Introduction to Photography 1: Technical Foundation
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Visual and Performing Arts
Course Number: NPHG 1000
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course meets concurrently with NPHG0001 and then resumes for credit students after a short break. The last three sessions are devoted to critique of student work. This lecture/demonstration course for beginners covers the fundamentals of digital photography. The goal is to give students a sense of the power of photography and confidence in using a camera without bogging them down in excessive technical detail. Topics include different types of cameras, how to choose a camera, and how to hold the camera to ensure sharp photographs. Aperture opening (f-stop) and shutter speed are explained in detail so that students learn how the two work together to control exposure, sharpness, and depth. There is also discussion of lighting techniques; control of image size and perspective by choice of lens and focal length; creative application of depth-of-field; how and when to use automatic features of electronic cameras; accessories such as tripods, flashes, and filters; and the digital darkroom. Shooting assignments are supported by assigned technical readings. Individual creativity is stressed, and students' work is viewed and discussed in class. All topics are handled informally, and open discussion and questions are encouraged. If you own a camera, bring it to the first class session.
Course Open to: Degree Students