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Digital Photography

Department: Fine & Performing Arts
Teachers: Fr. John Quinn, SJ, Jocelyn Grau
Open to: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Length: 2 Semesters

This is an introductory studio course in Digital Photography. In this course students will learn the fundamentals of photographic composition, camera operation, and digital photographic editing. The primary focus of this course is to teach the student to effectively use a digital camera and utilize computer software to make the most out of his photographs. Students will gain an understanding of the history of photography and begin to explore the expressive qualities of the photographic medium. Digital Photography is a hands-on, project based course. Students will learn the tools and techniques for creating compelling photographs. This course provides an understanding of the technical aspects of photography involving the operation of their DSLR camera, proper compositional skills, and photographic editing on computers. Students will be introduced to aesthetic principles of image making and will work to achieve technical and aesthetic excellence in all of their produced work. Individual creativity, visual problem solving, and precise craftsmanship will be stressed. Students will also look at the role of Photography in Art History and work to unravel its role within the world of Contemporary Art.

Important note: Students need access to a digital camera (other than a camera phone) in order to enroll in the Digital Photography class.

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