The Full Frame: Life On Scene
with lauren mitchell
september 11, 2017
october 9, 2017
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“You may or may not be able to change the world, but the world can certainly change you.” – Joel Meyerowitz
It’s time to let the background take center stage. Capture images of clients, family and even strangers in a way that gives meaningful, deeper insight and context into who they are. Photographing people in their everyday surroundings creates an atmosphere of comfort and familiarity, providing visual clues and allowing for more authentic representations of who they truly are. During this four week course, you will learn how to incorporate environment (no matter where you are) and even capture compelling images of places without people. The world around us is filled with images waiting for you to take them.
daily shooting encouraged
4 hours of work per week
this course has prerequisites
Students must own or have access to wide angle lens (between 24 and 50mm). Working with and knowledge of manual settings is preferred, as well as basic understanding of composition and light.
Lauren Mitchell is a street and documentary-style photographer living on the Space Coast of Florida with her husband and 4 year old daughter. She is a restless spirit who can’t sit still for more than a few hours at a time but seeks comfort in people and places she feels deeply rooted. Her daughter is often her travel companion and will most likely look back on her life as a series of gas station bathroom breaks and drive-thru windows. Lauren loves to photograph the world around her, especially the neighborhoods closest to home. She loves dark humor, junk food, podcasts and Stevie Nicks.
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.
Welcome & Preassignment
Week One | Seeing the World Around You
Reading: Discovering the power of observation, Creating context and developing insight in your surroundings, Making the public space personal, Examining different photographic representations of environment: chaotic vs. minimal, literal vs. conceptual, etc.
Assignment: Research/get inspired by your surroundings and share your findings; Photograph your surroundings using the different approaches learned in Week 1.
Week Two | The Full Frame: Composing for the World Around You
Reading: Discovering ways to use lines, shapes and color, Learning how to “see” and use techniques like framing, layering and depth, Finding or using available light that best suits the tone of the story, Telling a clear story in a busy or cluttered environment
Assignment: Begin researching topic ideas for Week 4 project, plus share one photo for each compositional technique discussed in Week 2.
Week Three | Capturing Your Subject in Their Environment
Reading: Exploring different kinds of environmental photography: personal, street and client, Depicting subjects in different ways: candid, detail and directed, When, how and why to establish trust with your subject; when, how and why to photograph subjects without consent, Evoking and conveying mood of subject and place, Expressing your vision while showcasing your subject’s personality
Assignment: Share researched project idea/begin shooting for Week 4, plus:
Option 1 — The Street Photography Essay: 8-10 photos of your experience on the streets of your neighborhood, city or place of interest (1 photo must be taken of a stranger with consent, 1 without consent, and 1 of no people at all).
Option 2 — Telling the story of a subject using their environment. 8-10 photos of the subject of your choice using candid, detail and directed techniques. Make sure to work to the edges of the frame, incorporating elements of environment and background that have particular meaning to the subject.
Week Four | The Whole Story
Reading: Combining all three weeks in one single project to tell the complete story of your subject, Culling and editing
Assignment: Begin/Continue shooting for final project of the place, person, theme or topic of your choice, using ideas and techniques from previous 3 weeks. Share a minimum of 25 photos.
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.