LSC 450: A Course That Will Help You Communicate Photographically

Photo by Elliott Erwitt

Gunther Nelson is a great Professor that is dedicated to what he teaches. In LSC 450 students are trained to think photographically to communicate science, health and the environment. Throughout the course students give presentations on master photographers such as Elliot Erwitt, Damon Winter, Diane Arbus and Annie Leibovitz among many others. In addition students also present on important photography principles. 

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Another important aspect of the class is that students learn how to turn any camera, including their smartphone into a powerful tool. That’s right, no need to buy a fancy camera if you don’t have one. You’ll learn why the one on your phone might be the most useful camera to have. 

Students build a portfolio of documentary photography and create still-image stories that employ intellectual property rights. This portfolio is built up over the course of the semester through short weekly photo assignments that are an enjoyable way to learn photography with a hands on approach. 

A requisite for the course is that you have satisfied communications A requirement or have a graduate/professional standing. LSC 450 counts as either humanities or social science and it is a three credit class. The class size is about 25 people and anyone wanting to improve their photography or storytelling skills should take this course during the Fall 2020 Semester.

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