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. Student will be introduced to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design needed for successfully creating photographs including basic layout and 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. This course helps students build confidence in their visual communication skills while also enabling them to think critically, consider the viewpoints of others, and effectively express themselves, all of which will benefit them in the classroom, in life, and in the workforce. Required participation in the college photography show. Students will be introduced to proper presentation and framing methods. Students do not need prior photography experience.