Learner’s Lenses: Photography Club FULL COURSE




Meets twice per week, 30 minutes per meeting, for 14 weeks

I began shooting about 16 years ago, and have always had a deep love of and comfort for being behind the lens. I’ve been a studio and traveling photographer, and most recently, family/lifestyle portraiture has been my specialty. I didn’t have a Photography Club as a child or teen, and this clubs are something many homeschooling families don’t have access to. So, I decided to use my love of photography to create this course. Members of the Photography Club have a unique and creative eye, capturing images around them. Learners submit their varied images of landscapes, people, and abstracts to share with the class. Some topics are driven by a specific theme or period of time. The shared interest is a love for documenting our amazing world through photography; members always surprise each other with the way they view the world since no one ever takes the same picture. They also hone their craft by exploring topics like framing the photos, cropping, editing, creativity, well-known photographers and so much more. Our goals are to encourage positive reaction to constructive criticism, enhance knowledge of photography and art, engage learners using different themes that appeal to them, elevate their art through exploration and practice, and to help learners truly learn to enjoy photography and all its facets.

We will follow this schedule for club assignments and coursework. During classes after our first class, we will have each member present his or her compositions to the class, and as a group, we will give constructive criticism (positive encouragement). We will then discuss our class topic. Homework will be to shoot 5 photos that represent, to the learner, the word assigned. Additionally, learners will shoot 5 different photos to represent the alphabet letter for the class. This is a total of ten photos as homework for each class. All ten final photos should be uploaded to our private Flickr group, and then each learner will choose their best or favorite work for each theme to present to the class, one for the word theme, and one for the alphabet theme. To submit your photos, you’ll create a free Flickr account and join our private group. Until you’ve been added to the group, you won’t be able to see anything, so don’t worry if the link is broken for you right now. Because the group is private, learner’s photos won’t show up on the regular Flickr feed, so you retain rights to your photos. For each composition assignment, learners are to comment on at least 3 photos from different classmates with constructive criticism (we discuss the compliment sandwich) in the group. At the end of the course, I will create a slideshow for each learner that features their favorite captured images for them to keep.

Anticipated Course Outline:

Class 1: Discussing a Growth Mindset and how this contributes to success (accepting critique and using it in a positive way).
Composition: Wild; A
Class 2: Composition Presentation; Discussing Depth of Field
Composition: Light; B
Class 3: Composition Presentation; Aperture
Composition: Movement; C
Class 4: Composition Presentation; Shadows
Composition: Still; D
Class 5: Composition Presentation; Rule of Thirds
Composition: Electric; E
Class 6: Composition Presentation; Leading Lines
Composition: Edible; F
Class 7: Composition Presentation; Negative Space
Composition: Emotion; G
Class 8: Composition Presentation; Catchlights
Composition: Raw; H
Class 9: Composition Presentation; Using Flash
Composition: Color; I
Class 10: Composition Presentation; Sequencing
Composition: Monochrome; J
Class 11: Composition Presentation; Indoor Photography
Composition: Energy; K
Class 12: Composition Presentation; Point of View
Composition: Subtle; L
Class 13: Composition Presentation; Outdoor Photography
Composition: Security; M
Class 14: Composition Presentation; Perspective
Composition: Generations; N
Class 15: Composition Presentation; Exposure
Composition: Dull; O
Class 16: Composition Presentation; Composition
Composition: Fluid; P
Class 17: Composition Presentation; Annie Leibovitz
Composition: Remember; Q
Class 18: Composition Presentation; Jimmy Nelson
Composition: Forget; R
Class 19: Composition Presentation; Rehahn
Composition: Modern; S
Class 20: Composition Presentation; Steve McCurry
Composition: Season; T
Class 21: Composition Presentation; Jeremy Cowart
Composition: Alive; U
Class 22: Composition Presentation; Andrea Gjestvang
Composition: Rough; V
Class 23: Composition Presentation; Ansel Adams
Composition: Delicate; W
Class 24: Composition Presentation; Dorthea Lange
Composition: Fall; X
Class 25: Composition Presentation; Photojournalism
Composition: Rise; Y
Class 26: Composition Presentation; Open Forum
Composition: Choice; Z; homework for this class will be evaluated via the classroom by the teacher only.
Class 27: Photo Essay
Class 28: Open Forum

Required equipment and skill: Learners need a camera. This can be a dSLR, but does not have to be. A cell phone, point and shoot, tablet or other camera is sufficient. Learners will need to access photo editing software. There are free online sites for this and I can link them if needed. You don’t need to purchase software or a camera for this course as long as learners have something that takes photos. Learners do not need a particular skill level to be in this class; a desire to capture the world around them in photos and a love for photography is all that’s necessary to be successful in this course. All skill levels and equipment are welcome.

Three options are available. Should you choose the half or 2 week option, you can always re-enroll and finish the course.

Session Dates and Times:

Mon May 21, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Thu May 24, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Thu May 31, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Mon Jun 4, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Thu Jun 7, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Mon Jun 11, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Thu Jun 14, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Mon Jun 18, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Thu Jun 21, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Mon Jun 25, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Mon Jul 2, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Mon Jul 9, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Mon Jul 16, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Thu Jul 19, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Thu Jul 26, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Thu Aug 2, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Mon Aug 6, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Thu Aug 9, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Mon Aug 13, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Thu Aug 16, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Mon Aug 27, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Thu Aug 30, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Thu Sep 6, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Mon Sep 10, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Thu Sep 13, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Mon Sep 17, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Thu Sep 20, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern
Mon Sep 24, 12:30pm – 1pm Eastern