It's the Image that Communicates: History & Practice


Course Details

This course can only be taken as part of the Certificate in Photography.

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About this Course

This course launches the program and provides the key ingredients to move your photography forward — and up many notches. The emphasis is on helping you create a new body of photographic work, so you can do business with it.

The course is a blend of photographing, review and feedback sessions, student presentations and discussions with professionals in class and on location. A final pop-up show will feature a selection of the images made by students in the class.

The course has four areas of focus: technical, design, history and business.

Technical. Learn how to get the very most out of your camera. The first two Saturday sessions are tune-up sessions in the classroom and outside. They are essential for those less comfortable with their camera settings, but all students are encouraged to participate. Two subsequent optional Saturday sessions focus on photography on location for further practice and experimentation. An evening on lighting will explore the pros and cons of different setups.

Design. Develop your visual literacy for creating the most compelling images and learn the principles of composition through assignments.

History. Explore the evolution of photography over 200 years and discover how photography today is shaped by all that has come before.

Business. Learn how to do more with your photography — part time and full time — and how to merchandise, exhibit, license and price your work with an emphasis on how to select for final presentation in the marketplace. Guest photography professionals will discuss career transitions and future business opportunities; a visit to a working studio will give you insights into business practices and emerging trends

Past guests have included:

  • Chuck Blackburn, studio and fine art photographer
  • Laura Boothroyd, photo studio manager, Amazon
  • Danita Delimont, Danita Delimont Stock Photography
  • Richard Duval, stock and assignment photographer
  • Rozarii Lynch, assignment and fine art photographer, Rozarii Photography, Studio 404 and Gallery
  • Don Milgate, studio and portrait photographer
  • Pete Templin, headshot and portrait photographer and Bellevue College instructor
  • Tom Wear, stock photography consultant
  • Nancy Wing, studio art director and photo stylist


Program Overview

This course is part of the Certificate in Photography.

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