In this class, students will explore the visual language of digital photography using Rome as their studio. Rome's many layered history juxtaposed with its current global urban landscape offers a unique opportunity to photograph an important European city. The technical component of the class consists of mastering manual digital camera operation and exposure. Students also learn to use contemporary imaging software and to produce digitally-generated output. Students will gain an understanding of the aesthetic possibilities of photography through assignments, lectures on both historic and contemporary photographers, photo field trips in Rome, and visits to photo galleries and museums. Critiques are conducted through a shared website. Students will be expected to complete a final project in which they choose one aspect of Rome's multi-layered landscape to visually explore in depth. Prior to fall 2016, the course title was "Photography I."
For this course, students will need a digital camera with a minimum of 12 megapixels, with manual exposure override option that enables the manipulation of f-stop, shutter speed, ISO and white balance. The camera can range from an affordable manual option compact camera such as the Canon Powershot SX170 IS or an entry level digital SLR. A few-but not many- basic cameras will be available at Temple Rome for limited student use; students who plan to request usage of a camera must contact Education Abroad upon registration. A laptop is also required for this course.
Prior to fall 2016, the course title was "Photography I."
Prior to Fall 2019, this course was Graphic Arts and Design 2451.