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PHOTO 223 — Intimate Portraits (CANCELLED)

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Mon/Wed
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 4 weeks
Date(s): Jun 26—Jul 19
Time: See below
Drop Deadline: Jul 2
Units: 2
Tuition: $560
Instructor(s): Joel Simon
Limit: 20
Status: Cancelled
Please Note: Full schedule: Class sessions: Mondays and Wednesdays, June 26 – July 19, 6:30 – 9:00 pm; One-on-one sessions: Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and July 16.
Summer
On-campus course
Mon/Wed
See below
Date(s)
Jun 26—Jul 19
4 weeks
Drop By
Jul 2
2 Units
Fees
$560
Instructor(s):
Joel Simon
Limit
20
Cancelled
Please Note: Full schedule: Class sessions: Mondays and Wednesdays, June 26 – July 19, 6:30 – 9:00 pm; One-on-one sessions: Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and July 16.
We are surrounded by an array of photographic images, but it is the imagery of family and friends that we place at the center of our daily lives. These valued images—these intimate portraits—hold a place of honor in our homes, offices, wallets, and computers, and on our portable devices. This course will examine what makes a portrait compelling and what distinguishes an enduring image from a casually dismissed snapshot. We will review the fundamentals of design and composition, scouting and staging, editorial portrait photography, and effective methods for putting family and friends at ease. Students will learn about selecting equipment, fill-in and off-camera flash, the use of natural light, and evocative ways to combine flash and ambient light, all with an emphasis on keeping their photography simple and personal. We will examine elementary digital techniques used to enhance image quality, and we will organize and share our photographs. Through open critiques, studio and location photo sessions, and the completion of a personal project, students will create a collection of intimate portraits to keep and share with family and friends.

Some prior experience with photography and computers is required.

This course includes a one-on-one tutorial with the instructor in which students invite friends and family to sit as subjects. Students will schedule an appointment with the instructor (July 15 or 16) after the course begins.

Joel Simon, Photographer

Joel Simon worked as a photography instructor and photodocumentarian for Stanford Travel/Study for twelve years. He has led more than 100 educational travel programs for clients including Stanford, the Smithsonian, and the World Wildlife Fund.