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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

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

Photography I: Online
14FOLDP000B | November 5, 2014–January 28, 2015 | Wednesdays | 1–3 pm | $530 | 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 digital SLR or mirrorless camera capable of shooting RAW files.

The Impossible Portrait
14FOLPO202 | November 6, 2014–January 29, 2015 | Thursdays | 7–9 pm | $530 | Ben Gest
If a photographer is physically present in the making of a photograph, how can a genuine sense of "aloneness" on the part of the subject be conveyed in a portrait? Photographs of people who seem truly alone might relate to the creation of photographs that seem genuine; however, removing the photographer from a photograph is contradictory to the very nature of the medium. In this class, students subvert this photographic "constraint" and challenge the very nature of a medium fraught with contradiction.
Prerequisite: Photo II or portfolio review

Seeing What's Right in Front of You: Photographing Your Own Life with New Eyes
14FOLPV103 | November 10, 2014–January 12, 2015 | Mondays | 7–9 pm | $530 | Joanne Dugan
Inspiration for photographers can come from any place at any time. The life you live today is full of potential photo projects...there is no need to travel to exotic locations to create memorable work. What matters most is to focus on what truly, personally moves you. Your daily life can be the source of endless inspiration once you let yourself look more closely, or as Ernst Haas said, "What we see is what we are." Each class provides innovative, experimental exercises and discussions to help you hone your seeing skills and inspire you to think differently about yourself, your vision and your photography practice. We will explore technical and expressive ways to transform your photographs into personal and memorable visual statements. Feedback is plentiful and a supportive atmosphere is emphasized. The class is designed to be a learning journey for those newer to photography and a creative kickstart for those with more experience. This course is appropriate for photographers with a range of skills as the assignments are individualized. We will also study the work of various master photographers, writers and other artists for inspiration. All cameras/formats welcome (including phone cameras) and images will uploaded for class viewing and discussion.
Prerequisite: Photo I or portfolio review

Structuring a Photograph: Finding the Frame and the Light
14FOLPV102 | November 11, 2014–January 27, 2015 | Tuesdays | 7–9 pm | $530 | Richard Rothman
There are several fundamental decisions that are made every time a photograph is taken that determine the structure and composition of an image, and the quality of the outcome. In this course we'll break down the various elements of what makes a successful photograph so that we can become better image-makers. Through critiques of our own pictures, assignments, presentations, and discussions of the work of great photographers, we'll examine the importance of where the photographer stands in relation to the subject, how the image is framed, the choice of the lens, the way the light articulates the subject, and many other factors that define the language of a photograph. Students will be required to submit work weekly for group discussion on projects of their own choosing.
Prerequisite: Photo I or portfolio review

Building a Personal Body of Work
14FOLPV205 | November 18, 2014–January 3, 2015 | Tuesdays | 1–3 pm | $530 | Martine Fougeron
This class will focus on your desire to make a coherent body of work, which you might have already started or dreamt of starting, and never did or never quite finished. The important element is that you be committed to your project—be it fine art portraiture, stills, landscape or more conceptual themed work—and be passionate. The class will give you the insights, impetus, process, and tools to take your personal project the next level and to finalize it by the end of the class, with an understanding of your unique process, style, and character as well as the examination of your practice. This class begins with a look at students' portfolios and an assessment of their personal goals. Full immersion into the project is expected, whether the task at hand requires weekly photographing, editing, and printing, sequencing, and laying out an exhibition or book idea, or a moving image projection or simply presenting the work on a website. Through weekly gentle critiques and discussions, students are taught how to orchestrate all these important decision making processes and the means necessary to achieve self-defined goals. The class will end with the final presentation of the body of work, which should be comprised of at least 25 images ready for an exhibition but can also be up to 80 images for a book project or an extensive slide show or a new web site or a social media blog or an art installation.
Prerequisite: Photo II or portfolio review

Photography II: Online
15WOLDP101 | January 12, 2015–March 16, 2016 | Mondays | 1–3 pm | $530 | Keisha Scarville
In this intermediate course, students refine their creative and technical skills and, through lectures and assignments, explore the aesthetic and compositional aspects of photography, working toward developing a personal visual language. Presentations on historical and contemporary artwork introduce various photographic genres such as portraiture, landscape, and documentary. Using Adobe Lightroom, students develop effective workflows for sorting and editing images and refining image adjustment skills. Students also learn advanced techniques for converting images to black-and-white and are introduced to the technical and aesthetic uses of camera flash.
Prerequisite: Photo I or portfolio review

Photography I: Online
15WOLDP000 | January 14, 2015–March 18, 2016 | Wednesdays | 1–3 pm | $530 | Terttu Uibopuu
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 digital SLR or mirrorless camera capable of shooting RAW files.

 

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.