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Hilary L. Gray
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

Art 140 is an introduction to the theory, techniques and processes of still photography with a digital camera. Course content will emphasize photography's potential for self-expression and creative problem solving in an artistic context. Image output will include digital prints, B/W darkroom photogram prints and on-line submissions. Course content will be delivered through slide lectures, demonstrations, field trips, workshops, discussion, group image reviews and consultations.

You will complete photographic projects (both on-line and in print form) in response to a set of assignments. Each assignment is designed to stimulate consideration of a specific conceptual approach but may be realized with a vast range of creative solutions. Written assignments include on-line submissions, a gallery review and short written responses in class (please bring a set of 4x6” notecards).

The recommended textbook is Short Course in Digital Photography 2nd edition ISBN: 1256467766.

Please note: a digital camera that allows manual control of aperture and / or shutter speed and focus is required along with a 1GB memory card. Cell phones and automatic digital point and shoots are not acceptable as they will not allow you to work to your capacity. Digital cameras are also available for checkout from CSC in Kane Hall and the SOACC in the School of Art, but cannot be relied upon on a regular basis as availability and borrowing times are limited. You will receive a $15 Digital Print Card usable for printers across campus, including SOACC and Oldegaard Library and a packet of B/W photographic paper. You will also spend approximately $60 on printing your images; commercial printing facilities may be utilized.

A tripod and gray card will be very useful.

Student learning goals

To achieve competence in basic digital photographic techniques

To develop an understanding of photography as a visual and cultural practice

To understand the importance of “process” to discovery and learning

To develop experimental approaches to both problem “seeking” and problem solving

To successfully initiate, develop and express unique personal aesthetic solutions

To think critically and objectively about your work and that of your peers

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites are required for this class.

Class assignments and grading


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 Hilary L. Gray
Date: 06/17/2012