The first step to creative photography is developing the skills of composition and perspective in black and white. This course is a comprehensive exploration into the visual aspects of B&W photography, covering point of view, framing, the shutter, and the lens’ ability to isolate subject matter through depth of field. Students concentrate on camera functions and the creative possibilities while Workshops’ lab staff processes film or digital files.
Morning lectures, slideshows, and demonstrations are held daily, combining the technical elements of the camera and lens with various aspects of photographic vision.
- The Quality of Light – the photographer’s basic tool. Develop a greater appreciation for the quality of light
- The Camera Lens – discover the lens’ ability to distort perspective, alter reality and isolate subjects through focus and depth-of-field
- Point of View & the Frame – investigate the frame’s ability to edit, select, isolate, include and exclude elements in our field of vision. Examine how the camera lies to tell a greater truth.
- Composition and Photographic Design – Work with lines, shapes and space as the frame creates two dimensions from a three-dimensional space
- The Element of Time – manipulate camera shutter speeds to extend and compress time, freeze action and express emotion.
Afternoon field trips along the coast of Maine provide the beauty and diversity to explore topics discussed each day.
Experimentation is encouraged as participants are expected to stretch, explore and test new ideas. Failures and mistakes are applauded as participants explore new territories and make exciting discoveries.