Spring 2019

The Nature of Photography

This course is about the various ways a camera transforms the ordinary world into art. By making a series of emphatic decisions about flatness, frame, time, focus, vantage point, detail, and the literal object depicted, we can achieve our depictive and expressive goals.

The early modules of this course are devoted to the universals of composition and the difference between seeing and perceiving. Later modules are about color theory and the science of color.

The final modules are about the mental level of photography. This is how we perceive depth in a photograph even though we intellectually know— and can feel —that it is a two-dimensional plane. It's about how the viewer constructs a mental map for where things are in space and how the artist can play with that sensation.


Spring 2019

Motion for Photographers, Motion Capture & Visual Storytelling

  • 79 Screen Capture Videos

  • 7 Studio Shot Videos

  • 49,000 words of written material

    Videography is an easy transition for still photographers. They already know composition, lighting, and most of the technical factors behind capture. If they can learn a few new skills— audio recording, stabilizing the camera, telling video-based stories, and video editing —then motion capture should be painless. 

In the first third of the class, we discuss how to set a DSLR to record video, the best practices for recording audio, and multiple ways to steady the camera while moving it.  

The second third addresses storytelling:  The four things every successful story must have, ways to hook viewers at the beginning of a video, three things every ending must do, the importance of tension and complication to any story, and how to write an outline or storyboard,.

The last third of the class is all about learning Adobe Premiere. We will learn Premiere by following the nine steps of the postproduction workflow: Assembly, organizing, creating a rough dit, adding transitions, tilting, refining the sound, screening, revising, and exporting the video.