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WSP 306 — An Introduction to Landscape Photography: A Field Workshop

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Tues/Sat/Sun
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 4 days
Date(s): Jul 11—Jul 18
Time: See below
Drop Deadline: Jul 14
Unit: 1
Tuition: $440
Instructor(s): Craig W. Weiss
Limit: 20
Status: Closed
Please Note: Class sessions: Tuesdays, July 11 and July 18, 6:30 – 9:00 pm; Field shoots: Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and July 16, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Summer
On-campus course
Tues/Sat/Sun
See below
Date(s)
Jul 11—Jul 18
4 days
Drop By
Jul 14
1 Unit
Fees
$440
Instructor(s):
Craig W. Weiss
Limit
20
Closed
Please Note: Class sessions: Tuesdays, July 11 and July 18, 6:30 – 9:00 pm; Field shoots: Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and July 16, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
This course will teach the basic technical, fundamental, and artistic principles of photography, with a directed attention to the landscape. Students will then put these skills to use while photographing on location. Topics will include camera and lens use, various image-making techniques, an overview of the history of photography and cameras, plus a look into the diverse realm of landscape photography. We will discuss in detail many technical aspects of photography, including camera controls and optics that will lay the foundation for solid image making. We will also focus on the elements of design, composition, and aesthetics, the importance of the quality of light, and visual thinking with regard to individual images and groups of images.

This workshop will include an evening in the classroom for introduction and preparation, followed by two days of field trips to local Bay Area destinations that will allow us to practice camera techniques and onsite image making. The final class session will consist of student presentations and a discussion of images produced in the field.

Students should have a DSLR or film camera. A tripod will be useful.

The course includes two field trips to local destinations. Field trip transportation will be the responsibility of the student.

Craig W. Weiss, Photographer

Craig W. Weiss served as the photography lab manager in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford from 2002 to 2017. His expertise in all aspects of photographic technology, from historic analogue processes to digital production, is the result of more than thirty years of experience in the field. He is at work on the final phase of a multi-year photographic book project documenting Route 20 (the longest US road) with New England photographer Mike Boucher.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.
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