Fundamentals of Digital Photography
An introductory course in still photography concentrating on the use of digital cameras. Topics include the science of capturing light, visual voice, digital capturing processes, optics and equipment, camera essentials (planning, camera prep, settings, physical setup, focus, filters, cleaning of lenses/sensor), choosing a subject, composition and aesthetics, lighting, color correction and retouching, printing and distributing, data wrangling and archiving.
Assignments encourage the development of a narrative approach to photography and artistic expression. Student work is discussed using constructive interactions where meaning making is the medium. Individual projects are supplemented by lectures, short videos, and readings.
This entry-level course is intended to give students a deeper appreciation for photography, provide awareness of how technical decisions can clarify artistic intentions, and foster a greater sense of enjoyment from shooting better pictures.