Photography and Motion
Photography & Motion Online:
The Photography and Motion program utilizes the latest in equipment and software to keep pace with professional industry requirements. Coursework covers strobe and continuous lighting, video, portraiture, advertising, studio and location photography. Image makers today require an understanding of social media, design, storytelling and platform specific best practices. The program will encourage individual creativity and expression. You will graduate with a professional portfolio and working knowledge of the photographic industry.
- Minneapolis College’s Photography and Motion program is unique in its approach to photography. We balance the creative aspects with the technical side of photography and video. Including software specific to image capture and enhancement, as well as cameras and lighting used in the studio and on location.
Faculty are experienced, professional photographers selected for their extensive knowledge, work experience, and passion for the subjects they teach.
The availability of leading-edge equipment and facilities strengthen the program’s practical experience. You will have access to the latest software, cameras and lighting equipment as well as the Photography and Motion studio, with individual shooting bays and multiple computer stations for on-site photo and video creation and editing.
- Minneapolis College’s Photography and Motion faculty members work closely with the Twin Cities’ commercial photographic community to ensure the curriculum is current and relevant to industry needs.
PHMO Student Gallery
- PHMO Portfolio Show
- PHMO Portfolio Show 3D Gallery
The PHMO Portfolio Show Virtual 3D Gallery is an innovative opportunity to browse the work of graduating Photography students in a 3D gallery environment. This unique platform puts an emphasis on quality over quantity, allowing the viewer to experience the imagery "in place". The 3D Gallery may take a few seconds to load.
- Class Project Work
- Employ professional oral and written communication skills using inclusive language that is effective and appropriate to context and comprehensible to audiences.
- Demonstrate proficiency with industry-standard production tools for photography and motion.
- Select and arrange cameras, lighting and audio equipment to solve technical issues.
- Demonstrate visual communication and literacy using composition and design.
- Develop storytelling narratives to support a cohesive visual message as a content creator.
You will learn traditional photographic skills: composition, exposure, camerawork and metering and lighting.
You will get hands-on experience with portraiture, still life, studio and location photography.
You will learn how to use the latest developments in digital photo technology: digital SLR cameras, high-end digital capture backs, motion capture and video editing techniques.
You will gain familiarity with the complete digital workflow process: from RAW processing to file management to and color management through image output.
You will learn how to develop a professional portfolio of photography and motion elements that showcases your creativity and skills.
Numerous opportunities exist for you to take on internships, where you can get real world experience before you graduate. The Photography and Motion department collaborates with other programs in the School of Design and the Arts to provide professional quality still and video imagery. You may also choose to become a part of Minneapolis College’s Photo club.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics states, the overall demand for professional photographers is declining.
However, the application of newer technologies, such as drone photography, may contribute to increased demand for these workers. For example, drone photography in the commercial sector enables the capturing of images and information for agricultural land, real estate, and new construction projects.
In addition, drone photography enables the photographer to create visuals of tall structures, such as cell towers and bridges, that are in need of repair. Drone photography at weddings or special events also captures scenic aerial portraits.
Employment of self-employed photographers is projected to grow. Demand for portrait photographers will remain as people continue to want new portraits. In addition, corporations will continue to require the services of commercial photographers to develop compelling advertisements to sell products.
Videographer overall employment of film and video editors and camera operators is projected to grow 18 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.
The number of Internet-only platforms, such as streaming services, is likely to increase, along with the number of shows produced for these platforms. This growth may lead to more work for editors and camera operators.
In broadcasting, the consolidation of roles—such as editors who determine the best angles for a shoot, the use of robotic cameras, and the increasing reliance on amateur film footage—may lead to fewer jobs for camera operators. However, more film and video editors are expected to be needed because of an increase in special effects and overall available content.
(Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Potential Job Titles
Advertising Photographer (product, food, fashion, lifestyle…)
Corporate photographer, (events, industrial, agricultural, medical…)
Editorial photographer, (people, still life, landscape…)
Content Creator for Social Media
Where You Could Work
Independent commercial photography studios
Corporate In-house Photography Studios
Wedding / Portrait photography Studios
Video Production Companies
Self-Employed Commercial or Retail Photographer/Videographer