Students in the Basic Photography class surround Dr. Ed Trayes while getting their assignments during a field trip to the Philadelphia Zoo. PHOTO CREDIT: John F. Williams

Basic Photography JOUR 3401

This course is designed to develop your photographic skills, especially your ability to “see” photographically.  Emphasis is on individual growth through a series of weekly assignments designed to present opportunities for integrating the theoretical/artistic and the practical.  In addition, the basics of photography for the mass media will be discussed in regard to ethics and laws as they relate to photography, including where one can and can not take photographs, and a historical overview from earliest times to the present.  There will be about four field trips to various destinations in the city and well within the scope of public transportation.  While digital photography will be emphasized throughout, some film applications may be made.  This is entirely optional and must be discussed with the instructor in advance.