ASPH 1300: Basics of Photography


Course Description

Photographs are everywhere! We are surrounded by, inundated with and bombarded by photographic imagery that demands out attention. Photographs appear in advertising, journalism, fine art, popular culture, scientific inquiry and social media. In this fast paced, intensive course students will learn to make photographs with purpose, control and creativity and understand the rhetorical devices at work in successful photographs. To take advantage of the extended J-Term class time, shooting field trips and museum visits are incorporated.

Instructor Biography

Debora Hunter has taught photography for many years at SMU in Dallas and SMU-in-Taos. She received her B.A. in English Literature from Northwestern University and her M.F.A. in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design. In September and October 2013 she exhibited her work in a solo show at the Pollock Gallery of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Other solo shows include the Art Institute of Chicago. Museum of Contemporary Photography, George Eastman House and James Kelly Contemporary. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, Corcoran Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, Amon Carter Museum, Yale University Art Museum, and Dallas Museum of Art.

Learning Outcomes and Benefits

  • Students learn basic camera operations of the digital camera: exposure modes, ISO, depth of field, focal length, white balance, resolution, film formats, etc.
  • Students learn design elements and strategies.
  • Students learn basic post-production enhancement through the use of software.
  • Students learn skills that provide a foundation for lifelong personal artistic expression.
  • Students learn skills that enhance professional goals. For example, advertising majors with a skill set of photography provides added value for the employer.
  • Students learn skills that will improve family photos, portraits and vacation photography.
  • J-Term extended class time allows for shooting field trips and museum visits otherwise not possible.
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