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PHO-101 Introduction to Photography

Introduction to Photography is an online course designed to help you discover and develop the skills required to use photography confidently and effectively. The course introduces you to basic photographic and artistic principles and concepts. A major emphasis is placed on improving visual awareness and producing artistically engaging and technically competent images. Examining the work of professional photographers, using the Internet to create and share photos, and interacting frequently with other participants are all major elements of this course.

Advisory: Students will need either a digital SLR (DSLR) camera that allows independent manual control of shutter speed, aperture and focusing distance. Most contemporary SLR cameras will offer the option of both automatic and manual control; for assignments in this course, they must be set in full manual exposure mode. "Mirrorless," "Point-n-Shoot," and smartphone/tablet cameras are not presently allowed in this course, even though some may offer rudimentary manual controls and/or interchangeable lenses. If there is any doubt about a particular camera, please contact your mentor prior to the beginning of the course. Ancillary supplies include a memory card, batteries (or rechargeable batteries and charger), and flash (if not already built into your camera).

Study Methods:

Online Courses (PHO-101-OL):
Oct 2019,  Nov 2019,  Dec 2019,  Jan 2020,  Feb 2020,  Mar 2020

Semester Hours: 3

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