semester course in digital photography added social media and camera phones
into the mix. Is this the new norm?
A 2013 Pew
Research Center survey found that 58 percent of American adults own a
smartphone, providing access to cameras and photo-sharing applications to
nearly 240 million people. Another study projects that sales of smartphones
with cameras will top 1.5 billion in 2014. The face—or at least the ease of
digital photography—appears to be changing. So, does this affect how we should
approach the art?
one class at the College explored how photography can live in the public realm
of social media—using both industry-standard digital cameras and students’
Fuller, associate professor of fine arts, leads the College’s digital
photography course. This year, he wanted students to make photography a greater
everyday activity, “to take a moment each day and think about taking a
picture,” says Fuller. Sharing these images meant finding a photo-sharing
platform and a method to make it easy to do, all of which led to the
incorporation of using social media and camera phones in the course.
in Fuller’s class, business management and finance major Alex Markakis ’14,
says his view of photography changed after being in the class, particularly the
part of the course that involved uploading images to Instagram, a photo-sharing
application with 150 million users. Before taking Fuller’s course, “I used to
take pictures of whatever,” says Markakis. “Now I’m thinking about things like
composition and converging lines.”
also realized there was more to photography than the omnipresent selfies found
on social media sites, taken with their camera phones. “I was uploading stupid
stuff, like selfies, parties, and food,” says business management major Jessica
Capozzi ’14. “I put a lot more thought into photos now.”
Post, director of community-based learning at the College, has practiced
photography for most of her life, with a large portion of her work appearing in
traditional gallery exhibits. But as far as cameras go, what’s her choice? She
prefers the camera phone.
Post got her
start in photography in the mid-1980s, developing her own prints in a darkroom.
When she got an iPhone 3GS, though, she began using it as her main camera.
Since then, she’s had her iPhone photos picked up for publication, most
recently in The Art of iPhone Photography: Creating Great Photos and
Art on Your iPhone (Rocky Nook, 2013).
it’s great,” Post says. “It’s bringing photo-graphy to people who normally wouldn’t
think about it. Everyone can be a photographer.”
For more photos from Fuller’s digital
photography class, search Instagram using #sjcphotoclass and follow him at