An introduction to the topic with a historical overview of discoveries leading to photographic technology; from the earliest to current digital imaging. This course is for an absolute beginner but is also information rich for students with experience. Lab demonstrations focus on learning the properties of light and exposure, comprehension of technical skills and visual perception using traditional darkroom techniques (wet chemistry). Digital photography and camera function is covered in lecture analogous to film camera/darkroom concepts. Composition theory and visual communication are emphasized. Digital lecture/labs include use of Live.edu and ECSU student ePortfolio instruction.
This class had a very large impact on my life. I found that this class not only made it possible for me to be hired as the photo lab assistant, but also introduced me to a new love. I loved to watch as a blank piece of paper slowly forms an image from a moment that was fleeting but could now be seen forever. I was fascinated by the process and the possibility to capture a moment forever. I was so fascinated that I ended up spending anywhere between 10 and 20 hours in the darkroom weekly just for fun. I walked away from that class with a job and the new ability to really notice and appreciate the beautiful moments around me. I also noticed an improvement in my writing when it came to descriptions.
Final Grade: A
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