Foundations of Photography: Digital Practice (PHO2153.01)

Luiza Folegatti

This course will address practices and ethics around digital photography and experiment with foundational tools and techniques. It aims to create space for students to foster their own interests and reflections on the impacts of digital photography on society. Classes will combine technical demonstrations, practical exercises, group critiques, a final self-directed project, and discussions about the work of contemporary LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC photographers and scholars. The references will draw on photography theory, queer and feminist studies, and visual anthropology methods. Students will experiment with DSLR cameras in manual
mode, composition, and light, and learn to organize, develop, and manipulate digital image files using Lightroom and Photoshop, in addition to finalizing work in the format of digital portfolios and as inkjet prints.

Digital SLR cameras will be available from the college for students to use throughout the term. Photoshop and Lightroom will be available on all 12 workstations in the Photo Digital Lab.

Students will be required to have a Mac-compatible external hard drive and inkjet photo paper to complete assignments.

Learning Outcomes:
- Become familiar with the specificities of the digital file and develop skills in shooting, editing, and printing digital photographs, as well as preparing files for online presentations.
- Practice analyzing, creating, discussing, reading, and writing about photography.
- Create new work through in-class and weekly practical assignments and through a self-directed final project.
- Gain an overview of practices in portrait, self-portrait, landscape, and object photography using the digital medium.
- Contribute to critical discussions about the work of LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC photographers and scholars and their contributions to photography.
- Develop an interdisciplinary approach to photography, drawing on photography theory, queer and feminist studies, and visual anthropology.
- Engage with peers respectfully to make observations, and give and receive feedback on work in progress.
- Recognize and embody your shared role in cultivating an engaging, respectful learning community.
- Actively reflect on your own questions and relationships to the ideas in the course, and make connections to other areas of interest.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
Th 1:40PM - 5:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: One time only

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