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

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jan 16—Feb 20
Time: 7:00—9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 29
Units: 2
Tuition: $460
Instructor(s): Neal Menschel
Limit: 22
Status: Open
Please Note: Full schedule: Class sessions: 6 Wednesdays, January 16 – February 20 7:00 – 9:30 pm; Field trip: Sunday, February 3, meeting time to be announced in class
Winter
On-campus
Wednesdays
7:00—9:30 pm
Date(s)
Jan 16—Feb 20
6 weeks
Drop By
Jan 29
2 Units
Fees
$460
Instructor(s):
Neal Menschel
Limit
22
Open
Please Note: Full schedule: Class sessions: 6 Wednesdays, January 16 – February 20 7:00 – 9:30 pm; Field trip: Sunday, February 3, meeting time to be announced in class
When we look at a photograph of an individual, what does it say about that person? Or does it say anything at all? When we capture a portrait, we have an opportunity to tell that person’s 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. Students should have access to a digital camera with a manual exposure mode. Field trip transportation will be the responsibility of the student.

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, among others. His work can be viewed at nealmenschel.photoshelter.com.

Textbooks for this course:

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