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PHOTO 223 — Intimate Portraits

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 4 weeks
Date(s): May 16—Jun 6
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: May 22
Unit: 1
Tuition: $460
Instructor(s): Joel Simon
Limit: 20
Status: Registration opens Feb 25, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Class sessions: 4 Thursdays, May 16 – June 6, 6:30 – 9:00 pm; Individual portrait photography sessions: Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and June 2
Spring
On-campus
Thursdays
6:30—9:00 pm
Date(s)
May 16—Jun 6
4 weeks
Drop By
May 22
1 Unit
Fees
$460
Instructor(s):
Joel Simon
Limit
20
Registration opens Feb 25, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Class sessions: 4 Thursdays, May 16 – June 6, 6:30 – 9:00 pm; Individual portrait photography sessions: Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and June 2
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 places 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 our portrait subjects 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 selection and editing of favorite images, students will create a collection of intimate portraits to keep and share with family and friends.

This course includes individual portrait photography sessions with the instructor for which students invite a friend or family member to sit as a subject. Students will schedule an appointment with the instructor after the course begins. Some prior experience with photography and computers is required. Students should have access to a digital camera.

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. His documentary assignments have taken 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.

Textbooks for this course:

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