Digital Photography Course Starting in January at URock

Photo by: URock student Katie Cushman Katie Cushman's photo is part of her portfolio from the ART 109 class this fall.

Starting the week of January 14, University College at Rockland will offer a 3-credit college course, ART 109, Photographic Vision and Digital Discovery.The course will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00PM through the spring term. In most academic programs this course is considered a "performance art".

The primary focus of this class is to sharpen and expand the eye of the photographer. However, one of the major objectives of this course is to gain an understanding for digital camera controls, navigating the camera menus on the LCD monitor, exposure mode selection, selecting image quality and size, white balance, lens functions and aperture selection, focus, and focal length. Working in the camera's manual exposure mode students will explore how depth of field and shutter speed selection change the look of the image. Another goal is to provide the student with a solid introduction to the organizing, editing, printing, and image adjustment tools of Adobe Lightroom software.

Students will learn how to respond to a 3-dimensional world and translate it to a 2-dimensional format through an in-depth investigation of  design principals and how they are applied in digital photography. Various techniques will be introduced through assignments and will include learning about photographic composition and 2-D design principals such as texture, form, shape, quality of light, color theory, perspective, foreground/background relationships and how they apply directly to the translation of the photograph. These concepts will be addressed during critiques and slide presentations. Slide lectures will also provide the students with visual examples of the assignment goals and at the same time provide an ongoing exploration of the major themes, genres, and trends in photography.

Instructor Dee Peppe has a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia and has been exhibiting her work both locally and nationally for twenty-nine years.  Her work is in the permanent collection at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, the Museum of Art at Colby College in Waterville, and numerous permanent collections. A faculty member at the University of Maine at Augusta since 2006, Dee has been teaching photography for twenty-five years at schools that include, Colby College, College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, and the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport. Dee is the founder and director of the Mid-Coast Community Darkrooms in Rockland where she teaches photography to students of all ages.

Registration for this course and over 700 other university course offerings is open now. For further information please contact URock at 596-6906.

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