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    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.

    Learning Objectives

    After completing this course, a student will be able to:

    • Explain briefly the early technical and artistic history of photography to better understand the "taking versus making” approaches to photography as an artistic medium.
    • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of manual camera controls and what they accomplish visually to create successful images.
    • Apply basic retouching workflow as it applies to Camera RAW and Photoshop to improve photographs.
    • Set up simple studio lights to create specific lighting effects in photographs.
    • Exhibit technical skills and address elements of design to create successful photographic compositions.
    • Begin to discuss photographs for their formal, aesthetic, and conceptual qualities to develop information and visual literacy skills.
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