This course provides an in-depth study of professional commercial photography. Business practices, tools, techniques, and applications are explored via demonstrations, assignments, and on-the-job partnerships with community businesses and non-profits. Students will learn to apply exposure techniques, camera filters, composition, and the types and characteristics of light unique to commercial photography. Course work includes an in-depth study of advertising photography; studio and location camera techniques and lighting; model, food, and architectural photography; layout specifications and art direction; corporate and stock photography; digital imaging applications; and current commercial business practices. Via self and class critiques, students will evaluate their own work and that of their peers. Participation in the student photography show is required. 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.