Summer 2024 - IAT 244 OL01
Digital, Virtual and AI Photography Photography I: Post Photography (3)
Class Number: 3990
Delivery Method: Online
An introduction to digital photography using mobile technologies, free software and online platforms. 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, including the use of generative AI platforms and real-time rendered virtual image production. 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 using a range of digital tools that is open to beginners. Students will learn comprehensive skills in camera work and image post-processing using mobile technologies, free software and online platforms. 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, including the use of generative AI and real-time rendered virtual image production. Virtual media technologies use scans of objects, textures, environments and other techniques to generate both photo-realistic and highly processed images. The course explores ways in which the curation of source images is an integral skill in the production of such images. 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.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
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
- Participation (AI Prompt Shares) 5%
- Quizzes 35%
- Portfolio Development 40%
- Reflection Essays 20%
All work is individual. The course is entirely asynchronous (online).
No previous experience with digital photography is presumed, while those more experience will benefit from being challenged in their creative art and design skills.
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
There is a textbook for the course, but it is available for free as an eBook via SFU's Library portal:
Contemporary Photography and Theory: Concepts and Debates by Sally Miller 1st Edition, June 2020 Routledge.
There will also be other Canvas-based readings.
You will also use your SFU Library portal access to LinkedInLearning for various online technical tutorials.
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