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David Turner

Visiting Lecturer

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design

David Turner

Visiting Lecturer

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design


Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

PHAP-308
3 Credits
The course will cover the technical and aesthetic decisions necessary to produce successful photographs on location for both advertising and editorial usage. Students will be encouraged to develop a consistent personal style and maintain rigorous technical photographic standards. Students will explore a variety of subject matter while photographing on location. A final portfolio will be required for the course.
PHAP-312
3 Credits
This course will explore the genre of the still life as a subject in advertising and editorial photography. Students will examine a variety of forms of photographic expression as well as solve visual problems related to the still life image. The construction of the still life photograph and the effective use of props and backgrounds are important aspects of the course.
PHAP-327
3 Credits
This course will introduce students to fashion photography and will look at fashion from a broad imaging perspective. There will be instruction on lighting, styling, and directing a fashion image, as well as developing concepts for photo shoots. Casting, studio and location practices, ethics, and the history of fashion photography will be addressed. Retouching of fashion photographs will be demonstrated.
PHAP-328
3 Credits
This course will examine the current trends in food photography used in advertising and editorial uses. There will be discussions and conversations with industry professionals on the techniques of food preparation, staging, styling, and specialized lighting techniques to help students create a portfolio of images for the food industry as well as discover the varied opportunities of working within this industry.
PHAP-336
3 Credits
This course will focus on the nature of the photographic fictions. Students will work on specific assignments, many of which will be generated from aspects of the history of photography. Lighting techniques are examined to create effective photographs. Digital post-production is discussed as a means to enhance the images as required by the assignments.
PHAP-337
3 Credits
This course will introduce the storytelling side of professional photographic illustration. Assignments for this course will include recreating historical events, inventing futuristic scenes, and creating believable period pieces with an emphasis on visual narratives. Students will be introduced to project planning, concept development, scheduling, budgeting, casting, auditions, advanced lighting techniques, comprehensive preparation for large production, project management and post-production treatments. Students work on production teams to address large-scale photographic projects.
PHAP-403
3 Credits
This course is required for advertising photography students who are approaching graduation and are preparing to present themselves to potential employers. Students will narrow their field of interests to focus their work for an end-of-study portfolio. Existing and new work will be edited, sequenced and prepared to form a professional quality portfolio, promotional materials, a resume/cover letter, a market research paper and a business plan.
PHAP-416
3 Credits
This course provides photography students the unique opportunity to participate in a one-week intensive workshop that travels to New York City, the center of the advertising photography industry. Through this field trip and accompanying lectures and studio visits, students will experience an introduction to the field of professional photography and related industries in New York City. The purpose of the trip is to provide a broad view of advertising and editorial photography within the city. Students meet with a variety of photographers, art directors, designers, filmmakers, photo editors, photographer agents, assistants, and RIT alumni. Photography studios, advertising agencies, graphic design studios, magazines, galleries, and museums will be visited during the one-week trip. Permission to enroll is required. The trip is a mandatory course requirement and requires an additional travel fee.
PHAR-101
4 Credits
This course will provide an immersive introduction to the field of the photographic arts. It will emphasize both craft and visual problem solving. The course will explore: seeing and appreciating the quality of light, image capture, photographic vision, historical and contemporary genres of photography, best practices and workflow as well as an introduction to the critique forum and its practices.
PHAR-202
3 Credits
This course will provide an introduction to the field of commercial photography, as well as encourage students to develop their own artistic vision. Students will create images from assignments that relate to projects they will encounter after graduation. They will be instructed in the basic photographic skills needed in the commercial field. Practical use of exposure metering and digital workflow will be discussed. Training will be provided in the use of professional cameras and lighting equipment, as well as developing a web presence. Portraiture and still life photography will be covered both in the studio and on location. Students will learn about career choices available in the commercial photography business.
PHAR-204
3 Credits
This course will provide an introduction to the professional opportunities where the fields of photography, graphic design and print media overlap. Students will develop an understanding of the working relationships between professionals involved in each of the three career areas. Successful visual media experts require a contemporary understanding of the business practices necessary to manage the workflow, financial operations and personnel necessary for success. Students in this class will experience the breadth of interactions between these three career paths, and appreciate the management necessary in their dynamic relationships. Students pursing the Visual Media option are required to take this course.
PHAR-599
1 - 3 Credits
Photography Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, will propose a course of study. Photography Independent Study students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll.
PHVM-368
3 Credits
This course will challenge students to create novel visual media experiences using existing and emerging photographic and media technologies. Students may develop their work in partnership with individuals and organizations with interesting stories to tell or content to share with the public. Students will be taught how to make formal proposals for projects including workflows, timelines, and budgets. Students may work individually or in teams, depending on the scope and nature of their project. Final projects will be showcased at the end of the term.

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