Seeing – Digital Photography and the Italian Landscape
July 10th – July 24th, 2017
Joseph Podlesnik, Milwaukee, 2016
Civita Castellana, a town immersed in ancient history, sought out by painters like Corot, Turner, Ingres and many others, happens also to be a place conducive to photography in many of its forms: street photography, landscape, architecture, panoramic photography, people studies, etc. The range of visual surfaces captured here will inspire you! This class is open to all who are interested in spending 2 weeks in Arcadia taking pictures, cultivating a photographic eye, framing the landscape and its environs (seeking out color harmonies, black and white/tonal values and composition), using a digital camera.
Students can concentrate solely on capturing photographic images of the lush landscape and/or invite figures, faces, architecture, reflections, etc. to slip into the frame and play off of the revered landscape. Students can opt to work mostly in-camera and/or process their images more vigorously in post. Our aim is to think critically about the work and make adjustments to develop photographic decisions. We will work together as a group with plenty of individual instruction and guidance. Find out what the Italian Landscape looks like when photographed!
In the course the following skills and ideas will be covered:
“Gestalt flash” drawing (daily exercises to help see patterns, gestalts and visual relationships)
Arnheim drawing exercise (seeing negative space)
Digital photo basics, what determines our pictures:
Sensors and their role in digital photography
Aperture (light and depth of field)
Shutter speed and how it affects light, movement and exposure
ISO: low light, available light and bright light exposure
Dynamic Range – what is it?
Lenses/focal length and its influence on depiction of space and framing (what certain focal length lenses allow or do not allow in one’s pictures)
Filters (Flash will not be covered in this course)
Use of RAW images (keeping all of the sensor data)
The sheer volume of digital images: how photographers work also as editors
The differences between the visible world around us and that which appears in the frame.
The frame (edges of a picture, putting a frame around life)
Inviting the unpredictable, being open-minded to surprise framings
Vantage point and timing: Positioning yourself in certain places, taking pictures at certain times (and lighting conditions)
Seeing and capturing significant thrusts and gestures
Seeing rhythms of surfaces, lines and values, orchestrations of visual elements
Space, structure and texture: shadows, mid-tones, highlights, reflected light
Foreground/background, layering, overlap, size change, diagonals, vertical placement
Flat collaging of space
The class will meet mornings just after breakfast Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Thursdays are excursion days: please check excursions dates here. Weekends and afternoons are free for independent work, added trips to nearby towns or take the train to Rome. Critiques will be regular, friendly, and informal. Seeing and discussing each other’s work and seeing how we solve photographic (structural, compositional, expressive) problems will lead to a fulfilling experience for all.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.