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Still Image | Course MD 101

Lecturers | Dominique Mauri, Anja Weber, Carina Beyer

Teaching Assistants |

Omar Elshimy - Groups: 4,5,6

Sarah Elashi - Groups: 7,8,9,10,11

Norhan Maayouf - Groups: 1,2,3,12

Rewan Tamer - Lecture

"A Knowledge of photography is just as important as that of the alphabet." - Laszlo Nagy, 1932


Grading Evaluation

The assessment criteria for this course will divided into three parts:

1. Course Assignments (40%) will be based on:

  • Completion of assignments on the due date and time.
  • Evidence of both your understanding of the concepts discussed in class and the practical application of said concepts.
  • Demonstrating conceptual and aesthetic development.

All assignments are due at the beginning of your tutorial class., they are to be turned in to the TA responsible for your class . Each and every image you turn in must be labeled with your ID, name and assignment number. Improperly labeled images will not be graded. Late assignments will be accepted no later than one week from the due date. All late assignments will be reduced by 20%. No assignments will be accepted after one week from the original due date. NO EXCEPTIONS

Assignments to be named in this format: ID Number/ Student Name/ Assignment Number

2. Mid-Term Project (20%) Ė Details to be announced later

3. Final Project (40%) Ė Details to be announced later

Lectures & Tutorials schedule

WEEK DATE TUTORIALS LECTURES (H16)
WEEk 1 OCT 04 - INTRODUCTION
WEEK 2 OCT 7 - 11 About Photography + Equipment TBA: To be announced
WEEK 3 OCT 14 - 18 Exposure 1 - Shutter speed TBA
WEEK 4 OCT 21 - 25 Exposure 2 - Aperture & Depth of field TBA
WEEK 5 28 OCT - NOV 1 Exposure 3 - ISO TBA
WEEK 6 NOV 4 - 8 Camera RAW, Digital Workflow, Lightroom MID-TERM PROJECT
WEEk 7 NOV 11 - 15 Mid-Term No Lectures
WEEK 8 NOV 18 - 22 MID-TERM PROJECT SUBMISSION (IN YOUR SLOT) TBA
WEEK 9 NOV 25 - 29 Perspective & Point of view TBA
WEEK 10 DEC 02 - 06 TBA TBA
WEEK 11 DEC 9 - 13 Panoramic Stitching FINAL PROJECT
WEEK12 DEC 16 - 20 Consultations Last Lecture
WEEK 13 DEC 23 - 27 NO TEACHING -
WEEK 14 DEC 30 - JAN 3 Consultations -
WEEK 15 JAN 06 -10 Consultations -
WEEK 16 JAN 13 - 17 FINAL PROJECT SUBMISSION -

REQUIRED EQUIPMENTS

1- CAMERA

Beginners Choices:

   * NIKON: Models D3400 or D5300 or D5600
   * CANON: Models EOS 750D, 700D, 600D

Intermediate/ Advanced Choices:

   *Canon: Models 60D, 70D, 5D, 6D
   *SONY: A6300, A7

All cameras have to come equipped with proper

  * Camera battery.
  * Battery Charger.
  * Data Downloadable cable USB.
  * Camera Software for PC/Mac.

2- LENS

  * Required Basic Lens: 18-55 mm 
  + you may invest in a 50 mm lens as well if interested.

3- MEMORY CARD Invest in a suitable SD card for your camera.

  * It has to be branded of a trustworthy/ international company
     ( Sandisk, Kingston, Delkin) No Chinese or copy cards. 

  * Memory card Capacity can vary from 8GB, 16GB up to 128 GB.

  * Make sure it is not an micro SD adapter or any kind of Memory adapters.

  * SD card reading speed has to be not less than 8MB/Sec (Will be marked with number 6 in small circle)
     SD card or reading speed of 10MB/Sec is Highly recommended.

3-LAPTOP COMPUTER

 * Apple Macbook Pro.
 * Or Windows PC.
  • Any of your choices The device has to meet specific requirements:

1- Includes Memory card slot reader. 2- Includes USB Slot reader. 3- At least a 128 GB or 256GB storage (SSD Preferred). 4- 1.5 MB graphics Card. 5- At least 16 GB Ram Memory. 6- Processor 2.2 GHZ.

3-ADOBE SOFTWARES

 * All softwares has to be updated to the latest version: At least CC 2015 up to 2018.
 * DON'T GET YOUR SOFTWARES FROM APPLE SHOPS UNLESS YOU VERIFY IT IS PROPERLY LICENSED.
 * You can purchase the Creative Cloud package from adobe.com.


   1- Adobe Photoshop.

   2- Adobe Lightroom.

   3- Adobe Bridge.

   4- Adobe Illustrator (Will need it for other courses).

   5- Adobe Indesign (Will need for other courses).

   6- Adobe Premiere Pro (Will need for other courses).

   7- Adobe After Effects (Will need for other courses).

- Optional But Highly recommended -

  + Camera bag - To protect your camera.
  + Tripod to take still and stable images - Helps a lot for Studio and Night Photography.
  + Invest in a Laptop Cover/ Bag to protect your computer.
  + Invest in a Mouse to easily navigate, edit and design.
  + Invest in a Wacom Graphic Tablet (Recommended Model: Wacom bamboo).

Tips for buying a camera

1. Set your budget.

2. Read reviews about the cameras.

3. Decide the brand in which you are most comfortable with. (Ps. The difference between Nikon and canon is the difference between nike and adidas!)

4. Put the movie specs of the camera into consideration if youíre thinking of majoring media; youíll need it. Most important is that you need: a camera with a changeable lens, with Full HD 1080/60p video recording, and also that has the option of shooting raw pictures

5. It really all comes down to your budget.

6. If youíre buying a used camera ask the seller about the shutter count (itís the number of shots that camera took. The fewer the better).

7. You'll find plenty of facebook pages where you can buy new and used cameras.

Places to look for:

  • El - King: 15 Borg Salma Roushdy St., Abdeen, Cairo, Tel: 23925140
  • El - Hofy: 15 Borg Salma Roushdy St., Abdeen, Cairo, Tel: 23955245
  • Shams: 5 El Batal Ahmed Abdelaziz from Sabry AboU Alam St. Bab El Louk

Tel: 23929204

  • Lucky Stores: 11 Sherif St., Downtown, Tel: 23929136/ 23923697'''
  • El-Khaled (Ali Khaled): 19B Adly St., second floor, apartment number 58,

Tel: 23927507

  • Nikon Official Dealer (Fuji film): El Haram St., Tel: 35842378
  • El-Akhdar: Tel: 23927852
  • Kareem Stores
  • Procam
  • camertak.com

Also for lighting equipment you could find them at:

  • El Basha for lighting equipment: 26 Yolyo St., Tel: 25918535