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Introduction to Photography

Introduction to Photography


This course is an introduction to digital photography, digital editing and production, and the art of taking pictures. During the initial phase of the course, students will learn the fundamentals of camera operation, manipulation of camera settings and composition techniques. By the end of the course, students will be expected to produce a professional portfolio of high-quality images that demonstrate creative advancement and an understanding of composition and basic photo editing.


  • By the end of the course, each student should have an informed understanding of the following:
  • A basic history of photography
  • The ethics of picture taking and safe travel habits
  • Technical aspects of how to operate a digital still camera
  • Exposure, f-stop and depth of field, shutter speed, white-balance
  • Composition, lighting and exposure techniques
  • Evaluation of photographs based on professional standards
  • Production of high-quality photographs using digital imaging software
  • Transferring images, different file types and archiving
  • Digital manipulation using levels, curves, cropping and spot fixing
  • The ethics of digital editing and creative techniques


  • History of photography
  • Safe travel habits and ethics of photography
  • Camera basics
  • The critique process
  • Lens and depth of field
  • Light and exposure
  • Aperture
  • Natural light and artificial light
  • Photo editing using Adobe Photoshop
  • Digital workflow
  • Framing composure and perspective
  • Capturing motion
  • Photojournalism and the art of storytelling
  • Portfolio creation


  • Photo assignments
  • Portfolio creation

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  • 12 Hours
  • 3 Credits
Contact Hours
  • 54 Hours
College Credit
  • 3 arts and photography Credits
  • Prerequisites
  • Digital SLR camera
  • Computer
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