This advanced photography course is part of a series of classes designed to develop your creative vision as a photographer. The Heart of the Image focuses on creating images that trigger an emotion in your viewer.  

The Art of Photographic Vision 

Most artistic photographs generally have at least one of these goals:

  1. Document something for posterity or show others who were not there.
  2. Show something that others have already seen, but in a different way.
  3. Communicate a specific message or idea.
  4. Evoke an emotion in the viewer.

Each of the courses in our Photographic Vision series will focus on one of the 4 topics above. In each course, we’ll discuss the defining characteristics of one of these photographic goals, visual elements that empower some images to achieve that goal, and specific techniques for creating such images. We’ll follow up our classroom sessions with shooting field trips focussed on putting these techniques into practice. Open critique sessions and online peer and instructor review will help students develop insight and gauge progress. After completion, students will have the option to showcase their work to an audience in the First Thursday Artwalk.

What’s in this class?

One of the hardest things to achieve with an image is to trigger a strong emotion in the person viewing your photograph. Many people try adding explanations and clever titles to their images, but few people will read those notes when the images are displayed. The most successful images will evoke emotions without any supplemental wording or explanation from the photographer. This class will focus on developing an understanding of visual elements that tend to trigger powerful emotions and how to use them in your images.

What’s Included?

  • 2 Studio Classroom Discussions / Lectures
  • 2 Photo Field Trips
  • Access to Supplemental Online Course Notes
  • Access to Private Student Discussion Forum
  • Access to Private Online Critique Forum
  • Guided Critique Sessions in the Studio Classroom
  • Personalized Equipment Consultation and Recommendations
  • Public Art Show Featuring Your Best Images


  • What You'll Need:
  • Prerequisites:
  • Follow Up With:

  • - Any advanced digital camera with a removable lens
    – 50mm f/1.4 or f/1.8 Prime Lens
    – Dedicated macro prime lens OR macro extension tubes
    – Tripod
    – Flash drive
    – High speed internet access
    – Camera instruction manual
    – Fully charged camera battery
    – Memory card
    – Any lenses or accessories you already have
    – Comfortable walking shoes
    – Appropriate weather gear
  • Digital Camera DSLR Crash Course
    Photography Fundamentals 
    Composition Basics
    Advanced Composition
  • ZEN Photography (coming soon)

    Developing a Portfolio (coming soon)

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