Spring 2024 - IAT 244 OL01

Digital Photography I: Post Photography (3)

Class Number: 6873

Delivery Method: Online


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Prerequisites:

    Completion of 21 units.



An introduction to digital photography that is open to beginners in which students will learn comprehensive skills in camera work, studio lighting and image post-processing. The focus of the course is on developing a final portfolio that demonstrates a wide range of technical, aesthetic, stylistic, genre and conceptual approaches to digital photography. Students are encouraged to experiment and develop their own eye and approaches, while learning the fundamentals of digital image production and workflows, including output for web and print.


An introduction to digital photography and photographic image modification through the use of computer technology. Students will build skills and techniques in digital photography and image processing for digital printing, the web and interactive multimedia. Emphasis is placed on acquiring digital photographic skills based on proficiency through the appropriate use of software and image editing tools. In addition, students will develop an understanding of aesthetic concepts relevant to digital photography, and will develop their own creative approach to digital imagery. The course will also cover new and emerging topics in AI and virtual photography.


Course Objectives

In this course students will:

• Build on the fundamentals of traditional photographic concepts and techniques

• Evaluate different digital methods for producing photographic media.

• Apply foundational and intermediate digital photography and editing skills to their creative practice

• Situate your work in relation to currents in contemporary theory and practice through reflective writing.

• Gain historical and cultural perspectives on their own artistic practice

• Define their own “eye” and artistic vision


  • Quizzes 50%
  • Participation 10%
  • Projects 30%
  • Exercises 10%


All work is individual. Lectures are online and labs are in person (on campus).


No previous experience with digital photography is presumed, while those more experience will benefit from being challenged in their creative art and design skills.



All readings are on Canvas. You wil use your SFU Library portal access to LinkedInLearning for various online tutorials. Students will be able to access SFU/SIAT photography equipment at the SFU Surrey Campus Library.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html