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Visual Voice: Cultivating Authenticity in Imagery

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Your visual voice is as unique as your fingerprint, and it transcends where you live and even the subjects you shoot. Join Caroline Jensen as she walks through the keys to developing a distinctive voice, techniques for analyzing your own work critically, and guidance for swimming through the sea of influences competing for your attention. From recognizing the impact of our photographer crushes to managing the mountains of advice available online, Caroline will give you a concrete path that will help distractions fall away and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to create images unique to you. This course is not genre specific and all photographic interests are welcome.
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Commitment
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5 weeks

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Minimal shooting required (one or two images per week)

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4+ hours required per week (research and reflection)

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this course has prerequisites

Prerequisites

This course is beneficial for both new and experienced photographers. You can deepen your understanding of your voice and style at any place in your creative journey.

Instructor

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Caroline Jensen, A Sony Artisan of Imagery, is a photographic artist living on the prairie. Her favorite things include cozy nights in front of her natural wood fireplace, camping in her Airstream, and read alouds with her children. Photography is her expressive outlet and features emotive black and white portraiture, unique macro work, colorful landscapes, and food photography. Her gear includes her Sony mirrorless cameras and lenses, as well as vintage lenses and Lensbaby lenses that express her photographic voice perfectly. She has been featured in many publications including: Dreamer Journal, Sony Alpha Universe, Pro Photo Daily, and numerous times in Click magazine as well as on the packaging of the Lensbaby Sweet 50 and Velvet lenses. She teaches three popular workshops at Click Photo School where she encourages creativity and development of visual voice. View Caroline’s work at carolinejensen.com and moodykitchen.com.

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.

Categories

Shooting, Style
Intermediate, Advanced

• 130 page book
• 10+ videos
• Weekly audio messages
• Individual audio feedback on assignments
• Links to supplemental videos for discussion purposes

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.

Welcome & Preassignment

Week One: What are Voice and Style?

Reading:Read chapter one. Begin to broaden your understanding of what voice is and how it differs and relates to style. Participants will learn to define and apply voice principles in the study of their own work and the work of others.
 
Assignment: Curate a small collection of three images that represent your current work. Use these images to answer specific questions as guided by the instructor.

Week Two: Conquering Voice Challenges

Reading: Read chapter three. Learn a method for decoding your voice and learning how to deal with the issues of copying and photographer crushes. Learn a method for finding your voice within the work of others.

Assignment: Complete assignments within the chapter and work to create one image that challenges a fear you identified.

Weeks Three and Four: Sea of Influences and The Method for Decoding Your Voice

Reading: Read chapter three. Learn a method for decoding your voice and learning how to deal with the issues of copying and photographer crushes. Learn a method for finding your voice within the work of others.

Assignment: The Assignment is due at the end of the fourth week. Complete the step by step directions in chapter three and create one image that demonstrates your growth over the past two weeks. Create simple descriptors that hone in on the essence of your voice.

Week Five: Nurturing Your Visual Voice

Reading: Read chapter four and learn steps for ongoing voice development.

Assignment: Create one image based on the text of chapter four and collaborate with two to three other participants to refine your voice elements in that one image. Choosea private and public personal project for ongoing voice development and join the alumni forum for ongoing discussion.

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.



3 Comments

  • Eva says:

    I loved, loved Caroline Jensen’s class, “The Visual Voice.” The PDF (and the accompanying videos) were gorgeous and clearly written with beautifully illustrated lessons that build on each other. It if often difficult and frustrating to tease out our photographic voice but Caroline made sure that by the end of the class every one was clear and confident about theirs. Through examples of her own as well as practical shooting and writing exercises she led the discovery of our own voice and style. This was the best class on self-critique, reflection, and visual voice that I have ever taken and I have taken many workshops. Highly recommended to anyone who is searching to define their photographic voice, regardless of where they are on their photographic journey. It applies both to beginners who are not yet sure of their voice and also to more advanced photographers who are in the process of curating a cohesive portfolio. Caroline’s teaching style is wonderful: she is not only an amazing artist but also a kind, knowledgeable and a generous guide. This class will inspire you to trust in your own voice and you will gain confidence as you move forward on your journey. Highly recommended!

  • Heidi says:

    I loved this workshop for so many reasons. First, Caroline is a wonderful teacher: she is such a creative and knowledgeable photographer, insightful and articulate in her feedback, and gently nudging yet always uplifting in her guidance. Finding your voice requires a good amount of soul-searching and being vulnerable, and I couldn’t imagine a better guide than Caroline to do this with. She created a wonderful atmosphere in the workshop, and was very active and thoughtful in all her responses and suggestions.

    The materials are truly beautiful and the process and exercises Caroline lays out to pinpoint what your voice is worked really well for me. I went from collecting lots of influences and inspirations to really drilling down into what the common denominator among them is, really the essence of what is present in all my authentic images. It was tough – and lots of fun! :-)

    It has been six months since the workshop, and I have loved shooting ever since. I get a lot more keepers because I now just know what makes me love certain images and others not so much. I shoot with intention, incorporating techniques and elements that I know will “look like me”, I edit more consistently (and more boldly) and I find it easier to evaluate my own imagery and direct my photography learning going forward. I finally feel like I know what I need to do to get where I want to go. It’s wonderful and liberating!

    I can only give Visual Voice and Caroline my warmest and highest recommendation.

    Visual Voice came at the perfect time for me, in the perfect package

  • Iris says:

    I have been following Caroline’s work for a while; her work is so inspiring with so much personality and creativity. Since I have had a glimpse of Caroline’s brand new workshop in Seattle, during Click Away, I knew I wanted to take the class.

    To be honest, I was very intimidated after seeing all the amazing Click Pro photographers in my run of this workshop; many of them I admire and follow. However, I should not have been worried, because we all want to create images that speak from our heart. Moreover, we want to create images that say “me” as an artist.

    The material Caroline prepared and her guidance through the process ‘finding’ our voice, is beyond amazing. Every page of the PDF has so much beauty; you can see her heart all over it. Caroline’s presence during this workshop, answering questions, was marvelous. Even though this was a full class, she took time to respond to us quickly.

    You see, we all have a voice; however it needs to be unearthed and brought to light. Although this is a 5 week workshop, there is so much more to be discovered after the fact. I know that I will go through the material time and time again.

    Thank you Caroline, and amazing TA’s Sally, Jan, and Jessica for making this workshop such an invaluable experience. I now know what I want to say and how to say it with my images as my journey as an artist continues.

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