Aspects of digital photography, artistic photography, and photojournalism will be explored.
How to use the camera, how to compose photos, and how to critique images will be discussed at the beginning. Students will learn about shutter speed, aperture, lighting, different focal-length lenses, ISO speed, flash, white balance, and how all of these control, manipulate, and even change the interpretations of a subject. There will be discussions, exercises and readings.
Next, the course will deal with photojournalism; works of well-known photographers will be incorporated into the class to inspire discussion about what makes imagery beautiful, exciting, or even disturbing. We will also discuss ethical and safety issues that can affect the role of the photographer in presenting an unbiased view of subjects. Prior to each port, students will learn how to capture, with respect, the distinctive characteristics of the people, culture, and environment. Students will experience each new port through the lens of their camera and shoot subject matter that conveys what they see, feel, hear, and even smell in a thought-provoking way and write captions and short essays.
At the end of the semester, students will compile a final portfolio that will include edited essays and selected visuals from all assignments.
Field WorkCountry: Italy
Day: 5 - Livorno - Friday, 30 September
Date: September 30, 2016
Our field class will begin in the Palazzo Vecchio where we will learn about the history of Florence and photograph in the square. Next we will walk a short distance to the Uffizi Gallery originally the offices of magistrates but now home to masterpieces by artists such as Michelangelo, da Vinci, Botticelli, Titian, Raphael. We will discover the importance of the Renaissance movement to the history of world art and view numerous well-known works such as “The Birth of Venus,” “Doni Tondo,” and “Madonna of the Goldfinch.” We will then cross the Arno River via the Vasari Corridor which exhibits an impressive collection of paintings from the 16th and 17th century as well as select self-portraits that span centuries. At lunch we will have an informal critique of photos, recap the morning’s activities, and set goals for the afternoon. We will walk on to the formal Italianate gardens where we split into small groups and encourage students not only to photograph but also to model in the lush setting. The students’ goal for the afternoon will be to experiment with camera exposures, depth of field, subject motion, angle of view, and composition. There will be one-on-one time with student and professor to answer specific questions about captured images and camera equipment. Learning objectives:
- To shoot exciting photos that show creative compositions and angles of view
- To learn how over, under, and normal exposures affects an image
- To vary the camera’s aperture and thus depth of field to increase and decrease subject emphasis in a photograph
- To experiment with shutter speed to pan, stop and blur subject motion
- To photograph subjects in an environment