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Online Education

Through our online classes, students can further their photographic interests and actively participate in our creative community while residing anywhere in the world.

ICP's online education platform supports the unique needs of a photographic education. Each course provides a socially interactive learning environment in which students can access and discuss assignments and course materials. Each student is provided with his/her own dedicated online web gallery to upload work for discussion and critique.

Classes meet in weekly live sessions (webinars) for instructor-led critiques and lectures. The current course offerings are listed below.

To ensure that students receive a qualitative learning experience, enrollment in each course is limited. To secure a spot in these initial course offerings, early registration is recommended.

2014 Classes

Developing a Personal Vision
14MOLPJ204 | August 19–September 18 | Tuesdays & Thursdays | 12–2 pm | $530 | Karen Marshall
This class offers the emerging image maker the opportunity to refine their personal voice and direction as a photographer. Students develop a framework for finding their own expression and approach, initiating discussions about generating ideas and confronting a subject matter. By focusing on the honing of editorial skills, students grasp the complexities of producing effective bodies of work. Assignments will challenge participants to work in individual and dynamic ways; consider composition, equipment choices, media, lighting, and personal intent. Shooting and uploading images to the course page, they will share and view their results with fellow students online prior to the weekly live class critique. Students work towards a final portfolio that will be completed and presented during the final class session.
Prerequisite: Photo I

Photography I: Digital
14MOLDP000B | August 25–September 24 | Mondays & Wednesdays | 1–3 pm | $530 | Stéphanie de Rougé
This course introduces beginners to the creative and technical possibilities of digital photography. Through demonstrations and hands-on sessions, students learn the basics of using cameras and imaging software to produce digital photographs. Topics include camera operation, shutter speed, aperture, focal length, RAW file formats, white balance, and composition. Using Adobe Lightroom, students learn file management and image enhancement. Lectures on historical and contemporary artwork explore creative approaches to photography, and assignments build photographic skill sets.
Prerequisites: Computer literacy and a digital SLR or mirrorless camera capable of shooting RAW files

Toward a Union of Style and Evidence
14MOLPJ205 | August 26–September 25 | Mondays & Wednesdays | 7–9 pm | $530 | Stephen Ferry
This intensive workshop builds students' skills as documentary photographers, with an emphasis on rigor, accuracy, and fairness toward the subject matter, as well as the development of personal style. These two poles-journalistic accuracy and personal expression-are often in creative tension within nonfiction photographic practice. As a medium that simultaneously reports on the outside world and functions as a powerful tool of personal expression, documentary photography plays an important role in mediating between the self and other. Through assignments, group critiques, and discussion of the work of major photographers, this workshop immerses students in the central questions of nonfiction photography. The editing of assignments is emphasized as an integral part of developing a personal style. The goal of this course is to produce a complete photographic essay suitable for publication or exhibition.
Prerequisites: Photo II or portfolio review

The Photographic Tools for Travel Photography
14MOLDP000B | September 23–November 25 | Tuesdays | 7–9 pm | $530 | David Wells
Although making exceptional travel photographs requires skills common to many different genres—from street photography to still life to portraiture—certain skills, tools, and approaches are unique to travel photography. The best travel photographers are versatile in their skills and fluid in their process, using minimal gear to achieve a maximum of results. This workshop concentrates on the photographic skills needed to make superior travel photographs: how to assess all the visual and environmental elements—position, angle, sense of time, detail shots, quality of light—and put them together to capture "the moment." Students will leave the workshop with a set of compelling travel photographs and the skills to make great travel photographs wherever they go.

Photography I: Digital
14FOLDP000A | October 6–December 15 | Mondays | 7–9 pm | $530 | Keisha Scarville
This course introduces beginners to the creative and technical possibilities of digital photography. Through demonstrations and hands-on sessions, students learn the basics of using cameras and imaging software to produce digital photographs. Topics include camera operation, shutter speed, aperture, focal length, RAW file formats, white balance, and composition. Using Adobe Lightroom, students learn file management and image enhancement. Lectures on historical and contemporary artwork explore creative approaches to photography, and assignments build photographic skill sets.
Prerequisites: Computer literacy and a digital SLR or mirrorless camera capable of shooting RAW files

The Psychology of Home: Picturing the Domestic
14FOLPV202 | October 8–December 17 | Wednesdays | 1–3 pm | $530 | Jen Davis
There is a long tradition of photographers turning the camera on themselves and on their families, within a domestic space, in search of a variety of things based within the psychology of the home. In this course, we look at artists whose practice is ingrained with issues based in the interior. Artist include Larry Sultan, Doug DuBois, Katy Grannan, Gregory Crewdson, Nicholas Nixon, Leigh Ledare, Malerie Marder, and Laura Letinsky. In weekly discussion and critique, students question the complexity of domesticity with their camera by looking at relationships, intimacy, memory, issues of privacy, the inner psyche, and the narrative when working with people and place as subject. Students create a series of images guided by weekly critiques, lectures, readings, and discussions. This course is intended for those who are interested in developing a body of work that explores the idea of portraiture as a form of personal exchange.
Prerequisites: Photo II or portfolio review

Street Photography: Capturing Your City's Spirit
14FOLDP000A | October 14–December 16 | Tuesdays | 1:30–3:30 pm | $530 | Natan Dvir
Every city in the world has a unique character and offers endless opportunities for capturing fascinating pictures along its streets that serve as a stage for a variety of unique characters and situations. In this course, students focus on capturing this special personality and vibe while developing their street photography techniques. Topics include equipment choices, lens selection, creative usage of existing light and fill-in flash, daytime vs. evening photography, photographing strangers, identifying photographic potential, capturing candid moments, and creating multilayered images. Photographs and projects of masters and contemporary photographers are discussed. Students are expected to complete weekly assignments and present their work for critique in class.
Prerequisite: Photo I or portfolio review

Making Personal Projects Financially Viable
14FOLMA200 | October 30, 2014–January 22, 2015 | Thursdays | 1–3 pm | $530 | Marc Prüst
The aim of this 10-week course is for participants to have a clearer understanding of the sometimes challenging but interesting realities of today's photographic market place. We will discuss how their personal projects and their professional work fits into this reality and how to make their projects financially viable. The online meetings will focus on subjects such as photography visual language, writing business plans and doing market research, the principles of marketing and branding, the use of social media, and how to set up crowd funding and sourcing campaigns. Participants will prepare a business plan or project proposal to conclude the course. The course will combine assignments in photography, editing, market research, and writing.
Prerequisite: Photo II or portfolio review

Developing Projects, Establishing Vision
14FOLPV201 | November 3, 2014–January 19, 2015 | Mondays | 12–2 pm | $530 | Karen Marshall
This course is for students who are ready to commit to a long-term project. Students cultivate ideas, discover personal intentions, develop strategies to accomplish long-term goals, and examine aesthetic and technical intentions when creating images. They focus on an idea, story, or theme to explore throughout the semester, and examine why they have chosen digital or film, 35mm, medium or large format, monochromatic or color, and if they conceive the final work as prints, multimedia or web-based presentations. Each week they upload images to be viewed and responded to by their classmates. During weekly live webex sessions, students participate in class exercises that show how various methods of grouping photographs can strengthen individual images, create series and sequence, and frame ideas. Students initiate photography projects and examine them within the context of established work in museums, galleries, books, and publications.
Prerequisite: Photo II or portfolio review

 

Requirements:

To participate in an ICP online course, students need a computer with a high-speed network connection, a web browser using Java 6.0 or above, a webcam, and a pair of headphones.

© Karen Marshall
© Karen Marshall
© Stéphanie de Rougé
© Stéphanie de Rougé
© Stephen Ferry
© Stephen Ferry
© David Wells
© David Wells
© Keisha Scarville
© Keisha Scarville
© Jen Davis
© Jen Davis
© Natan Dvir
© Natan Dvir

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