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Wet Plate Photography
New Spring Classes! Remember all classes and courses are free!
March 24th and April 7th.
This class has been very popular so we are offering it again!
"If your photos aren’t good enough, you’re not reading enough” – Tod Papageorge (NYC Street Photographer and two-time recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship ad two-time recipient of the NEA Visual Artist Fellowship)
We will discuss what documentary photography is and why it is important. Discuss things from Kent State to Charlottesville – talk about how social documentary photography is recording the world around us, both the good and bad, the beautiful and ugly, while most being featured in the same work, like putting flowers in the guns during Viet Nam protest to the killing of Kent State students, to Hands UP Don’t Shoot.
We will talk about how
zoom lens works best so you can get wide angle and telephoto without changing lenses and about what walking shoes/clothing while shooting, learning about the subject that you are photographing (insider or outsider). A discussion of techniques and of shooting documentary photography, including what to look for and subjects, about people’s faces to show emotion and talk about not just photographing the people but also the surroundings, what makes up the area that you are photographing? Is there chaos? Are you in a rundown part of the city? Describe the scene in a few images but helps tell the story.
We will talk about what to look for in different situations, from protest to city settings to vacation environments etc. Remember that documentary needs to be an extended amount of time and that the subject is relevant for a period amount of time as well. That is what is different between that and the photo essay, where that has a short shelf-life. Talk about bringing along pen and paper so one can document areas and people you photograph, dates and times.
This self-directed course explores the world of documentary photography. This two-day free course will briefly cover the ideas and beginning techniques, subjective documentary work in a world that responds to expressive photography
This class is taught by
Chris Ortiz is a Kansas native that earned his BA in Art History from Baker University in Baldwin City, KS and his Masters of Fine Arts in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). His work, including Living with Sam and Portraits of Latinx Identity have focuses on social issues that have gained note-worthy attention. Other work has included photographing US Presidents Obama and Clinton, Senators Sanders and Rubio, and musical acts of George Clinton, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Casualties, and The Interrupters. He also spends part of his time as a game day photographer for the United Soccer League team the Swope Park Rangers when he is not working on his personal work. His work is in permanent collections at the University of Kansas and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. He is currently working on his new collection titled We Are All We Have Tonight.
April 14,21,28 and May 5th.
Photography One Course.
The complexity of Great Photography is not easily pieced together with small singular bits of knowledge haphazardly acquired. We want to offer a complete courses in photography, broken into knowledge and skill levels. These classes will meet for three hours on Saturdays for four straight weeks. A break of two weeks, then the next knowledge and skill level class will begin for another four weeks.
Even if you have been using your camera for a long time we suggest you attend the first level (Photography 1), as each level builds on previous knowledge. These classes attempt to teach a deeper level of understanding than many other photography classes you may have taken.
At least two levels of classes are plan
ned so far, with perhaps others to follow on specific subjects.
Photography 1 course
This class will be taught using the manual mode. Without the camera making any choices (behind the scenes and without your knowledge), you will learn how to control your choices . You will learn real exposure control, and the many other choices that “create” an image (not a snapshot). Get an introduction to our species visual language. Finally how to put what you have learned into use with “do at your speed” assignments that illustrate the principles presented. This is a great foundation for all other photography.
Among the many subjects covered are: ISO, shutter speed, f-stop, exposure triangle interchangeability, stop action, motion blur, depth of field (usually miscalled bokeh), lens choices available, the real effects of focal lengths (most people miss the most important use of zoom lenses), how to capture more texture and detail in an image, composition choices, visual language clues, and more.... It is 4 sessions full of information. I give examples from my lifetime of working in photography to help illustrate how, why, and when to use the information you are learning.
May 19,26 June 2,9.
Photography Two Course
This class picks up where Photography 1 finished. In this four week class we will concentrate mostly on the nature of light, in conjunction with what was covered in the Photography 1 class. Further exploration of exposure (thinking of exposure in predicable tones). Considerable time will be spent on how to work with the inverse square law to predict the image results with any flash/strobe.
Among the subjects covered are: Qualities of light beyond quantity (hard,soft, specular, broad, spot, lighting a subject, color theory, capturing a “striking image”, the inverse square law (the cosmic law of light), studio use of softboxes reflectors umbrellas etc (and how to use on location), external camera flash, multiple flash setups, some basic posing and more. Principles you learn in this class will work in the studio or outside, on large subjects of on the micro scale with bugs. Basic understandings can be used everywhere, all the time: it changes your photography. A hands on class and a very busy four sessions
We are always happy to offer these classes free of charge and rely on the generous donations of our guests to keep this facility operating! Consider a membership today!
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CLASSES & EVENTS
Wet Plate Photography