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I took freshman drawing 1 and 2 at New Paltz SUC in New York. I also took
basic photography in my senior year. The importance of drawing for photography
is in composition. You can't learn that better than doing numerous thumbnail
sketches before you do a major drawing. The same for one frame on a roll
that's better than 12 other rolls of film. It gets expensive. Even if the
students don't take drawing, basic thumbnail sketches of a subject such as a
portrait or still life in the first lesson or second in photography can
pinpoint a personal interest: close up, bird's eye view, ant's point of view,
interest in texture, strong interest in chiarascuro, subject lighted with soft
shadows, portrait subject lighted with horror lighting underneath the face.
These are only some of the things I thought of off the top of my head.
My interest in texture, I only realized towards the last days with
photography in college. It could help if the students know in the beginning
what their forte is.