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ATLS 3519: Alternative Digital Imaging

Course Description

You will be learning how to shoot on film, use a scanner for portrait making, create a stop motion music video, and make photographs using the sun as your exposure device. Come for the photocopy zines, stay for the drone selfies.

This course explores the continuum from analog imaging techniques to current trends in alternative digital image making. We will work in a high degree of hands-on experimentation to push the limits and bleed the boundaries of these varied technologies in a creative way, while also delving into intermediate to advanced software manipulations. We will do sun-based image printing (cyanotypes), scanner portraits, photomontages, landscape panopticons, a stop motion music video, immersive 3D photographs, zines, and analog/digital pinhole cameras. We will cover experimental snapchat, remote, drone and other surveillance cameras. We will cover key historical milestones in image hacking from photocopy malfunctions through video glitching. We will discuss key artists in this realm, major trends and practices, as well as covering theoretical concerns. Software used: primarily Photoshop, Lightroom and Premiere. Hardware used: photocopiers, 35mm film cameras, drones, professional studio lighting, Macs, scanners, and the occasional scissors, etc.

Course Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will:

Critical Thinking & Theory / History:
  • Come to understand the continuity from analog to digital photography
  • Become practicing imaging artists via cross-disciplinary creative research
  • Learn about key artists working across different photo-imaging media
  • What will they design?
  • How will creation play into the class?
  • Will they learn (or enhance) any design skills?
  • Learn various analog imaging techniques such as working with film and studio lighting
  • Become versed in various artistic photographic processes with a focus on letting go of traditional boundaries between techniques

Credit Hours

  • 3 hours


  • IMAGE class is a preferred prerequisite though not necessary.