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PHOTO 10 W — The Daily Photograph: Developing Your Creative Intuition

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jan 22—Feb 23
Refund Deadline: Jan 25
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $420
Instructor(s): Joel Simon, John Lambert
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Jan 22—Feb 23
5 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 25
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Joel Simon, John Lambert
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Access to imagery has never been easier than in our digital age. Our phones and cameras are capable of producing hundreds, thousands, maybe millions of photos, but to what end and to what beginning? This course is designed for photography enthusiasts who want to build a creative practice of making photos every day. In this course, you will conscientiously use a camera to explore your sense of vision through a curated series of daily photography prompts that you can respond to from wherever you are, using the camera of your choice (from an SLR to your mobile phone). The daily exercises will be designed to hone photographic intuition and develop visual fluency. Simply put, you will learn to take better pictures. Our online classroom will include a photo-friendly online gallery to facilitate communication between students and the instructor as well as student-to-student interactions. We will all learn from one other. While there will be inevitable discussion of various photographic techniques, this course will emphasize the use of photography to foster creative visualization and awareness. Students will learn to see better—with and without a camera.

This course is open to students of all skill levels. Students are welcome to use any camera, including mobile device cameras.

Documentary and Fine Art Photographer

Joel Simon studied with Leo Holub and has worked as an editorial and fine art photographer for four decades. He has lectured on more than 65 trips with Stanford’s Travel/Study program. His work has been published in Vanity Fair, Time, GEO, Condé Nast Traveler, STANFORD magazine, and Sunset. His work can be viewed at joelsimonimages.com.


John Lambert has been photographing for over 50 years. He has a background in engineering and has embraced both digital capture and editing from their earliest beginnings, developing digital workflows since the late 1990s. Lambert's work has received numerous awards, including being selected for the annual Yosemite Renaissance Competition and Exhibition. His work can be viewed on Instagram @brightonjel and at lambertphotographic.com.

Textbooks for this course:

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