Southeast Missouri State University

Students who choose the commercial photography major learn to operate their own commercial photography studio or work for one, and prepare for other professions such as photo editor, photo retoucher, photographic assistant, and other fields of visual and graphic communication and applied arts. Students learn the principles of film and digital photography and other digital imaging technologies. Courses focus on proper exposure for digital images, studio and location lighting, and post-production, including editing, retouching, and compositing.

Students learn business and creativity skills through this interdisciplinary program, which includes courses in entrepreneurship, marketing, copyright law, client relations, art and design, and creative problem solving. Students also will learn new technologies in digital image management, graphics production and workflow, in addition to specific genres of photographs, such as still life, wedding and event photography, product, portrait and corporate.

Commercial Photography students will…
  • Use software for print and web design, including design, digital imaging, editing, typography and layout.
  • Acquire and edit digital images. The digital still camera and its operations are stressed along with computer image editing software.
  • Be introduced to multimedia software, hardware, the integration of text, technical graphics, sound, animation, web page design, and CD/DVD publishing.
  • Be introduced to software such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Flash.
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