Photographing The Literary Seville

Universidad de Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Photographing The Literary Seville

  • Host University

    Universidad de Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, Literature, Photography

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course is taught in English and is open to students with any level of Spanish. An
    SLR digital camera with full manual functions is required.


    The course will examine the literary richness of Seville through the
    photographic lens. We will learn about how to better control our cameras,
    fundamental photographic techniques and the history of photography and apply this
    knowledge to the myths and stories based here. We will also explore the city and its
    surroundings during field trips and learn to look at images critically and critique them
    in a group setting.


    The course will consist of 2 modules twice per week of 2 hours that will cover
    the topics mentioned in the syllabus. Students will be required to have their own
    digital camera with fully manual options including the ability to change the ISO,
    Aperture and Shutter Speed. The material will be covered with classroom lectures,
    assigned readings, a documentary screening, photography assignments to be critiqued
    by the class and in-class excursions in Seville and the surrounding areas. Students will
    be required to use the online image gallery service for in-class critiques.


    1. Introduction: Learning about your camera and the city.
    2. A brief history of photography and introduction to myths and legends of
    3. Professional photography: Advertising, photojournalism and fine art
    4. Composition: what elements go into making a good image.
    5. Light: an introduction to studio lighting and the use of flash.
    6. Exposure: the secrets behind properly exposed images.
    7. Portraits: what is portraiture and how great ones are made.
    8. An introduction to online media and the role of photography in the 21st
    9. Photo narrative: how to set up and execute a coherent photo story.
    10. Literary Seville, exploring the literary history of the city through images.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.


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