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Fundamentals of Photography: A St. Mark’s Saturdays Course

By Waverly Shi, Celine Ma, Hudson Ramirez, Alex Chen, Emma Simon, JB Clarance, Tommy Flathers, Duncan McCarthy, Holden Leblanc, Elon Stefan, Trevor Neff, Peter Nelson

To view slideshow of student images and skill employed, CLICK HERE!!

Fundamentals of Photography: Syllabus

A. Making Great Pictures

  1. what makes a great picture
  2. understanding your camera
  3. selecting the right lens for your photo
  4. using shutter speed purposefully
  5. photo shoot – front circle: take a series of photos of something that’s moving and show how different shutter speeds produce different results

B. Aperture and Depth of Field

  1. understand the inverse relationship between aperture and depth of field
  2. sharing and critique of photos from previous week
  3. photo shoot – cemetery: use aperture to create depth of field

C. Lighting

  1. found or ambient light
  2. introduced light and flash
  3. the color of light
  4. sharing and critique of photos from previous week
  5. photoshoot – reservoir trail:use lighting creatively

D. Composition

  1. the rule of thirds
  2. the rule of “odds”
  3. vertical framing
  4. guest speaker: Heratch Ekmekjian
  5. sharing and critique of photos from previous week
  6. photo shoot: use one of the three composition techniques

E. Background and Perspective

  1. building from the background forward
  2. perspective: creating three dimensions in a two-dimensional medium
  3. the horizon
  4. sharing and critique of photos from previous week
  5. photo shoot: select and shoot a subject from the best angle; consider the bird’s eye

view, worm’s eye view, and deliberately placing the horizon

F. Framing and Layering

  1. framing and leading lines
  2. layering to create a third dimension
  3. sharing and critique of photos from previous week
  4. photo shoot – railroad tracks: layer and frame a subject in three photographs

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