Photography has long been thought of as an accurate representation of the world. A tension, nonetheless, exists between photography as factual record and as constructed image. We will explore this tension in the introductory digital photography course. Students learn the basic functions of digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras and how to use them to create photographic images. Completion of photography exercises helps students practice specific technical skills, and a presentation on a photographic artist provides the opportunity to learn information literacy skills. In other assignments, students explore the two different approaches to photography (taking versus making a photograph), hone their visual literacy skills, and consider how process and technique reflect conceptual ideas. The goal is to create images that exhibit a relationship between the concept and the formal elements of aesthetics.