentation, technique, painter and PS, (maybe adv tech)

Feb 13 (Th)     Give Ex 4 about presentation(s), In Process Crit

Feb 18 (T)       Lighting lecture ? Presentation, input, idea

Feb 20 (Th)   CAA (WORK TIME)

Feb 25 (T)       Ex 4 about presentation(s) due, In Process Crit

Feb 27 (T)      CT college

(maybe adv tech), Slide prep, work time

Mar 04 (T)      Midterm Due (part I)

Mar 06 (Th)    Midterm Due (part II), Give Final, Slide run due

Mar 11 (T)     NO CLASS, BREAK

Mar 13 (Th)  NO CLASS, BREAK

Mar 18 (T)      final direction due, indiv meetings, work time

Mar 20 (Th)    indiv meetings, work time

Mar 25 (T)      Presentation: input, output, idea

Mar 27 (Th)    Technical lecture, presentation, or work time  

Apr 01 (T)       Presentation: input, output, idea, (maybe adv tech), give EX5 - technique and Reading.

Apr 03 (Th)     final checkpoint

Apr 08 (T)       final checkpoint,

Apr 10 (Th)     give essay assignment, EX 5 due (Both parts, a class discussion)

Apr 15 (T)       Frame demo (?), Another slide run

Apr 17 (Th)   No Class,Passover/PopC

Apr 22 (T)       essay due, work time, Final Feedback

Apr 24 (Th)   Psych lecture? Maybe no class Work Time

Apr 29 (T)       FINAL PROJECT DUE, Final crit part A

May 01 (Th)    Final crit part b