Making a Photograph - Start to finish how to capture and finalize your work!

Grade 9-12

Learning how to make a photograph is a valued skill in virtually every field, be it marketing, journalism, business, or even, medicine. Photographs are inextricably bound in our personal and collective histories; ultimately, shaping our understanding of ourselves and the world. In this course, you will learn how to effectively portray your perspective of the world in a visual manner. Emphasizing the works of both traditional and contemporary artists, students will learn the process and tools to create their own body of photographic work.

Expected learning outcomes: Understand the work of other photographers (traditional and modern), be able to take a photograph (regardless of medium), learn how to effectively talk about photographs, and edit work for presentation using photo editing software.

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Instructor: Aseah K.

Hi my name is Aseah. I am currently a master’s candidate at NYU studying Biology. During my undergraduate career, I combined my passion for photography and my degree in psychology to conduct a photojournalism project in Southeast and East Asia. Despite not continuing a career path in photography, I still teach and help other students become stronger photographers and visual thinkers. Having the ability to teach both in the fields of visual arts and science has not only allowed me to help several struggling students, but has also helped me improve my own skills.

Making a Photograph - Start to finish how to capture and finalize your work!

Grade 9-12


July 21-August 4, 2020

3 weeks (twice a week)

  • Tuesday @ 4:00 PM
  • Thursday @ 4:00 PM

Eastern Time

60 min sessions

Aseah K.

Course Outline

  1. Lesson 1: Why should you learn photography? (60 min)

    Tue, July 21 @ 4:00 PM

    Eastern Time

    This first session will serve as a primer to the tools and processes we will develop in the next few sessions. Students will learn about the works of notable traditional and contemporary photographers. At the end of the session, we will be able to understand: "What are the essential photographic elements?" and "Why are the works by these artists important?" We will also talk about the plan and preparation for our final session: a critique.

  2. Lesson 2: Fundamentals of a Good Photograph (60 min)

    Thu, July 23 @ 4:00 PM

    Eastern Time

    Why are some photographs stronger than others? In this class, we will delve into this question by taking a closer look at the fundamental photographic elements. We will also look at a few examples in order to learn how to incorporate these elements successfully in our work.

  3. Lesson 3: Introduction to Editing Programs (60 min)

    Tue, July 28 @ 4:00 PM

    Eastern Time

    Ever wonder what is the difference between RAW and JPG? Think that photo you took under lowlight conditions is invaluable? Photo editing programs, such as Lightroom, have completely changed post production. In this course, we will edit a photograph together and learn some basic tools to make your photographs visually compelling.

  4. Lesson 4: Preparation for Critique (60 min)

    Thu, July 30 @ 4:00 PM

    Eastern Time

    In the session before our critique, we will ensure each student has the necessary tools and information to put their best work out there. We will learn to curate the work we want to present and also be able to use this time to ask any last questions before our last session.

  5. Lesson 5: Critique! (60 min)

    Tue, August 4 @ 4:00 PM

    Eastern Time

    No photography course is possible without a critique. In this session, be prepared to digitally present 5 photographs you made in these two weeks. We will be able to learn how to speak about our own work and that of others. Each student should be able to walk away with feedback that will help them improve and build upon their body of work.

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