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The photographic and digital studio medium is constantly evolving. Today’s practitioners of photography have access to a wide range of options to capture, record and publish an image. With a focus on developing individual expression, the photographic program at Oregon State University embraces a forward-thinking and collaborative approach to photography. Students learn to use traditional techniques as well as the latest concepts and technologies in digital photography production and publication. Students have access to digital computer labs with up-to-date imaging software, wide-format digital printers, a dedicated darkroom, and a lighting studio.
Students are encouraged to use their mastery of technical skills and aesthetics to develop their own visual “voice” - creating and framing their personal and professional work within the historical, theoretical and ethical contexts of the medium. Collaborative image-making is encouraged linking photography to other creative practices such as the moving image, sound, social media, book-making, installation art, design-fields and with other university programs. Developing curiosity and embracing a flexible approach to the evolving field of photography enables students to gain the critical thinking skills that will serve them in a number of creative professions.
For the digital photography classes, students should have access to a digital camera with adjustable exposure controls – most suitable is a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR). These cameras are also available for loan at media services. For the darkroom classes, a working 35 mm film camera is required.