Students are introduced to the fundamentals of capturing visual images with a camera. The course is designed to provide a balance between strong technical skills and artistic vision. Topics include light, colour, optics and image storage, with an emphasis on effective composition and meaningful content. Students will study relevant historical and contemporary photographs. This course emphasizes critical thinking by requiring the student to examine past solutions; learn how to use technology safely; explore new and more efficient techniques and become critically active in evaluating both personal work and work by others.