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Effective: Summer 2017

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
12 hours lecture total per quarter. (12 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 for design, construction and portfolio.
  3. demonstrate artistic plant photography.
  4. 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. Photographic equipment and film.
    1. Equipment operation.
    2. Film selection.
  2. Photographic techniques.
    1. Basic photographic theory and process as related to environmental horticulture.
    2. Ornamental landscape shooting.
    3. Photographing landscape for marketing purposes and portfolio presentation.
    4. Landscape project photography.
  3. Plant photography.
    1. Visualizing plant images.
    2. Setting up plant shoots.
    3. Taking and producing plant photos.
  4. Review and/or visit culturally diverse landscapes.
    1. Identify potential photographic opportunities.
    2. Capturing the character of the site through images.
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. (This is a seminal text and still current for the field.)

Disciplines -
Ornamental Horticulture
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture on photographic composition, camera use, and production of images.
  2. Demonstrations on use of equipment and setting up photo shoots.
  3. Discussions on issues impacting quality of landscape photography.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
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.