Course Description

Christopher Broughton photographer

Take command of what you capture in front of your smartphone camera, your point-and-shoot camera, or your DSLR—with creativity and flair. Offering students an understanding of digital capture from the ground up, this course blends the fundamentals of photography with the application of digital tools to the creative image-capture process. Learn to use manual settings to create compelling imagery with a depth of focus, aperture, shutter speed, and sensor settings, while gaining an understanding of the qualities of light and the principles of design.


Christopher Broughton, a renowned photographer as well as an educator in the photographic arts, served as a faculty member at Brooks Institute of Photography for more than 20 years, and is currently an adjunct professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University in the MFA Film, Television and Photography program. His teaching experience ranged from both undergraduate and graduate courses from basic digital photography to advanced photography theory. Christopher, who is widely recognized for his ability to truly inspire his students, is currently working on a photographic passion project about artists in Paris.


With fresh, exciting courses in photography, Brooks at UCSB seeks to stimulate, inspire, and energize students. Whether for school projects, business presentations, or just to express ideas in more creative and unique ways, these hands-on classes are taught by former faculty members of Brooks Institute of Photography, and special guest instructors. For more information, visit ernestbrooksfoundation.org.

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Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand manual settings with a DSLR camera
  • Apply manual settings to create compelling imagery
  • Develop a basic understanding of qualities of light
  • Use best practices in file management
  • Understand principals of design
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