The Mindful Approach
with ardelle neubert
april 10, 2017
may 8, 2017
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Full Participation sold out.
Are you ready to be pushed to think about your work in a new way?
The mindful photographic approach will empower you to be intentional with the images you make, creating stronger, deeper, more meaningful imagery.
Photographers have the power to express and communicate messages through their work, leaving lasting impressions with viewers. When we become more mindful of what we want to say and practice until we have the ability to say those things is when spectacular things happen, vision develops and we create art.
In this advanced four week workshop, you will work on techniques to identify photographic elements, learn how to use those elements to create a stronger frame, break through creative boundaries, create images that express who you are and what you intend to say through your work, all leading to a gained conﬁdence in yourself as an artist.
daily shooting encouraged
4 hours of work per week
this course has prerequisites
To get the most out of this workshop, you should have a solid understanding of manual mode and comfort with your camera in addition to an understanding of compositional techniques.
Ardelle Neubert is a lifestyle and ﬁne art photographer. She lives in Calgary, AB, Canada with her husband and their two boys. She carries her camera everyone, capturing the real life moments of love, laughter, daily activities and adventures in her life.
Ardelle is an international award winning photographer who’s work has been featured in a variety of publications including Click Magazine, Real Life Magazine, Photo Life Magazine, and several photography blogs. She is also a contributor to Offset and Stocksy. When she isn’t keeping up with a calendar full of her boys’ sports and activities, she loves being anywhere near the water.
Her portfolio is available here and 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.
• Introduction: Intro video – get to know your instructor
• Week 1: 1 PDF, 2 discussion on-screen videos
• Week 2: 1 PDF, shooting video
• Week 3: 1 PDF, 2 in-depth photograph study videos, 2 editing videos
• Week 4: 1 PDF, shooting video, extra video discussing Ardelle’s underwater housing
• Personal Critiques of Weekly Assignments by Instructor
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:Creating stronger images using six photographic elements
Assignment: Photographic Elements
Reading: Becoming a thinking photographer; Thinking through and image, making decisions about your images, ways to manipulate the elements in a frame to create unique images
Assignment: Communicating a Mood
Reading: Shooting with intent. Expression through your work. Your vision. Breaking down barriers. Fulﬁllment.
Assignment: Visual Storytelling
Reading: What’s next? Develop focus, inspiration, creativity, experimentation, motivation.
Assignment: Creative constraints
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.