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PHOTO 75 — Introduction to Close-Up Photography

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Sep 27—Nov 1
Time: 7:00—9:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Sep 29
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $385
Instructor(s): Joel Simon
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—9:00 pm (PT)
Sep 27—Nov 1
6 weeks
Refund Date
Sep 29
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Joel Simon
Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
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 inter-esting images made from very small subjects (plants, foods, feathers, insects) as well as the abstract details of larger objects (architecture, geological features). 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 and “figure to ground” separation and examine the roles of color, contrast, shadow, texture, and form to create intriguing compositions—both simple and complex. We will also explore the post-capture world of “making” the photograph as we further refine our images through contemporary digital editing tools, and we will 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.

Documentary and Fine Art Photographer

Joel Simon studied with Leo Holub and has worked as an editorial and fine art photographer for four decades. He has contributed to more than 65 trips with Stanford’s Travel/Study program. His work has been published in Vanity Fair, Time, GEO, Condé Nast Traveler, STANFORD magazine, and Sunset. His work can be viewed at joelsimonimages.com.