Many photographers are drawn to the craft as a means to express their creativity and artistic vision, but are unsure as to what their photographic voice is, or how it comes across to viewers of their work. In this advanced course, you’ll spend time learning techniques to identify and manipulate photographic devices and compositional elements, and help you build confidence in yourself as an artist. You’ll come out of the course with a better understanding of how to strengthen the creative and emotional intent of your work through composition and self-understanding.
It’s highly recommended that you are able to shoot proficiently in manual and that you have a solid understanding of compositional techniques. This is an intermediate to advanced workshop meant for photographers who are ready to be pushed to think about their work in a new way.
FINAL RUN: November 5 - December 2, 2017
Yes, after 4 years and more runs than I can count, I'm retiring this workshop. The ride has been more amazing than I can say, but all good things must come to an end, to make room for even better things. After this last run, I'll make the materials available as an independent study course.
As an ACTIVE SEAT STUDENT, you receive four weeks in a private, online forum with myself, a couple of experienced teaching assistants, and engaged classmates. You’ll be encouraged to post images and interact with your classmates daily, and you’ll receive detailed feedback on your weekly assignment from me personally, as well as mid-week video feedback. You’ll also receive the nearly 200 pages of PDF materials that will change how you think about photography, your voice, and the power of composition.
SILENT SEAT STUDENTS receive the PDF and access to the course forum, but aren’t able to comment or post in the main forum, or receive feedback from the instructor or teaching assistants.
Still not sure if this course is the right one for you? Download the pre-assignment and course information at Bit.ly/VVI_Preview
Dates: Nov 5 - Dec 2, 2017
(LAST RUN EVER)
Plan on spending about an hour a day on this online course. You don't need to be online at a certain time, you'll be able to access the materials, check threads, and turn in assignments whenever works for you.
Students should be very comfortable shooting in manual, and have at least an intermediate understanding of light, line, and moment.
This course is not genre specific - all genres of photographers will benefit from the concepts.
WEEK ONE: SUBJECT
You’ll learn how to manipulate the elements within a frame to enhance voice. We are going to discuss what “voice” and “vision” are, and go over 6 photographic devices that you can intentionally manipulate to strengthen communication.
WEEK TWO: CHOICE
You’ll learn how to make conscious photographic choices to enhance voice. We are going to discuss 6 photographic devices, plus exposure choices, that you can manipulate through in-camera and shooting choices to support your voice.
WEEK THREE: INTENT
You’ll gain an understanding of the forms of intent, and you’ll explore your own path as an artist. We’ll take a look at how you tend to naturally fall on the sides of intent. We are also going to have some soul searching discussions about your identity and the direction you want to go.
WEEK FOUR: EXPRESSION
You’ll learn to make deliberate decisions to enhance your natural voice tendencies. We’ll discuss the process of expression, and how to say what it is you want to say. We’ll also lay the groundwork for a personal project you’ll complete on your own after the class ends.