ARTS 126
Intro to Digital Photography: Photography and Identity Spring 2023
Division I

Class Details

This introductory studio course focuses on the making, editing, and printing of digital photographs, with particular emphasis on understanding photography’s crucial role in shaping, revising, and visualizing identities. Rooted in the creation of original artworks, the course exposes students to the dslr camera as a tool for developing a personal visual syntax and a body of work throughout the semester. The course oscillates between class discussions, critiques, technical demonstrations, and studio work-time. We’ll consider how photography intersects with digital technologies, surveillance, media, social media, colonial legacies, race, feminisms, gender, queerness, and archives. Through discussions and the study of artworks and texts, students will develop visual literacy skills to aid in the critical analysis, and creation, of photographs. Technically, students will learn to understand light and exposure, composition, color correction, a digital workflow through Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, and inkjet printing.
The Class: Format: studio
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 4043
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Students must budget 8 hours a week outside of class to photograph, edit, print, read, and write. Students will be evaluated on their effort and active participation, contributions to discussions and critiques, midterm critique, final project, and artist statement.
Prerequisites: Art majors investigating identity politics in their artwork and research
Enrollment Preferences: Art majors who have not yet taken an introductory photography course
Materials/Lab Fee: $250 - $350. Lab and materials fees for all studio art classes are covered by the Book Grant for all Williams financial aid recipients.
Distributions: Division I

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