Joseph Podlesnik - Seeing the World as a Photograph (Online); Thursdays, October 22-November 19, 2020

Date: Thursdays, October 22-November 19, 2020
Time: 1:00-2:30PM PST
Level: All
Medium: Photography

Our live online classes are taught via Zoom. Students have the opportunity to interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum where you can share work, comment and ask questions. Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll receive instructions about how to access the class.

To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an IPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.

In an age where most everyone has a (phone) camera and is a “photographer”, learn some ideas and mental models about photography that can set you apart. Learn that photography isn’t only about capturing “things”, but also about the dynamic “relationships between things”. In this 5-week course, Phoenix-based artist Joseph Podlesnik will cover the basics of photography. After starting with “gestalt flash drawing” students will learn some of the languages of pictures through studying photographers, immersing ourselves in the languages of how others see, how framing and design organize the world through photographs.

While this course will cover photography, it will also benefit artists to think about and intuit ways of creating meaning through content and composition in one’s images, regardless of the medium

Seeing “Wholes” (gestalt flash drawings)
The factual generosity and esthetics of photography
Framing/Composition: What we decide to keep in and out of the frame affects our photographs. Rule of Thirds.

Camera Sensors, RAW images
“Exposure Trinity”: Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO
Lenses – how wide, middle and longer focal lenses affect our photos
**Much of this content may not apply toward those using phone cameras

Lighting: Direct (front, top, bottom side and back), diffuse and reflected light; low key lighting, high-key lighting.
Depicting space in our photos

Photo editing: Learn to crop and selectively lighten/darken areas in your photos

Great photographers – a primer on what makes some photographers’ work outstanding

Course Supply List
8.5” x 11” any grade paper and pencil (or digital tablet)
Digital camera (mirrorless, DSLR, point ‘n shoot or smartphone camera)
Memory card
Camera battery
Tripod, if desired
Photo editing software: Adobe Bridge, Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom (there is also GIMP, a free image editing app)

Joseph Podlesnik holds a BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MFA in drawing and painting from Cornell University. He currently serves as Adjunct Instructor of Art for Stockton University and Facilitator for the Online Digital Photography Certificate Program at eCornell. Podlesnik exhibits his photographs, singly and in group shows, nationally and internationally. He resides in Phoenix, AZ.

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