Connected: Images With Heart
with virginia greuloch
october 9, 2017
november 6, 2017
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Full Participation sold out.
It’s time to shut out all the noise and ﬁnally take your mother’s advice: “Just be yourself.” We are bombarded with beautiful imagery every day and, for so many of us, this leaves us in a spiral of comparison, lack of conﬁdence in our work, and striving to create images that are just like another photographer, but are not at all like the art you were born to create. In this 4-week introspective and interactive workshop with Virginia Greuloch, you will dig deep to help identify key pieces that will allow your voice as an artist to shine through your images. We will work on building your conﬁdence, allowing you to shoot from the heart while identifying how to share your work and engage with different audiences that will connect with you. You will learn different ways to interact with your subjects using both passive and active strategies to create beautiful connections and bring your vision to life. And you will learn to incorporate different technical, visual, and sensory storytelling elements that allow you to further the narrative in your images. Whether you are a photographer in business or the family historian, this class will help you on your journey to ﬁnding your own unique voice.
Weekly shooting required
4+ hours required per week
this course has prerequisites
To get the most out of this workshop, students should be comfortable using their cameras in manual mode and should have a solid understanding of exposure and composition principles.
Virginia Greuloch is a very loud and enthusiastic connection photographer and owner of The Good Life Photography. When not photographing her children, she takes modern, natural portraits of clients that focus on their unique connections. Virginia is a contributor for Lensbaby, was awarded Best in Category for the 2015 VOICE Image Collection “Connection” category, and has had work featured in various publications including Click Magazine and Hufﬁngton Post. Virginia can mostly be found with a camera in one hand, Diet Coke in the other, and a child clinging to her leg. A Nebraska native and DePaul University graduate, Virginia now lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband and their two children. Her portfolio can be found here.
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
• Week One: Welcome Video + PDF Lesson + Bonus Day In The Life PDF
• Week Two: PDF Lesson + Culling & Discussion of Sharing for an Audience Video
• Week Three: PDF Lesson + 2 Shooting Videos (Client Work & Personal Work)
• Week Four: PDF Lesson + Color Editing Video + B&W Editing Video
• Bonus Materials: “Power of Play” Games List, Quick Reference Guide, Q&A Video with Instructor
• Instructor-Led Online Q&A for Each Lesson
• Personal Video Critiques of Weekly Assignments by Instructor
Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.
Welcome & Preassignment
Reading:Building Confidence | exploring why you shoot, what your values are, letting go of expectations, shooting from the heart
Assignment: Let go of all expectations and make an image that speaks to you. Instead of examining what could be improved, discuss what moves you, makes you feel something, and why you love it.
Reading: Define Your Audience | exploring different audiences and how they play into our choices when we make images.
Assignment: Explore the difference between making an image for yourself and one for a speciﬁc audience.
Reading: Passive vs Active Involvement | examining the differences between being actively involved or passively involved in a
scene, working with your subjects, self-portraiture, and connection.
Assignment: Create two images: one with active involvement and one with passive involvement.
Reading: Storytelling with Technical, Visual, and Sensory Elements | Using light, composition, and processing choices. Using
sensory elements to further the narrative.
Assignment: Putting it all together. Using everything we’ve learned, create an images that is entirely YOU. Identify your audience, make technical and post-processing choices that satisfy both you and the audience you’ve chosen.
The CMU workshop is a 100% online classroom experience. Once you sign up, you have access to a course forum that is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.
Each week students receive a set of course materials– these materials generally include a PDF and/or videos. Throughout the week, instructors and TAs are present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement. Students receive an assignment each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and class discussion throughout the week.
Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive instructor critiques each week.
Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.
Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.