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Jim Porto

Assistant Professor

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design

Jim Porto

Assistant Professor

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design

Currently Teaching

PHAP-301
3 Credits
This is the first of a sequence of required advertising photography courses that investigates visual problem solving when applied to commercial photography. Studio and other controlled environments will be encountered through assignments. Advertising and editorial solutions and applications will be explored. The skills necessary to photograph people, places, and things will be learned through various assignments.
PHAP-361
3 Credits
This course will explore the techniques, tools, practices, and workflows used in image restoration and retouching. We will begin with historical images to practice basic retouching and restoration techniques. We will then apply these skills to contemporary images and discuss the importance of the collaborative role of the image-maker and the re-toucher. One of the primary goals is to help students craft a personal or signature imaging style as well as looking at image retouching as an important skill set for career options.
PHAP-302
3 Credits
Building on the content delivered in Advertising Photography I, Advertising Photography II will introduce business aspects involved in commercial photography. Students will create self-promotion materials as well as a resume/cover letter. A cohesive portfolio is required at the end of the course. Students will also work on a group project, introducing them to the collaborative nature of the advertising business. Assignments will emphasize conceptual over technical solutions.
PHAP-366
3 Credits
In this course we will begin where the retouching and restoration class left off. Building on the foundation of those techniques, we will delve deeper into the software tools and more advanced workflows used in image restoration, retouching and compositing. Once the retouching and restoration techniques have been mastered, we will transition into collage and montage building. This will include working with multiple images in single or multiple frames. We will expand the discussion of the collaborative roles of the image maker and the retoucher in relation to creating composite images.
PHAP-350
3 Credits
Photography (and photographic education) is in a perpetual state of flux due to constant changes in practices and technology. Topics in advertising photography will provide students with the opportunity to explore this shifting terrain of photography and imaging. The content taught in this course will change frequently and the course may be repeated for credit, however each particular topic may have limits on repeatability.

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