Exploring Creative Photography
with April Nienhuis
4 WEEK WORKSHOP BEGINS TBA
$300 Full Participation | $150 Study Along
Exploring Creative Photography
I believe that everyone is creative. You may not feel like you are but maybe you just need some new tools in your metaphorical bag to help draw the creativity out. With this four week creative photography workshop, you’ll learn how to break the basic rules of photography, exploring how to create truly captivating imagery. Numerous creative techniques will be taught, allowing you the freedom to experiment and find new methods that fit your style. Let’s break out of the mold and tap into your creativity!
Students should be know how to shoot in manual mode and have a solid understanding and experience with the technicalities of photography including ISO, exposure, shutter speed, aperture, and focus. An open mind is a must since we will be exploring our creative photography choices with each lesson.
what you’ll get
4 PDFs (1 per week, 380 pages total)
Weekly creative inspiration from alumni
INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT FEEDBACK & CRITIQUE
Full Participation students receive extensive personal critiques of weekly assignment submissions.
Study Along Students have full viewing access.
11 Creative editing videos.
LIVE Q&A SESSIONS
Full participation students will be able to participate in two Live Q&A Sessions where images can be submitted for editing. Study along students will be able to download and view the recorded sessions.
WELCOME & PREASSIGNMENT PDF
10 Sky overlays (exclusive to ECP students only)
Textures and how they affect imagery
Where to find natural and added textures
How to apply textures in post processing
Exposure and how it affects the overall texture of a photo
When underexposure and overexposure works
Textures and the intentional application of low and high ISO
How your ISO may affect your color
How to add grain when editing
Find and photograph textures with the discussed techniques.
Understanding depth and isolating subjects
Creative tools and techniques to add depth
Creating intentional out of focus imagery
Unexpected apertures to draw out depth
Creative focus lenses (Lensbaby and tilt-shifts
The Brenizer method
Using a prism
Adding depth with light (natural and artificial
How to add depth and blur when editing
Capture depth in an image to pull the viewer in to your subject.
How to draw out motion in photography
How to add movement when there is none
Stop motion photography
How to effectively show motion with a slow shutter speed
The techniques of panning
The purpose of neutral density filters
Star and moon photography
Use the discussed techniques to capture motion in a photo.
Breaking compositional rules
Effectively cropping your subject
Unconventional lens choices
The meaning of colors in your photography
Atmospheric white balance
Alternative crop ratios
Use all the information from the workshop and create one final photo that fulfills your vision.
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about your instructor
April Nienhuis has been a second shooter for the past 10 years and it has encouraged her to find a creative approach to photography. While the main photographer works her magic posing and taking the more timeless images, April searches for unique perspectives and compositions that will be complimentary. April is a self taught photographer located in rural Oklahoma. She lives on her hobby farm with her firefighter husband and their three homeschooled children. She is also the Editor for the Clickin Moms Blog. Her portfolio is available here
how it works
download weekly lessons
Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.
Your workshop registration includes access to a private online forum for sharing and discussion. The classroom forum is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.
study & ask questions
Study on your own time, and check in on the classroom forum for interactive learning. The instructor is present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.
complete weekly assignments
Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon 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 critique 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.