This advanced photography course is part of a series of classes designed to develop your creative vision as a photographer. Capturing Time & Space is a 4-part course focused on creating images that show a sense of “being there” from stunning locations to dramatic events.  

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?

Capturing Time & Space will focus on the first of the 4 photographic goals above. Whether we’re trying to document reality or share an interpretation of reality, we have an infinite number of ways to photograph a location or event. This wide range of possibilities brings up lots of questions: What lens should I use? What’s the best perspective to shoot from? Should I shoot color or black & white? How close should I be? What aperture and shutter speed should I use? How many other questions are there? Before you can answer any of these questions, you’ll need to start with one simple question: What is this photograph about?

In this class, we’ll discuss answers to all those questions and more. We’ll discuss the nature of photographic intention and what we’re really trying to do when we photograph. We’ll discuss the technical aspects of capturing a space in the camera and what equipment to use.

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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