We have learned the technical skills of photography, coupled them with compositional guidelines, and started taking lots of images. Then we plateau and seem to lose some of the initial enthusiasm. This seven week class is designed to re-ignite our passion and hone our creativity by proving situations with various constraints so we think, plan and compose our images.
Each class session is divided into two parts. There are weekly outside-of-class assignments, which may be done individually, in small groups or as a class. Taking a series of images under specific constraints helps focus our technical, compositional and story-telling efforts. Each week’s images will be reviewed in class, with the photographer explaining their objective and the class and staff providing a critique of how well the objectives were achieved. Possible constraints might be: standing in one position and taking a series of images to tell a story; using only one lens; recording only black and white; using only one shape or color; and taking a series of images with each one demonstrating one of the elements of art.
The second portion of each class session is planned to provide additional exercises to awaken the creative forces. Exercises may include bubble photography, Harris Shutter Effect, miniature globe photography, slow sync flash effect and custom bokeh. Some of the in-class exercises will require only photography, while others will require both photography and Photoshop work, both in-class.
Class prerequisites include completion of Photo 2; a basic knowledge of Photoshop will be helpful, but step-by-step instruction is planned for those exercises requiring Photoshop work.
A minimum of five students is required to conduct this class; a maximum of ten students.