The Personal Project with Aline Smithson, Jan 22-Sept 10.
This nine-month class is The Julia Dean Photo Workshops’ “master” class. It is designed for serious photographers who are interested in creating a significant personal project. Students will work toward creating a strong, cohesive body of work that will culminate in JDPW’s biggest exhibition of the year, an exhibit that will showcase in both galleries for a month-long run.
After presenting project ideas in the first class, the ensuing five class sessions will be spent critiquing on-going work thoroughly. We will analyze approach, quality, and progress of the projects. Students will be encouraged to research their projects in preparation for publishing, and in addition, work on the publicity and marketing of their projects. Each student will be pushed toward the goal of creating a well-developed and polished body of work, a well-written statement, and the tools to launch the project into the fine art or documentary market. Participants will also produce a self-published photo book of their project. The final two class sessions will focus on the production of the photo book and planning and preparation for the exhibition’s opening night reception, currently scheduled for Friday, September 20, 2013.
Students will be expected and must be prepared to meet the goals of the class. This workshop is strictly limited to 12 students. For consideration please click "ADD TO WAIT LIST" below and follow the prompts.
At the beginning of 2013, instructor Aline Smithson will select and consequently announce the students chosen to participate in the workshop. Phone interviews with each student may be part of the process. Please direct any questions regarding the application process to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 323-464.0909.
The Daily Visual with Ken Merfeld, Jan 23-Feb 27.
How dedicated are you to your craft? What percentage of each day do you spend shooting, dealing with, or thinking about photography? Do you walk the streets with your camera? Do you wish you could shoot every day? Now you can. The Daily Visual workshop is intended to motivate you to shoot every day, no matter what.
Every day your goal is to shoot at least one visually compelling image, a piece of art, per se, no matter where you are or what you are doing. Your daily art will be “found” (discovered) images, nothing set up or pre lit. You will develop a 24/7 “mind set” to discover interesting visuals incorporating emotional light, while raising your level of awareness on a daily basis. Assignments will be given to strengthen your point of view, sharpen your eye for discovery, and change the structure of how you photograph. Instructor Ken Merfeld has taught “concepts” classes for years and will challenge how you see, what you shoot, what you do or don’t do with light, and where you are going with your photography. The class encompasses learning available light, portraiture on the streets, finding “poetry out of the ordinary”, interpretive thinking, strengthening your personality when shooting in public, and introducing your mind into the artistic equation while easing you into a new, more disciplined work ethic. Open to all levels. Project and assignment prints due each class session. Please bring creative portfolios of what you “love” to shoot to the first class meeting
Conceptual Fine Art Photography with Ann Elliot Cutting, Jan 24-Mar 7.
What is the meaning behind your imagery? Can the viewer connect to your photograph in a conceptual way? Is it an emotional connection, or a clever idea, or does the viewer feel the "aha" experience when viewing your work? Do you share a narrative or tell a story with your work?
In this six-week conceptual fine art photography course students will learn to develop their ideas and pre-think before shooting. Concepts will be discussed, critiqued and communicated with class members to brainstorm the best way to convey an idea. Students will be given weekly assignments to inspire clever visualization, as well as sketching thumbnails in order to learn about planning and pre-production. The goal of the class is provide students a new workflow that cultivates concept and planning creative work, laying the foundation to create a series of conceptual fine art images. Each class will include a lecture to inspire, formulation of concepts, and critique of the previous week’s work. Assignments will be due weekly. For the first class please bring a portfolio of some of your work or a website link and a pencil & notebook for sketching ideas. Open to all levels. No sketching experience necessary.
How to Use Your Digital Camera with Amanda Keller-Konya, Jan 27
Owning a digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera can be both exciting and challenging. This one-day course will assist students in understanding the controls and functions of their digital SLR’s. Amanda Keller-Konya will teach camera menu options such as image quality & size, focus & exposure modes, and color space & white balance settings. Fundamental technical information including aperture, shutter speed, ISO and exposure will also be discussed. Throughout the day, workshop participants will have opportunities to experiment shooting with their new skills. By the end of this hands-on intensive workshop, each photographer will be well on his or her way to achieving successful digital capture.
Open to students who own a digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera. Students uncertain regarding their type of camera suitable for this class should contact the Julia Dean Photo Workshops at 323-464-0909.
Julia Dean Photo Workshops
755 Seward St.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
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