with sally molhoek
january 9, 2017
february 13, 2017
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When we were children, we believed in nursery rhymes, fairy tales, legends. We whispered about monsters and dragons in the shadows, played superhero, donned our costumes, stocked our play kitchens, held secret clubs in the woods, and exercised our imaginations to the fullest. As we grew up, we tucked some of those childhood fantasies away as reality set in, but those idealistic and whimsical moments are now captured in the imaginations of the children we know and love.
As photographers, we can take the unique opportunity to unveil magic through the child’s-eye- view, to take a real moment and bring to life their dreams and imaginations. Through study, practice, and creative development, we can reach into the heart of a child and infuse these discoveries into a photograph. More than just conjured magic, it’s the authentic magical world that has been there all along. All of the energy, the interactions, the giggles, the tears, every organic expression – these are all part of this extraordinary child’s world we seek to capture in our photographs.
Throughout this course, Sally will guide you through the steps she follows to uncover this magic in a plethora of ways. She’ll show you how she “sets the scene” to provide the foundation for stories (and when to release the reins), how she uses natural light for atmosphere and magical mood, how she encourages natural expressions and connection with her subjects, and how she completes the vision during post processing. You’ll also learn Sally’s favorite processing secrets plus plenty of tips and tricks for escaping the inevitable “creative rut,” including daily introspective journal questions and exercises.
This course includes 5+ PDFs, shooting videos, over 23 processing videos, and many other little bonuses. A truly interactive course, Sally will be ready and available to share, discuss and challenge students to uncover the magic. (Are you an alum of Sally’s old course, Creating Magical Moments? If so please contact us before signing up to find out more about overlap between the old course and the new course.)
daily shooting encouraged
6-8 hours of work per week
this course has prerequisites
All students must have a DSLR camera and be comfortable shooting in manual mode. A variety of lenses is encouraged, but not required. A notebook for daily introspection and exercise is strongly recommended. Students should have a basic knowledge (or at least access to) Photoshop, as Sally will be using Photoshop and Lightroom in some of her editing videos.
Sally Molhoek is an artist and photographer, a downright shooting addict, and in any given week, could easily be spotted around her home in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, chasing an epic sky, dragging couches into fields, or asking her daughter to twirl to the light of a brilliant evening sun. Sally is passionate about photographing families, couples, maternity, and especially children, and gets gleeful when she captures just the right expression, an act of affection, a crazy-beautiful sky, and the perfect ray of golden hour sunshine. A touch of whimsy, a sprinkle of atmosphere, a cup of joy, and a twist of color, all blended and finished off with creative processing, make the perfect recipe for capturing her special blend of Magic. When she’s not busy tending to (ahem, chauffeuring ) her five children, Sally works with families, children and couples in the Dallas Metroplex, as well as during her frequent trips around the country. She also stays busy conducting in-person workshops. And in between, she’s probably shooting something. You can see more of Sally’s work
The following photographers also participate in discussions and provide assignment critiques as teaching assistants: Jan Tyler, Jessica Nelson
A number of course alumni are invited to engage in discussion, share insight with students, and provide feedback and encouragement throughout the course.
Shooting and Processing
• 8 PDFs
• 23 editing videos
• sky overlays and actions
• Instructor-Led Online Q&A for Each Lesson
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
Child Storytelling “Interview”
Reading: Finding magic in the ordinary in Photography, “setting the stage” to invoke the authentic child’s heart
Assignment:Choosing inspiration and designing plans (simple or complex) for concept shoots, small themed shoot with 4-5 photographs
Reading: Putting it all together: designing and styling sessions, and encouraging connection and organic expression (two shooting videos included)
Assignment: Photo shoot with multiple subjects (objects and pets are fine as a second subject!)
Reading:Breaking out of creative ruts through a variety of troubleshooting methods, and new tricks and tools to add to your arsenal and equip you for potential roadblocks
Assignment: 3 mini shooting assignments emphasizing variety and encouraging a break from the norm
Reading: Processing: Sally’s 20 best processing secrets for carrying out your vision
EDITING VIDEOS INCLUDED.
Assignment: Five of your best images from the course with creative edits applied, include SOOC with each image
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 and TA critiques each week. They also have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.
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.