Digital Photo 150 at Napa Valley College


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Napa Valley College is located in the Napa Valley, Napa County, California.  Photo150 is Beginning Digital Photography taught by John Dotta.  This class is in the Mac lab, at Napa Valley College, Napa, California.  Software used includes Lightroom 3, Photoshop CS5, and Apple’s Aperture 3 (and the same software in the older versions of Lightroom 2, Photoshop CS4, and Aperture 2).

Digital asset management is the management, rating and organization of files and images, allowing for the addition of meta data for searches and for adding the copyright information about the photographer, date, and location of an image. Images can be rating and adjusted using Lightroom or Aperture. Apple’s  Aperture is only available for Mac computers, not for PCs.  This semester Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom is the software being used in Photo 150 for digital asset management.  If you have images in the Lightroom Catalog, you can click one in Lightroom to highlight the image, and from Lightroom, open Photoshop for editing, and save edited copies back into Lightroom…the Lightroom software opens the other application for you, if you set File, Preferences for outside editing.  Workflow will be stressed in the Digital Photo courses.

We are learning about the Adobe Photoshop features ,  Layers and blending modes, and about global and local adjustments for digital images.  This course focuses more on the lab and software and less on camera use.  (Photo 120 is a pre-requisite for all photo courses at the college) Photo 120 was definitely helpful in getting ready to take Photo 150, where some information is given about color spaces, calibration of hardware and camera settings.  Some information is learned about printers, paper, ink.  We shall not be using a camera setting of sRGB,  to avoid banding of colors, color separations on software adjustments. Adobe 1998 is the preferred standard if Lightroom wants us to make a selection.  I set my camera to an Adobe color setting and not to sRGB.

This class is taught in the Mac computer lab and a blog will be used for homework posting.  The blogs at are free.   Some premium themes can be purchased but that’s not required.  Free themes are available.   For more details about the blogs or blog hosting  check the FAQs at

The Projects page will hold the projects for this course.  The course is one full semester ending in early June 2011.  Thanks for visiting this post.  Enjoy the projects pages.

Created with a Nikon D3 and a Tamron zoom lens.  Bee in the Clover, Napa, California, 2010 by Cheryl Gribble.

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