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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.

Upcoming Classes

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

Building a Personal Body of Work
15SOLPV205 | April 13–June 22, 2015 | Mondays | 1–3 pm | $530 | Martine Fougeron
This class will teach you how to build a personal body of work. It will focus on your desire to make a coherent body of work, which you might have already started or dreamed 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: Photography II or portfolio review

Toward a Union of Style and Evidence
15SOLPJ205 | April 13–May 13, 2015 | 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.
Prerequisite: Photography II or portfolio review

Structuring a Photograph: Finding the Frame and the Light
15SOLPV102 | April 14–June 16, 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 imagemakers. 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: Photography I or portfolio review

Developing Projects, Establishing Vision
15SOLPV201 | April 15–June 17, 2015 | Wednesdays | 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: Photography II or portfolio review

Digital Photography in Black-and-White
15SOLDP102 | April 15–June 17, 2015 | Wednesdays | 1–3 pm | $530 | Keisha Scarville
Creating effective digital black-and-white images can be a challenging experience. In the absence of color, the photographer must pay extra attention to tonality, lighting, composition, and contrast to guide the viewer's eye. This course is designed for students who wish to explore the creative and technical possibilities of black-and-white digital photography. Class discussions focus on various methods of producing monochromatic imagery, examining the digital workflow, how to visualize a scene in black and white, fine-tuning exposure, conversion strategies in Lightroom, and output options. Class assignments and activities are geared toward maximizing and enhancing digital black-and-white image-making skills.
Prerequisite: Photography I or portfolio review

The Critique: Refining Your Presentation Skills and Practice
15SOLPV300 | April 15–June 17, 2015 | Wednesdays | 7–9 pm | $530 | Terttu Uibopuu
This course is modeled after a graduate-level photography thesis class. It is arranged in two parts: the first half of the course entails weekly critiques with the instructor and peers, and the second half is dedicated to developing presentation skills including exhibition formats, speaking, and writing articulately about one's work. As students photograph for their projects, we discuss career strategies, professional challenges, and each student's relationship to contemporary art practices. Through class discussion, rigorous critique, and weekly readings, we help fine tune and guide each student in finding visual clarity in his/her work. Each student will leave the course with a finished body of work and an artist statement that can be used in a proposal for a solo exhibition, an artist residency, or a publication. Prominent photographers and critics are regularly invited to engage with and critique student work.
Prerequisite: Photography III or portfolio review; must have a portfolio or work in progress.

Investigation of Self and the Human Condition
15SOLPV200 | April 16–June 18, 2015 | Thursdays | 2–4 pm | $530 | Jen Davis
In this course, students investigate themselves as they turn their camera inward to explore their identities, psyche, and human condition. This is achieved by close examination of gesture, ideas of interior and exterior self, and the use of light. Discussions address different approaches to self-portraiture—fiction or fantasy, diaristic or autobiographical, private or public—and the performative self. Whatever approach utilized, students gain the tools to communicate a deep understanding of themselves through the camera. Students develop a series of self-portraits guided by weekly critiques, lectures, readings, and discussions. This course is designed for those who are interested in developing a body of work that explores self-portraiture as a communicative tool.
Prerequisite: Photography II or portfolio review

Landscape Photography
15SOLLA100 | April 16–June 18, 2015 | Thursdays | 7–9 pm | $530 | Richard Rothman
Place is an essential aspect of our existence. Landscape photography allows us to explore and analyze our relationship to the places we pass through and inhabit, and it affords us the opportunity to respond to what we see and feel about the world around us. Whether photographing nature or the densely populated urban spaces of New York City, shooting the landscape requires preparation and photographic awareness. In this course, outdoor shooting assignments and critiques are combined with readings and discussions about place and historical and contemporary landscape photographers. The class discussions of photographic processes and techniques are aimed at deepening students' awareness of natural light and the skills needed to approach the landscape photographically. Setting up a shot, understanding lenses and exposure, and developing the skills that allow us to concentrate on image-making are some of the necessary elements of craft that are addressed.

Get Out and Make Good Pictures
15SCEPV030 | May 18–June 22, 2015 | Mondays | 6:30–9:30 pm | $530 | Lori Grinker
Making a good photograph involves something more than just taking a photograph. This class is for all levels of photographer who are looking for a bit of motivation to improve their craft. Any type of camera and all genres of photography-art, documentary, photojournalism-are acceptable here, or one may choose to experiment throughout the semester. To start, students spend one or two classes on location with Lori Grinker taking pictures together. The rest of the semester students receive weekly shooting assignments based on the subject(s) of their choice. Each week we critique, edit, and organize the images to create a body of work for portfolio, exhibition, self-made book, or family album.



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.