This course offers an overview of foundational tools and techniques in digital photographic practice. Students will learn to shoot with digital SLR cameras, process raw files in Lightroom, make local adjustments, retouch, and composite images in Photoshop, properly scan negatives, and produce digital portfolios and high quality inkjet prints. In addition to technical instruction, a selection of images from the history of photography will be shown and short readings will provide additional context and encourage reflection on the impact of recent technical and social changes. Class time will include demonstrations and supervised practice, group critiques, and discussions. Assignments will be given on a weekly basis throughout most of the term, and self-directed final projects will allow students to creatively demonstrate their conceptual and technical skills as they explore their own questions and concerns.
Please note that this course will require additional materials to be purchased by the student.