Photography in Action: Capturing the Spirit of Sport (Summer 2015)

Photography and Filmmaking

Photography in Action: Capturing the Spirit of Sport (Summer 2015)

In every sport, there are moments of power, grace, and transition, many of which go unnoticed by spectators. A successful sports photograph achieves a delicate balance between storytelling and art. Moving beyond basic photo techniques, international sports and Olympic photographer, Paul Phillips will teach students the tools necessary to effectively capture the excitement and drama of any sporting event--from a child's soccer game to a professional baseball game. Preparatory processes; background studies; shooting with intention for maximum success; capturing instantaneous moments; and the importance of understanding the biomechanics of each sport will be discussed in class before students are invited to shoot local events. The class will meet on Wednesdays at MCAD for class time, lectures, active practice, and peer critiques. In addition, there will be extra scheduled meetings for opportunities to shoot running, cycling, and triathlon events in the field. (Times and dates of sporting events TBA.)

This course will be best suited for those students interested in enhancing their skills for shooting sports, whether it be youth sports or a higher level. This class is for students who have a good operational understanding of their camera and the basics of photography. Although we will address, specifics of ISO, F-stop, and shutter speed, it will be in the context of how to optimize your image and convey what you see to the viewer, not as the basic understanding of photography. As this is a digital photography class, students will not have access to the darkroom, computer lab, photography studio, or equipment. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Prerequisites: Previous photography experience. Students will be expected to own and have a proficient understanding of a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) Camera.

What to Bring: Participants must have a DSLR camera; a telephoto lens; and have a working familiarity with their camera and basic photographic concepts. Point and shoot cameras will not be adequate.

Please Register Before: May 28

If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Class Savings

/ Register on or before May 13 and save $25.
/ Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
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Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

Course Number: PH 9550 SU15
Dates: Jun. 3 – Jul. 1
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Paul Phillips
Main Building Room 416
Non-Credit Tuition: $228.00

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