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Effective: Fall 2012

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
9 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. This course meets 4 times per quarter. (15 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Exhibit a basic understanding of photographic equipment use.
  • Photography of landscapes, construction projects, plant identification, and landscape designs for portfolio presentation.
Description -
Introduction to basic photographic equipment and techniques utilized in photographing landscapes and horticulturally related elements. Emphasis on assisting green industry professionals in photographing ornamental plants, landscape construction or business-related projects, and landscape designs.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. exhibit a basic understanding of photographic equipment and film use.
  2. exhibit a basic understanding of techniques used in photographing landscape related elements.
  3. photograph landscapes, construction projects, and landscape designs for portfolio presentation.
  4. catalog ornamental plants
  5. recognize the rich cultural diversity of landscapes and opportunities for photographing them.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Design laboratory with multimedia projection system. Students provide camera(s), film, and other photographic equipment, aids, and supplies.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Basic photographic theory and process as related to environmental horticulture
  2. Photographic equipment
  3. Film selection
  4. Photographic techniques
    1. Ornamental plants
    2. Landscape business related activities
    3. Landscape projects
    4. Landscape designs
    5. Portfolio work
  5. Applications
    1. course work
    2. garden clubs
    3. magazines and other print media
  6. Review and/or visit culturally diverse landscapes
  7. Guest speakers (as appropriate to topics)
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Photographic skills project
  2. Documented active participation which furthers understanding of photographic theory, process, and applied skills.
Representative Text(s) -
Drager, Kerry, Scenic Photography 101, New York, NY, Allworth Press, 1999.

Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Lab
  3. Demonstrations
  4. Discussions
Lab Content -
  1. Field Labs: Each class will partially, or wholly be conducted in the field. 1. Camera features lab: using individual cameras, the instructor and students will identify the key features of cameras used in landscape photography.
  2. Camera operations lab: Instructor will spend time individually and in groups showing students the correct way to utilize their cameras.
  3. Digital camera lab: While some students will use traditional film cameras, most will use digital cameras. Either way, students will learn both the use of these cameras and how to take the best possible photos in field conditions.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 20 pages per week from the assigned texts (2 hours).
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of the instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.