About ARTS 095 OL1

Introduction to basic camera skills and photographic storytelling techniques. Section Description: Pictures are supposedly worth 1000 words, but how do we build those photographs into a story? How do we connect images to craft complex narrative? How are images used to mislead? In this course, we’ll explore how photographs are used to tell a wide range of stories and practice telling our own stories with photographs. We will cover some history and theory of photography and photojournalism, basic camera operation, and technical considerations, along with post-processing as we build a solid foundation for creating photographs and telling stories. Section Expectation: Students should have access to a digital camera—ideally one capable of shooting in RAW format. A subscription to Adobe Lightroom is also highly recommended. Prior photography experience is not required.


Dates: July 5 - July 29, 2022; Summer Academy Course; Non-residential High School students only; Continuing & Distance Education Dean's Ofc Permission only, Please contact 802-656-2085; For tuition and fee information please use this link: www.uvm.edu/~summer/precollege/summer-academy/tuition-fees/

Section Description

In this course students will learn how to link photographs together to tell stories. We'll cover the basics of camera operation to establish a firm technical footing, but the major focus of the course is how photographs function as devices we can use to tell stories. Not as mere illustrations for a written story, but how photographs themselves communicate. We'll build compositional skills, look at narrative vs story, think about how to use images to describe a specific place, and explore the ways to guide a viewer and shape their understanding of what a photograph might mean. This course is fully online and asynchronous.

Section Expectation

Students will need access to a computer and some sort of camera. Any digital camera will work, from a cell phone to a high end DSLR--we're primarily working on the language of photographs, rather than the technical aspects.


Evaluation is based on a mixture of creative projects (one per week), coupled with reading, discussion, and peer feedback.

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