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PHOTO 73 — Nature Photography at Jasper Ridge: A Field Workshop

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tuesdays/Sat/Sun
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 4 weeks
Date(s): Apr 16—May 14
Time: 6:30—8:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 18
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $580
Instructor(s): Joel Simon
Limit: 25
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
Please Note: Class sessions: 4 Tuesdays, April 16, April 23, April 30, and May 14, 6:30 - 8:30 pm (PT); Jasper Ridge Field Trips: Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and April 28, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (PT). No class on May 7.
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Spring
On-campus
Tuesdays/Sat/Sun
6:30—8:30 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Apr 16—May 14
4 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 18
2 Units
Fees
$580
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Joel Simon
Limit
25
Recording
No
Open
Please Note: Class sessions: 4 Tuesdays, April 16, April 23, April 30, and May 14, 6:30 - 8:30 pm (PT); Jasper Ridge Field Trips: Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and April 28, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (PT). No class on May 7.
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Join us for a hands-on field photography workshop at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. Located near the Stanford campus in the eastern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, this remarkable refuge is known to researchers from all over the world for its geologic, topographic, and biotic diversity. This setting offers us an ideal location to photographically explore a wide range of natural features—from open landscapes, redwood groves, aquatic shorelines, and the historic step dam to macro views of local fauna.

We believe you learn by doing. Our on-campus class sessions typically start by taking photos using techniques especially relevant to nature photography. Then, we continue with insightful discussions using iconic examples from respected landscape artists and photographers; we will cover the compelling use of natural and adjusted light, focal length lenses, macro photography, the daytime use of long shutter speeds using neutral density filters, and other helpful hints for our workshop. As we explore Jasper Ridge’s serpentine foothills with our cameras, we will experiment with various techniques to help evolve our personal vision. After the field workshop, we will review and discuss our work.

This course is for students of all levels who wish to expand their shooting skills and develop their sense of photographic vision. Some prior experience with photography and computers may be helpful but is not required. All cameras, including mobile devices, are welcome, although a DSLR-type camera may be more versatile. Field trip transportation will be the responsibility of the student; more details will be provided in class.

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. He has lectured on 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.

Textbooks for this course:

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