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PHOTO 61 — The Well-Rounded Photographer: An Introduction to Portraits, Nature Photography, and Other Genres

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Sep 26—Oct 31
Time: 7:00—9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 9
Units: 2
Tuition: $580
Instructor(s): Neal Menschel
Limit: 22
Status: Closed
Please Note: Class sessions: 6 Tuesdays, September 26 – October 31, 7:00 – 9:30 pm; Field trips: Saturdays, October 14 and October 28, times to be announced in class
Fall
On-campus course
Tuesdays
7:00—9:30 pm
Date(s)
Sep 26—Oct 31
6 weeks
Drop By
Oct 9
2 Units
Fees
$580
Instructor(s):
Neal Menschel
Limit
22
Closed
Please Note: Class sessions: 6 Tuesdays, September 26 – October 31, 7:00 – 9:30 pm; Field trips: Saturdays, October 14 and October 28, times to be announced in class
Photography is an art form with many genres. After our first introductory session, each week of this course will be devoted to one of them: portraits (studio and location); nature and landscapes; still life and found photography; street photography; and documentary narrative (the photo essay). We will pay special attention to composition and design, time and place, lighting, character, activity, mood, and ambience.

As we explore the different genres, we will hone our skills in creating meaningful, insightful, and intelligent images. We will go beneath the obvious of what is presented to us, and, through composition and subject, we will create engaging photographs that impart a strong sense of identity, style, and emotion. Whatever you choose to photograph, the goal will be to create images that will surprise the viewer by going beyond what something simply looks like and revealing how it feels to actually “be there.” Weekly assignments, in-class reviews of student work, and two field trips to Half Moon Bay and San Francisco will refine your abilities in these areas of photographic concentration.

A digital camera, preferably a DSLR, is required. In addition, students will need either a wide-angle to telephoto zoom lens, or two lenses (a wide-angle and a short telephoto). Students will need camera flash cards with at least 8 gigabytes of memory, access to a computer with photo editing capabilities, and a 4- to 8-gigabyte thumb drive.

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.

Textbooks for this course:

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