Create strong in-camera compositions.

There are no available registration dates at this time.

This course is also offered during our Summer/Fall Session, view here.

Seeing photographically is what this week is all about, join us as we learn how to create strong compositions within the camera. We do not dwell on the equipment, software or editing. During this week we will discuss the visual, intellectual and intuitive elements, which go into creating a photograph. This course is open to anyone looking for new ways to see – from the novice to the seasoned pro. Each day we explore a single aspect of photographic vision in depth.

Mornings begin with a review and critique of the previous day’s photographs, followed by lecture and discussions 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.

Subjects covered during the week:

  • The Camera Lens – Explore the lens’ ability to distort perspective, alter reality and isolate subjects through focus and depth-of-field.
  • Photographic Design – Work with lines, shapes and space as the frame creates two dimensions from a three-dimensional space.
  • 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.
  • Light – 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 as the Maine fog rolls in.
  • 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.

Students are encouraged to bring a laptop for image processing and editing since this is not 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

Plan to arrive on Sunday afternoon/evening to be rested for your workshop which will begin Monday morning, following registration. Workshops will end late Friday afternoon. Lodging is booked for a Saturday departure.

Header Image Credit: Jim Graham

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Instructor: Jim Graham

Jim Graham is a consummate photographer. He honed his craft as a documentary photographer working at The News Journal Papers and freelancing with USA Today, The Associated Press and Bloomberg News. Today, he has evolved those skills and works as a corporate photojournalist with a designers eye. He shoots corporate profiles, working portraits, customer stories, and special projects worldwide. Jim works in the client's environment, fly-on-the-wall, many times without lighting or crew. He is versatile, shoots for the full frame, and travels light. His work has won many awards. Jim was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, won the prestigious Southern Photographer of the Year award. Jim's editorial work has appeared in Town & Country Magazine, Vanity Fair, Wine Spectator, Sports Illustrated, Time and Newsweek Magazines as well as being featured in Communication Arts, PDN, Shutterbug, Rangefinder and Aftercapture Magazines. He is a contributing photographer to Redux Pictures.