In our online photography classes, you can further your interests and participate in our creative community from anywhere in the world. ICP's online education platform supports the unique needs of a photographic education, with a social learning environment in which students can access course materials, upload work to an individual gallery, and discuss assignments. Classes include weekly live webinars with instructor-led critiques and lectures.

To ensure that students receive useful feedback and support, enrollment is limited. We recommend early registration.

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Online Continuing Education Low Residency Program

The Online CE Low Residency Program is designed for students looking to engage with a community of serious and dedicated students to move their photography in new and exciting directions. All students must present a digital portfolio (up to 20 images) demonstrating their interests in photography and a brief written statement about their goals. An online interview with program coordinator and student mentor Ben Gest will also be scheduled after the digital portfolio is reviewed. For further information, please contact Ben Gest at [email protected] or by phone 212.857.0053.

Upcoming Classes

Documentary Photography Project: Storytelling and Photo Essay

15FOLPJ201: SEPTEMBER 14–NOVEMBER 16 | MONDAYS | 12–2 PM ET
INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Torgovnik
COST: $515

Realizing there is no set formula for a successful documentary project is the first step toward starting one. In this workshop, we discuss the conceptual planning, dedication, and sacrifice that go into a personal documentary photo project. We look at the many ways one can approach such a project, both long term and short, and discuss ways of developing story ideas, researching and executing them, and getting them published. During weekly online sessions and critiques, examples of projects by contem- porary photographers are reviewed, as well as the origins of the traditional photo essay. The goal is to start or develop an existing project and take it to the next level of execution.

Prerequisite: Photo II or portfolio review

Photographing People

15FOLPO203: SEPTEMBER 17–NOVEMBER 19 | THURSDAYS | 7–9 PM ET
INSTRUCTOR: Richard Rothman
COST: $515

What are the qualities that make photographic portraits compelling and memorable? How do we communicate complex, nuanced feelings about the people we are drawn to photograph? How do we take pictures of those who may be personally important or meaningful and convey their significance to a larger audience? Photographs of other people can be revelatory, because while they communicate information specific to a particular individual, they also have the capacity to engage and move us by illuminating essential aspects of the human condition. This course begins with a look at students' portfolios and an assessment of their personal goals. Students are asked to present a proposal for a portrait- based project they would like to work on throughout the course. Through weekly critiques and class discussions, students find the photographic means necessary to achieve self-defined goals. Assignments include photographing fellow students and strangers on the street as well as personally important subjects. We discuss the portrait work of fine-art photographers such as Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Joel Sternfeld, Alec Soth, and Larry Sultan.

Prerequisite: Photo II or portfolio review

Building a Personal Body of Work

15FOLPV205: SEPTEMBER 28–DECEMBER 7 | MONDAYS | 1–3 PM ET
INSTRUCTOR: Martine Fougeron
COST: $515

Building a coherent body of work requires passionate commit- ment. This course provides the insight, impetus, process, and tools to take a personal project to the next level, with an under- standing of each student’s unique process, style, and character. The course begins with a look at students' portfolios and an assessment of their personal goals. Through weekly critiques and discussions, students learn how to orchestrate all the important decision-making processes and the means necessary to achieve the self-defined goal of bringing their projects to fulfillment. Full immersion in a project is necessary, whether the task at hand requires weekly photographing, editing, and printing, sequencing and laying out images for an exhibition or book, producing a moving-image projection, or simply presenting work on a website. The workshop culminates with student presentations of their projects, comprised of at least 25 and up to 80 images ready for exhibition, book publication, or a website slide show.

Prerequisite: Photo II or portfolio review

From Intent to Edit: Establishing a Relationship with Your Work

15FOLPV208: SEPTEMBER 30–DECEMBER 2 | WEDNESDAYS | 12–2 PM ET
INSTRUCTOR: Karen Marshall
COST: $515

This relationship-building course helps photographers establish strategies and methods to organize, meditate on, and ponder their images. The quest for an individual focus is an important and frequently 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

Understanding Composition: The Ins and Outs

15FOLPV105: OCTOBER 1–DECEMBER 10 | THURSDAYS | 10 AM–12 PM ET
INSTRUCTOR: Anja Hitzenberger
COST: $515

This course is designed for photographers who want to refine and develop their composition skills and improve their photographic seeing. Students develop a heightened sensitivity to their surroundings while photographing in urban environments, concentrating on lines, shapes, light, color, and people. Outdoor and indoor shooting exercises cover urban and public places, environmental portraits, and more conceptual approaches. During group critique, we analyze what works—and what doesn't—in an image, a process that helps students create dynamic photographs. Discussions cover compositional tools, aesthetic intentions, and effective editing. A comparative study of historical and contemporary photographers and filmmakers, from documentary to conceptual, is presented.

Prerequisite: Photo I or portfolio review

Making It Work: Building a Sustainable Artistic Practice

15FOLPV004: OCTOBER 6–DECEMBER 8 | TUESDAYS | 12–2 PM ET
INSTRUCTOR: Lesly Deschler-Canossi
COST: $515

By creating as few as five photos a day, students can integrate the daily act of shooting to build a sustainable artistic practice. This practice allows for creation to happen organically, without disrupting the demands of daily life. This course is designed for students with busy schedules, heavy commitments, and a desire to make creative work. Through weekly critiques, encouragement, and accountability, students find that creativity moves from the to-do list to an enjoyable habit. While this course is geared toward students with full-time commitments such as family or demanding jobs, this is an opportunity for anyone looking to ignite their creativity or build a body of work. Students may work in any format as long as they can present work digitally for class discussions. Fine-art print production and modes of presentation are discussed for future consideration. Sharing work via social media, online photography magazines, and self-publishing are discussed.

Seeing What's Right in Front of You: Photographing Your Own Life with New Eyes

15FOLPV103: OCTOBER 7–DECEMBER 16 | WEDNESDAYS | 7–9 PM ET
INSTRUCTOR: Joanne Dugan
COST: $515

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 session 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 photographic practice. We 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 course 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 also study the work of various master photographers, writers, and other artists for inspiration. You will leave with a set of both practical and intuitive tools that can be used every time you pick up a camera. Risk taking is encouraged. All cameras/formats are welcome (including phone cameras) and images are uploaded for class viewing and discussion.

Prerequisite: Photo I or portfolio review

Understanding & Working with Light

15FOLPV207: OCTOBER 13–DECEMBER 15 | TUESDAYS | 12–2 PM ET
INSTRUCTOR: Richard Rothman
COST: $515

The ability to recognize the marriage of great light and subject matter is an invaluable component of photographic understanding, and it is central to what makes certain pictures exceptional. In this course, we explore the fundamentals of light and discover how to translate its many qualities into photographic forms of expression. We discuss the differences between the way our eyes see light, the way our cameras record it, and the way our prints and computer screens represent it. We become familiar with lighting ratios and the ways we can use them to control contrast and the descriptive and emotive qualities of a picture. Coursework includes weekly assignments and critiques of student pictures. Lectures and discussions about the work of great photographers deconstruct, picture by picture, the source and direction of light, what effects its quality, and how it contributes to the success of an image.

Prerequisite: Photo II or portfolio review

The Photographic Marketplace—The Personal and Professional: Making Projects Viable

15FOLMA200: OCTOBER 19–DECEMBER 21 | MONDAYS | 3–5 PM ET
INSTRUCTOR: Marc Prüst
COST: $515

The aim of this course is for students to have a clearer under- standing of the sometimes challenging realities of today's photographic marketplace. We discuss how students' personal projects and their professional work fit into this reality and how to make their projects financially viable. The online meetings focus on subjects such as photographic 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 crowdfunding and sourcing campaigns. Students prepare a business plan or project proposal. Coursework combines assignments in photography, editing, market research, and writing.

Prerequisite: Photo II or portfolio review

Street Photography: Capturing Your City's Spirit

15FOLPJ204: OCTOBER 20–DECEMBER 22 | TUESDAYS | 7–9 PM ET
INSTRUCTOR: Natan Dvir
COST: $515

New York is one of the most exciting and intriguing cities in the world, a heterogeneous metropolis whose streets 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 use 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 master photographers are discussed. Students are expected to participate in field trips, complete weekly assignments, and present work for weekly critique.

Prerequisite: Photo II or portfolio review