SCI 06 — Photographing Nature: Using a Camera to Study the Natural World
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 23—Dec 2
Time: 7:00—9:30 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Sep 25
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Instructor(s): Robert Siegel
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—9:30 pm (PT)
Sep 23—Dec 2
No letter grade
This course will utilize the idiom of photography to help students learn about nature, enhance their powers of observation, and better understand scientific concepts. The course builds upon the pioneering photographic work of Eadweard Muybridge (1830–1904), who used his camera to answer questions about human and animal locomotion. (Much of this work was funded by Leland Stanford Sr.) A secondary goal will be to discuss the grammar, syntax, composition, and style of nature photography in order to enhance the use of this medium as a form of scientific communication. Themes to be explored include change across time and space, taxonomy, habitat preservation, weather and climate change, species diversity, survival and reproductive strategies, ecological niches and coevolution, carrying capacity and sustainability, population densities, predator/prey relationships, open-space management, and the physics of photography. Assignments will have a photographic, a written, and an oral component.
This course utilizes photography for scientific observation. Students should have a DSLR or equivalent camera available for use.