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Finding the Classic Beauty in your Everyday

with meg loeks

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Learn how to find classic beauty in the everyday by transforming everyday moments and lifestyle photography into classic works of art. We’ll cover color, learning how to utilize it in order to enhance images and to add depth. We’ll discover how to manipulate light to enhance images – both indoors and out – from rim light to challenging forms of light (like full sun!) to golden hour haze and backlight. We’ll explore how to make important decisions about what to include in the frame to strenthen the image. Finally, we’ll learn some post processing techniques to enhance the images that we’ve created. From day to day activities to getting in the frame, you will be encouraged to slow down and document life in a purposeful and beautiful way.
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Commitment
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4 weeks

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daily shooting encouraged

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4 hours of work per week

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this course has prerequisites

Prerequisites

To get the most out of this workshop, you should have the ability to control your exposure as well as a basic understanding of white balance.

Instructor

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Meg Loeks lives just outside a small town in Michigan with her husband and three little boys. She is a natural light photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, child, and family photography. Her favorite subjects to photograph are her boys. Meg is drawn to low light, color, minimalism, fine art photography and documenting everyday moments in a timeless way.
Her portfolio is available here.

The following photographers also participate in discussions and provide assignment critiques as teaching assistants:

A number of course alumni are invited to engage in discussion, share insight with students, and provide feedback and encouragement throughout the course.

Categories

Shooting
Intermediate

• 4 Weekly PDFs (outlined in syllabus)
• 2 shooting videos
• 6 editing videos
• Instructor-Led Online Q&A for Each Lesson
• Personal Critiques of Weekly Assignments by Instructor

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 receive instructor and TA critiques of the posted assignment each week and have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.

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

Week One

Reading: Studying home light and surroundings and the important of a solid SOOC
 
Assignment: Choice of indoor light and outdoor light – submit SOOC images

Week Two

Reading: Finding beauty in the everyday moments and getting in the frame

Assignment: A day in the life – submit 3 images

Week Three

Reading: The importance of color and composition to tell a story

Assignment: 3 different perspectives of a single moment

Week Four

Reading: Observing your frame and what to include and not include in an image

Assignment: Submit a single image applying all 4 weeks

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.



5 Comments

  • Beth Cagnoni says:

    This was my first workshop ever, and it was just the perfect course! I took this as a full-participation student, and Meg’s involvement in the forum was so appreciated! Not only does Meg show how to capture daily life in a special way, but she also goes in-depth for editing techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop. She is a talented artist and a gifted instructor. And she is sweet and kind throughout the course with her advice and critiques. I can’t recommend this course enough.

  • Trucly Bui says:

    I’ve always been photographing others and I couldn’t seem to find the motivation to photograph my everyday since I was trained to think that the photos are better during a “session”. Meg’s course has inspired me to document the little moments around me, even in the mess and even with a little pocket of light left! The PDFs and videos included are very informative. Not only does it contains inspiration to push you to take photos daily, Meg’s course teaches about skin and the use of light in your everyday. Although the study along was worth it and my study long group was supportive, I highly recommend taking the Full Study so you will be more motivated to complete the lessons every week and to get feedback from Meg.

  • Danielle says:

    Once the class started I could see an instant change in my work. I was still producing my style of work but in a more authentic way. The information that is included in this workshop is informative for both the novice and pro. Much of the technical information I knew but applied it in a different way. The PDF’s were packed with beautiful images and wonderful information on how to achieve your own vision. The editing videos were also very detailed. As a study along student I was not able to ask questions or get weekly feedback, but I was able to see how involved she was with her class. She willingly answered questions and would even post new editing / shooting videos to answers questions if someone was struggling with a concept. Her weekly assignments were well thought out and she also gave wonderful feedback that was kind but also to the point to help you grow as a photographer. I loved that I learned so much new information to further develop my editing style as well as shooting style. I use so many of these tips still and I am now producing work daily that I am in love with.

    Seriously if you have not gotten a seat in this class yet you need to get one as soon as possible. I promise it is something you would never regret. I have seen the most growth in my work in the last 4 months then I have in the previous 12 months before this course. I am forever thankful for Meg and this course. She helped bring me back to life in regards to my photography. Thank you Meg from the bottom of my heart!

  • Alicia Moss says:

    This workshop was wonderful, so inspiring and it pushed my photography to a new level. Because of Meg I am able to observe new photographic opportunities in my daily life. I would definitely recommend this course!!

  • Megan Meister says:

    If you’re looking to move your everyday life images from flat and bland to extraordinary, I cannot recommend this course enough. Meg shows you how to use and manipulate light to elevate you images. She’s also generous in sharing all her tips and techniques in both Lightroom and Photoshop, with step by step video instruction and in the forum. Additionally, Meg is very responsive to questions — she definitely wants to be sure you are understanding the material. I highly recommend this workshop.

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