Tuesday, January 21, 2014

2014 Winter Term: Classes at ICP and Pratt

It's not too late to register for Photography and Photoshop classes beginning in the next few weeks. My schedule includes one class at Pratt and two at ICP. Learn about photographic composition in The Grammar of Photography, which will be held at Pratt's Center for Continuing and Professional Studies. You can see examples of student work here and read about the course topics and goals here. Some outstanding examples of street photography by two members of last Fall's class, Paul Kessel and Felice Simon, are below.

The Grammar of Photography, Pratt Center for Continuing and Professional Studies, Thursday evenings, 6:05 - 9:05, for 10 weeks, beginning February 6. (There is no direct link to the class on Pratt's website. To register for the course, you'll need to first click on the highlighted course name at the beginning of this paragraph, then the Search, register and pay online for CCPS courses link in the left column of that page, then enter PMPH-472-01 as the course code number.)

Paul Kessel

Paul Kessel

Felice Simon

Felice Simon

At ICP, I'm teaching Photoshop 1 and Photoshop 2. Photoshop 1 will cover RAW conversion, color correction, printing, and local adjustments using layer masks and selections. The objectives for the course are to develop students' sensitivity to color and tonality and give students the tools to transform the image the camera records into the picture the photographer imagines.

Photoshop 2 further strengthens students' abilities to solve expressive and aesthetic problems. The class is devoted to linking the decisions made in image processing and manipulation to ideas about composition and meaning. For example: how to enhance the illusion of space in a photograph, how to identify the subject, how to use color expressively, how to direct the viewer's eye within an image. The major technical component of the class is the introduction of advanced masking techniques. Photoshop classes are not just about learning software; they are, more importantly, about learning to see.

Photoshop 1, International Center of Photography, Monday evenings 6:30 - 9:30, for 10 weeks beginning January 27.

Photoshop 2, International Center of Photography, Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 9:30, for 10 weeks beginning January 29.

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