Foundations of Photography: Digital Practice (PHO2153.01)

Luiza Folegatti

This course will discuss practices and ethics around digital photography and experiment with foundational tools and techniques, aiming to create space for students to develop their own interests within the possibilities of the medium. Classes will combine practical exercises, discussions around the work of contemporary LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC photographers, and readings
on the development of digital photography and its impact on society. Readings will intersect photography theory, queer and feminist studies, and visual anthropology studies. We will address photography in manual mode, experiment with composition and light, organize, develop, and manipulate digital image files using Lightroom and Photoshop, and experiment with finalizing
work for the screen and for inkjet prints. Students will practice analyzing, creating, discussing, and writing about photography through in-class and weekly practical assignments, feedback rounds with their peers, self-directed final projects, readings, and journaling.

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:
• Develop/improve their skills in shooting, editing, printing, and managing digital photographs
• Find new sources of inspiration, deepen their creative work and enhance their ability to present it
• Create new work within short time periods in response to prompts
• Create, develop, and revise a sustained independent project
• Practice contributing to critiques with peers and receiving feedback on their work
• Build awareness of historical and contemporary artists and the breadth of possibilities for the medium
• Make observations, think critically, speak, and write about photography
• Actively reflect on their own questions and relationship to the ideas in the course, and on their creative and learning processes, and make connections to other areas of interest
• Recognize their shared role in cultivating an engaging, respectful, and productive learning community

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
Th 8:30AM - 12:10PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: One time only

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