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CPH 1090. Photography Fundamentals I: Light Studies and Optical Culture. 3 Credits.

Light and optics are the fundamental elements of photographic media and of contemporary media culture. This Foundation year course introduces students to the formal characteristics of light and lenses by surveying a variety of image-making practices, from primitive photographic devices to digital photography and video. Through a combination of classroom talks and hands-on projects, students will encounter principles of black-and-white and color photography, as well as learning camera controls that open up a wide range of expressive possibilities. Historical antecedents, contemporary practices, and strategies of critical interpretation will be discussed in relation to specific assignments throughout the semester.