Portrait Photography: Insight and Natural Light (Fall 2014)

Photography and Filmmaking

During this class, students will explore the world of contemporary portrait photography. 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.

Students will be encouraged to practice formulating ideas prior to photographing, while also learning how to constructively critique one another's work. Some focus will be placed on the non-traditional portrait by exploring its narrative, aesthetic, and emotional aspects. Students will work with tableau (staged) and documentary (candid) photographic styles. In doing so, they will develop the ability to recognize the quality of natural light and to combine it with other essential tools for creating excellent portraits. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Prerequisite: Possess a working knowledge of a Digital SLR camera.

What to Bring: Digital SLR camera; pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook; USB drive, blank CD, or cloud storage option for saving work. / A complete list of suggested materials will be discussed during the first class meeting.

Please Register Before: September 8

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. Update: Minimum enrollment has been met.

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/ Register on or before Aug 25 and receive $25 off total tuition.
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Course Details

Course Number: PH 9527
Dates: Sep. 10 – Nov. 12
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Nathan Lewis
Main Building Room 414
Non-Credit Tuition: $380.00
1 Credit Tuition: $776.00

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