“Creating Deeper Documentary Images” is a twelve-week, intense, assignment-based program with the ultimate goal of mastering proven processes that will help photographers create deeper, content-rich documentary images on a consistent basis. WE CANNOT IMPROVE IF WE DO NOT PUT IN THE WORK!
The course will begin with an overview of how to approach and assess scenes, lens choice, and aperture choice before shooting begins. Students will learn how to compose critical elements of chaotic scenes so that subjects are communicated clearly and universally to viewers.
Students will learn how to infuse elements of composition and layers into their photography as well as dissect images with these elements to determine how, if, and why they work.
Finally, students will demonstrate mastery of the taught techniques by completing a culminating project with a mini essay in a cinematic fashion.
HOW DOES THIS WORK?:
LIVE, MENTORED INSTRUCTION
A live class will be lead by Chuck via Video Google Hangout (or similar) six times over the course of twelve weeks (approximately every two weeks). Active attendance and participation is crucial to student success. Students will be given assignments in class and will have approximately ten days to complete and submit their work (via Dropbox).
Individual classes will be divided into two sessions: Seminar and Instruction.
Seminar will focus on student work from the prior assignment complete with group critique and Instruction will focus on learning a new concept and introduction of the next assignment. Video classes are expected to last approximately three hours.
CONTENT RICH MATERIALS FOR REVIEW
Students will be emailed the lesson plan and presentation from each lesson. Each session will be recorded and available to students via a Dropbox link.
NETWORK OF SUPPORT
A closed, private Facebook group will be created for students of this course. This is a fantastic spot for students to ask questions, discuss topics from the lessons, and post images for feedback. This network of support is invaluable while working through such an intense curriculum.
ONE ON ONE MENTORSHIP
Additionally, students will have three 30 minute one on one conferences with Chuck throughout the course. Two conferences will be during the class (about ⅓ and ⅔ through) and one will be an “exit interview” where students will give feedback on the course.