ME:120.717-1 :: Communications Media: Photography

Course Description

Offered: 3rd Quarter, 1st Year
Instructors: Norman Barker, Associate Professor
Credits: 1 credit: 15 studio hours per week
Digital cameras and lighting techniques for scientific subject matter will be emphasized, public relations, and copy photography as well as electronic flash and studio portraiture will demonstrated and hands-on work stressed.

Course Objectives

The camera is an extremely powerful instrument in the artist’s toolbox. Whether using the camera for making quick notes or documenting specimens for accurate color, familiarity with the controls is imperative for quality image capture for reference and publication. The student will become familiar with basic photography and lighting technique. Camera functions will be discussed and demonstrated. Students will have the opportunity to photograph their own work, to see how original artwork reproduces with digital cameras. The emphasis of the course is hands-on, with the aid of several assignments, lectures, demonstrations and assigned readings, students will see the advantages and drawbacks of several digital and traditional output devices.


  • Lecture handouts
  • Departmental library
  • Instructors

Course Assignments

  • 2 prints (1 color, 1 b&w), Color art work or photograph converted to 8×10 b&w (include original color)
  • 4 8×12 Exhibition Quality prints
  • 1 11×14 Photographic Scientific Illustration, Epson color print
  • 3 Portraits: formal, environment, self (not selfie), 5x7s
  • 3 prints, Sculpture assignment, 5x7s, Color or b&w
  • 1 Color photograph of the human eye, 5×7

Course Evaluation

  • 1:1 faculty – student interactions / active class participation
  • Successful completion of required readings and the above assignments


6 half day plus 1/2 day in production studio.

All students with disabilities who require accommodations for this course should contact Catherine L. Will, Disability Services Coordinator for Graduate Biomedical Education ( or 410-614-3781) at their earliest convenience to discuss their specific needs. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive.


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