Learn to see what the camea sees

This is a course in how to see photographically. We do not dwell on the hardware or the editing; instead we cover the visual, intellectual and intuitive elements which go into making a photograph. This course is open to anyone looking for new ways to see - from novices to seasoned pros. Each day we explore a single aspect of photographic vision in depth.

 

Subjects covered during the week:

First Day: The Quality of Light - The photographer's basic tool. Develop a greater appreciation for the quality of light- the direct light of noon, the soft light of dawn, the shadows of late afternoon, the diffused light of fog.

Second Day: The Camera Lens - Explore the lens' ability to distort perspective, alter reality and isolate subjects through focus and depth-of-field.

Third Day: 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.

Fourth Day: Composition & Photographic Design - Work with lines, shapes and space as the frame creates two dimensions from a three-dimensional space.

Fifth Day: The Element of Time - Manipulate camera shutter speed to extend and compress time, to freeze action and express motion.

Final Day: The Culminating Picture - A single photograph, your final assignment, brings together all the elements you have examined and will be presented at the final critique.

Mornings begin with a review and critique of the previous day's photographs, followed by lecture and discussions of a new aspect of "photographic vision" providing a basis for the day's assignment and fieldwork. Experimentation is encouraged and participants are expected to stretch, explore and test new ideas. Failures and mistakes will be applauded. 

Students are encouraged to bring a laptop for image processing and editing since this is not a based in a digital lab classroom.

 

Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $475. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging is $125.

Instructors

Kari Wehrs

© Mark Edward Dawson

Kari Wehrs is a photographer and educator currently living in midcoast Maine.

As a child, Kari spent hours flipping through her Grandmother’s family photo albums that dated from the late 1800s to the mid 1900s.  The photographs were compiled neatly, often with handwritten notations, which suggested to her that they were precious objects.  Wanting to see the details of each image, Kari often examined the photographs with her Grandmother’s magnifying glass.  She found the idea that time could be recorded and “held” in photographs to be truly fascinating.

Originally from Minnesota, Kari attended the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse for her undergraduate education, and soon after attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, in the fall of 2007.  Kari has been associated with the Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport, Maine, since 2008, having taken on various positions such as photography labs manager and teaching assistant for the college program.  She has been a Workshops instructor since 2012.

Kari has a deep interest in the techniques, technology, and history of the photographic medium.  While embracing multiple methods in her own work, her most recent series is portraiture employing the 1850’s wet plate collodion process (tintypes).  She has become captivated by the tintype process and sees the tintype image as a personal and intimate memento.  This working process appeals to Kari’s desire to make images that survive as a photographic object and record, while also referencing her documentary roots.

Kari loves the camaraderie that the classroom environment can provide and continuously aims to fill her classes with energy and thought-provoking analysis and discussion of the day’s topics.

To view Kari’s work, teaching schedule, exhibitions, and other news, please go to http://www.kariwehrs.com

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Course Dates

Mar 8 to Mar 14

Tuition

$995

Class Size

14

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