Peppe teaches digital photography at URock

Dec 22, 2012
Photo by: Katie Cushman University College at Rockland is offering a spring term course in digital photography.

Rockland — Starting the week of Jan. 14, University College at Rockland will offer ART 109, a three-credit college course titled Photographic Vision and Digital Discovery. The course will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. 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 students 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 three-dimensional world and translate it to a two-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 2D 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 also will 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 Master 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 29 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 other permanent collections. A faculty member at the University of Maine at Augusta since 2006, Peppe has been teaching photography for 25 years at schools including Colby College, College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor and the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport. She is the founder and director of the Mid-Coast Community Darkrooms in downtown Rockland, where she teaches photography to students of all ages.

Registration for this course and more than 700 other university course offerings is open now. For more information, contact URock at 596-6906.

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