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.

Upcoming Classes

Toward a Union of Style and Evidence

16MOLPJ205: Aug 23, 2016 - Sep 22, 2016| TUESDAYS | 7-9 PM ET
INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Ferry
COST: $515

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 the other. Through assignments, group critiques, and discussion of the work of major photographers, this workshop will immerse students in the central questions of nonfiction photography. The editing of assignments will be emphasized as an integral part of developing a personal style. The goal of this course will be to produce a complete photographic essay suitable for publication or exhibition.

Prerequisite: Photo II or portfolio review

Cityscapes and Landscapes at Twilight

16FOLLA000: October 31, 2016–January 2, 2017 | MONDAY | 1-3 PM ET
INSTRUCTOR: Lynn Saville
COST: $515

Twilight, the boundary time between night and day, is a fertile subject for photography in both urban and rural settings. In cities, disparate urban subcultures pursue their evening activities, or temporarily abandoned areas become absorbed in their own quirky or lyrical dreams; waning daylight gives way to the artificial light of streetlamps, advertising, and surveillance. In the countryside, visual detail diminishes as natural features and architectural elements emerge as mysterious contours and shapes.
Students will use digital media or film to pursue low-light photography in cities, suburbs, or rural areas. Their goal will be to master relevant techniques and use them to create a new body of work that is worthy of exhibition. Ten weekly sessions will address topics such as the following: fine-tune focusing and calculation of proper exposures; composition, framing, and white balance; location scouting; shadows, ghosting, fill light, and painting with a flashlight; and the challenges related to different types of landscape. The online format of this course will facilitate a variety of educational interactions.
The teacher will provide assignments accompanied by examples in the form of JPEGs, instruction in techniques, timely critiques, and virtual exhibitions of student work. Students will benefit from the rapidity and ease with which they can exchange information on sites and compare their work with that of others.

Prerequisite: Computer literacy

Stories in The Social Landscape

16FOLPJ100: October 5, 2016–December 14, 2016 | WEDNESDAYS | 12-2 PM ET
INSTRUCTOR: Karen Marshall
COST: $515

Photography has the ability to tell stories about the world. Capturing a momentary gesture in a fraction of a second or the tenor of light on a landscape, a photograph can provoke ideas about the relationship between people and place. In this multilevel course, students create stories about community and social values, in the process gaining an understanding of the place of social landscape in their work. Class discussions include how to initiate an idea and approach a subject. Looking at historic and contemporary work, students develop a framework for finding their own expression and approach. By honing editorial skills, students grasp the complexities of producing effective narratives.

Prerequisite: Photography I or portfolio review.

The Image and the Word: Telling Your Story with Photographs and Text

16FOLPV108: October 5, 2016–December 21, 2016 | WEDNESDAYS | 7-9 PM ET
INSTRUCTOR: Joanne Dugan
COST: $515

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Yet the addition of text to photographs can yield surprising results that tell a visual story in a new way. There are layers and nuances of communication that often can’t be experienced through an image alone. Or as Theodor Geisel (aka “Dr. Seuss”) 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, Lee Friedlander, and Dan Eldon, among many others. We will also explore photography books (both contemporary and rare vintage works) that use image/word juxtapositions. There will be weekly assignments and lively group discussions, with the intention of inspiring you to tell your own visual stories in a new and personal way. We will experiment with numerous writing forms, and discuss ways to present the text/image projects you create. No previous writing experience is necessary.

Prerequisite: Photo I or portfolio review

Explore Your Surroundings–Wherever You Are

16FOLPV109: October 4, 2016–December 13, 2016 | TUESDAYS | 10 AM-12 PM ET
INSTRUCTOR: Anja Hitzenberger
COST: $515

One of the exciting things about taking an online class is that we get to see each other’s pictures—images that are captured wherever you live, from around the world. This class is for students who want to tell a unique story about where they live: what makes their neighborhood unique, how the people or family members that surround them make the place special, or what life is like in their hometown. The instructor will encourage students to start a long-term project designed to give the viewer a glimpse into their surroundings. Throughout the class, students will develop their own personal style and means of expression, and learn what is important when telling a story about their own environment. We will also discuss compositional tools and effective editing, and undertake comparative study of historical and contemporary photographers and filmmakers from across the globe.

Prerequisite: Photo I or portfolio review

Building a Personal Body of Work

16FOLPV205: October 6, 2016–December 15, 2016 | THURSDAYS | 1-3 PM ET
INSTRUCTOR: Martine Fougeron
COST: $515

Building a coherent body of work requires passionate commitment. This course provides the insight, impetus, process, and tools to take a personal project to the next level, with an understanding 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