Photography Techniques

College-Approved Certificate (8 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 6204X02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

Whether you are considering a career in photography or you want to create better photographs as a hobby, this College Certificate program offers a solid foundation of photographic skills and techniques. Our team of experienced professionals demonstrate and guide you in practical and applied skills while encouraging you to develop your own unique style through practise. This well-rounded program helps you to bring your photographic and digital imaging skills up to industry standards.

To qualify for this certificate, students must complete the program within four years.

Your Career

Graduates can demonstrate their photography skills through a comprehensive portfolio. Graduates may wish to pursue further education. They may also apply their skills to freelance photography, or working in photographic shops, studios, galleries or visual/design arts organizations.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).

Notes

Students require a camera that allows manual control of aperture and shutter speed (such as a DLSR), a tripod and a computer (Mac or PC; laptop or desktop, all acceptable). Additional equipment or software are also required so please consult each course page for specific requirements and costs.

To help schedule your studies, please check our proposed plan for the upcoming year.

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The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Angela Peterson, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 6329 or petersa2@algonquincollege.com.

Courses

On campus: On Campus
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameSummer
PHO558745.0Basic Digital PhotographyOn Campus
PHO553945.0Photoshop for PhotographersOn Campus
PHO559745.0Composition and Design

PHO5597 Composition and Design

Composition is at the heart of taking better photos. Basic elements of composition and application are introduced. Students cover the history of photography and visual composition as well as current examples and practice through hands-on assignments and a field trip. Students require a camera that allows manual control of aperture and shutter speed as well as a practical knowledge of camera handling and basic photo editing skills.

Pre-requisites: PHO5539 and PHO5587

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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PHO555245.0Photoshop Beyond the BasicsOn Campus
PHO559545.0Multimedia Applications

PHO5595 Multimedia Applications

Today's multimedia world offers so many ways to show photographic work. Students learn to present their work effectively through a variety of modes using mainstream multimedia applications. Students incorporate photography, videography and audio files into outputs including website templates, slide shows, prints for presentation and exhibition, social media, blogs and photo books.

Pre-requisites: PHO5539 and PHO5587

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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PHO553745.0Colour and Print Management

PHO5537 Colour and Print Management

Learn what happens as a digital image goes from the camera to a display device to the printer so you can create more captivating images. Students focus on colour management principles and techniques, working with Photoshop and ink-jet printers. Students examine digital colour spaces (RGB, CMYK, Lab, HSB) and learn to download and install ICC profiles for printing, as well as steps to set up and calibrate monitors and printers for high quality results.

Pre-requisites: PHO5539 and PHO5552 and PHO5587

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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PHO559845.0Lighting Techniques

PHO5598 Lighting Techniques

Explore the key element of lighting in your photography. Learn how to select and apply lighting techniques for your subject matter and the desired effects. Students cover the use of electronic flash, lighting ratios, exposure determination and use of a flash meter. Students also explore a variety of specialized lighting set-ups for portrait, still life or product lighting, as well as techniques for studio and on-location photography. Students require a camera that allows manual control of aperture and shutter speed, a hot-shoe sync cord adapter and an off-camera flash.

Pre-requisites: PHO5537 and PHO5539 and PHO5587

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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PHO559945.0Portfolio Development

PHO5599 Portfolio Development

A portfolio can be an invaluable tool to show the results of your photographic endeavours. Now you can create your own by doing a series of practical assignments that challenge you to reflect on a topic or theme (such as social documentary, fashion, advertising, portraiture, photo illustration, photomicrography and architecture). Students reference the historical inspiration of 'classic' portfolios and benefit from demonstrations, examples, critiques and field trips in order to assemble a dynamic and useful portfolio to influence and move audiences. Students require a camera that allows manual control of aperture and shutter speed.

Pre-requisites: PHO5537 and PHO5539 and PHO5552 and PHO5587 and PHO5597 and PHO5598

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

PHO5587 Basic Digital Photography

Students learn the various camera functions and how to create more interesting photographs. Basic photographic techniques are practised, including composition, lighting, exposure, portraiture and the use of flash. Students are introduced to the many advantages of digital photography and the importance of organizing their digital assets for effective storage and retrieval. Working in a digital darkroom provides students with the opportunity to learn basic image correction and enhancement so they can better present their photographic work. Students require a camera that allows manual control of aperture and shutter speed.

PHO5539 Photoshop for Photographers

Play with your photography using the powerful Photoshop software that allows you to alter and edit images. Students are introduced to some of the many features and tools of Photoshop for manipulating and enhancing digital photographic images. Students learn the creation and use of Layers, Alpha Channels, Dodging and Burning, contrast and brightness control, masking techniques and special effects filters. Students use selection tools to perform compositing techniques or to isolate parts of an image for special treatment. Students explore basic retouching, photo restoration tools, the shadow highlight command, creating panoramas, digital colouring and the digital raw capture format. Bring your own images to work on and get ready to experiment.

Pre-requisites: PHO5587

PHO5597 Composition and Design

Composition is at the heart of taking better photos. Basic elements of composition and application are introduced. Students cover the history of photography and visual composition as well as current examples and practice through hands-on assignments and a field trip. Students require a camera that allows manual control of aperture and shutter speed as well as a practical knowledge of camera handling and basic photo editing skills.

Pre-requisites: PHO5539 and PHO5587

PHO5552 Photoshop Beyond the Basics

As the professional tool of choice, Photoshop offers a wealth of advanced image manipulation features. Enhance your photography in new ways through demonstrations and practising techniques, such as special effects, colour correction using curves, channel/layer/filter applications, device calibration, scripts and actions, the path/pen tool, advanced text treatment, filter use and effects in creating 3D graphics.

Pre-requisites: PHO5539 and PHO5587

PHO5595 Multimedia Applications

Today's multimedia world offers so many ways to show photographic work. Students learn to present their work effectively through a variety of modes using mainstream multimedia applications. Students incorporate photography, videography and audio files into outputs including website templates, slide shows, prints for presentation and exhibition, social media, blogs and photo books.

Pre-requisites: PHO5539 and PHO5587

PHO5537 Colour and Print Management

Learn what happens as a digital image goes from the camera to a display device to the printer so you can create more captivating images. Students focus on colour management principles and techniques, working with Photoshop and ink-jet printers. Students examine digital colour spaces (RGB, CMYK, Lab, HSB) and learn to download and install ICC profiles for printing, as well as steps to set up and calibrate monitors and printers for high quality results.

Pre-requisites: PHO5539 and PHO5552 and PHO5587

PHO5598 Lighting Techniques

Explore the key element of lighting in your photography. Learn how to select and apply lighting techniques for your subject matter and the desired effects. Students cover the use of electronic flash, lighting ratios, exposure determination and use of a flash meter. Students also explore a variety of specialized lighting set-ups for portrait, still life or product lighting, as well as techniques for studio and on-location photography. Students require a camera that allows manual control of aperture and shutter speed, a hot-shoe sync cord adapter and an off-camera flash.

Pre-requisites: PHO5537 and PHO5539 and PHO5587

PHO5599 Portfolio Development

A portfolio can be an invaluable tool to show the results of your photographic endeavours. Now you can create your own by doing a series of practical assignments that challenge you to reflect on a topic or theme (such as social documentary, fashion, advertising, portraiture, photo illustration, photomicrography and architecture). Students reference the historical inspiration of "classic" portfolios and benefit from demonstrations, examples, critiques and field trips in order to assemble a dynamic and useful portfolio to influence and move audiences. Students require a camera that allows manual control of aperture and shutter speed.

Pre-requisites: PHO5537 and PHO5539 and PHO5552 and PHO5587 and PHO5597 and PHO5598