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Ordinary Locations, Extraordinary Images

with krista campbell

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Learn to find and photograph the amazing that is all around you! This four week course will teach you how to manipulate your light and location during your session in order to turn your creative vision into a reality. There’s no need to go to an exotic location– Krista will show you how to create something beautiful whether you are shooting in your home, yard, or community. You’ll use using a variety of shooting techniques and tools to transform the ordinary world all around you into something extraordinary.
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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

Participants should be comfortable with their camera settings and shooting in manual mode. A DSLR camera is strongly recommended.  

Instructor

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Krista Campbell is natural light portrait, senior, and wedding photographer in Northwest Arkansas. A lover of golden fields, buttery backlight, and authentic emotion, she strives to transform the mundane into the magical by showcasing amazing light and interaction in her photography. She is a devoted wife and mother of a spirited 8-year-old daughter, who also serves as her muse. The past 20 years of teaching have taught her how to connect with clients and how to embrace the unpredictability of photographing others in a calm and patient way. Krista loves spicy Mexican food, reality TV, the ocean, and connecting with nature. Her portfolio is available here.

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

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

Categories

Shooting
Intermediate

Course Syllabus

Welcome & Preassignment

Week One

Reading: focus on indoor locations, how gear affects background, searching for light in your home, lighting sources indoors and how to use and manipulate the light, using artificial light indoors, learn how I create circle flare indoors, post-processing images in your home, enhancing light and creating dramatic low-light images
 
Assignment: pullbacks and edited images in your home, adding drama or changing the background

Week Two

Reading: focus on outdoor locations, learn how light affects locations, framing elements, post-processing to enhance light, learn to “see” locations in a new way

Assignment: pullbacks and edited images at outdoor locations using the skills learned in week two

Week Three

Reading: learn to transform locations, capturing big skies, learn “tools” to add drama and interest to your outdoor photographs, use “tools” to transform your backdrop

Assignment: pullbacks and edited images at outdoor locations using the skills learned in week three

Week Four

Reading: putting it all together, creating magical light in your images, capturing rays of sunlight for a stunning backdrop, planning and executing an extraordinary session at an ordinary location, learn to utilize items around your home to add mystery and drama to your images, post-processing to enhance the backdrop in your images

Assignment: pullbacks and edited images from your extraordinary session using skills learned in four weeks

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.



7 Comments

  • Laura Boggs says:

    I had so much fun with this workshop! Krista’s joy for photography really shines through in the wonderful material. She gave so many awesome options to add variety and flare to my images, and I had so much fun trying out the new techniques. I have so many more tools in my bag and head now to produce unique images during my shoots and to use my locations in a variety of ways. Thank you Krista! :)

  • Jessica says:

    This class was SO much fun! My goal prior to this class was to learn to see light better and use areas around me more to my advantage. This class definitely has helped with that. Krista is a kind and wonderful teacher and always willing to help. I loved the shooting videos since you really see she is using a really ordinary place, but making these incredible images. They help you to see what you need to look for in your own surroundings. I find now that the course is done, I see light and potential everywhere! Thank you Krista!

  • Tanya Groves says:

    I have taken my fair share of online courses and often come away feeling frustrated and wishing I hadn’t wasted my money. However, this course with Krista has me looking for and seeing light in a whole new way. I finally feel like I may be getting a grasp on things. The shooting videos were a game changer for me. It helps to actually SEE how it’s done as opposed to just reading. Thanks for everything Krista. :)

  • Kim LaFleur says:

    I loved Krista’s workshop! It was such a creative stretch for me! I have walked away with a new sense of what to look for in locations and lighting and how to make these locations work for me. The shooting videos along with her processing videos really show how to reach your final vision! I never dreamed 4 weeks would fly by so quickly, but each week brought new ideas and challenges – thank you Krista!

  • Rachel Hall says:

    This was my first course with CM and I loved it! I was looking for a course that covered “a bit of everything” and this definitely did. I feel that I’ve learnt about composition, light, posing and processing. Krista is responsive and informative and her love of photography and teaching really comes across. I know I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me to get to where I want to be but I feel like I’ve got a clearer idea of how to get there after this course. This might have been my first course but it definitely won’t be my last!

  • Robyn Moore says:

    This class was probably one of the most fun classes I’ve taken with CM. Krista is so creative, and encourages that creativity in you. She shares her ideas and knowledge freely. She so wants you to take chances and try new things. Some of the time I thought, “Oh, I don’t know if I’d ever use that.” but I would try it anyways, and would LOVE the results. She’s VERY instructive. Makes things simple with her videos, and welcomes questions. I loved the class. I see light in a whole new way and feel like my photography has grown from taking this workshop. Thanks Krista!!!

  • Robyn Moore says:

    This class was probably one of the most fun classes I’ve taken with CM. Krista is so creative, and encourages that creativity in you. She shares her ideas and knowledge freely. She so wants you to take chances and try new things. Some of the time I thought, “Oh, I don’t know if I’d ever use that.” but I would try it anyways, and would LOVE the results. She’s VERY instructive. Makes things simple with her videos, and welcomes questions. I loved the class. I see light in a whole new way and feel like my photography has grown from taking this workshop. Thanks Krista!!!

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