Cell Phone Photos 101

Apparently there’s a class for absolutely everything. According to an Associated Press article in USA Today, students at Immaculata University can now take a class in cell phone photography:

Cellphone cameras — and associated scandals — have become so ubiquitous that it’s important for students to realize “the full gravity of what’s at their fingertips and the power they can have,” Immaculata University communications professor Sean Flannery said.

Flannery teaches the class with Hunter Martin, a professional photographer who works with students on the mechanics of making the images, including composition, lighting and editing. Flannery deals with such issues as voyeurism, ethics, citizen journalism and the difference between public and private spaces.

Perhaps I’m missing something here, but do students really need an entire course for this?

Mechanics: point the phone, press the button. Quality won’t be that great. Ethics: cell phone cameras are just like regular cameras.

I’m really looking forward to that class about playing Angry Birds.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer