Course Descriptions

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PHTO-183

Introduction to Digital Photography

Credit(s): 3

This introductory course uses the advanced digital camera to build basic skills in students who have an interest in photography, but no prior experience. Using a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on exercises, this course will explore the basic photographic techniques and artistic concerns involved in making photographs. These include camera handling, composition, effective use of light, file management, digital image manipulation and developing a photographic vision. Students entering the course must have a digital camera with aperture priority, shutter priority, and exposure compensation. Students are also responsible for all digital storage media. Lecture: 3 hours per week

PHTO-285

Nature Photography

Credit(s): 3

This course is an introduction to outdoor and nature photography with a specific focus on understanding common wildlife species, basic photographic skills, marketing opportunities, magazine analysis, and other subjects related to nature photography. It provides basic skills and knowledge for students interested in photographing nature and marketing photographs. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete PHTO-181, PHTO-183, or PHTO-281 with a C- or better.

PHTO-288

Intermediate Digital Photography

Credit(s): 3

This intermediate level course is designed to expand the knowledge and abilities of motivated students who have completed COMP 183 Introduction to Digital Photography. Basic photographic and post-process skills learned in COMP 183 will be refined as students work to develop a personal photographic vision. Each student will be challenged visually and intellectually, exploring four major photographic themes. Students will then create a portfolio of unique photographs to fit one of those themes. Students entering the course must have a digital camera with aperture and shutter priority and exposure compensation. Students are also responsible for all digital storage media and purchasing an online book (portfolio) of their work. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Must complete PHTO-183 with a grade of C- or better.

PHTO-289

Photojournalism

Credit(s): 3

This course provides exposure to the challenge of publications photography for students who have completed an introductory photography course. Through lecture, demonstration, and hands on exercises, students develop their visual communication abilities. Students will gain valuable skills in recognizing photo opportunities, covering news events and features, and composing page layouts. Most importantly, students will refine capabilities to create storytelling photographs in individual and photo essay formats. Students entering this course must have a digital camera with aperture and shutter priority and exposure compensation. Students are also responsible for all digital storage media Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete PHTO-183 with a C- or better.

PHTO-297B

Photographer's Workshop

Credit(s): 3

This course is designed to allow motivated students who have completed PHTO-283, Intermediate Digital Photography, the opportunity to individually specialize in the medium of photography. Students will identify one area of interest and apply their skills to create a relevant portfolio of photographs. Additionally, students will be required to create a list of resources that support their work. Students will also be building their critiquing skills as a component of this course. The final products of this course include the creation of a physical book and electronic website showcasing their portfolio of images. Students may accumulate a maximum of 6 credit hours in this area.
Prerequisites: Complete PHTO-288 with a minimum grade of C-.