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Creative lens-based personal expression is the foundation of the SAAS photography program. Students explore their identity and observations of the world around them as they gain a working understanding of photography–the equipment, techniques, and creative processes used to make memorable images. From Beginning Black & White Photography to Digital, Experimental, and Advanced Photography classes, students are encouraged to explore a variety of photographic formats, including 35mm, medium format, and 4x5 view camera, and to acquire experience in black-and-white, color, and digital imaging processes.

The intersection of analog and digital photography is at our core as we cover camera operations, photo history, printing procedures, and various media output options. Students learn to use Adobe editing software to alter, adjust, and make creative expressions with their images. We explore various ways of creating photographic imagery, including incorporating mixed media, alternative printing options, sculptural, and interdisciplinary photographic applications.     


SAAS photography students have won numerous awards around the country including gold awards at the National Scholastic level, as well as Best in Show and 1st Place awards in the competitive Washington State Photographic Contest. Alumni have created their own successful photography businesses and returned to SAAS to share their various pathways to success. 

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Classes consist of demonstrations, slide shows, discussions and critiques to encourage students to explore the potential of the medium.

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Learn Visual Language

Students learn to use the camera to explore the visual language of texture, line, shape, form, value, and color.

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Visual Storytelling

is emphasized while students find a way to document something about themselves, about the world around them, and about the culture that has shaped them.