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All five are required
Develop competence and confidence as a photographer while mastering camera operation (aperture, shutter speed and ISO). Learn basic design and composition rules to capture more compelling images and study fundamental photographic principles with industry experts. Take part in weekly shooting assignments and demonstrations, discussions, and class critiques to help make the most of digital imaging technology. Class includes an introduction to Adobe Lightroom that focuses on digital workflow including image management, types of files, image exports, how to make basic adjustments, and file resolution.
Need to figure out how to manage the hundreds (maybe even thousands) of photos you’ve taken? Get familiar with Photoshop CC, Adobe Bridge and Adobe Lightroom for file management, digital workflow, image enhancements and beginning level photo manipulations. Taught by industry experts, the class includes detailed demonstrations, hands-on exercises and constructive critiques to assist you in gaining necessary skills in the digital darkroom. Topics include Lightroom Catalogs and Collections, Develop Module, ACR, Layers, Selections as well as Portrait Retouching in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Designed to inspire intermediate photographers who are comfortable with the basics of photographic camera work (aperture, shutter speed, ISO). Take your work to the next level, both artistically and technically while participating in detailed demonstrations, hands-on exercises and constructive critiques. Discover your personal photographic style while photographing a variety of subjects under varying conditions. Explore different methods and types of photography including narrative photography, still life photography, histograms, color theory, portraiture, electronic flash basics, night time photography, time exposures and more.
The key to success as a photographer is distinguishing yourself from your contemporaries through process, practice and vision. This advanced course helps synthesize the skills you’ve cultivated, and solidify your role as a photographic artist. Through purposeful assignments, as well as thought provoking and inspirational readings, refine your ability to analyze photographs from a technical and creative standpoint. Learn how to write a strong, effective artist’s statement of your personal purpose in photography, putting your identity as an artist into sharp focus. Assignments include preparing and presenting a polished portfolio, investigating next steps to becoming a professional, working photographer, essentials in business practices in different markets (commercial, wedding, portraiture, artistic) as well as further exploration of copyright issues.
Examine major photographic movements and the individuals who have shaped the history of the medium. Beginning with discussion of pre-photographic experiments and continuing toward a look at contemporary photography, students will learn the relevance of the medium's rich and complex history. Lectures will concentrate on the progression of visual culture, role of science and photography's dubious relationship with art. A print viewing assignment will bring students face to face with rare examples of original prints and masterworks of photography. The goal of this course is to engage history with a tangible understanding of the medium and its relationship to the act of making images.
14 units total (including 2 courses in either digital printing or darkroom processes)
Courses focus on aesthetic development.
Broaden your scope of photographic expression by using your camera in concert with other art forms. This course invites students to experiment with their photographic images using texture and structure in both the 2-dimension (such as collage, text and image, and earthwork/performance documentation) and the 3-dimensional (such as assemblage and installation). Additionally, students will be introduced to any array of work by 20th century mixed-media artists. This non-darkroom based course is designed for beginning to advanced students with basic technical skills in photography. Students can either use film or digital cameras.
In environmental portraiture, the surrounding background is used to convey crucial information about a subject's personality, interests,
and lifestyle. This course is designed to encourage the intermediate photographer to
examine and create environmental portraits. Our approach will focus on
fictional storytelling and/or reality-based portraiture--in other words, your backdrops need not be strictly factual. Each week, we will discuss assigned readings, study the work of contemporary portrait photographers, and engage in constructive class critiques of our weekly assignments.
Venture beyond the snapshot! Learn to use any camera to take artistic, descriptive photographs of family & friends. Photographers of all levels are welcome. Instruction includes: weekly critiques, visit to the MoPA Photography Library, Photoshop & Lightroom techniques and method demonstrations by the instructor. Students will exhibit their work for family and friends at the last class meeting. Students should bring a small selection of prints to the first class meeting.
What story would you like to tell using the expressive medium of photography? Photographers share their vision or opinion with viewers on a particular issue (family, culture, conflict, celebration) using different approaches--showing a linear progression through space and time, layering meaning, or using metaphors and a "poetic approach". In this class, students will propose an idea and with the help of the instructor they will learn to capture their story visually. The class will culminate in a final project of multiple images that can be presented in various ways: incorporating text, mounted on a single board, or in a small book format.
Learn how to take beautiful nature photographs, mount your prints, and exhibit them for sale. This practical, hands-on course covers the economics of fine art nature photography as well as the artistic and technical aspects. The class features a variety of photo-shoots: Quail Gardens, San Elijo Lagoon, Palomar Mountain, etc. You will learn to identify your creative point of view, sharpen your skills through participation in field trips, and prepare a selected group of images for sale and/or exhibition in a show hosted by the class. Photographs will be presented either as greeting cards or as matted prints.
One of the best ways to improve your drawing skills is to draw regularly in a sketchbook. Based on similar artistic practices, this class can help you develop ideas for a body of photographic work that makes a statement. Students will examine the work of established photographers and explore the different genres defining their work. Weekly assignments designed to mark your progress will provide the structure necessary to develop consistently strong ideas and take you to the next level as a photographer. Instruction includes individual and group critiques, lectures, readings, and homework assignments.
Learn to take photographs of urban scenes and display your work in a form that is almost as old as photography itself--the photographic postcard. Our subject is the San Diego urban scene: streets, markets, buildings, parks, bridges and people in the landscape. This non-darkroom class is designed for beginning to advanced students. Instruction includes illustrated lectures, field trips, and critique sessions. Students will make, write, and mail their own postcards to communicate..."Wish you were here!"
Expand your ability to appreciate and create an array of photographic images by a variety of diverse artists as well as interpret and discuss your own photographs in a workshop setting. Through weekly hands-on activities and round-table discussions, we will learn to identify and utilize the tools an artists employs- vision, subject, symbolic value, tone, mood, framing, texture, metaphor, etc. This non-darkroom based course is designed for beginning to advanced students with basic technical skills in photography. Students can use either film or digital cameras.
America is not imaginable without joy rides, wanderings, and discoveries on Google Street View. This course focuses on the road trip as a core photographic genre for documentation and experimentation. Modeled on famous trips by artists like Frank, Ruscha, Winogrand or Alec Soth, students will consider diverse shooting styles while on the road. Students will develop an understanding of the genre and embark on photo trips to tell their own stories of America. Through presentations and peer critiques students will develop an effective language for describing their images and visual concepts.
A portrait photograph can offer itself to a multitude of implications and interpretations, serving as a realistic representation of a person, a fictional narrative, or even an allegorical idea. This class will help expand and reinvigorate your approach to portraiture. Using such artists as Emmet Gowin, Francesca Woodman, Harry Callahan, and Joyce Tenneson as inspiration, students will explore treatment of subject and composition. Instruction includes discussion, demonstrations and both individual and class critiques.
Push your creative threshold and propel your work to new heights! In learning to interpret and create photographs that resonate as poems, you will further develop your artistic eye, sharpen your skills in poetic narrative, aesthetic vision and symbolic value. Instruction includes round-table discussions, hands-on activities and individual critiques that aim to hone your skills as both an aficionado and creator of images. This non-darkroom based course is designed for beginning to advanced students with basic technical skills in photography. Students can use either film or digital cameras.
Architecture, new and old makes for amazing photographic subject matter! Build the skills necessary to photograph structures both exterior and interior, utilizing current digital equipment and techniques. Through discussions, demonstrations and hands-on assignments, you will learn about the materials and equipment, cameras, lenses and post-production software required for making stunning architectural photographs. Students will examine inspiring and educational examples of architectural photography, discuss the various components that make the images work and try their hand at developing a series of their own images, applying presented concepts by submitting weekly assignments.
Courses focus on technical skill sets.
In this fast-paced course, the beginning photographer will learn basic camera functions, fundamental darkroom skills, and black-and-white film processing techniques. The emphasis is primarily technical, although aesthetics, composition, and contemporary issues in photography will be covered through class critiques and discussions. You will shoot a minimum of five 36-exposure rolls of Tri-X film and participate in a final critique of student work.
Explore alternative means of applying photographic images on a variety of surfaces using traditional and innovative darkroom methods. This short, hands-on workshop is open to artists and photographers of all levels though some darkroom experience is necessary. Instruction will include demonstrations, lectures, exercises in the darkroom and individual projects. Processes covered include Argyrotypes, Cyanotypes, printing on high contrast orthochromatic film, creating your own photographic surface using liquid emulsion and UV prints. Experiment with printing with toners such as Halochrome and Printint to produce unique images.
Expand your digital darkroom skills from batch processing to refining a particular image in this specialized hands-on course. Learn how to streamline and personalize your workflow, comparing different image management options including Lightroom. Explore more advanced Photoshop techniques and tools to fine-tune individual images, including the creative use of different filters or researching and utilizing plug-in software. Construct unique images from pre-visualization, photographic realization to post-production assembly of composite images.
Learn techniques essential for generating high quality digital prints by exploring the relationship between image processing software like Photoshop and your printer. This course covers the basics of digital color and black & white printing, how to process images for print, common problems digital photographers encounter and how to develop a cohesive personal workflow for consistent output. Students generate and print images on a variety of glossy and semi-gloss papers using dye and pigment printer technologies. Instruction includes lectures, demonstrations, critiques and hands-on exercises.
Improve your digital printing techniques so your color or black and white images look their best. This course focuses on the aesthetics of printing, especially the process of selecting fine art or specialty papers that accentuate a photo’s subject or mood. Students will learn how to evaluate their images and identify the ideal paper for the outcome they have in mind. Topics covered include trouble shooting common problems, advanced printer controls as well as post-printing handling and treatment. Instruction includes lectures, demonstrations, critiques and hands-on exercises.
Light can be elusive. Knowing the theories and techniques behind photographic lighting--from utilizing studio strobes to controlling harsh sunlight--is an essential skill in making any image work. Gain more confidence and control over your work as you discover the best methods to determine light quality, quantity and direction, as well as the correct tool for the task. The proper use of soft boxes, grid spots, umbrellas, reflectors and mirrors will be presented in detail. Class meetings take place in a studio setting and on location and include lecture, hands-on involvement and assignments. Course fee includes studio, equipment and model fees. Enrollment limited to enable individual attention.
Learn how to light your photographs without the use of heavy or expensive gear. This intensive workshop teaches the art of strobe lighting using off-camera flashes and other equipment such as flash triggers, gels, grids, softboxes and more. Through demonstrations, in-class assignments and independent projects, students will learn to maximize their options shooting with a core set of gear including a camera with manual controls, inexpensive speed lights and basic light modifiers.
Getting great shots in low-light situations can seem quite the challenge. Getting great shots without a flash or other lighting can seem impossible. In this introductory course, students will learn the ins and outs of photographing events where lighting is inconsistent, non-existent, or otherwise problematic. This course will cover techniques, equipment, and best practices of low-light photography. Post-processing in Adobe Lightroom and using RAW files will also be discussed. Although this course focuses on concert photography as its primary example, lessons will apply to many low-light situations.
Life can serve up surprises, especially during an important photo shoot! Learn how to assess a situation, the subject and location of your shoot and how to make the most of the circumstances. Mastering the use of lighting equipment outside the studio in order to make an exceptional photograph is a necessary skill for professional photographers. Class meetings take place on campus, taking advantage of the great architecture, landscape and sculpture UCSD has to offer. Topics include use of strobes, umbrellas, spot grids, barn doors, reflectors and slaves. Instruction consists of lectures, demonstrations, assignments and critiques.
From Rollieflexes in wooden boxes to Go Pros, this course will scan the history of capturing images of surfing and surfers with an eye on technological advances and its growth within the sport. Each session will be comprised of individual time periods ranging from 1900 to current with video interviews from significant contributors and experts of these time periods. Gain an understanding into the trends and technologies that advanced as surf photography grew.
Art has historically been used as a powerful tool for interrogating and speaking out against various oppressions and inequalities. The question of whether art and politics can be separated is a timeless, complex, and ever-changing inquiry with multiple entry points for understanding. However, the idea that art can successfully produce concrete social change is widely accepted and proven on an international scale. This course will survey global activist art from the 1960’s to the present and will examine the social and political impact of performance, drawing, photography, sculpture, and public intervention. Specific case studies will focus on feminist art, AIDS activism, the Vietnam War, global civil rights, environmental activism, and the current political climate in the United States. Artists to be discussed will include but are not limited to Ai Weiwei, Judy Chicago, Pyotr Pavlensky, Banksy, Bruce Davidson, the Guerilla Girls, the Arab Spring Movement, ACT UP, and the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement. Students will spend the final part of the course producing a piece of activist art in a medium of their choice or writing a short paper that examines a piece of contemporary protest art.
Photographs can change the world and how we see it. In this course, students will be introduced to the history of photojournalism, exploring the stories behind iconic images of critical moments in human history captured by various photographers. Instruction will include the technical aspects of photojournalism including understanding composition, using editing software, using different qualities of light and capturing decisive moments. The course will also cover ethics in photojournalism, the importance of captions and learning to read human behavior. Out of class assignments include researching a subject, shooting and editing a photo essay.
Whether you consider skateboarding an action sport, art form, mode of transportation or successful industry, skateboarding enjoys an enduring cultural status, fueled largely by the dynamic influence of skate photography. Skateboarders have a tradition of capturing their feats of daring and athletic skills through still photos. Amateur and professional photographers have documented this compelling subculture from its inception in the late 40's. This course, designed for anyone interested in exploring the genre and learning about the history, aesthetics and technical aspects of skateboard photography, places the emphasis on learning to adapt to the fluid aspect of the sport and capturing memorable images. Instruction includes lectures, demos, discussion of photo gear & critiques.
Capture the world in motion! Learn techniques needed to develop and expand your personal artistic vision by photographing movement not normally seen by the human eye. Using either film or digital cameras, students will develop their knowledge of manual camera controls, exposures, and various shooting techniques and learn about calculating long exposure times, reciprocity film failure, neutral density filters, and proper camera use with a tripod.
Discover the printmaking process that made Andy Warhol a superstar in
the art world! In this hands-on class, you will learn how to transform your photographic images into silk screen prints. From prepress procedures including selecting appropriate images to printing 1-color
and 2-color images, students will create a number of print editions on
paper and textiles. Topics include screen tensioning, ink mixing, squeegee handling and stencil making.
Are you planning the trip of a life time or even a local excursion and want to capture better images? Designed for photographers with sound experience with camera and software operation, this class teaches strategies to make the most of your journey. Discussions, demonstrations and individual critiques will help you learn and develop improved approaches to pre-trip preparation, shooting on site as well as storing and sharing your images from the road or once you are home. Topics include gear selection, cultural sensitivities towards photographers, lighting, composition and other technical and aesthetic considerations.
Poster art can be powerful! Whether for a travel destination, concert, movie, political movement or event, a well-designed poster can attract attention and inspire action or reflection. Through demonstration and hands-on guidance from the instructor, students will learn how to design and create a 4-color poster. Drawing inspiration from historical and contemporary poster art, create your own poster and make a statement or just something beautiful for your wall. Silkscreen a limited edition (12 prints) of your design using water-based inks on poster paper up to 13 x 19 inches.
Are you ready to organize your growing photographic library or make the transition from Bridge, iPhoto or Aperture? Whether you've been shooting for a while or just starting out, this workshop will give you the skills needed to create your own successful digital workflow in Lightroom 5. Learn to manage your photographic assets, edit your images and share with others the way the pros do. Demonstrations, directed tutorials and hands-on exercises combine for a balanced and effective learning experience. Topics include: file management, keywords, metadata, collections, presets, editing, batch processing and file export options.
Capturing the key moments of any occasion- from a family wedding to a corporate event is a thrilling challenge for photographers. Learn how to approach event photography like a pro! Students will learn the ins and outs of event photography including technical, artistic, and all important pricing considerations. Topics include gear, lighting, contracts, workflow, products, and managing the people who hire you. Benefit from hands-on practice as well as illustrated lectures delivered by an instructor with a successful professional photography business.
Would you like to really impress people with your travel photos? This workshop is designed for the novice photographer who wants to improve their photographic skills specifically for upcoming travel. In this fast-paced workshop, you will learn what equipment is vital to bring, what your camera can do for you and how best to use it. Topics include technological concerns such as digital formats and image storage as well as aesthetic concepts such as composition, personal style and capturing picturesque moments and people.
Documentary photography is a powerful tool for telling a story, making a point or giving voice to people who have none. In this course, you will learn to document what you see with your photographs. By examining the work of respected documentary photographers, you will explore the boundaries of objective reporting while developing an awareness your own biases. Your photographs may be about a place— the San Diego River Valley; a topic that interests you— eating locally produced food or an issue that defines our times. Instruction includes demonstrations of field practice and weekly critiques of project photographs as well as a final group exhibition.
Experiment with color and expand how to use it in your photography! Students will explore the creative potential of color photography in this short workshop. Instruction will focus on experimental approaches to creating photographic images in color and techniques that emphasize more conceptual aspects of photography. Topics include mixing light, cross processes, motion, image manipulation and distortion. Instructor will provide in-class demonstrations and class takes place in a digital lab with PC computers. Both digital and film cameras are suitable for class.
Do you wonder why the photos you print don't match how they appear on screen? Learn how to color manage your system from capture to print in this short, intensive workshop. From basics of digital color, discover how to use a color management system including software & hardware. Topics include: limitations of color gamuts, color settings, calibration and profiling of a LCD display & profiling a media on the supplied photo quality inkjet printers. Prior experience in digital photography & working knowledge of computers & Photoshop required. Bring 5 digital images to 1st class meeting.
High Dynamic Range or HDR photography allows photographers to expand the dynamic range of light in their images for a very dramatic effect. Examining this popular trend, students will gain a thorough understanding of this style of image making and develop skills necessary to shoot and process their own successful HDR photos. Starting with learning how to capture images intended for HDR, you will understand how to organize and edit HDR images in both Photoshop HDR Pro and Photomatix Pro. Instruction includes illustrated lectures, critiques, discussions, demonstrations as well as hands-on assignments.
This course will cover the basics of color science and color theory, including the language of color, color primaries, the color wheel, and color relationships. These concepts will be framed in a way that is relevant for photographers especially in composition, control of mood, and image processing. Some additional topics include the importance of memory color, light source, light directionality, and special topics such as photographing glass, water, and metal.
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