HONR 239V

This course is for non-Journalism majors only.

Students who enroll in this course will be invited to challenge themselves creatively on a visual communication level. The world we live in is becoming more and more loaded with visual stimuli. Everyone is taking photos. Everyone is shooting video clips. Everyone is uploaded and retweeting. Whether it be Facebook pop up advertisements, Instagram photos, Vine videos, selfies or video shorts, visual communication takes up a big part of our lives. A grand majority of that visual imagery is not so great. How do you make your imagery stand out?

Through the introduction to a series of key visual techniques, documentary skills, compositional tools and with the use of a powerful software suite, students will learn how to shoot, edit, display and tell simple to complex stories through the use of still photos and video clips.

The semester will be broken into two equal parts. The first half of the semester will deal with still photography, one the most powerful forms of communication. Weekly assignments and in class exercises will center on instilling good visual skills. You will learn how to find great images instead of snap photos. Tried and true compositional technics will be taught alongside sound documentary and ethical skills. Students will work consistently with the latest version of Adobe Photoshop, the industry standard for photo editing and digital manipulation.