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ART 86 — The Intuitive Photographer: Developing Your Visual Fluency

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On campus
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Sep 28—Dec 7
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 11
Unit(s): 2 Units
Tuition: $555
Limit: 20
Status: Open
Please Note: On-campus class sessions: Wednesdays, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Nov. 16, Nov. 30, and Dec. 7, 6:30 – 9:00 pm; Off-campus field shoot: Saturday, Oct. 15, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; 3:00 – 7:00 pm; One-on-one tutorials: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4
Fall
On campus
Wednesdays
6:30—9:00 pm
Date(s)
Sep 28—Dec 7
7 weeks
Drop By
Oct 11
2 Units
Fees
$555
Limit
20
Open
Please Note: On-campus class sessions: Wednesdays, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Nov. 16, Nov. 30, and Dec. 7, 6:30 – 9:00 pm; Off-campus field shoot: Saturday, Oct. 15, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; 3:00 – 7:00 pm; One-on-one tutorials: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4
Great jazz musicians are free to improvise because they have mastered the musical elements of their art. The same is true for photography. Know your camera and gain fluency in the techniques and tools of your art, and you can more easily express your personal style.

Like learning scales for the musician, technical practice is a key to making expert, evocative photographs. Each week, students will be assigned practical exercises designed to hone photographic intuition and develop visual fluency. Class time will be balanced between discussing the techniques behind the skills and insightful critique of both homework submissions and award-winning photographs. By the end of the course, you will have developed a sense of your own visual language along with a fundamental technical knowledge of how to photographically express it.

This course is designed for photographers at all levels. It includes two half-day field shoots and a one-on-one photo tutorial with the instructor that will allow each student to explore in more depth techniques or exercises of their choice. The field photography sessions will take place on October 15. Students will schedule an appointment with the instructor (on December 3 or 4) after the course begins.

Joel Simon, Photographer

Joel Simon has worked as a photography instructor and photodocumentarian with Stanford Travel/Study for twelve years. He has led more than 100 educational travel programs for clients including Stanford, the Smithsonian, and the World Wildlife Fund.

Textbooks for this course:

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