IN PERSON: This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to make better pictures of people. We will talk about how portraits differ from snapshots, genres of portrait photography and how to put subjects at ease — be they friends, family members or strangers. We will also talk about composition, simple lighting techniques and how to use camera controls to produce more pleasing results. Class meetings will include brief lectures, demonstrations and discussion. "Dawoud Bey on Photographing People and Communities," which is the recommended text, will give us a common point of reference and help us think about the intentions behind making portraits. Participants will do weekly portrait assignments and receive feedback in class. All kinds of cameras are suitable for the course, although a camera that allows manual control of the shutter speed, aperture and ISO is ideal. | Facilitated discussion, Active Skill Learning.
Max enrollment: 8.
Michael Schwalbe is a retired professor of sociology and a still-active documentary photographer. Over the last 30 years, he has done documentary projects on potters, residents of family care homes, victims of tobacco-related diseases, studio craft artists and public workers. His current project focuses on people who have lost family members to workplace accidents and illness.