Course Description

You don’t need to go into the big city to practice Street Photography. Even suburban towns offer interesting and photogenic perspectives — it is simply a process and practice of looking at the familiar with fresh eyes. You will alternate between photographing as a class on location in nearby towns and classroom sessions to evaluate the experiences and critique images. Each student will have at least one matted and framed image finished in the class.

Course Outline

Week 1.          
Introduction to the scope of the class.
Description/study of street photography
Discussion of possible subject matter
Viewing famous street photographs

Week 2.          
Location shooting Palatine

Week 3.          
Review location shooting experience
Critiquing students’ work (as a class)
Beginning image processing (Photoshop)

Week 4.          
Location shoot Barrington

Week 5.          
Review/Critique students’ images from
Barrington shoot Image processing (Photoshop)

Week 6.          
Location shoot Mt. Prospect

Week 7.          
Review/Critique students’ work
Image processing Photoshop
Send image files to a printer
Assignment, purchase a photo frame for the next class

Week 8.          
Mat completed prints
Frame completed prints

Class critique of completed work.

Learner Outcomes

Each student will have at least one matted and framed image finished in the class.


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