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Course Catalog

Digital Photography Electives

This catalog contains elective courses for the Digital Photography certificate. Different electives are offered at different points in the year.

Documentary Photography

Examine the practice of documentary photography from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Students will explore the idea of the documentary and how its interpretations are conveyed through media, journalistic approaches, and artists’ work. Topics include the photographer-subject relationship, content and ethics, photography-film interaction, camera functions and operation, lighting and flash, series development, and the critical roles of the documentary photographer. Students will utilize skills with an all-day photo shoot and develop an edited project with the aid of critiques and analysis.

After this class, you will understand:
  • Understand the variety of approaches, uses, and interpretations of the documentary image
  • Become familiar with the different challenges that a documentary storyteller faces regarding content and ethics
  • Learn basic camera techniques, lighting, and flash usage
  • Develop an idea that will be executed into a final series of ten to fifteen photographs

Let There Be Light - Working With Portable Strobes

Learn to make use of small, portable electronic strobes on location to control lighting for your digital photography. Advance beyond the built-in flash on your camera to add light from various directions and to shape the light. Compare methods of triggering strobes: Optical, radio & infrared slaves. Explore such techniques as blending strobes light with ambient, rear-curtain effects and high-speed flash.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Learn the benefits of small portable strobes in many situations
  • Add & shape light from various directions
  • Use various techniques with the strobes

Wedding Photography

This course will cover the concepts required to successfully photograph a modern wedding. We will cover a wide range of topics such as posing basics and photo styles, a wide range of lighting options available to photograph a wedding and an introduction into the business side of shooting a wedding. Emphasis is placed on a range of topics such as lighting (natural, flash, strobe), camera and lens choice, individual and group posing, print fulfillment, customer service, and marketing.