Virginia Commonwealth University
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Digital Photography

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)

Additional expenses:

  • Textbook (approximately $35 – title to be announced)
  • Printing costs (approximately $100)

Instructor Bios

William Connally
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.

Janelle Proulx
Proulx received her BFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Proulx is currently teaching in VCU’s Photography Department and she is looking forward to receiving her MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University in May. She was selected to complete the prestigious Skafar artist residency in Stykkisholmur, Iceland this past summer. Her work has been exhibited in Miami, New York, Virginia, and Georgia. To view her work visit

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.”