This course will explore the artistic aspects, scientific foundations, and techniques of digital photography with the goals of enabling students to expand their knowledge of photography as an art form, to develop a deeper and broader understanding of the scientific basis of photography, and to improve their photographic technique. Although the primary focus is on digital photography, most concepts apply to photography in general and are also directly applicable to film photography. With an improved understanding of the limitations and compromises behind digital photography, students will be better prepared for unexpected and dynamic photographic situations. Topics include quality of light, exposure control, depth of field, aesthetics, composition and patterns, perspective, color science, the human visual system, spatial and color perception, digital versus chemical processing, exposure, metering, digital sensors, optics, analogies to biological systems, color filter arrays, file formats, sensor linearity, color spaces and profiles, optical and computational image artifacts. Through lectures, hands-on assignments, and critiques, students will expand their understanding of digital photography while exploring their creativity to broaden the possibilities and improve the quality of their photographs.
If possible, students in this course should use a camera that has either interchangeable lenses of different focal lengths or a zoom lens, that is capable of capturing files in a RAW format, and that has a fully manual mode which enables manual setting of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO as well for focus.