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Ellen J. Garvens
ART 140
Seattle Campus

Basic Photography

Introduces theory, techniques, and processes of still photography in an artistic context. Emphasizes photography's creative potential.

Class description

Students will gain an understanding of photography in a fine art context. Specifically, the techniques and processes of both analog (20%) and digital (80%) photography will be covered through demonstration and practice. Examples of contemporary fine art photography will be shown and discussed. Assignments explore the creative potential of photography as an art practice.

Student learning goals

Understand the potential of photography as a fine art practice.

Achieve technical competence in basic photographic techniques.

Develop an awareness of meaning in visual art and contemporary photographic work

Develop creative responses to assignments, to "think outside the box"

Think and speak critically and objectively about your work and that of your peers.

General method of instruction

1. Presentation/lectures will be given about different themes in contemporary photography. 2. Technical lectures on camera operations and digital image manipulation. 3. Traditional black and white darkroom demo and lab instruction. 4. Critiques and group assessment of assignments.

Recommended preparation

There are no prerequisites for this class, however, it is required for those wanting to go on to study in the Photography program within the BFA degree. Any background in art is helpful. Camera requirements include a digital camera with a minimum 8 Megapixel capacity and 1GB memory card. No disposable and/or fixed focus cameras.

Class assignments and grading

Course assignments are divided approximately 80 digital/20 analog. The assignments explore the conceptual and expressive potential of photography. There will be regular group reviews and critiques, as well as individual assessment.

The quality and creativity of the assignments turned in, class paticipation, individual progress.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Ellen J. Garvens
Date: 05/11/2009