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Sal 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/27/2004
 

College Photography Programs


A lot of college Photography programs are being taught as part of studio fine art degrees programs. What I'm seeing show up at Better Photo seems a lot different than what is being pushed or encourage in some college photography courses. Does anybody know the reason for this? To me, and maybe I'm way off here, but what's being encouraged in college seems a lot more conceptual or contrived. Thanks


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12/4/2004 4:49:54 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  What are you comparing, the individual galleries or the online classes to college courses?
And what's an example of what you see in your college courses that you don't see, or were expecting to see somewhere here?


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12/4/2004 7:58:03 PM

 
Sal 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/27/2004
  Thanks for responding Gregory.

I am comparing to courses given by a university in Florida. The following link has student and faculty examples.
http://www.art.ucf.edu/main.php?URL=program_photography

I'm not implying that one is better just that there is a difference. When I took my first two photography college courses in the 70s the emphasis was on using a camera, lighting, and processing. I took intermediate (digital) and advanced courses this past year and they weren't what I had expected. I had expected more advanced camera and processing techniques and discussions on elements of photography.

I'm having a hard time explaining but the link has examples. Maybe they're not that different.


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12/5/2004 7:06:46 AM

 
Sal 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/27/2004
  Gregory. We were strongly discouraged from taking photos of sunrises, sunsets, flowers, pets, babies, butterflies, happiness, etc.


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12/5/2004 7:46:05 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  They want you to go beyond the obivious, so I know what you're saying. And I know you weren't implying anything, nor saying one is better. Just one has a more flavor to it. This was a question that I thought would be a good topic.
I haven't taken any courses here, but I say that they centered on fundamentals. More of when you see it, do this to get a picture of it, instead of thinking of a photo that has a mood, attitude, or message before hand and then doing it.
Even though I do have pictures of kids, I don't like the typical "aww that's cute" from the soccer mom type pictures. Such as a picture I saw here that I'm sure was very popular, and I realize why it would be, of a kid dressed up to be Betsy Ross. In focus and stuff like that, but those type of pictures don't do anything for me.
So I'm not surprised why they listed those things to not take pictures of. I would to. It's good to embrace all that is out there. Anybody who only wants to have the sugar coated stuff dosen't like to experience very much.


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12/5/2004 11:21:04 PM

 
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