Technical Photography at Appalachian State University
The Bachelor of Science degree in TECHNICAL PHOTOGRAPHY provides students with technical and visual literacy skills through a series of core courses. The photography program specifically covers the elements of photographic theory with an emphasis on practice that prepares students to handle photographic problems effectively. The courses provide a solid foundation in film and print processing, exposure, digital imaging, digital workflow, studio lighting, small medium, large format cameras and digital cameras and lab/studio management. Students work on assignments in a wide variety of areas including portraiture, fashion, product, catalog, advertising, location, studio, candid, documentary, photojournalism, and industrial.
Opportunities to develop specific skills for a particular career in photography are available through a network of professionals in the field that work directly with the program. Networking with professionals is the key for a career in the demanding and challenging field of professional photography. The department offers many opportunities for students to meet and visit professionals in the field. There are opportunities for internships and work related activities. To be successful in the photography field a student should possess problem solving skills, an insight into contemporary photographic styles and practice and a strong basis in communication skills.