Neeley Drown
Art Photography Instructor, MA
Art Photography

Office Hours for AP46A via ConferZoom: Mondays from 11am - 12:25pm
Office Hours for AP55 via ConferZoom: Mondays from 3 - 4pm

After stepping back into the dark room many summers ago, Neeley Drown made the decision to switch careers, embracing art and photography. While she loves being in the dark room, Neeley enjoys all forms of photography. She is especially passionate about using digital editing technology in her image making process. in 2019, Neeley returned to Northern California after traveling for four years around the world teaching photographic workshops and making her own images. She now focuses on teaching photography and cinema studies and on arts community development in Oakland where she now lives.

Courses Offered

Spring 2022

AP46A - Photoshop for Photography

(3 Credits)
This is a 16-week course running January 24 - May 21, 2022.

In this course, students will be introduced to the basic skills of digital photography editing using Adobe Camera Raw, Bridge, and Photoshop, the industry standard for photo editing. This course will cover techniques and topics of interest to most anyone with a camera. Class lectures and readings will focus on basic aesthetic issues and photographic composition, editing and professional photography techniques, and preparing photographs for professional display. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with various photographic and editing styles through regular assignments as they develop their creative vision. Assignments include emulations, creating composites, and utilizing Photoshop’s tools such as masks, curves, adjustment layers, etc. in their creative editing process. Students will also be introduced to the work of many contemporary photographers and those who have contributed to the art since the inception of photography in the early 1800s.

AP55 - The Moving Image: Experimental Film, Video, and New Media Art

(3 Credits)
This is an intensive 12-week course running February 22 - May 21, 2022.

In this survey course, students will explore the relationship between changes in society, culture, and politics and the technological developments, aesthetics, and modes of expression in moving image art from the early 19th Century to current times. The course will focus on a wide variety of moving image technologies, genres, movements, styles, and theories of visual communication. Students will be introduced to works by filmmakers from diverse and transnational backgrounds, while gaining an understanding of the role of experimental film and video art in depicting issues relevant to under-represented groups and promoting awareness, understanding, appreciation, and respect for ethnic and racial minorities. Assignments include film and documentary screenings, reading course materials, keeping response journals, class discussions (conducted online), quizzes, and personal projects which can include creating a short film. This course meets the Cabrillo College multicultural studies requirement.

Both of these courses are being offered fully online due to Covid-19. These courses will not meet regularly, but the instructor will hold regular office hours each week and will be available at other times during the week when needed. While students will do their coursework independently, these courses are not self-paced.


Fall 2021

AP9 - B/C Intermediate and Advanced Black and White Photography (Online Only)

(3 Credits)
this is a 16-week course running from August 23 - December 11, 2021

9B: Continues black and white photography practices from AP 9A with a focus on fiber-base paper printing, refined exposure methods, and thematic projects. Prerequisite: AP 9A or equivalent skills. Hybrid Requisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ART 50L. This section is an ONLINE course. This class does not require attendance at scheduled meeting times; any recordings will be available on Canvas. Additional 50 minutes instruction completed online independently each week. Students will be provided three to six, 3-hour optional sessions in the photo lab for film development and printing, 6-10 students will be permitted at a time using all recommended Covid-19 safety protocols and coordinated online student sign-up process (dates and times TBD) with Photo Lab Tech Janet Fine. Socially distanced curbside equipment and materials check-out/check-in will be available for those students needing equipment. Instructor or lab tech will email class with details. Lab materials fee: $30. 35mm and medium format film cameras are available for checkout from the department. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

9C: Continues the study of black and white photography from AP 9B with a focus on refining printing techniques and Zone System practices, thematic projects, and portfolio development. Prerequisite: AP 9B or equivalent skills. Hybrid Requisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ART 51L. Recommended Preparation: AP 28. This section is an ONLINE course. This class does not require attendance at scheduled meeting times; any recordings will be available on Canvas. Additional 50 minutes instruction completed online independently each week. Students will be provided three to six, 3-hour optional sessions in the photo lab for film development and printing, 6-10 students will be permitted at a time using all recommended Covid-19 safety protocols and coordinated online student sign-up process (dates and times TBD)with Photo Lab Tech Janet Fine. Socially distanced curbside equipment and materials check-out/check-in will be available for those students needing equipment. Instructor or lab tech will email class with details. Lab materials fee: $30. 35mm and medium format film cameras are available for checkout from the department. Transfer Credit: CSU.

Both of these courses are being offered fully online due to Covid-19. These courses will not meet regularly, but there will be 2 to 3 optional face-to-face critiques (Dates TBD). Also, Neeley will hold regular office hours each week and will be available at other times during the week when needed. While students will do their coursework independently, these courses are not self-paced.

Spring 2021

AP46-A - Photoshop for Photography

(3 Credits)
This is a 16-week course running January 25 - May 22, 2021.

In this course, students will be introduced to the basic skills of digital photography editing using Adobe Camera Raw, Bridge, and Photoshop, the industry standard for photo editing. This course will cover techniques and topics of interest to most anyone with a camera. Class lectures and readings will focus on basic aesthetic issues and photographic composition, editing and professional photography techniques, and preparing photographs for professional display. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with various photographic and editing styles through regular assignments as they develop their creative vision. Assignments include emulations, creating composites, and utilizing Photoshop’s tools such as masks, curves, adjustment layers, etc. in their creative editing process. Students will also be introduced to the work of many contemporary photographers and those who have contributed to the art since the inception of photography in the early 1800s.

AP55 - The Moving Image: Experimental Film, Video, and New Media Art

(3 Credits)
This is an intensive 12-week course running February 22 - May 22, 2021.

In this survey course, students will explore the relationship between changes in society, culture, and politics and the technological developments, aesthetics, and modes of expression in moving image art from the early 19th Century to current times. The course will focus on a wide variety of moving image technologies, genres, movements, styles, and theories of visual communication. Students will be introduced to works by filmmakers from diverse and transnational backgrounds, while gaining an understanding of the role of experimental film and video art in depicting issues relevant to under-represented groups and promoting awareness, understanding, appreciation, and respect for ethnic and racial minorities. Assignments include film and documentary screenings, reading course materials, keeping response journals, class discussions (conducted online), quizzes, and personal projects which can include creating a short film. This course meets the Cabrillo College multicultural studies requirement.

Both of these courses are being offered fully online due to Covid-19. These courses will not meet regularly, but the instructor will hold regular office hours each week and will be available at other times during the week when needed. While students will do their coursework independently, these courses are not self-paced.

Fall 2020

AP46-A - Digital Photo 1

(3 Credits)

In this course, students will be introduced to the basic skills of digital photography editing using Adobe Camera Raw, Bridge, and Photoshop, the industry standard for photo editing. This course will cover techniques and topics of interest to most anyone with a camera. Class lectures and readings will focus on basic aesthetic issues and photographic composition, editing and professional photography techniques, and preparing photographs for professional display. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with various photographic and editing styles through regular assignments as they develop their creative vision. Assignments include emulations, creating composites, and utilizing Photoshop’s tools such as masks, curves, adjustment layers, etc. in their creative editing process. Students will also be introduced to the work of many contemporary photographers and those who have contributed to the art since the inception of photography in the early 1800s.

Spring 2020:

AP46-A - Digital Photo 1

(3 Credits)

In this course, students will be introduced to the basic skills of digital photography editing using Adobe Camera Raw, Bridge, and Photoshop, the industry standard for photo editing. This course will cover techniques and topics of interest to most anyone with a camera. Class lectures and readings will focus on basic aesthetic issues and photographic composition, editing and professional photography techniques, and preparing photographs for professional display. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with various photographic and editing styles through regular assignments as they develop their creative vision. Assignments include emulations, creating composites, and utilizing Photoshop’s tools such as masks, curves, adjustment layers, etc. in their creative editing process. Students will also be introduced to the work of many contemporary photographers and those who have contributed to the art since the inception of photography in the early 1800s.