This course introduces beginners to the creative and technical possibilities of digital photography. Through demonstrations and hands-on sessions, students learn the basics of using cameras and imaging software to produce digital photographs. Topics include camera operation, shutter speed, aperture, focal length, raw file formats, white balance, and composition. Lectures on historical and contemporary artwork explore creative approaches to photography, and assignments build photographic skill sets.
In this intermediate course, students refine their creative and technical skills and, through lectures and assignments, explore the aesthetic and compositional aspects of photography, working toward developing a personal visual language. Presentations on historical and contemporary artwork introduce various photographic genres such as portraiture, landscape, and documentary.
This workshop demystifies the digital camera (DSLR - SLT or Mirrorless) so that students can get the most out of their equipment. Participants learn how to use all the settings and functions of their cameras as they practice taking digital photographs in class. Topics include the various exposure modes (Auto, Program, Aperture and Shutter Priority, Manual), controlling focus, selection and formatting of memory cards, creative use of depth-of-field and shutter speeds, important menu items, various ways to use the LCD screen, “live view,” white balance, and jpeg vs. raw.