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ART 240 — The Best Camera: Making Images with Your Mobile Device

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tues/Sat/Sun
Time: 7:00—9:00 pm
Date(s): Apr 26—May 31
Duration: 6 weeks
Drop By
Drop Deadline: May 9
Unit(s): 1 Units
Tuition: $400
Format: On-campus course
Limit: Limit 20
Status: Open
Please Note: Class sessions: 6 Tuesdays, April 26 – May 31, 7:00 – 9:00 pm; One-on-one tutorials: May 14 and May 15
It has been said that “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” If you carry a mobile device, this expression has never been more accurate or enticing. With a camera near at hand, you can make the most of opportunities to create spontaneous and beautiful images. While still technically limited, mobile devices allow you not only to make photos and video, but also to easily and immediately share them.

This course will discuss what is photographically possible with the current mobile technology. We will explore how traditional photography and video tools and techniques can be used to enhance the quality of your images, and you will have an opportunity to practice them in class. There will be a demonstration of digital workflow, including how to download photos and video from your device to your computer, basic file organization, and digital enhancements. Finally, we will discuss how to share your images.

An iPhone, Android phone or tablet, iPad, or other mobile device with a camera is required.

This course is designed for photographers at all levels and includes a one-on-one photo tutorial with the instructor (May 14 and 15; specific times to be scheduled after the course begins) that will allow each student to explore in more depth techniques of their choice.

Joel Simon, Photographer

Joel Simon studied photography under Leo Holub at Stanford and worked as a photography instructor and photodocumentarian with Stanford Travel/Study for twelve years. He has led more than 100 educational travel programs for clients including Stanford, the Smithsonian, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Harvard Museum of Natural History. He maintains a studio and stock photography agency in Menlo Park.

Textbooks for this course:

No required textbooks