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Digital Photography II: Discovering Your Creative Potential

In today’s world, we are surrounded by images. We are continually seeing photographs as they appear in advertisements, on websites, in magazines, and on billboards; they even adorn our walls at home. While many of these images have been created by professional photographers, it is possible for your photos to take on a more professional look after you discover how to increase your creative potential. In Digital Photography II: Discovering Your Creative Potential, you will examine various aspects of the field including specialty areas, ethics, and famous photographers throughout history. You will also learn how to effectively critique photographs so you can better understand composition and go on to create more eye-catching photographs on your own.

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Units at a Glance

Unit 1: Photography as a Career

In this unit, we will examine photography as a career. Taking photographs is a favorite hobby for many people, but some individuals choose to make a career out of taking photographs of people, places, and objects. Individuals who are thinking about a career as a professional photographer should keep in mind that the field offers both benefits and challenges. We will discuss what professional photographers do, the types of professional photographers, and the steps that many professional photographers take in reaching their goal of a career in photography.

Unit 2: Legal and Ethical Concerns

In this unit, we will discuss some of the common legal and ethical issues that professional photographers deal with. We will examine what rights photographers have in the photographs that they take as well as what rights individuals have in protecting their own privacy. We will also discuss the question of copyright, the different types of photographs and their uses, and the use of model releases for photographs of people. Finally, we will discuss the common licensing types for stock photography.

Unit 3: Photographers and Critiques

In this unit, we will learn about a few of the photographers who have shaped professional photography. These individuals, including Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange, helped to develop the legitimacy of professional photography and helped to shape the way that we look at fine art photography, photojournalism, and portrait photography. Their work stands as the quality that many photographers today still aim for. In addition, we will examine how to critique photographs. We will consider both the benefits of photography critiques both for photographers and for those giving the critiques.

Unit 4: Photography Software

In this unit, we will examine the area of photography software and in particular, photo editing software. We’ll discuss what some of the more common software choices are for editing digital photographs and look at the basic guidelines for editing images. We will also learn more about the common features and tools that are found in photo editing software and how these tools can change and improve images.

Unit 5: Going Back: History of the Darkroom

In this unit, we will consider the film developing process that takes place within the darkroom. In doing so, we’ll discuss the history of film development and the safety measures that photographers should keep in mind when developing film. In addition, we will examine how photographers can turn film into negatives within the darkroom and then turn those negatives into actual photographic prints.

Unit 6: Art, Product, and Stock Photography

In this unit, we will examine the areas of fine art, product, and stock photography. Fine art photography involves photography that is created for art’s sake and includes those photographs that we see in museums and galleries. Over the last several decades, product and stock photography have increased in popularity as businesses need photographs of their products for advertising and websites need stock photographs to illustrate articles and other online content. We will discuss these three areas and examine professional tips and techniques for each type of photography.

Unit 7: Photojournalism

In this unit, we will consider the area of photojournalism. Photojournalists document many of the events and important situations in our world today. Their work is often featured in newspapers, magazines, and online news sites. We’ll examine some of the challenges to photojournalism today and the responsibilities that photojournalists have. We’ll also examine some of the different types of shots that photojournalists use to tell a story and how photojournalists increase their chances of capturing that perfect shot.

Unit 8: Wedding Photography

In this unit, we will consider the area of wedding photography. Wedding photography is a popular area for professional photographers, although it is also a challenging one. We’ll discuss the business of wedding photography, the characteristics of a good wedding photographer, and several different types of wedding photography. We’ll also discuss the preparation that goes into photographing a wedding and some of the considerations for the wedding itself.

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