About this Course
In this capstone course, you’ll learn additional skills to take your creativity and passion for photography to the next level, whether for personal, commercial or fine art uses. We’ll dive deeper into personal viewpoint and storytelling with a camera. You’ll learn the essentials of Photoshop for making precise adjustments, deeper retouching, selectively combining frames, and controlling light, shadow and focus for improved depth and dimension. Students can also experiment with emulating vintage photographs, texturing edges and using layered montage for deeper storytelling.
You’ll propose a themed photographic project and work throughout the quarter to produce a series of six related images. We’ll discuss, research and practice using social media and other current options to promote your work. To conclude your project and studies, you will contribute to the production of a print anthology (mailed to all students during the summer) and an online exhibition (optional participation) that follows the course.
Local professional photographers, artists and program alumni will visit us to share their knowledge and life experiences, and they’ll answer questions about the creative, technical and business aspects of their photography.
Past guests have included:
- Phil Borges, cultural photographer, author, speaker and filmmaker
- Davis Freeman, fine art portrait artist and instructor
- Anita Nowacka, family and lifestyle photographer
- Alejandro Tomas, photographer and cofounder of Youth in Focus, Blue Earth Alliance, and Seattle Central Creative Academy
- Chris Payne, freelance editorial and assignment photographer
- Nate Gowdy, photojournalist and cultural event photographer
- Ibarionex Perello, photographer, educator and creator of The Candid Frame
What You'll Learn
- How photography can be used to bring awareness and truth to cultural and environmental issues
- How to complete an original photographic project from concept to professionally finished market-ready digital files
- Ways to use Photoshop workflows to go beyond the capabilities of Lightroom Classic
- How to write a bio and artist statement, and compile photo files for use in online exhibitions, social media and websites
- Strategies for initiating your own creative sharing group for further inspiration and experimentation beyond this program