In this course, you will create new digital photographic images by combining fundamental photographic skills with digital camera technology and basic image editing technology. A primary goal of the course is the use of photography as a means of personal expression and solving visual problems that are specific to photography.
Emphasis will be placed on camera operation, photographic techniques, composition and application of design principles. No prior art experience is required, as this class is designed for the beginning digital photographer; however, those with prior skill will be able to build on their foundation. All images must be shot on or after the class start date with a digital single lens reflex (DSLR), four-thirds, or high-end point and shoot camera that has manual override capabilities.
You will explore a range of subject matter and topics through the application of camera use and learning to use a digital camera to visually solve problems specific to photography. The focuses on the assignments involve in-camera shooting techniques to demonstrate spatial use, eye movement, and balance. You are encouraged to explore the visual impact, mood, and emotional reaction through photography to demonstrate meaning to the viewer in a creative way.
You will learn how to use image editing software to prepare images for proper technical presentation in classroom discussion-critiques and Dropbox assignments. You will learn image editing basics, including proper image adjustments, file sizing, color correction and color conversion, excluding filter use, dramatic color shifts, and extreme cropping.
To promote a learning community, you will learn to critique photographs from a design-based point of view. You are required to share one or more photograph each week to the critique, along with technical information. Additionally, you have to respond to two of your classmates’ photographs, offering suggestions, asking clarifying questions, and stimulating dialogue related to the topic of the week. Weekly critiques serve the purpose of providing a format in which you can improve your photography prior to submitting your work for grading.