The World Around You
with kristen ryan
september 11, 2017
october 9, 2017
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In this four week course we will explore landscape photography and all the elements that come together to create memorable images. We will examine technical considerations such as settings, filters, focus and bracketing. From sunrise to sunset, midday sun to night photography, students will learn how to shoot landscapes in all types of light. We will also cover composition and take a look at how elements such as lines, color, framing and foreground elements work to capture and hold a viewer’s attention. After considering the impact of human inclusion within landscape work, we will talk about various geographic settings such as seascapes, cityscapes and mountains. We will conclude with with post processing in conjunction with story telling and mood, looking at the technical side of editing as well as its role in creating emotion in the final image.
daily shooting encouraged
4 hours of work per week
Students need a solid understanding of manual exposure and white balance and a strong comfort level with post processing.
Kristen Ryan is a natural light photographer residing in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and 4 young kids. Specializing in fine art, lifestyle and landscape photography, she strives to capture life’s fleeting moments in an artistic way. Inspired by light and nature, she loves to travel with her Nikon D800 close at hand. She uses a variety of lens including zooms, primes and various lensbaby optics. Kristen edits in both LR5 and Photoshop. 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
Reading: Discussion of landscape inspiration; gear suggestions and discussion, including tripods and filters.
Assignment: Self exploration of personal landscape inspiration and style; brainstorming locations for shooting during the course
Week One: Light, Atmosphere & Technical Considerations
Reading:Discussion of technical settings, focus and subject determination. Use of filters and exposure considerations will be examined as we explore light, atmosphere and creative effects.
Assignment: Exploring and utilizing light, atmosphere and creative effects
Week Two: Framing, Depth, Setting, and Composition
Reading: Understanding and utilizing elements of composition to create depth in landscape images; People in Landscapes; Various geographic settings; creating variety in a shoot
Assignment: Creating depth in your image; Finding variety in a single shoot
Week Three: Emotion & Mood in landscape imagery; practical and creative editing techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop; Black and white conversions
Reading: Emotion & Mood in landscape imagery; practical and creative editing techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop
Assignment: Enhancing the mood of your images through color and post processing techniques
Week Four: Night Photography; HDR and composites, panoramas; Preparing your images for print.
Reading: Night Photography; HDR and composites, panoramas; Preparing your images for print.
Assignment: Shooting night images; Merging images through HDR or panoramas.
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.