Photo Digital Imaging II Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Parcells Hall 313B

Office Hours

TTH 330-430, or by appointment

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PHTC-2349-001 Photo Digital Imaging II


Prerequisite: PHTC 1300 or instructor consent

Course Description

Continued skill development in the use of the computer for retouching, copying, photographic restoration, color correction, data importation, composite imaging and background dropout and replacement.

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(3 sem hrs; 2 lec, 4 lab)

Class Type

Tech Supported

Syllabus Information


There is no required textbook


1 Terrabyte portable hard drive. (For a hard drive to be able to be read/write on both a PC and Mac computers, it must be formatted to ExFAT or FAT32 file format. FAT32 has several limitations, including a 4 GB per-file limit. Formatting must be done before using the drive.)

One ink cartridge for new printer – to be assigned

8 ½ x 11” Epson Premium Semi-gloss (Glossy paper is not recommended)

Student Performance

Course Description

Advanced concepts in the use of the computer and software for photographic manipulation and output. (WECM)

End-of-Course Outcomes

Produce photographs that illustrate advanced manipulation and enhancement techniques; utilize computers, various photographic input and output devices, and memory and software applications; and develop a body of work that illustrates photographic skills in digital mastery and personal expression. (WECM)

Student Learning Outcomes

Throughout the course students will:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of digital imaging software, input and output devices
  • Learn advanced techniques of digitally enhancing and manipulating photographs
  • Utilize the internet for research about contemporary trends in software, techniques, and equipment related to digital photography
  • Develop a personal style of photographic digital imaging
  • Discuss their photographs in verbal and written form
  • Present work for grading in a professional manner, as directed by the instructor
  • Participate meaningfully in critique
  • Maintain a professional and respectful attitude
  • Maintain classroom facilities and shared supplies

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Class Policies

Course & Conduct

AC Connect (Blackboard)

The syllabus, assignment sheets, screencasts, videos, quizzes, and other documents are located on the AC Connect web page for this course (also referred to as Blackboard). Students should contact AskAC with questions regarding login. Students are responsible for downloading and printing documents as needed.

Attendance & Participation Policy

Due to Covid-19, it may not be possible to attend class or to meet in person. Therefore there is no attendance policy for the course. Materials will be available online to successfully complete the course. All in-person activities are optional. Students are required to attend Zoom meetings, participate online, and submit projects by the due date.
Zoom Participation: During Zoom class meetings students are expected to have their cameras on during class discussions, lectures, breakout sessions, and work in progress critiques. Students may use a background image if they do not want the space they are in visible. Cameras may be turned off during videos and screencasts. Students should be available to respond at anytime, and should post a comment in the chat room if they need to leave for a moment.

The preferred method of correspondence is email:

Announcements: This will be used for big events such as schedule changes, class cancellations, and extra credit opportunities.

Calendar: All relevant course information will be listed on the calendar. Students should check the calendar for the lectures, activities, due dates and other important information. The calendar will be updated to reflect changes to the schedule.

Email: I check email in the morning and then later in the day. Students should expect a response within 24 hours. I do not regularly check email on the weekends but will respond as soon as possible. When sending email to the instructor, please include the name of the course in the subject line. The instructor and Amarillo College will use student’s Gmail account and AC Connect (Blackboard) for correspondence. For this reason, students are responsible for checking both on a regular basis. Students cannot submit assignments as email attachments; the image file size is too large. Please use WeTransfer ( to send large files.

Grading: Generally speaking, students can expect project grades to be posted with one week of the due date. Grades are released when all student projects have been graded and some take longer than others.

Phone Calls: To speak by phone, please schedule an appointment.

Office Hours: My Zoom account will be available. After the first person, a waiting room will be enabled so that students are not interrupted. Zoom meetings may also be scheduled for questions, discussions, and tutoring.

Copyright Notice
Students must be aware and responsible for the Copyright Notice for the course: The materials in this course website are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for the purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated.

Critique Policy

In order to provide each person with a thoughtful critique of their work, all other activities must stop once a critique begins, and students need to engage in the critique process. So that everyone feels comfortable expressing their ideas about images, students need to listen to each other and respect varying viewpoints. To ensure students are able to hear all comments about their work, refrain from private conversations and direct all comments to the group discussion. Students learn about the creative process not only though creation, but also through looking at other work. Learning to use visual language to think and talk about photographs is another key component of the learning process. Before class review handouts on visual thinking, come prepared to discuss photography. A portion of the grade for a project is connected to critique participation, to earn full credit students must stay for the entire critique. Student projects not completed by the start of critique are late. (Refer to “Late Work Policy” for details) In fairness to those who completed their projects on time, please set aside incomplete projects so as not to distract from the critique. Unfortunately, the course schedule does not allow time to provide late projects with a group critique; the instructor will assess late work on the appropriate grading rubric.

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Drop Policy

Should the need arise; the student is responsible for dropping a course. See the Amarillo College master calendar on the AC website and the course calendar for the date of the last day to drop a course. 

Coursework & Exams

Exam Policy There are two exams and no quizzes. The midterm exam covers material from the lectures, slide presentations, class content on AC Connect, and demonstrations learned in the first eight weeks of the semester. The final exam is comprehensive. Both exams are available on AC Connect and are open for a week before the due date. Students may take exams twice and the lowest score is dropped. The midterm exam is due on the Sunday evening before midterm break at 11 pm. The final exam is due by 11 pm on the first class day of final's week.

Homework Policy Although some open lab time is scheduled during class, successful completion of this course will require work outside of class. To earn full credit for projects students must have exercises and portfolios completed at the start of class on the scheduled due date.

Make-up Exam Policy Both exams are available online for a week. In order to be fair to students who take exams as scheduled, failure to take tests by 11 pm on the last scheduled date will result in a zero for that exam score. Exams are available for a week online; this provides students with flexibility to work it into their schedule. There are no make-up exams.


Photography Policy Throughout the study of photography, students must make new photographs for each assignment; this ensures that students are using their cameras on a regular basis and refining their visual thinking and technical skills. Submitting old photographs or photographs used as an assignment in another class will earn a zero for the project. Appropriation of images, regardless of the source, is plagiarism (refer to Plagiarism Policy).

Lab Policy Only students currently enrolled in photography classes are allowed to use photography labs. Do not invite friends and family into the labs. The computer labs, darkrooms, and studios require students be enrolled in a course, or have taken specific courses, before using those areas.

Plagiarism Policy It is crucial for students not to pass off the ideas or words of another as their own, to do so is considered theft and will be treated accordingly. When paraphrasing or quoting another source always use parenthetical citation to credit the source, and include all websites and/or books reviewed in the bibliography. In fairness to other students who worked hard on their essays and photographic projects, students caught plagiarizing will earn a zero for the project and may be subject to additional disciplinary actions by Amarillo College.

Grading Criteria


Grading Criteria / Grade Scale

Percentage and points for assignments breakdown as follows:

6 Exercises: 60%

(Smart Objects, Posters, Restoration, Retouching, Applied Color & Cinemagraphs, are 10% each)

Editorial 15%

Fantasy (created space) 15%

Final - Digital Imaging Portfolio: 10%                       

Refer to handouts for the requirements on each assignment.

Grading Format / A-F 100-0% (1000-0 points)

A = Excellent 100-90%

B = Good 89-80%

C = Adequate 79-70%

D = Weak 69-60%

F = Unacceptable 59-0%

Grading Policy

Assessment of projects will be based on the following:


Visual expression

Individual interpretation of assignment

Intentional compositional design

Explores the concept of digital imaging as visual art

Technical Skills

Demonstrates knowledge of digital imaging, Adobe Photoshop, high resolution scanning, and archival pigment printing

Presents technically well-crafted digital images in a professional manner

Displays an understanding of the concepts and techniques assigned

Professional Practices

Attends lectures, labs, and demonstrations

Participates in in-class activities, discussions, and critiques

Shows work in progress

Discusses ideas and asks questions while projects are in progress

Comes prepared for class, stays on task, and brings appropriate materials

Presents projects on time and meets the requirements of each assignment

Late Work Policy Projects considered on time will be ready for presentation at the beginning of class on the scheduled due date. In fairness to students who finish projects on time there are penalties for late projects. Late projects submitted within one week of the critique date receive a 10% reduction in total points for the assignment, and for projects submitted within two weeks; there is a 20% reduction in points. Projects not submitted within two weeks are not accepted.



Attendance & Participation Policy

Due to Covid-19, it may not be possible to attend class or to meet in person. Therefore there is no attendance policy for the course. Materials will be available online to successfully complete the course. All in-person activities are optional. Students are required to attend Zoom meetings, participate online, and submit projects by the due date.
Zoom Participation: During Zoom class meetings students are expected to have their cameras on during class discussions, lectures, breakout sessions, and work in progress critiques. Students may use a background image if they do not want the space they are in visible. Cameras may be turned off during videos and screencasts. Students should be available to respond at anytime, and should post a comment in the chat room if they need to leave for a moment.


Daily Schedule

This schedule is subject to change throughout the semester.  




Introduction, Handouts, Blackboard, PhotoShop Quiz


Bring 3 current absolute favorite images. (at least one vertical and one horizontal from the same camera)
Smart Object Exercise Intro (Notecards and Grids), Topics: embedded, linked, duplicate, as copy, guides, canvas size, image size, resolution, transform, scale, clipping masks, type tool, actions (resizing, resolution, and adjustments), google drive

Intro to Digital Imaging Portfolio (slide presentation), pen tool and modifying type, Q&A


Re-contextualized Posters Intro, slides, researching posters, things to consider, puppet warp modifying type, lab time

Lab Day (work in progress)


Smart Objects Due / Retouching Intro / Ethics

BE PREPARED: Make a portrait of person (preferably shot in studio), eyes open, smile with teeth showing, no glasses, hair on head, full head and shoulders. Non-destructive editing, layer management, adjustments, masks, healing and stamping, brushes, applied color, liquify and frequency separations

Re-contextualized Posters Due

Retouching Q&A, Restoration Intro – (b/w and color - images are provided): Stamp and healing, filters, content aware, cropping, gradients, toning


Retouching Due, Editorial Portfolio Intro Slides, research topics, tutorials, transparency, type, textures, scanning

BE PREPARED: Bring photographs for the Editorial project come prepared to work. Review smart objects, transformation, blending options, opacity, clipping masks, layers and adjustments, making brushes, and masks


Lab – Work in progress

Lab – Work in progress


Editorial Portfolio Due

Applied Color Exercise intro and slides, planning shots considering foreground figure and background, narrative, clothing, hairstyle, props, lighting, and finished concept


BE PREPARED: Bring photo of person and new background image. Modes and adjustments, masks, channels, mixer brush, color wheel and psychology of color, actions, layer comps

Lab - Work in progress


Spring Break – no classes this week


Applied Color Due

Cinemagraph Intro & Demo


Lab – work in progress

Fantasy Intro slides, tutorials, Cinemagraph lab


Topic: Fictional Creatures

Topic: Space, Illusion, and Surrealism


Final: Digital Imaging Portfolio (slide presentation), Google Presentations Demo / Light and shadow, and color continuity

Cinemagraphs Due


Lab – work in progress

Lab – work in progress


Lab – work in progress

Fantasy Project Due


BE PREPARED fine tune projects, work on Digital Imaging Portfolio (slide presentation)

BE PREPARED fine tune projects, work on Digital Imaging Portfolio (slide presentation)


Final: Digital Imaging Portfolio (slide presentation)

Pick up portfolios

Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

01/14/22 2:23 PM

Last Edited on:

01/14/22 2:28 PM