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PHOTO 82 — Photography Beyond the Basics: Find Your Personal Vision

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Apr 3—May 8
Time: 7:00—9:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 5
Units: 2
Tuition: $545
Instructor(s): Neal Menschel
Limit: 24
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
Please Note: Class Sessions: 6 Wednesdays, April 3 - May 8, 7:00 – 9:30 pm (PT); Field Trip: Saturday, April 20, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (PT)
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7:00—9:30 pm (PT)
Apr 3—May 8
6 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 5
2 Units
Neal Menschel
Please Note: Class Sessions: 6 Wednesdays, April 3 - May 8, 7:00 – 9:30 pm (PT); Field Trip: Saturday, April 20, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (PT)
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
I don’t believe a person has a style. What people have is a way of photographing what is inside them. What is there comes out. —Sebastião Salgado

This course is designed to help you elevate your photographic skills beyond the basics and uncover your distinct photographic vision. Our objective is to broaden your visual horizons, imbue your photography with increased depth, and craft images that resonate with you and your audience. Throughout this course, you will work toward cultivating a distinct personal approach and a unique photographic perspective.

First, we will explore diverse photography genres to get a sense of the stylistic possibilities. Along the way, we will delve into your unique interests and how they shape your perspective. Together, we will work to enrich the ordinary scenes of daily life, actively seeking images that reveal the extraordinary hidden within the commonplace, enabling us to capture the true essence of individuals and locations. Each week, our focus will shift to a specific theme, covering a range of subjects including portraits, nature and landscapes (urban and rural), street photography, fine art, sports, and documentary narratives. At the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to present your most outstanding images through a personal website that demonstrates the evolution of your photographic vision.

Students should have a camera with interchangeable lenses and a computer capable of editing/post-processing photographs. Field trip transportation will be the responsibility of the student; more details will be provided in class.

Photojournalist; Commercial and Fine Art Photographer

Neal Menschel 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. Menschel has been an instructor at Boston University and was director of photography at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. He frequently teaches photography workshops, and for the past eight years, he has mentored numerous photographers on their own projects, from books to exhibits.

Textbooks for this course:

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