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PHOTO 07 — The Basics of Digital Photography

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jun 25—Jul 23
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 8
Units: 2
Tuition: $530
Instructor(s): Joel Simon
Limit: 20
Status: Closed
Please Note: Class sessions: 5 Mondays, June 25 - July 23; Field trips: July 14 and July 21, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
6:30—9:00 pm
Jun 25—Jul 23
5 weeks
Drop By
Jul 8
2 Units
Joel Simon
Please Note: Class sessions: 5 Mondays, June 25 - July 23; Field trips: July 14 and July 21, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Today’s digital cameras open up a world of creative opportunities, but only if you know how to use them. This course will discuss the three fundamental aspects of compelling images: story, composition, and light, and will demystify the technical features of your camera (knobs, dials, and menu options). With these techniques and tools in hand, you will be better equipped to make powerful digital photographs. In this course, you will also learn how the camera portrays motion (shutter speeds) and depth of field (apertures). You will also gain an understanding of white balance, file types, metering modes, shooting modes, and when to use the camera’s built-in flash. You will learn about vital workflow components of digital photography: downloading and resizing images, file organization, digital enhancement, and sharing your photos. Lecture content will be reinforced with hands-on practice sessions with your camera. Two half-day field trips will provide opportunities to explore and expand your digital photography skills.

This course is designed for those with little or no experience in photography. Students should have access to a digital camera with a manual exposure mode.

Joel Simon, Documentary and Fine Art Photographer

Joel Simon studied with Leo Holub and has worked as an editorial and fine art photographer for four decades. His documentary assignments have taken him to nearly every country around the globe, and he is as at home photographing beneath the ocean’s surface as he is on land. His work has been published in Vanity Fair, Time, GEO, Condé Nast Traveler, the Chicago Tribune, Sunset, and Skin Diver, and he maintains an extensive portfolio of Stanford images.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.