This is a lecture/critique course to enhance and challenge students’ personal vision and visual vocabulary within the medium. Weekly slide lectures illustrate a genre or movement: landscape, portraits, self-portraits, the nude figure, documentary picture story, cityscape. Weekly shooting assignments are given with in-depth critiques of the work to follow. The course will help the student develop a familiarity with and appreciation for the major genres within photography as well as an understanding of photographic and camera vision. The course covers Light: The poetry of photography; The Shutter: motion, time, and the decisive moment; The Aperture: Depth of field and visual isolation; The Frame: Composition and photographic design; The Lens: perspective and point of view. Each student will present a final portfolio for exhibition.