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Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
Computers and Photography: From Capture to Sharing
This seminar will focus on how to capture, manage, and share photographs using computers. We will devote the first half of the seminar to understanding the elements of photography, such as lighting, focus, depth of field, aperture, and composition. We will consider the photography of panoramas, high dynamic range photos, portraits, landscapes, and night shots, and we will have several hands-on photography sessions, including a field trip to the San Francisco Zoo. The second half of the seminar will be devoted to managing photographs on a computer. We will study editing techniques for sharpening, color balance, resolution, and cropping; examine photo sharing social sites, such as Flickr and Facebook; and peer-to-peer sharing through P2P. We will look at current tools for organizing and archiving photo collections, and consider the legal issues regarding photo ownership, model rights, and copy detection. You will take, edit, and organize your own photographs throughout the course. No programming experience is required, and digital SLRs and editing software will be provided. Students will also have the opportunity to critique existing tools and design (without programming) more innovative interfaces/models for photo management and sharing.
Offered in both Autumn and Spring