Foundations of Photography: Digital Practice (PHO2153.02)

Liz White

This course offers an overview of foundational tools and techniques in digital photographic practice and aims to help students find new sources of inspiration, deepen their creative work, and enhance their ability to present it. Students will learn to shoot with digital SLR cameras using manual settings, manage, process, and manipulate digital image files, produce digital portfolios, and prepare files for high quality inkjet printing. They will be challenged to create new work within short time periods in response to prompts, and to develop and revise an independent project, in the process becoming more comfortable contributing to critiques with peers and receiving feedback. In addition, students will build their awareness of historical and contemporary artists and the breadth of possibilities for the medium, as they practice making observations, thinking critically, speaking, and writing about photography. Short readings and videos will provide additional context and encourage reflection on the impact of recent technological and social changes.

Class time will be both synchronous and asynchronous, meaning that the course will involve meeting together for group discussions and critiques, as well as work that students pursue on their own time: individually, in small groups, and in one-on-one meetings with the instructor. Assignments will be given on a regular basis, and self-directed final projects will allow students to creatively express their technical skills as they explore their own questions and concerns. While listed within the course block of 8:30-12:10, please note that the first two hours on both Tuesdays and Fridays will be designated as asynchronous class time, meaning that our group meetings will begin at 10:30am.

Having an external hard drive is recommended, and if they cannot access the digital photo lab on campus, students must have other access to a computer on which they can install software and save files. Students do not need to have their own DSLR cameras or printers.

Learning Outcomes:

Delivery Method: Hybrid in-person and remote, with faculty remote
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 8:30AM-12:10PM (2nd seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: All courses , Photography