|Photographers at a news event. Photo Laurence L. Levin|
The Master Language of Effective Communication
In 2019, everyone has a camera almost all the time. Technology has allowed today’s picture-taker the luxury of unlimited, spontaneous, image capture and transmission. Photography that was once expensive and could only produce stiff-looking subjects has morphed into virtually effortless, low-cost, immediate image sharing. Snapshots at your fingertips can be personally meaningful, but not communicate much to a general audience.
Photographic training can elevate casual image making to an art form. Images have the ability to impact, to inform, to influence, to shape values, to hold attention, and to be powerful documents. With a better understanding of photographic techniques, the photographer can have a powerful marketable career skillthat can consistently makes story-telling photos that communicate.
For the criminal justice major, learning photography techniques is a valuable skill for crime scenes.
For the nursing major, with the advent of enhanced visual communications in medicine, knowing how to compose and make detailed photographs will be an important skill.
For the business major, photography plays an important role in communicating concepts, ideas, and products, knowing how to utilize images is a vital skill.
Good photography is a tool by which scientists, scholars, business people, doctors, governments, marketers, journalists, advertisers, fashion designers, and others communicate. It can prove a point, sell a product, influence behavior or maybe preserve a once-ever moment in time.
Photographic training teaches the individual behind the lens to have maximum impact. A comprehensive understanding of light versus speed, lenses, knowledge of technique, a feel for proportion and composition, and an appreciation of strategy are all essential if those with genius in their souls are ever to coax it out for the world to appreciate. Understanding how images make a difference in informing and influencing others is a marketable skill.
Photography is an important language. Learning the tools, and a photographer’s images will resonate. Photography can become the craft of a lifetime or a necessary skill for career advancement with patience, practice, and learned fundamentals.
One great image can happen by accident. A career of impactful images must be learned. Digital Photography 1, FNAR 237, class will expand photography skills that will enhance job prospects.
Professor Larry Levin
Trinity Washington University, Washington, DC Class is Digital Photography FNAR 237 Offered: Fridays noon-2:30. Any digital camera is acceptable for this class, you can use the camera in your phone! No textbook is required.