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South Africa

African Safari Photography
Summer 2014

Course No:

Art 485


July 24, 2014 - August 5, 2014

Course Objectives:

This advanced course in digital imaging will demonstrate the skill of photography in the context of traveling on safari in Kruger National Park in South Africa. Students will become proficient in digital photography techniques and concepts as it pertains to photographing wildlife, flora, the African landscape and its people. This course will be presented as an applied learning experience.

The course will consist of a hands-on field instruction, discussions of the landscape in a historical/conceptual context, strengthening digital production/editing techniques and improving your image quality through mastery of craft and technique. Technically, students will learn the creative use of photographic techniques such as telephoto lens work, long exposure shots, high shutter speed photography, high-definition imaging, large format film work, among others. Lectures and course information will be given while on-site in the creation of work and the completion of assignment requirements. Concurrently, students will gain an understanding of the cultural, conceptual and creative opportunities of photography while studying abroad.

While photography should be fun, it takes time, skill, and planning to master the skills. Technical skills alone will not make you a good photographer. It also requires the student to be active in finding the next great shot or composition. This is a rare experience for students that could not be replicated in any way at Tarleton.

The culmination of this course is the final project presentation at the end of the semester. Students are required to produce a gallery exhibit and/or book design containing their work that will be displayed at a location TBA. 


Approximate Cost:

$1,907.00. Includes in-country transportation, breakfast and dinners, morning and afternoon game drives, all entry fees and daily conservation levies, Study Abroad insurance. Does not include airfare ($2,200), tuition and fees.

Contact Program Director:

Mr. Chris Ireland


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