PHOTO 75 — An Introduction to Close-Up Photography
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Sep 22—Oct 20
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Sep 24
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Instructor(s): Joel Simon
Class Recording Available: Yes
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, and we will study how 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 roles of color, contrast, shadow, texture, and form to create intriguing compositions—both simple and complex. In addition to the elements of capturing the photo, we will explore the post-capture world of “making” the photograph, as we further refine our 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, students will be able to capture compelling close-up photographs wherever they go.
All cameras are welcome. Mobile devices will benefit from optional auxiliary close-up lenses.
Joel Simon studied with Leo Holub and has worked as an editorial and fine art photographer for four decades. 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.
Documentary and Fine Art Photographer
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.