Composition and Light


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Digital photography has made pressing the shutter release effortless. This fast-paced method can be a stumbling block to refining technical and artistic results. In this course you will build your picture step-by-step by layering your subject, light and composition. Assignments will focus on researching and implementing your ideas to generate signature work.

We will begin by examining the five properties of light to really see light and shape it into the desired results. We will address the challenges of both artificial and natural lighting experimenting with methods and modifiers.

We will identify compositional principles and organize them to support your ideas. Your results will be planned photographs where the elements of composition and light come together to meet your artistic vision.

Note: Students should have a basic understanding about how to use their camera on manual mode, ie, to know how to set the aperture, shutter and ISO to get a good exposure.

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Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology

This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).