3 Credit Hours

This course will explore basic techniques and artistic concerns involved in creating photographs through a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on exercises. Students will be introduced to the elements of art and principles of design needed for successfully creating photographs, including: basic layout, design, color theory, shape, form, and composition. Students will learn to use a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera in manual mode. Emphasis is placed on properly exposing a photograph focusing on aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. A basic introduction of image editing software will be included in the course. Via self- and class critiques, students will evaluate their own work and that of their peers. Participation in the student photography show is required and introduces students to proper presentation and framing methods. Students do not need prior photography experience.