Photography 101


This course is for students who want to take better pictures. First-time photographers are welcome. Phone photographers are welcome. Students who already have some photographic experience and know-how are welcome.

In this course, students will explore the fundamental principles of photography that hold true across all cameras, with a specific emphasis on craft and knowledge, not on specific equipment or highly technical aspects. They will focus on the aesthetic elements of photography, such as compositional techniques, storytelling, and capturing the “decisive moment.” They will also explore motion photography, portraits, and artificial light. The course will be dynamic, with the instructor adjusting points of emphasis and feedback to the photographs that the students are taking and the photographs that they would like to take.

Class Meetings: Mondays, 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Dates: September 11 – December 11
Note that there will be no class meeting on Oct. 9 and Nov. 20.

Student Expectations: Students will be given open-ended photography prompts each week that touch on that week’s course content but that allow for each student’s individual interests to shine.

Student Support: The instructor is available via email.

Feedback/Assessment: Students will receive audio files with extensive feedback on their photographs (written feedback can be requested). Feedback will focus on the strengths of the work and any technical hiccups, as well as suggestions for improving the next photoshoot.

Materials/Supplies: Students will need to have a camera (phone cameras are fine) and the ability to email their photographs to the instructor.


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