Computer Science 39J
The Art and Science of Photography: Drawing with Light
(2 units, P/NP)
Professor Brian Barsky (homepage)
Friday 12:00-2:00, Foothill DC and 405 Soda Hall (map)
This seminar explores the art and science of photography.
Photographs are created by the control and manipulation of
light. We will discuss quality of light for the rendering
of tone, texture, shade, shadow, and reflection. The seminar
examines the photographic process from light entering the
lens through the creation and manipulation of the final image.
Topics include composition and patterns, mathematics of perspective
projection, refraction, blur, optics of lenses, exposure control,
color science, film structure and response, resolution, digital
image processing, human visual system, spatial and color perception,
and chemical versus electronic processing.
Students should have experience using a camera that allows the user to
manually control exposure
and focus, and that either has interchangeable lenses of
different focal lengths or has a zoom lens.
Students must have such a camera to complete the course assignments.
Ideally, students should have access to both a film camera and a digital camera.
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