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PHTO 140 - Introduction to Lighting

Unit(s): 3.00

Advisory:PHTO 110 or TV 135
Transfers to: UC,CSU

In this course students use cameras to explore the creative use of light, and to produce works that apply to basic lighting principles with natural, continuous, or strobe light sources. Topics include an introduction to lighting vocabulary, design, and exposure control, and light modifiers are covered through concept-driven assignments. Relevant examples of lighting from historic and contemporary photography as well as the cinematic arts are presented throughout. This course is intended for all students working with camera-based media whose work requires the use of light to convey meaning, define a subject, or tell a story.

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Rio Hondo College, serving the communities of El Monte, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, and Whittier for over 50 years.


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3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601

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