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PHOTO 199 — Intermediate Photography: Beyond the Basics (CANCELLED)

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Jun 27—Aug 15
Time: 7:00—9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 17
Units: 2
Tuition: $600
Instructor(s): Neal Menschel
Limit: 22
Status: Cancelled
Please Note: Class sessions: 7 Wednesdays, June 27 – August 15 (No class on July 4), 7:00 – 9:30 pm; Field trips: Saturdays, July 21 and August 4, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00—9:30 pm
Jun 27—Aug 15
7 weeks
Drop By
Jul 17
2 Units
Neal Menschel
Please Note: Class sessions: 7 Wednesdays, June 27 – August 15 (No class on July 4), 7:00 – 9:30 pm; Field trips: Saturdays, July 21 and August 4, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
This course is for photographers who are ready to expand their technical expertise and command of digital photography and take their creativity to the next level. In this course, students will go beyond the basics by stretching the common rules of shutter speed, aperture, ISO, lens focal length selection, and the consideration of creative and unusual perspectives and by working with external camera flash and light modifiers both indoors and outdoors. Various unusual and effective compositions will be explored to enhance the aesthetics of the final image. This course will also broaden your personal photographic interests and demonstrate how those interests contribute to a personal style. The goal will be for photographers to develop their personal style and vision, and create images that reveal the heart and soul of person, object, and place.

Each week will be devoted to different themes: portraits (studio and location), nature and landscape (urban and rural), street photography, found objects, macro and still life, architecture, sports, and documentary narrative. Our final two classes will include an overview of creative post-production, workflow, storage, printing, websites, and social media. Weekly assignments with an in-class review of each student’s work will hone the skills and strategies needed to create a portfolio-worthy collection of photographs.

A digital camera, preferably a DSLR, is required. In addition, students will need either a wide-angle to telephoto zoom lens, or two lenses (a wide-angle and a short telephoto); camera flash cards with at least 8 gigabytes of memory; access to a computer with photo editing capabilities; and a 4- to 8-gigabyte thumb drive.

Field trip transportation will be the responsibility of the student.

Neal Menschel, Photojournalist, Commercial, and Fine Art Photographer

Neal Menschel has served as the director of photography, picture editor, and senior photographer at The Christian Science Monitor, and as a staff photographer for the Anchorage Daily News. His clients have included The New York Times, Newsweek, GEO, Yankee, Frontline, and USA Today, among others. His work can be viewed at nealmenschel.photoshelter.com.

Textbooks for this course:

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