Digital Photography [CRN 77144 Course] [CRN 77147 Lab]

Discipline: Journalism and Media Communication
Instructor: Raimist
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1400
End: 1520
Field Work: Day 1 | November 24, 2017 | China
Prerequisites: One (1) computer-mediated visual communication course. Per instructor: I am willing to waive or accept an alternative course. If the student owns a DSLR or similar mirrorless manual camera and is computer literate, meaning, they can import/export photos to their laptop; can create a PowerPoint; can make a visual slideshow; and can get comfortable working with different image and document file formats, they can be successful in my course. Download Syllabus

Photography is a way to frame perception and capture a single event or a series of moments in time. This course will support beginning photographers to explore both visual aesthetics and technical modes of digital photography, to tell stories about people, places, and travel. Students will gain an understanding of core photographic principles including manual settings such as ISO, white balance, aperture, and shutter speed.  Photographers will develop an understanding of how to control exposure, impact the representation of motion, and work with natural and artificial lighting sources and learn how to communicate through framing, composition, and visual balance within an image. Photographers will make portraits, capture landscapes, and create images in documentary, artistic, and photojournalistic styles considering the ethical implications of filming in different countries. Each photographer will develop methodologies to see through a lens and capture compelling moments that represent a subject and tell stories about people, places, cultures, and environments. Students will also interpret, critique, and develop language to discuss photography. At the end of the semester students will compile a portfolio of work and an artist statement that shares the motivations, inspirations, and aims of the photographer.

Field Work

Country: China
Day: 1
Date: November 24, 2017

“Lens on Shanghai” will be an immersive day of arts engagement and photography in the heart of China’s centers for art, commerce and culture. We will begin at the world famous West Bund Art Center, which runs along the banks of the Huangpu River. This area features a kaleidoscope of architectural styles and offers visitors a look at China’s first public space dedicated to photography, SCoP: Shanghai’s Center for Photography. This space is part museum, part archive, and part showcase of contemporary work from local and international artists. We will take a short walk to lunch on the riverbanks before traveling to meet award-winning American photojournalist Mark Lent who lives in Shanghai and works teaching high school students photography, digital media and animation. We will work with Mr. Lent to do practice street photography and night photography as the sun sets over the impressive cityscape around Shanghai Towers. We will further our technical and aesthetic skills in capturing the movement of people, traffic and lights through long exposure photographs, and from an elevated walkway will capture the beauty of the city lights. We will end our day of portrait, landscape and night photography with dinner at the Oriental Pearl Tower where we will enjoy 360-degree views of Shanghai.

Learning Objectives:
1. To develop photography skills in making portraits of people and places on location.
2. To advance technical skills and aesthetic understanding through night photography workshop photographing the city lights around Shanghai Towers.
3. To experience a cultural exchange with an American photographer who teaches students digital media, photography and animation at international high school.
4. To learn earn about China’s celebrated art scene of Shanghai’s West Bund district.
5. To produce a portfolio of photographic images of the people, places and culture.