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What do PPCC Photography students study?

The Professional Photography program at PPCC teaches students about the various technical, philosophical and creative aspects of photography. As a student in the program you will:

  • Study the history of photography, from its beginnings to the present.
  • Learn about the professional photography industry from experts who have real-world experience and their own professional photography businesses.
  • Develop a broader understanding of the field through internships with local photographers who specialize in different disciplines.

Classes You Might Take

Introduces students to photography through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, assignments, and critiques. Students will learn to see photographically via an exploration of the basic tools, techniques and aesthetics of photography, with an emphasis on the creative use of camera controls, exposure, an overview of film and digital processing, and an awareness of the critical issues in contemporary photography.
Presents the fundamentals of Fine Art digital photography, including camera equipment and software used for image capture, management and manipulation. Topics include camera settings and exposure control, composition, working with light and time and creative image manipulation.
This course is a continuation of View Camera and Lighting Techniques, emphasizing studio product illustration using color transparency film and digital capture. Advance techniques in lighting and further development of proficiency with the view camera and advanced aspects of commercial illustration photography are included.
Presents skills for the intermediate/advanced photo student interested in learning the professional techniques associated with events (venue) and wedding photography. There will be an emphasis on advanced camera and flash techniques, candid, formal and ceremonial photography. Business and planning aspects will also be covered. Topics covered will include Weddings, Bar mitzvah/Bas mitzvah, Music Concerts, Sporting Events, Graduations and similar occasions. Students will gain hands-on knowledge and learn practical shooting skills.

Career Options

Professional photography at PPCC prepares students for a variety of fun, exciting career options. Careers for professional photography graduates can include:

  • Outdoor Photography
  • Consumer Portrait Photography
  • Fine Art Photography
  • Commercial Advertising Photography
  • Photojournalism/Editorial/ Documentary Photography

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient at the completion of an academic program. Program Learning Outcomes link with course learning outcomes and competencies.

Program Learning Outcomes

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