Course: Applied Digital Photography
Lecturer(s)/Co-ordinator: Stephen Bean/Regina Sexton
Comments: please comment on the following:
1. What did you like about the lecture sessions?
First, the style: relaxed, humorous, a bit sloppy, unpolished and edgy, thought-provoking, opinionated and friendly, at time charmingly unsure of how he was coming across.
Second, the challenge to think about photography from the point of view of the fundamentals: not so much a digital photography lecture as a photography lecture. Wonderfully succinct and inviting me to think deeper into my practice. I found myself asking myself questions during lectures, questions like ‘what assumptions am I making about the nature of image making? What’s the difference between what my eye sees, what the camera sees and what I can let the camera see? What do I want to photograph? What’s my style of photographing? What’s it becoming? What do I really think of image bending and editing? What do I know about what went on in darkrooms?
Third, the ease with which the lecturer took and encouraged questions. The way in which he didn’t cut me off even when I had loads of unasked questions? How he thereby cultivated my curiosity.
2. Where [typpo?] you satisfied with the course content and its delivery?
3. Where you satisfied with the level of individual or group participation?
4. What improvements you would like to see made or what suggestions for improvement can you make?
When presenting PhotoShop: don’t write on blackboard. Instead use projector to show what is seen on computer screen. Get one of those infrared beamers to point round the projection.
Speak out instructions in a particularly loud voice: I’m ‘hard of hearing’ and found it too difficult to follow the editing sessions, so I spent my time purposely enjoying the opportunity to study various photographers.
Make it clear at the start what relationship, if any, exists between this course and a certified course. Maybe also give a synopsis of what’s covered on a degree course – I’m thinking of doing some further study of photography.
5. Did the course match your needs and expectations?
Yes and no. It met my needs and exceeded my expectations.
6. If this course was offered for credit would you be more or less inclined to enrol of the programme? Please explain your answer.
Yes. I’d go out of my way to study with Stephen Bean.