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WSP 73 — Sharpening Your Vision: A Three-Day Photography Workshop with David Burnett

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Friday - Sunday
Course Format: On-campus course
Date(s): Nov 18—Nov 20
Time: Various
Drop Deadline: Nov 11
Unit(s): 1 Units
Tuition: $430
Limit: 20
Status: Closed
Please Note: Friday, November 18, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Saturday, November 19, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sunday, November 20, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
On-campus course
Friday - Sunday
Nov 18—Nov 20
Drop By
Nov 11
1 Units
Please Note: Friday, November 18, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Saturday, November 19, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sunday, November 20, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Spend a weekend sharpening your photographic vision. Join photojournalist David Burnett for a special three-day workshop at Stanford, helping you to take your photography to the next level. Sooner or later most of us feel the motivation of a photojournalist—telling a story with our camera. Photography is about seeing and reacting, then seamlessly using a camera to capture what you see. This workshop will concentrate on getting your pictures to match what you see. It is not a technical workshop so much as one that challenges the way you see, and will encourage how you use a range of modern technical tools, whether they be DSLR, mobile phone, or small, mirrorless camera. The camera is your tool to retain the vision of the world you see. We will work on finding images, finding great light in unlikely places, and making the process of photographing more natural and inviting. Photographs are moments, and nothing replaces the peak action of a perfectly captured composition. But “photography” means “writing with light”—and sometimes the light is the story. We will carve out short, simple stories for each participant, and treat those pictures as if they were being shot for a magazine on deadline.

Continuing Studies is fortunate to have David Burnett as a visitor to Stanford, and in addition to his on-campus workshop, he will be hosting a free public lecture on Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 pm. For more details, please visit "An Evening with International Photojournalist David Burnett."

Please note: This course will include short field shoots (likely in the local Palo Alto area) during the Saturday and Sunday sessions and students will need access to their own transportation (or willingness to carpool with another student). The schedule and field trip details will be provide at least 3 weeks before the start of the course.

Students need a digital camera and a laptop with basic photographic software, such as iPhoto, Photo Mechanic, or Photoshop—any software with the ability to organize, rename, and display edits of chosen pictures. Students are required to bring their camera and laptop to class for group photo sharing and photo editing.

Important parking information: For the Friday, November 18 morning session, students attending this course must either park in a lot with a parking permit machine, or purchase a one-day "Visitor Scratcher" permit at the P&TS office. (This is for the Friday session only; parking is free on the weekends). Please click here for more details.

This course may not be taken for a Letter Grade.

David Burnett, Photojournalist

David Burnett has been a photojournalist for nearly fifty years, working mainly for magazines (Time, Life, ESPN, Paris Match, and others) in over 100 countries. He is a co-founder of Contact Press Images, the photojournalistic agency in New York. A veteran photojournalist of the political scene in Washington, he has photographed every American president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama. He received the 1973 Robert Capa Gold Medal, the 1979 World Press Photo Premier Award, the Overseas Press Club of America’s Olivier Rebbot “Best Reporting from Abroad in Magazines or Books” Award in 1984, and a first prize in the World Press Photo Contest in 2005. In a recent issue of American Photo magazine, Burnett was named one of the “100 Most Important People in Photography.”

Textbooks for this course:

No required textbooks