Finding the Classic Beauty in your Everyday
with meg loeks
January 8, 2018
February 26, 2018
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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.
daily shooting encouraged
4 hours of work per week
this course has prerequisites
To get the most out of this workshop, you should have the ability to control your exposure, basic understanding of white balance, and some knowledge of either Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop.
Meg lives remotely in northern Michigan with her husband, three little boys and Saint Bernard named Juni. She loves spending time outdoors whenever possible. She bounces between lifestyle, fine art and environmental portraiture and loves to merge the different photography genres together. Meg is drawn to low light, color theory and intentional storytelling. Her greatest inspirations are her children and nature. Outside of photography she enjoys baking, reading, camping, hiking and snowboarding.
Her portfolio is available here.
The following photographers also participate in discussions and provide assignment critiques as teaching assistants: Celeste Pav, Alice Che, Danielle Awwad
A number of course alumni are invited to engage in discussion, share insight with students, and provide feedback and encouragement throughout the course.
• 4 Weekly PDFs (outlined in syllabus)
• 4 shooting videos
• 17 editing videos
• Instructor-Led Online Q&A for Each Lesson
• Personal Critiques of Weekly Assignments by Instructor
• Bonus PDF on Color Theory
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: Studying indoor and outdoor light, how to manipulate it, capturing mood and atmosphere, and the importance of a solid SOOC
Assignment: Capturing Atmosphere
Reading: Capturing the beauty in the everyday, drawing inspiration from art, getting in the frame, and ways to capture connection
Assignment: A day in the life – submit 3 images
Reading: Color theory, converting to B&W imagery, wow to add depth, composition & meaning
Assignment: 2 different perspectives of a single moment
Reading: Light, lifestyle and composition recap, environmental portraiture, studying your frame and shooting with purpose
Assignment: Submit a single image of daily routine
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.