Advanced Photo Concepts: Portraiture and Context
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Art, Media & Technology
Course Number: PSAM 3846
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Photography
This class will explore the lighting and history of portraiture. The instructor will focus on and demonstrate ways to use natural light to create portraits and will also discuss the theory and practice of portraiture on location in both the commercial and fine art settings. Practical assignments will be given to help students understand how to problem solve technically as they are confronted with various lighting situations. We will also examine ways to make the subject more comfortable in front of the camera by understanding their requirements-even when you are only given a few minutes in which to take the portrait. The historical changes in portraiture in each genre will also be reviewed as well, as students will look at the practical and societal impact of various types of representation and how they apply to personal, editorial and corporate identity.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Bachelors degree in Photography majors; others by permission of Photography program. Pre-requisite(s): PUPH 1011 Freshman Seminar 2 or PSAM 1051 Photography 2.


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Photography students.