Fall 2018


Seeing and Perceiving the Urban Landscape Through Photography (55+)

Urban environments comprise some of the most diverse “target-rich” places to make photographs. Whether you take pictures as a hobby, are a serious enthusiast or professional photographer, or are just interested in learning how to read photographs with more insight and informed pleasure, you will improve your photography skills by the end of our discussions.

This course will cover various types of photography in a variety of urban settings—buildings, gardens, streetscapes—and will look at photographic portraits and travel “happy snaps.” You will be introduced to, and will be encouraged to examine, aspects and principles of photography that you may not have thought about before. You will certainly come away with a greater appreciation of photographs as works of art.

Note: Back by popular demand, from fall 2016.

Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.

Currently not available for registration.

What will I learn?

Week 1: The Designed and Constructed Environment

Most photographs contain a subject in a setting. Buildings can be both. There are rules for photographing buildings and other human-made structures, and knowing them will help make you a better photographer. Mastering the rules will teach you how to break them meaningfully.

Week 2: How We “See” vs. How a Camera Sees… Composition

We focus on the basics of how people see, how a camera sees, and why enhanced dynamic range photography can be so enticing and fulfilling for both the photographer and viewer. We explore the topic of “composition”.

Week 3: Garden Photography

We discuss an approach to photographing gardens that is complementary to the urban subjects covered. We also continue to discuss the importance of light in recording or creating the final image.

Week 4: Urban Street, Portrait and Travel Photography

Street photography is about photographing people in candid situations. In urban portraiture, the subjects are aware of the photographer. Travel photography seeks to capture a “slice of life.” Combining these genres can be magical and will enable you to take  your photographs to the next level.

Week 5: Publicly Accessible Outdoor and Indoor Spaces

The subject of public places in the urban context offers a great opportunity to apply the principles we have discussed thus far. We explore the notion of portraying three-dimensional environments by learning and applying lessons from cinematography.

Week 6: From Pre-Visualization Through Re-Visualization

We explore the process of making a photograph. You learn how to create jaw-dropping images that will be the envy of your friends and acquaintances. Selected examples of student photographs are constructively evaluated and enhanced by the instructor through digital processing.

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Discussion (may vary from class to class)
  • Papers (applicable only to certificate students)

How will I be evaluated?

For certificate students only:

Your instructor will evaluate you based on an essay, which you will complete at the end of the course. You will receive a grade of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.”

Textbooks and learning materials

Reading material (if applicable) will be available in class. Some course materials may be available online.

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