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

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Feb 3—Mar 10
Time: 7:00—9:30 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Feb 5
Unit: 1
Tuition: $420
Instructor(s): Neal Menschel
Limit: 24
Status: Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Winter
Live Online(About Formats)
Wednesdays
7:00—9:30 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Feb 3—Mar 10
6 weeks
Drop By
Feb 5
1 Unit
Fees
$420
Instructor(s):
Neal Menschel
Limit
24
Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
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. Going beyond the obvious of what is presented to us, 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 past what something simply looks like and revealing how it feels to actually “be there.” Weekly assignments, group online reviews of student work, and lectures with slide shows will hone each student’s skills and strategies in these areas of photographic work. Students will be able to post images and projects online with comments and communication between themselves and the instructor.

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); and access to a computer with photo editing capabilities.

Neal Menschel, Photojournalist; Commercial and Fine Art Photographer

Neal Menschel has been a photographer for over twenty-five years, covering politics, people, and environmental issues worldwide for The New York Times, Newsweek, and People, among others. He has taught at Boston University and was director of photography at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
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