Workshop DescriptionWorkshop Name: 12-Week Evening Photography Workshop
In NYFA’s evening photography workshop, students learn the elements of photography through constant shooting, editing, and critique. Every week, students demystify the technical intricacies of the medium, guided by expert faculty who are active photographers working in their respective fields. During the program, students explore the components of exposure, and learn how to select lenses, master depth of field, and transform subjects through the use of shutter speed. Students also explore the unlimited possibilities of visual style through digital darkroom tools — including RAW processing, adjustment layers, transformations, retouching, and basic compositing using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. All students are required to bring a camera with manual exposure control to this photography workshop.
Photo I is the technical core of the curriculum. Students learn the mechanics of cameras and lenses as well as the elements of exposure, composition, framing, and how to understand different characteristics of light. In this course, students begin to unlock the possibilities offered by the modern digital camera. Techniques are practiced through individual assignments which are critiqued by faculty and peers. Emphasis is placed on developing practical technical skills at handling modern digital cameras and the ability to produce accurate exposures under a range of real-world and artificial lighting conditions. Students will develop a working ability to recognize and create dramatic exposures using natural and strobe lighting both in studio as well as in the field.
This course is an intensive introduction to Adobe Lightroom as a RAW digital editing and asset management system as well as Photoshop as a digital darkroom tool. Once immersed in Adobe applications, students acquire key digital darkroom techniques from nondestructive editing to color and tonal control over their images. Students will also learn the process of digital workflow from RAW processing through local adjustments and output for web. Along with lectures and demonstrations, Imaging I allows plenty of lab time for students to practice and perfect their image-editing skills.
Vision & Style I
The focus of the class will be to provide students with tools for developing and defining their visual style. This class pushes students to explore their personal interests in photography. Students will define and develop a personal style and a specific area of interest studying master bodies of work while exploring different photographic genres. Students will become acquainted with principles of composition, color, editing, sequencing and presentation. Through writing, journaling, drawing, research and photographic assignments, students will gain a level of self awareness necessary to understand the origins of their ideas and start to conceive how their work might fit into the context of current practices.
Ways of Seeing
Students study, analyze and critique the work of master photographers from the birth of photography to now. In class, students will investigate the ways in which seminal photographers hold a mirror up to society, allowing us to see the technological, artistic, social and cultural currents of life through the lens. Examining master photographers’ techniques, aesthetics and approaches segues into students’ individual shooting and research projects.
A unique hands-on course in which students develop core professional camera skills and techniques during location shoots. Covering a wide range of genres along with aesthetic, logistical, and technical challenges, students will have the opportunity to work directly with instructors, applying new skills across a range of assignments in increasing complexity.
TIMES AND BREAKDOWN BY WEEK
This part-time workshop is held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings. Some classes may be held on Wednesday.
- New York campus: 7 PM to 9:30 PM EST
- Los Angeles campus: 7:40 PM to 10:20 PM PST
Students will need to anticipate extra time outside of class to complete assignments, projects, and exercises. Request information to learn more.
PROGRAM AND SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS
This course requires the following software and equipment:
- External hard drive (generally costs $30-$200)
- An SD Card
- Digital camera with manual exposure controls
Please note: Equipment, curriculum, and projects are subject to change and may vary depending on location. Students should consult the most recently published campus catalog for the most up-to-date curriculum.