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PHOTO 75 — An Introduction to Close-Up Photography

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 4 weeks
Date(s): Jan 12—Feb 2
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Jan 14
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $250
Instructor(s): Joel Simon
Limit: 45
Status: Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Jan 12—Feb 2
4 weeks
Drop By
Jan 14
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Joel Simon
Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
This course invites students of all skill levels to photographically explore the details in our surroundings that are often overlooked. We will focus on appreciating the visual delights of “seeing" close-up and revealing familiar elements in unfamiliar ways. Close-up photography transcends the constraints of true macro photography and can encompass interesting images made from very small subjects (such as plants, foods, feathers, and insects) to the abstract details of larger objects (including architecture, geological features, and patterns found in manufactured objects). We will learn to blend the technical capabilities of close-up photography with the traditional elements of compelling imagery. Composition and light become even more important facets in the realm of close-up imagery. We will learn to control depth of field, “figure to ground” separation, and the role of color, contrast, shadow, texture, and form to create intriguing compositions—both simple and complex. In addition to the elements of taking the photo, we will explore the post-capture world of “making” the photograph, invite students to further refine their images through contemporary digital editing tools, and post and comment on our photos. Using simple variations of saturation, exposure, and cropping we will work to transcend the role of documentary photography and gently explore more artistic expressions. By the end of the course, you will be able to capture compelling close-up photographs wherever you go.

All cameras are welcome with the recognition that some cameras are more versatile than others. Specifically, mobile devices will work fine, but will benefit from optional auxiliary close-up lenses. Point-and-shoot and compact cameras that have macro settings, and DSLR-type cameras using lenses with macro capability, will offer more photographic options.

Joel Simon, Documentary and Fine Art Photographer

Joel Simon studied with Leo Holub and has worked as an editorial and fine art photographer for four decades with documentary assignments taking him to nearly every country around the globe. His work has been published in Vanity Fair, Time, GEO, Condé Nast Traveler, the Chicago Tribune, and Sunset. His photographs can be viewed at joelsimonimages.com.