Fine Art Photography

Discipline: Studio Art
Instructor: Woody
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 1640
End: 1755
Field Work: Day 3 - Civitavecchia - Friday, 26 July | Italy
Prerequisites: One lower level or introductory studio art course including drawing, painting, printmaking, or 2D design. Download Syllabus

This is an art studio course that introduces students to fine art photography, using digital processes. Assignments are designed to help students understand the visual language of photography. Students will make photographs during this trip and will use Adobe Lightroom to edit and adjust them. The desired goal of this course is to give students an understanding and appreciation for fine art photography and an understanding of the camera, proper exposure, digital capture, and color correction. Course projects are designed to engage students with core concepts intrinsic to photography and photographic language. Students will use time on board to download, edit, and color correct photos. Readings and discussions are aimed at helping students get a better understanding of the history and contemporary state of fine art photography.  Students will use time in port to explore each country with camera in hand. Over the course of the journey students will begin to craft a strong collection of images that function as a personal inquiry and as fine art.

Required Materials:

  1. Laptop
  2. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (to be installed on your laptop. )
  3. A digital camera with RAW capabilities, and preferably manual override capabilities.
  4. SD card for camera
  5. 10 pack blank DVDs
  6. 4GB or 8GB Flash Drive

Field Work

Country: Italy
Day: 3 - Civitavecchia - Friday, 26 July

 July 26 (Civitavecchia, Italy) The class will visit Cerveteri, a UNESCO world heritage site, where students can visit the Etruscan tombs and make landscape photographs. After Cerveteri we will travel to Rome where we will visit the MAXXI Museum, one of Rome’s most ambitious contemporary art museums. On view is a major exhibition of photographs by one of Italy’s pioneering color art photographers, Luigi Ghirri. We will take time to visit the exhibition as well as other exhibits, and then gather to discuss the shows. Students will then have an opportunity to photograph in the Flaminio area near the museum. A goal for the afternoon’s photographing will be to absorb and emulate Ghirri’s unique way of seeing. Academic Objectives: Visit Rome’s most ambitious contemporary art museum, designed by Zaha Hadid Introduce students to the work of one of Italy’s most famous practitioners of fine art photography: the Luigi Ghirri exhibition “Pensare per Immagini”. Visit the Etruscan tombs and UNESCO World Heritage site of Cerveteri to make photographs