Working with University Dining replicated working with a real-world client, Podborny said. “You need to have communication skills,” he said. “You’ve got to talk to the client. You’ve got to know what they want.”
University Dining Executive Chef David Leach provided input for the project and said the students did a good job on the photos.
“The students are great to work with when they are working at dining. We are the largest employer of students on campus,” Leach said. “It’s important for dining to help when we can, not just on projects but other areas of their campus experience too.”
The Product Photography class, taught by senior lecturer Keif Oss, also teaches time management and team skills, Podborny added.
“I think so far Product Photography is the closest to a real-world application I have had,” Podborny said. “I think you could easily take everything you have learned in class and use it outside of class.”
“We were trying to think what something fun to do. We thought candy store,” Stream said. “Candy is colorful and there are endless art things we could do. The story also has an international section. We just thought it would be an opportunity to be creative.”
The students took photos of Clark’s Teaberry gum, which has a mint-like flavor like eastern teaberry. They used other red-colored candy such as licorice around the teaberry gum to help highlight the color of the gum’s package.
For Stream one of the best parts of the class is to work in a team with multiple people who have strengths. “It was fun to work toward a common goal and to work with a client,” Stream said. “I just like the variety of this class that we get to learn so many things.”
Oss said when there are clients students are more engaged because their work is being seen by a larger audience. “It takes a project from something they have to do for a class to something they want to do,” Oss said. “They want to please these people. They have to sell a vision. They have to communicate what they are doing to the client.”
Another goal is to make sure students have quality photography to include in their portfolios when they graduate, Oss said.