CSE 131: The Science and Art of Digital Photography

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Instructor: Bruce Hemingway --photos here and here.
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday 2:30 to 4pm, and by appointment. Office CSE464, Allen Center.

Teaching Assistants:Yuxiang (Bill) Chen, Wes Wolanski, Lixiang (Bryant) Zhu, Korn Toongtong,Ben Sukys,
Celina Kim, Alan Lin, Nick (Shiyu) Liu, Eon (Yantong) Shen, Debosmit Ray and Lokita Metta

Spring 2015: MWF 12:30-1:20pm -- ARC 147-- Sections Tues or Thurs 2:30-4:20 pm

Digital Photography is a unique technological activity that is totally dependent on its roots in digital sensing and computational imaging. It has many functions—scientific, artistic, documentary and social—and its historical development is a fascinating study in scientific innovation.  This course will give students the tools and technological understanding to make better pictures. We will concentrate on four areas: the history and development of photography; the science of optics and digital imaging; the elements of photographic composition and design; and the future of internet-enabled photography.

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Class Mailing list information is here. Add your preferred email address.
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Questions? Email the teaching staff here.

Album List: We encourage all participants to look at each other's photos on Google+, and to leave (constructive) comments on them as well.

Flash applets on some technical aspects of photography

Slideshow of Student Work from previous years, selected by the course staff

Final Project information here. Deadline: Wednesday June 10, by 11:59 p.m., via Dropbox on your myUW page.

Albums and Final Projects list

Instructor's Choice of Final Projects- 2015

Course Schedule (subject to constant revision, and posted shortly before starting date):

Lecture and Reading notes, by week
Section topics and assignments

Week 1 March 30-April 3-Choosing a camera
Basic Image Formation
Perspective, lenses, aperture, shutter

Readings: A History of Photography: the section entitled: How Photography Began
Readings: Freeman Ch. 1
Horenstein pp. 20-93

Join Google Plus; get acquainted in sections

Applet: Variables that affect exposure

Week 2 April 6-10-
Image Composition 1
        The Frame, Design basics, points, Lines, curve
History of Photography 1
Reading:    Horenstein pp. 20-93
Lightroom 5 Quick Start Guide

Photo Assignment 1: Push your camera toward the edge Due:11:59PM, Sunday, April 12, 2015

Applets: Thin Lens; Gaussian Lens Formula

Week 3 April 13-17: Optics
      Lensmaker’s formulae, Depth-of-field formula 
Readings: Freeman Ch. 2,3
      Horenstein Ch. 4

Fri April 17: Exam 1

Photo Assignment 2: Digital Storytelling Due:11:59PM, Sunday, April 19, 2015
Three Tips to Help Your Photos Tell a Story

Photo Essays by John Paul Caponigro

Photoessay: the arches of Prague by Ming Thein

Week 4:April 20-24
Optics II:
      Aberrations & Distortion
      Flare, vignetting, diffraction

Lightroom and other software
Reading: OPTICS
Reading: Diffraction

Photo Assignment 3: Macro Photographs Due:11:59PM, Sunday, April 26, 2015

Week 5:  April 27- May 1 
Camera Subsystems:
      AF- Auto Focus
      AE- Auto Exposure

Reading: Horenstein Ch. 4
Reading: A History of Photography: the section entitled: Documentary photography
Tutorials: Lightroom videos by Adobe

Photo Assignment 4: Action Photographs Due:11:59PM, Sunday, May 3, 2015



Week 6: May 4- 8
Camera Subsystems:
IS- Image Stabilization

History of Photography 2

Friday May 8: Exam 2

Photo Assignment 5: Architecture and Interiors Due: 11:59PM, Sunday, May 10, 2015
Section Walkabout, Tuesday/Thursday: Campus Architecture: TAs will tell you where to meet on campus

Week 7: May 11-15
Digital Sensors--CMOS vs. CCD
      Sampling; Color sensing, Bayer vs. Foveon
      Microlenses- SNR, ISO, noise removal
Post Processing I
Reading: Freeman Ch. 4
Applet: Gamma Correction

Photo Assignment 6: Nature Photographs Due: 11:59PM, Sunday, May 17, 2015
Section Walkabout, Tuesday/Thursday: Union Bay Natural Area MEET HERE

Pick your Final Project subject by Monday May 18.

Week 8: May 18-22
History of Photography 3: Art
Post Processing II

History of Photography 4: Tools 

Reading: Freeman Ch. 5

Photo Assignment 7: Night and Color Photographs Due: 11:59PM, Sunday, May 24, 2015
Optional Evening Walkabout: Thursday May 22, 9:30 pm Meet in the center of Red Square for night photos and group lightpainting bring flashlights and camera, of course
Pick your Final Project subject by Monday May 18.

Week 9: May 26-29, Memorial Day May 25

Light, Reflection, Color

History of Photography 5: the 20th Century

Reading: Horenstein Ch. 5


Photo Assignment 8: Portraits and Light Due: 11:59PM, Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Week 10: June 1-5
Monday June 1: Exam 3
History of Photography 6: Now to the Future 
A Final Word
Reading: Freeman Ch. 6

Work on Final Project; add revision photos to assignments

Final Project information here. Deadline: Wednesday June 10, by 11:59 p.m., via Dropbox on your myUW page.