Photography and Filmmaking

Beginner or pro? Film or digital? Our courses will help you find your focus, whether you want to learn a new technique, get introduced to the latest software, and immerse yourself in critique and discussion.

This class is designed to offer a comprehensive introduction to research and strategic planning techniques for artists. This instructor will address questions such as: What makes a compelling artist statement? How do you write a residency proposal? Through lecture, discussion, collaboration, and sharing, students will explore creative ways to advance and promote their art practice from residency opportunities to using social media for promotional purposes.

Saturday
Apr 2 - Apr 9
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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Photographs and videos taken by camera traps not only allow scientists to study rarely seen species, but they can also provide wildlife photographers and videographers with the means to create mesmerizing images of animals.

This class will explore the history of camera trapping, from the early 1900's to the present. Lectures will feature still images from the earliest camera trap experiments, as well as photographs and videos from more sophisticated camera trap setups that are being used today.

Saturday
Mar 19 - Apr 16
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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Used by contemporary artists as a means to explore identity, the photographic portrait has moved away from its commercial roots. People make portraits of their friends and family members not just as a historical record of the individual, but also to push the boundaries of what a photograph can say about its subject. During this class, students will explore the world of contemporary portrait photography. They will be encouraged to practice formulating ideas prior to photographing, while also learning how to constructively critique one another's work.

Thursday
Feb 11 - Mar 31
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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The Wetplate Collodion process is the second oldest commercially successful photographic process; its heyday lasted from 1851 until the end of the 19th century. The technique was highly successful worldwide, and enjoyed an especially vibrant life in the United States. The process was long dormant, but has experienced a renaissance in the past few decades. This hands-on workshop will focus on the Tintype version of the Wetplate Collodion process. A Tintype is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of metal coated with a photographic emulsion.

Saturday
Apr 2 - Apr 9
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (with a one hour lunch break)
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Students in this class we will learn to catch light! The class will use the historical and alternative photographic method of Van Dyke Brown to explore the nature of photography. This will be a fascinating introduction into photographic principles utilizing unconventional (by todays standards) ways of capturing images. In addition to being fun and fascinating, these antiquated and unique approaches will instill a fundamental understanding of how contemporary cameras function. The class will begin with creating photograms, images created in the open air, capturing the countenance of nature!

Saturday
Mar 26 - Apr 2
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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For photographers, light is the active medium; every adjustment to aperture, shutter speed, or sensitivity modifies how the camera interprets light. It is this that informs, obscures, and molds the creative qualities of photographs. In this class, students will explore the principles and practices of controlling natural and artificial light. Through lectures, demonstrations, and creative and challenging assignments, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of lighting for digital photography and will learn how to effectively use tungsten, strobe, and natural lighting in their work.

Monday
Feb 8 - Mar 28
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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