PHOTO 10 W — The Daily Photograph: Developing Your Creative Intuition
The camera is an instrument that teaches people to see without a camera. — Dorothea Lange
Access to imagery has never been easier than in our digital age. Nearly everyone has a camera capable of producing hundreds, thousands, maybe millions of photos, but to what end...and to what beginning? In this course, we intend to conscientiously use a camera to explore your sense of vision and to enhance your ability to see—with or without a camera. This online course is designed for photography enthusiasts who want to build a creative practice of making photos every day. The course will be centered on a daily photography prompt that you can respond to from wherever you are using the camera of your choice (from an SLR to your mobile phone). The assumption is that you understand the basics of photography and are ready to explore your own creativity and awareness through the daily use of your camera. The daily exercises will be designed to hone photographic intuition and develop visual fluency. Our online classroom will include a photo-friendly online gallery (available only to students enrolled in the course) in order to facilitate communication between students and the instructor as well as student-to-student interactions. While there will be inevitable discussion of various photographic techniques, this online course emphasizes the use of photography to foster creative visualization and awareness. In addition to making images, students will learn to see better—with and without a camera.
WHAT MAKES OUR ONLINE COURSES UNIQUE:
- Course sizes are limited.
You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 40 participants.
- Frequent interaction with the instructor.
You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.
- Study with a vibrant peer group.
Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.
- Direct feedback from the instructor.
Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.
- Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.
- This course is offered through Stanford Continuing Studies.
To learn more about the program, visit our About Us page. For more information on the online format, please visit the FAQ page.
This course is designed for all photography enthusiasts who want to build a creative practice of making photos every day. Students must have access to a camera, some previous photography experience, and be able to share their photos online. Because of the higher enrollment compared with a traditional on-campus photography course, students will not receive instructor feedback on every daily photography post. Students may request light instructor feedback on two finished photographs during the quarter. The course also includes links to selected instructional videos, various interactive exercises, and discussion with fellow students, as well as optional online videoconferencing sessions.