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It's the Image that Communicates: History & Practice

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Course Details

This course can only be taken as part of the Certificate in Photography.

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About this Course


In this first course, we'll cover a range of photography topics, including history, contemporary practices, artistry and techniques. This course blends those key ingredients of photography with review and feedback sessions, student presentations and discussions with professionals in class to help you advance your photography skills and pursuits. We’ll spend our time in the following four areas of focus:  

Technical: Learn how to get the most out of your camera and explore lighting techniques. Early tune-up sessions are available to improve technical competence with camera settings. We'll evaluate the pros and cons of different setups during an evening on lighting.

Design: Develop your visual literacy for creating the most compelling images and learn the principles of composition through assignments in live and asynchronous feedback sessions.  

History: Explore the evolution of photography over the past 200 years and discover how photography today is shaped by all that has come before.  

Business: Learn how to merchandise, exhibit, license and price your work with an emphasis on how to select for final presentation in the marketplace. Guest photography professionals will discuss career transitions and future business opportunities. A virtual visit to a working studio and a virtual professional photo shoot will give you insights into business practices and emerging trends.

Past guests have included: 

  • Kate Baldwin, lifestyle and food photographer, and former President of the American Society of Magazine Photographers, Seattle Chapter 
  • Chuck Blackburn, studio and fine art photographer 
  • Eva Blanchard, fine art and commercial portrait photographer 
  • Laura Boothroyd, photo studio manager, Amazon
  • Danita Delimont, Danita Delimont Stock Photography
  • Richard Duval, stock and assignment photographer
  • Rozarii Lynch, assignment and fine art photographer, Rozarii Photography
  • Don Milgate, studio and portrait photographer
  • Pete Templin, headshot and portrait photographer specializing in lighting 
  • Tom Wear, stock photography consultant
  • Nancy Wing, studio art director and photo stylist

What You'll Learn

  • Insights into the rich history of photography that helps shape all photography today 
  • Technical skills with your camera and how to employ lighting most effectively 
  • How to write an artist statement and how to give and receive feedback on photographs 
  • Visual literacy skills that will help you design evocative, truly memorable photographs that tell the story you want to tell  
  • How to develop a professional portfolio that will serve you long after the program is over 

Program Overview

This course is part of the Certificate in Photography.

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