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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.

2015 Classes

Memory as Prompt: Making Deeper Work THIS CLASS IS FULL
15WOLPV204 | January 26–April 6, 2015 | Mondays | 1–3 pm | $530 | Allen Frame
This course helps students achieve more depth and complexity in their work. Emphasis is placed on choosing the right subject or material, then analyzing that choice for its relevance and meaning. Exercises with memory uncover interests, preoccupations, and connections to current circumstances that may help to find a productive direction. Once a project is underway, results are critiqued in order to refine decisions regarding format and approach. Editing and sequencing are important factors in clarifying intention and allowing the work to communicate fully. Many references are made to contemporary photography, as well as to examples from the history of photography, art, and film. Any subject is welcome as long as the photographer is convincingly engaged with it and it promises sufficient complexity. Online group discus- sions occur in shared real time, and both research and shooting assignments are given.
Prerequisite: Photo II or portfolio review

From Intent to Edit: Establishing a Relationship with Your Work
15WOLPV101 | February 4–April 8, 2015 | Wednesdays | 12–2 pm | $530 | Karen Marshall
This relationship-building workshop helps photographers establish strategies and methods to organize, meditate on, and ponder their images. The quest for an individual focus is important and frequently a difficult task for the emerging photographer. Often it is easier for photographers to "take" a picture than it is for them to see what they actually produced. Knowing how to edit and refine the outcome of a shoot is of equal importance and fundamental when building a relationship with one’s own photography. This course helps photographers develop strategies to assess their images. Students are encouraged to stand back, evaluate, and reflect on their images, learning how to better understand the success and clarity of their photographs. Class critiques bolster students' ongoing relationship with their independent practice.
Prerequisite: Photo II or portfolio review

Narrative Visuals: Basic Photography Tools to Give You a Better Photographic Eye
15WOLDT100 | February 4–April 8, 2015 | Wednesdays | 7–9 pm | $530 | David H. Wells
When we take a picture, our mind's eye sees one thing but the camera records something else. Seeing the world like a camera is a skill that the best photographers consciously (or unconsciously) master. It represents the difference between a beginner’s occasional "lucky shot" and the consistently strong images of a master photographer. To acquire this skill, students need to (1) learn not to overthink their compositions by including content that is intellectually important to them but adds little to the viewer's experience of a photograph; (2) learn how to use the monitor on the back of their digital cameras to evaluate the difference between what they see and what the camera actually records. Learning to see like a camera is a skill like any other skill, one that requires a grounding in the proper techniques, followed by lots of practice and plenty of critical feedback. This course provides all three elements.
Prerequisite: Photo I or portfolio review

The Image and the Word: Showing What You Can't Always See
15WOLPV001 | February 10–April 14, 2015 | Tuesdays | 7–9 pm | $530 | Joanne Dugan
A picture is often "worth a thousand words," but sometimes the addition of text to photographs yields surprising results that tell a visual story in a new way. There are layers and nuances of communication that sometimes cannot be experienced through an image alone. Or, as Theodor Geisel once wrote, "Words and pictures are yin and yang. Married, they produce a progeny more interesting than either parent." In this course, we study the works of master artists who have successfully combined photographs and text, including Duane Michals, Jim Goldberg, and Lorna Simpson, and explore photography books that use image/word juxtapositions. Weekly assignments and group discussions inspire students to tell visual stories in a new and personal way. We experiment with numerous writing forms and discuss specific ways to present the final text/image pieces created. No previous writing experience is necessary.
Prerequisite: Photo II or portfolio review

Dynamic Compositions: Photographing People
15WOLPV104 | February 19–April 23, 2015 | Thursdays | 2–4 pm | $500 | Anja Hitzenberger
This class is for students who want to create dynamic compositions and develop a heightened sensitivity to photographing people in various surroundings. We investigate different approaches to photographing people in the context of architectural space by concentrating on the shapes, lines, movement, light, shadow, and color in the environment. Through assignments and critiques, students are inspired to find their own voice. We discuss compositional tools, aesthetic intentions, and effective editing. The course includes comparative study of historical and contemporary photographers and filmmakers, from documentary photography and environmental portraits to conceptual styles.
Prerequisite: Photo I or portfolio review

Street Photography: Capturing Your City's Spirit
15WOLPJ204 | February 23–April 27, 2015 | Mondays | 7–9 pm | $530 | Natan Dvir
Every city in the world has a unique character and offers endless opportunities for capturing fascinating pictures along its streets, which 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

Photography I: Online
15WOLDP00B | March 5–May 7, 2015 | Thursdays | 1–3 pm | $500 | Jim Beecher
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.
Prerequisite: Computer literacy; a digitalSLR or mirrorless camera capable of shooting RAW files



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.