Welcome to the Grace College Art program! As a future photographer, a degree in Photography will give you a foundation for understanding photographic techniques and processes used within the industry and its relationship to visual disciplines and influence on culture. The purpose of the photography major is to help you develop proficient individualized conceptual and technical skills to produce imagery that will show your visual communication in a variety of marketplaces and to bring complementary skills to your photography. Our faculty serves to encourage and challenge you to be competent in communicating visually and to develop a mature Christ-centered worldview while bringing practical, professional knowledge to the classroom.
Examples of courses in this major:
An introduction to the fine art of photography, this course will emphasize creative and technical aspects of black-and-white photography. Study will include composition, aesthetic awareness, darkroom procedures and alternative processes.
This computer laboratory art course introduces tools and techniques for digital-based imaging and editing. Utilizing Adobe software, this course focuses on the development of visual design skills through digital photo manipulation and illustrative drawing.
Students explore digital photography as a tool for media communication. Contemporary issues will include ethics in story-telling and professional practices, file management, digital problem solving, and computer editing techniques.
This course focuses on advanced conceptual abilities, photographic experimentation, and technical processes in film and digital applications. Alternative processes will be explored.
This course will emphasize advanced individual photographic exploration for the purpose of developing significant personal imagery. Students will create a body of work that focuses on portfolio development and professional application in film, digital, and alternative processes. Thematic interpretation will be fostered through process, execution, and historical comparisons.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
Commercial photographers specialize in taking photographs of buildings, products, materials, personnel and landscapes. Their work frequently appears in books, advertising, reports, industrial materials and other commercial media products. They can take photographs for engineers to use in instructional manuals, for advertising firms to use in print or televisions ads, or publicity photos for companies and organizations. Much of this work is done on location in various environments, both indoors and outside. Commercial studio photographers work in photographic studios taking shots of products or people. They work in the controlled environment of a studio and can be independent, self-employed photographers or employees of a photographic firm. Studio photographers must have excellent photographic skills, coupled with a good understanding of lighting techniques. Photographers specializing in portraits must be able to work well with people, able to put customers at ease, communicate with them and make them feel comfortable and natural in front of the camera. Product photographers require creative skills to produce shots that inform or create interest in a product.
Photography laboratory technicians (or photo lab technicians) ensure that photographic negatives submitted to their lab are developed and processed correctly. Recently, this work has also included the development of digital film into hard copies of photographs, as well as the development of photo rolls. Technicians may also be responsible for enlarging, refocusing or retouching photographs to make specific parts of the image clearer or more visible. Although photo lab technicians can work in unaffiliated photography laboratories, they may also seek employment with specific laboratories attached to forensic departments, insurance companies or governmental agencies. Often photo lab technicians attached to specific agencies are also required to work as photographers. As such, technicians may need to produce and identify orders according to agency specifications.
Digital Imaging Specialists work in professional laboratories and enjoy a fast-paced workday. They work from a computer workstation scanning film or prints, or transferring digitally-originated images into the system. They are responsible for downloading files, scanning, color management, digital manipulation and color correction of images. They will also be involved in the output of photographic images using a variety of printing devices, as well as some design and layout work. A Digital Imaging Specialist must work closely with other members of the laboratory team and needs a good understanding of the end uses that may be made of the images. They then color correct and digitally manipulate these images for printing or archiving. Digital Imaging Specialists do not need to take photographs; however, they will need to discuss images with photographers and designers, and it helps if they have a knowledge and love of photography and an understanding of the end uses of the images they help to produce.
A computer artist uses graphics, Web design and multimedia tools to create interactive images, backgrounds and Web pages that are eye-pleasing for users. They design word charts, graphs and illustration slides for presentation slides on a computer-generated graphic system and work with clients to determine needs for an effective presentation.
Portrait photographers take pictures of individuals or groups and usually work in a commercially owned studio or on location. In addition to taking pictures, portrait photographers schedule appointments, set up equipment, keep records, and train new employees. Because most photography is done digitally, proficiency with technology is essential. Photographers must be comfortable working with all types of people, from infants to great -grandparents, and be willing to spend a large part of their workday using computer software to edit pictures and produce finished images and prints.
The primary function of medical photographers is to assist with education and research on the human body or specific diseases. Medical photographers use their photography knowledge, along with medical content knowledge, to perform on-site photography services required for surgical and clinical procedures, and often includes using photography for reproducing radiography images, creating photographs for reconstructive surgeries, producing educational slides and documenting operating room procedures. Medical photographers may take pictures of autopsies, surgeries and other medical procedures, and create charts, graphs and convert photographs into digital images. They may also be required to edit client images taken from pre-operative and post-operative evaluations.