Digital Photography
ART 3400 - 1 / CRN 83112 / TR 3:30 - 6:15p / Visual Arts Rm 207 / Ruth Dusseault / email here
BLDG HOURS: M-R 0745 am – 11 pm / F 0745 am – 7pm / S-S 11 am – 7pmWeekend hours begin Aug 27 and 24/7 Access begins Sept

DAVID TRAUTRIMAS, Oil Can Residence (2008)

Digital Photography is designed to give photography majors the skills to make quality digital exposures and explore digital printmaking. Topics covered will include: digital camera parts and operation, scanning, color management, Photoshop techniques and archival ink jet printing. We will emphasize shooting and seeing, with readings and exercises that expand observation skills and introduce students to the history of photography. Lectures will focus on methodological approaches in contemporary art practice.


- Proficiency using digital cameras for shooting and processing still images
- Proficiency in file management and output, digital inkjet printing
- Develop critical thinking skills, learn how to talk about photographs and gain from the work of other artists
- Read and respond to aesthetic writing and learn to research an art topic


After Photography, Fred Ritchin (2009, Norton)
The Photography Reader, Liz Wells (2002, Routledge)
Photography, by London, Upton, Stone (11th edition) - 9th or 10th still works


You will need to have a camera with settings you can control. Phones do not work for this class. Optimally, you should find a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR) that has an option for manual control.
Suggested models:


You will need 1 TB of external hard drive for this class. External hard drives must be Mac compatible. DO NOT try to use a hard drive that is dual compatible (they don't really work with Macs). Hard drives are available at any office supply store. Here are some examples.


Visit this site to reserve printing time for Epson Professional inkjet printers. Also see list of papers, sizes and prices.
Epson Stylus Pro 4800, 4880 Ink-based Printers and media prices
OPEN MAC COMPUTER LAB (VA 224) - scroll down menus under this heading to RESERVE printing time.
Note: Be sure to reserve your printing time ahead of the due date (you will have difficulty getting space if you wait until last minute)


Always ask for a "student discount” wherever you buy:
Tripod Suggestion
KEH (for new + used equipment) ph. 404.892.5522 KEH
B & H Photo Video (for supplies and equipment) ph. 800.606.6969 BH
SHOWCASE PHOTOGRAPHICS - 2323 Cheshire Bridge Road ph. 800.886.1976showcase
PPR (for camera and equipment repairs/help) 11th Street off Northside Drive ph. 404.885.1885 PPR
Smaller Dealers:
CAMERA BUG Briarcliff Road, Sagehill Shopping Center ph. 404.873.4513 camera bug
WINGS Camera, 3100 Briarcliff Rd NE, 30329, 404-636-4406 Wings
QUALITY CAMERA - 382 Trabert Ave NW, (404) 881-8700, quality cam

Camera Repair

Mark Hama, 2675 Earl Dr.,Marietta, GA 30062 phone: (770) 565-1498
Camera Service, 4391 W. Atlanta Rd., Smyrna 770-432-4257
Peachtree Camera and Video Repair, 562 Wylie Rd NE 404-233-5423
PPR (Professional Photo Resources) 667 11th St. 404-885-1885

Grade Spread

Grades 70% (projects) + 30% (reading, quizes, participation)
A: Excellent work - extra time spent, risks taken, unity of concept and handling of materials to create an original visual statement.
B: Good work - above average work, solid concepts and skillful handling of materials, experimentation and conceptualization pushed.
C: Completed all assignments - average work, competent execution of ideas and craftsmanship with no outstanding qualities and no measurable risk-taking.
D: Poor work below average, poor execution of ideas or misunderstanding of assignment with little attention to craftsmanship.
F: Unacceptable work - failing, no attempt to articulate ideas and total lack of attention to craftsmanship.

Attendance Policy

Attendance at every class is mandatory and is taken at the beginning of each class. If you are enrolled in a class and do not attend the first and second class meetings, you will be asked to drop the class. Classes begin at stated times and lateness is unacceptable. Leaving early or arriving late (5 mins) is counted as an absence. Your final grade will be reduced by full letter grade for each and every absence after the third absence. (Example: a grade of “A” becomes a “B” with 4 absences; a grade of “A” becomes a “C” with 5 absences.) There are no “excused” absences, unless proven with dated medial documents. It would be wise to save your 3 allowable absences in anticipation of emergencies. It is your responsibility to inform me in advance of a class that you know you must miss. You will be held responsible for the material covered in the missed class and must consult your fellow students to receive all instruction and information covered in the class. You are also responsible for any information, assignments, demos missed. Please refer to this wiki or your classmates for this information.

Academic Honesty

Every KSU student is responsible for upholding the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct published in the Undergraduate and Graduate catalogues. Section II of the Student Code of Conduct addresses the University’s policy on academic honesty, including provisions regarding plagiarism and cheating, unauthorized access to University materials, misrepresentation/falsification of university records or academic work, malicious removal, retention or destruction of library materials, malicious /intentional misuse of computer facilities and/or services, and misuse of student identification cards. Incidents of alleged academic misconduct will be handles through the established procedures of the University Judiciary Program, which includes either an “informal” resolution by a faculty member, resulting in grade adjustment , or a formal hearing procedure hearing, which may subject a student to a Code of Conduct’s minimum one semester requirement.


Kennesaw State University provides program accessibility and reasonable accommodations for people with special needs, as outlined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Disabilities Act of 1990. A number of academic services are available to help people with special needs. In order to make arrangements for special services, students must visit the Office of Disabled Student Support Services (770-423-6443) and arrange an individual assistance plan. In some cases certification of disability is required.

Students with disabilities needing academic accommodations should:

1. Register with and provide documentation to the Office of Disabled Student Support Services.
2. Bring a letter to the instructor from Disabled Student Support Services indicating that you need academic accommodations. This should be done within the first two weeks of class.

Syllabus Notes

The schedule may vary throughout the semester.
If a student enrolled in this class does not meet the prerequisites for this class, the instructor has the right to drop the student from the class roll.