Course DescriptionWhat does it mean to have an eye for photography? Is it something that comes naturally, or can you develop it through attention and direct experience? Asides from simply taking pictures, our way of seeing the world lets us recognize situations, composition, subject matter, light quality, patterns, shadows, textures, juxtapositions, moments in time, and we then put these elements together to create images that communicate something deep inside of us. To share with others our own distinct impression of the world. Completion of Beginning Photography and Intermediate Photography or equivalent knowledge is recommended prior to registration.
Course OutlineTelling A Visual Story With Photographs
Looking At Photographs
In Depth Discussion On Composition
The Perspective Of Vision
The Value/Importance Of Learning About Photographic History (Images)
Introduction To The History Of Photography (Images And Styles)
Photography As Art
Photography As Journalism
Techniques For Developing A Personal Vision
Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Familiarizing Oneself With Composition
Manipulating Aspect Ratio
Utilizing Planning And Intent In Creating Images
Capturing The Decisive Moment
Slowing Down When Photographing
Learning To See With The Camera
Developing A Format For Shooting
Becoming Skillful In Having Images Communicate What You Wanted To Express
Knowing Yourself What You Want To Express
Understanding A Scene Before You Photographing It.
If On An Assignment, How To Photograph What The Client Wants
How To View A Scene By Light, Composition, Subject, Etc
Knowing How To Not Take A Photograph
Working With Lenses
Attention To The Quality Of Light
Photography In The Age Of Photoshop
Learner OutcomesSample Assignments:
Assignment; Utilize f/stops, shutter speeds, ISO and lenses to show effects
Assignment: Create a visual photo story (choose a strong subject, let viewer understand what the subject is, focus specifically on subject, utilize a minimum of three images, maximum of seven, make certain it tells a story).
Assignment: Create a disturbing photograph, create a photograph that depicts a mood, create a portrait the has universal appeal
Throughout the course, we will be taking photographs in the classroom and around the school as part of the learning to see photographically process. This work is an integral part of the course
One important key to making photographs is our way of “seeing” or our “vision.” Sometimes, we can think and put to work what would understand to make a great picture, sometimes we have to take a series of pictures to figure it out, and sometimes it comes naturally. It is developing this natural, organic way of making photographs that we will try to create in this course.
Developing the keen photographic eye is a talent, and like any talent, it can be learned if the photographer has the desire to acquire the necessary perceptive skills and to practice.
NotesHarold Rail Website
PHOTO 102: BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY
POINT AND SHOOT PHOTOGRAPHY I
POINT AND SHOOT PHOTOGRAPHY II
To be exempt from any of these prerequisites, please submit samples of your work or portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. You may also mail the samples along with a letter to:
Coordinator, Community Music and Arts Center
Harper College, Continuing Education
1200 West Algonquin Road (Room C216)
Palatine, IL 60067
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If you’re suspicious of photographers who want you to invest in a trip to Kauai in order to take beautiful landscape shots, you’re already more perceptive than most and perhaps you just need to get to Harper College. A photographer in the U.S. Army and a graduate of Columbia College, Harold Rail makes a living in photojournalism, commercial, and creative photography, so the man has the chops. A decade's long dedication to Zen Buddhist practice informs his images with knowing nano-second captures of infinity – and, honestly, where else can you get the combo of experience and artistry? Rail champions the art of photography teaching affordable classes for children, teenagers, and adults at Harper College. See the eccentricity and enthusiasm that blooms in his photographic work on exhibit at the new Hyatt Centric in Chicago, too.