CREDITS: US 3/4 - ECTS 6
Students learn the basic technique of digital photography while they tell the story of their study abroad experience. They will also study the history and literature of travel photography, understanding storytelling techniques and reflect on their experiences as study abroad students. Every student will keep a photoblog/journal and keep a Facebook/Instagram page.
In addition to photographs, this journal can consist of (but is not limited to) written entries, drawings, found imagery and other souvenirs. The journal will be graded on contents as well as artistic merit.
The first week of the course is dedicated to study the history and literature of travel photography together with the basic structures of storytelling. The second week will introduce basic photography technique also applied in a sample field trip dedicated to landscape and architecture photography.
Week 3 will introduce images elaboration basics, week 4 will be dedicated to introduce social networking and blogging. Week 5 will be dedicated to overview students work progress (midterm #1)
Weeks 6 and 7 will be again dedicated to photography technique (portrait, life-style and still life), postproduction and social networking. Week 8 is a general review of students work advancement (midterm #2).
After the break (week 9) the class work will be organized for 4 weeks (weeks 10 to 13) as an editorial lab where the students are supposed to organize the images taken during their weekend tours or during the week stay in Florence; the lab will consider images editing, blogging, creation of images galleries and slideshows, preparation of high quality images for printing.
Week 14 will be dedicated to the preparation of the final exhibition and presentation where the slideshows will be projected and blogs displayed. Week 15 lesson is the final exhibition and presentation day.
COURSE EQUIPMENT & FEES:
-digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera. Bridge compact cameras with zoom lens and full manual controls are admitted for the course, automatic-only cameras or smartphones are not suitable;
- personal laptop;
- solid tripod suitable to firmly hold the camera standing up (also rentable from AEF);
- Adobe Lightroom installed on laptops (students can purchase an Adobe Lightroom license from Adobe website with a yearly subscription, or from AEF with a reduced semester fee)