The University of the arts

Digital Photography I
The University of the Arts

CE 2708C 01 Digital Photography I

CE 2708C 01

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Andrea Poulsen



Spring 2017

  • (Jan. 31 to Apr. 11)
  • Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • 3.00 Credits
  • 3.00 Credits
  • Tuition: $450 / Fees: $40
Explore the fundamental principles of digital camera- based image making, with an emphasis on creative applications of technical concepts. Learn how aperture, shutter, and ISO work together to achieve proper exposure and desired artistic effects. This course employs a mixture of lectures, demonstrations, readings, shooting assignments, critiques, and on-location practice. Students must bring their own digital camera with fully manual capabilities; a DSLR is recommended.

Course Overview

This course is a combination of lectures and hands-on demonstrations that allow you to take photographs and receive criticism. This class will allow you to shoot a wide range of photographic subjects of your own choosing. Assignments based on fundamental principles of photography will help you develop technical skills while also exploring personal creative goals.
Each week you will submit your own newly created images based on assignments. For each assignment you will be instructed to create a specific number of photographs, which you will complete outside of class hours. In-class group critiques will be used to discuss student work.
Although this course is scheduled to meet in a classroom, you can expect to be shooting outside of the classroom many weeks. The majority of hands-on experimentation and exploration will take place in the field to make learning as practical as possible. Students will need to spend between three to five [or more] hours per week outside of class to complete assignments.

What will you learn in this course?

  • Recognize balance in the arrangement of visual elements within the frame by utilizing lectures on classic rules of composition, such as the rule of thirds, filling the frame, point of view, symmetry-asymmetry, pattern, repetition, and texture.
  • Understand the role of the aperture and shutter in creating a properly exposed image and achieving desired visual effects.
  • Evaluate and adjust exposure accordingly based on information in the histogram.
  • Operate selective focus to emphasize subject matter.
  • Apply knowledge of manual camera settings to create a series of photographs on a subject of the student’s choosing.

What will you do in class?

  • Readings + Responses
  • Shooting Assignments (photos will be shared via Flickr in this course)
  • Critiques
  • Discussion
  • Presentations

What topics will be covered?

The emphasis is on the camera and the use of it to generate ideas, the structure of a photograph, and your intellectual development as a photographer. You will not be using computer software in this course.

Suggested Readings

Digital Photography: A Basic Manual by Henry Horenstein


  • Digital SLR Camera
  • Memory card(s)
  • Card reader or USB connection cable to download images
  • Tripod
  • Additional camera battery (optional)