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PHOTO 198 — Portraiture: Telling Someone's Story in a Single Image

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tues/Sun
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 4—Jun 6
Time: See below
Drop Deadline: Apr 17
Units: 2
Tuition: $555
Instructor(s): Neal Menschel
Limit: 22
Status: Closed
Please Note: Class sessions: 10 Tuesdays, April 4 – June 6, 7:00 – 9:30 pm; Field shoot: Sunday, May 7, 9:00 am
On-campus course
See below
Apr 4—Jun 6
10 weeks
Drop By
Apr 17
2 Units
Neal Menschel
Please Note: Class sessions: 10 Tuesdays, April 4 – June 6, 7:00 – 9:30 pm; Field shoot: Sunday, May 7, 9:00 am
When we look at a photograph of an individual, what does it say about that person? Or does it even say anything at all? When we capture a portrait, we have an opportunity to tell a story in a single photograph. In this course, we will learn the art and skill needed to create images that—through their content and composition—express a vibrant narrative about the people we photograph.

The instructor will provide the opportunity and time for close mentorship, development of skills in a supportive environment, and a clear review of each student’s images and growing portfolio. We will learn how to photograph extraordinary portraits of people in their ordinary, everyday settings—portraits that reveal a greater story about our chosen subjects. Utilizing the natural light that creates mood and ambience, and paying attention to time and place, gestures, expressions, and body language, reinforced by interesting and solid composition, students will produce portraits that go far beyond the snapshot.

This course is designed for both aspiring and advanced photographers.

Neal Menschel, Photojournalist; Commercial and Fine Art Photographer

Neal Menschel has 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.

Textbooks for this course:

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