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Photography Courses

Photo 100-How Do I Look Better and
Photo 100L-How Do I Look Better Laboratory
Using mobile phone or point-and-shoot digital cameras and social media, Photo 100 cultivates personal expression and improves critical thinking to match image consumption with a reality-check. Lectures focus on the vocabulary and techniques of the photographic approach to knowing our life and times. Students will enjoy a 3-hour weekly laboratory to engage in community-based photography assignments. Attributes: ACAE Creative/Artistic Expr, LVCE Creative Expression
Photo 110- Elementary Photography and
Photo 110L-Elementary Photography Laboratory
An introduction to photography through traditional black and white film exposure, darkroom development and printing. Includes alternative processes, composition and personal expression in the medium. Laboratory materials fee provides all materials required for laboratory; 35mm single lens reflex is loaned by the Department. Attributes: ACAE Creative/ Artistic Expr, GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, LVCE Creative Expression
Photo 130-Documentary Photography and
Photo 130L-Documentary Photography Laboratory
An introduction to documentary still photography, using the digital single lens reflex camera in image capture, editing, ranking, rating, captioning and file transfer. Includes a background in the history and aesthetics of the documentary still photograph, practical and personal photographic assignments with critique, quizzes, papers and participation in online discussions. Requires personal possession of a digital single lens reflex camera model specified for the course. Attributes: ACAE Creative/Artistic Expr, GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential, LVCE Creative Expression, UVLL Lifelong Learning
Photo 220-Digital Imaging and
Photo 220L-Digital Imaging Laboratory
This is a workflow course for photographers. As such it requires a sound background in basic digital photography, especially exposure/capture. Software includes Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop to introduce the interface, tools and techniques to develop skill, awareness and literacy in digital image workflow practices, including image capture, file archiving and output. Students must possess a digital single lens reflex camera. Prerequisite: Photo 230 or equivalent.
Photo 305-The Magic Box Revolutions: A Social History of Photography Photo 305 is a study of photographer and photography in a broad social context, studying the vast applications of the craft across the human experience, from 1839 to the present. Among all the technological achievements in recorded history only a handful have reached across society to touch almost every aspect of human endeavor. This handful includes writing and number systems, the mass-produced book, the dynamo, digital computers, and photography. Photography is not a single invention, but an evolution and merging of technical ideas that by 1839 made what we know as photography possible, and its effects were immediate and far-reaching. It remains revolutionary in every sense, altering our social and cultural landscapes in profound and lasting ways. Many of the little revolutions it set in motion have yet to achieve their final form, since they are continuing at a pace to alter our lives, including how we record both our personal and collective memories, how we communicate with one another, how we express ourselves artistically, and most particularly how we see and understand the world of the infinitely small and infinitely large. This course will attempt to come to grips with some of the more important implications of photography in the interdisciplinary story of our on-going human project. Attributes: AHFA Hum – Hist of Fine Arts, AHIA Humanities – Inter Area, GEHd Interdisc Humanities, UVVO Values Orientation
Photo 315-Alternative Photographic Processes and
Photo 315L-Alternative Photographic Processes Laboratory
Photo 315 is an experience in alternative photographic processes, including handmade sensitized materials, homemade cameras, and alternative rendering technologies. Any study of the dynamics of a disruptive technology should include exploration of the craft of photography including archaic processes, the reworking of contemporary processes and technologies, and rethinking the possibilities for drawing with light. The course includes alternative substrates and coatings, such as cyanotype and emulsion lifts; reworked techniques, such as lithographic printing and flat-bed composition scanning; and camera making. Addresses commercial applications and references and cultural effects, providing a matrix for critical thinking, especially with respect to alternative solutions.
Photo 321-Portrait Photography An introduction to portrait photography using digital single lens reflex cameras to create successful portraits with an emphasis on portable lighting techniques. This course will concentrate on the artistic use of light, both natural and artificial. Will include an overview of selected portrait photographers and the development of documentary style portrait photography. Includes speed lights, umbrellas, light stands and electronic triggers. Students must provide a digital single lens reflex camera. Students must also register for Photo 322. Prerequisite: Photo 310.
Photo 322-Digital Photo Retouching An introduction to the principles and practice of digital photo retouching, with an emphasis on refining portraiture, using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Includes practical and personal photographic assignments, discussions, and quizzes. You must provide your own digital single lens reflex camera and lens, batteries and flash memory cards. The course is an introduction to digital photographic retouching, especially for portraiture. Students must also register for Photo 321. Prerequisite: Photo 310.
Photo 327-Staff Photography and
Photo 327L-Staff Photography Laboratory
Photo 327 provides an experiential application of photographic techniques to the specific news, sports and feature assignments originating from the Campus Times, La Verne Magazine and the Photography Staff Archives. Personal camera equipment is required. Students must provide their own single lens reflex cameras. Prerequisite: Photo 230 and permission of the instructor.
Photo 351-Landscape Photography and
Photo 351L-Landscape Photography Laboratory
The study of landscape imaging helps us understand the effects of photography on American politics and culture. The course includes a study of the work of photographers William Henry Jackson, Carleton Watkins, Timothy O’Sullivan, Ansel Adams and Minor White, along with the movements of environmentalism, Frank Gohlke and the New Topographics, and the rephotographic work of Mark Klett and others. The course seeks to involve students actively, making pictures while learning the traditions of Western landscape photography in the United States following the Civil War. Includes group and independent travel and fieldwork. Students must provide their own digital single lens reflex, filters and tripod. Prerequisites: Photo 310 or/and permission of the instructor. Offered only in January.
Photo 354-Social Documentary
Photo 354L-Social Documentary Laboratory
Photography can go beyond simply recoding images. Rather it can be used to educate, communicate a point of view, tell an important story, or even act as a catalyst for social change. This course will challenge students to use the photographic medium to tell social, political, or human centered stories that are of concern to them through the use of the photographic essay. Participants are asked to produce an in-depth photographic essay based on the photographers’ personal interests as they are informed and influenced by the four core values behind the mission of the University of La Verne. Students must provide their own digital single lens reflex camera. Prerequisite: Photo 230.
Photo 356-Digital Portfolio
Photo 356L-Digital Portfolio Laboratory
Photo 356 is designed to assist upper division students in clarifying and materializing their own academic and professional visions into tangible forms of portfolio packages. The students’ portfolios will be customized to reflect and accentuate their own career interests and requirements. Professional applicability of the students’ portfolios will be the central focus of this course. Because a large personal digital image asset catalog is required, students should have completed much of their major or minor laboratory courses before registering for Photo 356.
Photo 360-Studio Lighting and
Photo 360L-Studio Lighting Laboratory
An introduction to techniques in studio set photography. Includes a background in the history and aesthetic of studio set photography, emphasizing still life and small product assignments. Students must provide their own digital single lens reflex camera. Prerequisite: Photo 310.
Photo 365-The Female Frame This course studies the history of photography by women from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Looking at the amateur art movement, Pictorialism, vernacular photography, news photography, the advertising industry, commercial photography, science, medicine, technology, the documentary tradition, photojournalism; modern, postmodern, and contemporary art. Considers cultural, political, and personal uses of the camera by women using photography in all aspects of the human experience. Also surveys literature by significant women writers on photography. Attributes: AHFA Hum – Hist of Fine Arts, AHIA Humanities – Inter Area, GEHd Interdisc Humanities, LVHU Humanities, Undergrad Main Campus Course
Photo 421-Events and Weddings
Photo 421L-Events and Weddings Laboratory
A course in practice and study of the fundamental business, client relations and photographic skills required for documenting and recording family and corporate events. Students must provide their own digital single lens reflex camera. Prerequisite: Photo 321 or instructor approval.
Photo 422-Architectural Photography
Photo 422L-Architectural Photography Laboratory
A hands-on experiential field laboratory in interior and exterior architectural photography. Includes personal residences, commercial and civic structures and worship centers. The laboratory component sends students into the field to apply approaches and techniques acquired in class. Prerequisite: Photo 310 or instructor approval.

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