This course presents the concepts, techniques, and processes of digital photography, including visualizing, capturing, scanning, computer manipulation, and printing. Emphasis is placed on creative picture making. Alternative approaches to photographic production may be explored as well. Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator software will be used in a Macintosh OSX operating system. No prior experience with this software is required. Knowledge of the operation of your camera is required.
- Digital camera – a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) is preferred over a Point-n-Shoot camera. If students bring a Point-n-Shoot camera be sure it has manual controls such as the ability to control shutter speed and aperture, and minimum 2 GB capacity of combined memory storage – both kinds of cameras are acceptable
- The manual for your camera
- Cable for connecting your camera to a computer
- 10 DVD-R discs and a 8 – 16GB flash drive
- Pen and paper
- Tripod (preferred but not required)
- Textbook (approximately $35 – title to be announced)
- Printing costs (approximately $100)
Thomas J. Condon
Earning a BFA in Painting from Virginia Tech and an MFA in Photography from VCU has enabled Thomas to approach teaching and art making in many different ways. In 2007 the Virginia Museum of Fine Art recognized his unique voice with a Professional Fellowship in Printmaking. Thomas works for Virginia Commonwealth University as an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of Photography and Film and Art Foundations. For the past four years he has also worked for the School of the Arts, Deans Office, as an Education Support Specialist reviewing high school student work at National Portfolio Day events and individual school visits. Currently his art is represented and shown internationally by ADA Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. You can see more of his art on the VCUarts Department of Photography and Film.
Connally received his BFA in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Connally subsequently received his MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Connally has previously taught photography to high school students at the Cranbrook Summer Art Institute, expanding their skills and preparing them to apply to college. He is an award winning photographer, and has also taught at VCU. Connally has exhibited across the country.
Comments from 2013 Students:
“I learned more about photography in three weeks than I did in the last five years during my previous photo classes.”
“I never thought I could learn this much in three weeks. I feel like I have improved greatly as a photographer and an artist.”
“The professors and TA were amazing. They were always walking around helping us, and giving feedback for improvement.”