By fostering an environment that develops technological, formal and creative skills, photography at Houghton College prepares students to engage an ever-expanding contemporary visual culture.
The photography concentration allows for diverse creative interests, as students explore fine art, commercial, and documentary genres. Through projects, discussion, and critiques, students develop a clearer artistic vision, and gain confidence in discussing their work and the work of others.
Photography students begin by taking either Introduction to Digital Imaging or Introduction to Digital Photography. They then continue with Lighting for the Still and Moving Image, Advanced Lighting, Advanced Conversation in Photography, Darkroom Techniques and Alternative Processes, and Photography Concepts and Professional Practices. An additional course, Travel and Documentary Photography in Europe, is offered every other year as a three-week Mayterm.
This concentration exists within the broader discussion of the art department–including ancient, Renaissance and contemporary art histories–and the communications department.
Facilities and Equipment
The newly renovated photography studio has large windows for beautiful natural light. The studio is equipped with professional, commercial-grade lighting equipment, including studio strobes, light modifiers, remote triggers, and grip equipment, as well as LED panels and hot lights for video work. The studio is outfitted with Macintosh digital workstations installed with Adobe CC and Capture One, the industry standards for tethered shooting. Additionally, there are portable lighting systems for shooting on location. Photography students have access to DSLR cameras, lenses, and tripods, as well as high-end digital printers and a full black-and-white darkroom with seven enlargers.
A concentration in photography at Houghton College allows for diverse career paths. Here are some of the many possibilities:
- Fine art photography
- Advertising photography
- Editorial photography
- Fashion photography
- Portrait photography
- Documentary photography
- Photo editing
- Art direction
- Museum curation
- Entrepreneurial work
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