Photography Courses

Beginning Photography

An introduction to the basic technical and visual elements of black and white photography, emphasizing the artistic use of the medium. Learning to use a 35mm camera (to be supplied by student), lens(es) and how to process black and white film and paper. Students will be introduced to toning, alternative printing techniques and hand coloring techniques. Emphasis is placed on quality product and the use of the medium as a personal expression.

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Intermediate Photography

A continuation and refinement the photographic techniques of beginning photography, with an emphasis on the photographic medium as a tool for personal expression. Students will be introduced to the Zone System, large format photography and the use of Studio Lighting Techniques. An extended shooting assignment will be an important part of the course. Students will be introduced to color printing, the use of alternative cameras and liquid light.

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Color Photography

This course is designed to introduce the student to color photography. The student will learn to process color film (positive and negative) and color prints from positive and negative materials. Included in the class will be the use of Polaroid materials and cross processing. An emphasis will be placed on the use of color photography as a tool for self-expression.

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Large Format Photography

The student will explore large format photography and photographic chemistry. The course will center on the use of 4X5 format cameras (the department has seven for student use), metering, and film processing. Also included in this course will be an introduction to the formulation of film developers, toners, and fixers. The goal of the class is for the student to gain an understanding of large format photography as a tool for personal expression.

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Alternative Photo Processing

This course introduces the student to the photographic processes of the 19th Century. The techniques to be covered include Cyanotypes, Van Dyke prints, Palladium and/or Platinum prints or other similar processes. The student will gain competence in these processes and utilize them to make expressive art.

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Primitive Photography

This course is intended to introduce the photography students to alternative cameras such as pinhole cameras, plastic cameras, and hand-made cameras. The student will learn the unique capabilities and optical qualities that each of these cameras has to offer and how to utilize and modify them to make their own personal and expressive images.

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Digital Photography

This course provides students with an introduction to current digital imaging technology. Through the use of digital cameras, scanners, printers and photo imagining software such as Photoshop, students will explore the world of the electronic darkroom. Prior computer and photography experience is recommended but not required.

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Advanced Critiquing

Advanced Critique is an opportunity to explore nontraditional photographic processes and have work evaluated in a very sophisticated environment.

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Studio Lighting I

Studio Lighting I is an introduction to both strobe and quartz lighting in the photography studio. Emphasis will be placed on seeing and thinking in terms of light. Students will learn to use lighting as a tool for personal expression. This course may be repeated two times for a maximum of 9 credit hours.

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Digital Tools for the Studio Artist

This course is an overview of the many possible practical applications of the computer for the traditional art-making student. Various software applications will be introduced to aid the student in capturing and editing digital photographs or scans (necessary for e-portfolio creation and maintenance), digital video capture and editing, digital works as an end product, and/or web-based art projects

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