A well-known phrase is “a picture is worth a thousand words.” But what does that mean? And how can we use photography to make creative art photographs? Every environment and every moment offers infinite possibilities for creating compelling artistic photographs. The creative process requires visualization, connecting with our views of the world, and the art of seeing photographically. This course will cultivate our ways of seeing the world through experimentation, practice, and an overview of the history of art photography. The final product will be that each student will have at least one matted and framed image finished in the class.
Introduction to the course
Exploring art photography and how it differs from other photographic disciplines Viewing established art photographs
A brief history of art photography Assignment
Further exploration of “Art Photography” Review of Assignment
Review of basic camera techniques Assignment
Further exploration of the History of Art Photography Review of Assignment
Description of Photoshop processing
Exploring creative camera techniques Assignment
Lecture: Composition and how it relates to creative photography Review of Assignment
Beginning hands on Photoshop processing Assignment
Lecture: perception and learning to see photographically Review Assignment
Hands on Photoshop processing Assignment
Developing a style Review assignment Photographic manipulation using the camera Assignment, print one or more class images Assignment, purchase a photo frame for next class
Hands on Photoshop processing
Hands on Framing and Matting photographs Review assignment
How to use Open Calls for entering contests Exploring what to do with finished images Class critique of framed and matted images
Please note that this outline is flexible and may change to accommodate your needs and experience.
The final product will be that each student will have at least one matted and framed image finished in the class.
NotesHarold Rail Website
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