Classes

Winter/Spring 2024 Photography Classes

Our live, interactive, and instructor-led photography classes take place online in small groups generally limited to 6 to 8 students. We give each other feedback in real time, with students participating live from around the world.

We offer classes that specialize in storytelling, long-term projects, documentary and street photography, environmental portraits, making photobooks/zines, composition, still life, multimedia, and technical courses in Lightroom, InDesign, Premiere Pro and more.



 
Gestalt Theory for Photographers: Practical Application of the Principles of Visual Perception
© Stefan Frank
ONLINE COURSE
 

Gestalt Theory for Photographers: Practical Application of the Principles of Visual Perception

Dates: Thursdays, Feb 22–Mar 28, 2024
Time: 1–3pm (ET)
Sessions: 6
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $405
Sold Out
This class is sold out — but email us to join the wait list and we’ll let you know of any openings.

Gestalt principles of human perception explain how our brain sees patterns, structure, form, and logic in the world around us. Painters like Vermeer, Bouguereau, and Jacques-Louis David used these principles long before they were formalized at the beginning of the 20th century. They used these principles intuitively to make their work more dynamic and to achieve coherence in their compositions, just as photographers like Cartier-Bresson and Alex Webb did later on.

During this course, we will look at principles like figure-ground relation, proximity, and closure, and examine how we can apply these to our own photographs. Although we will be analyzing a lot of work from painters and photographers, this is mainly a practical course. Weekly photography exercises, accompanied by detailed analysis of your pictures, will help you see these principles at work in real-life scenes and apply them to your own compositions.

 
Thank you for this interesting course — Stefan certainly gave us a lot of information and a lot to think about. I wish the course was even longer!
—Suzette (New York)
Loved Stefan’s class! I really appreciate the mix of hands-on work — a.k.a. making photos — and his more conceptual lectures. For me that is the ideal combination.
—Cristina (Chicago)


Stefan Frank
Stefan Frank

Stefan Frank is a photographer living in Heidelberg, Germany. After completing degrees in philosophy and mathematics, he studied photography at Ostkreuzschule in Berlin, and at Atelier Smedsby in Paris. His work has been exhibited throughout Germany, and he has created a variety of different photography series on extensive travels across Asia. In his current project “Deutschlandreise,” he focuses on Germany’s complicated history, his own family, and memories.

Stefan teaches the poetics of space, nighttime photography, and much more — including presenting The Photobook Show — for StrudelmediaLive.

 
Diving Deep: A Monthly Mentoring Group: Winter
© Anja Hitzenberger
ONLINE COURSE
 

Diving Deep: A Monthly Mentoring Group: Winter

Dates: Mondays, Feb 26–Jun 10, 2024
Time: 12–3pm (ET)
Sessions: 6 (Group meets once per month on the following 5 Mondays: Feb 26, March 18, April 15, May 13, and June 10, plus a private 1-on-1 session)
Limited enrollment: 6 students
Fee: $595
Sold Out
This class is sold out — but email us to join the wait list and we’ll let you know of any openings.

This intimate mentoring group meets once per month and is for photographers and media artists who are looking for long-term support and continuity while working on a project. We’ll discuss different approaches to the best way of telling the story, to fit each student’s individual project. During these monthly critiques we’ll also cover story structure, research, composition, editing, and documentary and conceptual approaches. This group is also a way to simply talk about anything related to photography to get inspired: we’ll look at other photographers’ work, discuss technical issues, and talk about how to best present the final project: on the web, in book form, an exhibition, or as a multimedia piece. A guest speaker (to be announced) will present their work and share their experience. This class is limited to 6 students only and each session runs for 3 hours with a 10 minute break. Includes a private 1-on-1 session.

Please note: 1) Students must submit a selection of at least 10 images or a link to their website to be accepted to this class. 2) Students should either be working on a project, or have a project idea at the beginning of the class.
 
We just returned from a week away and found my zine waiting for me! I love it! Many thanks to you both and especially Edward for your time, expertise and patience as I began to learn InDesign. I am grateful and appreciative!
—Lisa (New York)
Thank you for all your guidance and patience with my project. There were some terrific students/talent in the class and you did a great job getting everyone to participate!
—Gerald (Minneapolis)


Anja Hitzenberger
Anja Hitzenberger

Anja Hitzenberger is a photographer, filmmaker, private photography consultant, and educator. She is the founder of StrudelmediaLive online classes. Anja studied at the International Center of Photography (ICP General Studies full-time program) in New York, where she is now on the faculty. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows, in film festivals, and on theater stages throughout Europe, the United States, South America and Asia, and published internationally in magazines and books. She has received numerous grants, including “Swing Space” from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), and has completed residencies in Rome, Paris, Warsaw and Beijing. Anja enjoys teaching students from different nationalities, and has several years of experience in teaching live online photography classes, as well as in-person workshops in New York, Europe, and China. Originally from Salzburg, Austria, she divides her time between New York and Vienna.

Anja teaches visual storytelling, environmental portraits, critique groups, and how movies can inspire your photography for StrudelmediaLive.

 
Understanding the Basic Tools of Adobe Lightroom Classic’s Develop Module
© Néstor Pérez-Molière
Mini-Workshop
 

Understanding the Basic Tools of Adobe Lightroom Classic’s Develop Module

Dates: Sunday, Mar 3, 2024
Time: 1–2pm (ET)
Sessions: 1
Fee: $39
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Many photographers use only a small fraction of the potential that the Lightroom Develop Module offers. In this mini-workshop, you’ll learn how to take advantage of all the basic tools in the Develop Module, including white balance, tone, presence, cropping, healing, red eye correction, and masking. Make your images look their best!

Mini-Workshops last about an hour and may have higher enrollment than our other classes.
 
I really enjoyed Nester’s class! He is great at giving us focus and direction.
—Ellen (New York City)
Néstor’s class was amazing. His presentations thoroughly captured the range of styles of still life photography and I think he was incredibly thoughtful with his critiques. I really enjoyed the class and am inspired to keep going!
—Jyoti (California)


Néstor Pérez-Molière
Néstor Pérez-Molière

Néstor Pérez-Molière was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently resides in The Bronx. His practice takes place mainly in the realm of photography, but also incorporates performance, drawing, video, installation, and intaglio techniques. All of these are used in unison as he turns his camera on himself and delves into self-portraiture, exploring his relationship with his body, body image ideals, and food relationships as subject matter.

Nestor has an MFA from Hunter College and holds a BSc in botany. He was part of the Artist in the Marketplace and Creative Capital’s Taller mentorship programs, and was part of The Bronx Museum of the Art’s Fourth Biennial. He has exhibited at the Museo de las Américas, the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, Longwood Gallery, and the Liga de Artes de San Juan. He currently teaches digital and darkroom photography at the International Center of Photography and The Point CDC.

Néstor teaches lighting for still life and more   for StrudelmediaLive.

 
Function of Memory: Photography in Context
© Kat Shannon

Kat Shannon on her class "Function of Memory: Photography in Context"
ONLINE COURSE
 

Function of Memory: Photography in Context

Dates: Thursdays, Mar 7–May 16, 2024
Time: 11am–1pm (ET)
Sessions: 6 (Meets every other week on Thursdays: March 7, 21; April 4, 18; May 2, 16)
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $405
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Only 1 spot left

Since its beginnings, photography has been shaping our personal and collective memory. We often look to images — whether historical documentation or an archive of family photographs — to help us structure and transform emotional meaning. Can — or perhaps should — a photograph act as a stand-in for truth, feeling, or connection? Through a series of interdisciplinary lectures, creative assignments, and critiques, students will examine the physical and emotional properties that make up a photograph as we investigate its power and consider the possibilities and limitations of what photography can offer. In weekly assignments, students will both make new images and also re-contextualize existing photographic work — for example, from a family archive, public domain historical photos, or found pictures.

 
Kat Shannon did a superb job. She is an excellent photography instructor. She is thoroughly prepared and is creative in her content and assignments/prompts. She has considerable depth in her photography knowledge and is articulate and stimulating. She is kind. I will definitely consider another class with Kat.
—June (New Jersey)
I thoroughly enjoyed Kat’s class. I think she’s very personable and a good teacher. Her lessons were always interesting, and the readings and information about various photographers opened up a new area for me re: “pilgrimaging” with my camera. And her critiques were always helpful. Very glad I took the class and I’ve signed up for her next class.
—Susan (New York City)


Kat Shannon
Kat Shannon

Kat Shannon is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and educator working in photography, text, and video, currently based between São Paulo, Brazil, and Orlando, Florida. Her work examines notions of intimacy, human connection, gender, community, and culture. She holds degrees in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design (BFA) as well as Bard College (MFA).

Kat has held teaching positions at Yeshiva University, Brookdale College, Stetson University, Middlesex College, and ICP, and previously worked for three years as the head curator at an art consultancy in New York. In 2017 Kat co-founded the collaborative artist collective Memory Foam through which she curates exhibitions, publishes and collects artists' books and zines, and produces an artist interview series called “Artists Eat Ice Cream.”

Kat teaches Ways of Seeing, Photography as Pilgrimage, and other personal vision classes   for StrudelmediaLive.

 
Mosaic and Entanglement: Photographic Histories in Europe from 1950–2000
© Dortje Fink

Dortje Fink on what this class covers
ONLINE COURSE
 

Mosaic and Entanglement: Photographic Histories in Europe from 1950–2000

Dates: Tuesdays, Mar 12–Apr 9, 2024
Time: 1–3pm (ET)
Sessions: 5
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $360
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Europe in the 20th century doesn’t have one single history of photography, but rather a whole spectrum of movements and photographic practices occurring in different contexts. These histories range from national to diasporic, political to intimate, chance to staged, photograms to C-prints. In this course we’ll examine the work of individual photographers from different eras and regions who were either part of a large network or else working predominantly on their own — among them Luigi Ghirri, Eva Besnyő, Josef Sudek, Michael Schmidt, Alberto García Alix, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Christer Strömholm, and Rineke Dijkstra. Through lecture, discussion, creative exercises, readings and photographic assignments, you’ll broaden your understanding of the various conditions under which photographs were taken and the endless possibilities of creatively engaging with photography. This course is for photographers and general art audiences alike, whether you want to be inspired to try new directions in your own work, or simply leave with an expanded knowledge of the field.

 


Dortje Fink
photo by Detlef Eden
Dortje Fink

Dortje Fink is an art and photography historian, educator, cultural organizer and podcaster based in Berlin. With academic training at Humboldt University in Berlin and Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, her research interests involve photographic archives, exhibition histories, lens-based media art, visual culture, biases of canonization, and decentering the history of photography. Her deep engagement with works of Carrie Mae Weems, Philip Kwame Apagya, Boris Mikhailov, Martin Chambi, Nickolas Muray, and Manfred Paul has inspired her writing, which has been published in exhibition catalogues and magazines. Since 2014, she has been working with C/O Berlin — an exhibition space dedicated to photography and visual media. She hosts, along with Julia Wolf, the German podcast “rein theoretisch – Fotografisches mit Fink&Wolf” about photographs whose visibility is restricted for a variety of reasons.

Dortje teaches the history of photography for StrudelmediaLive.

 
Diptychs, Triptychs, and Panoramics: The Dynamics of Multiples
© Lisa Futterman (previous student of Kai McBride)
ONLINE COURSE
 

Diptychs, Triptychs, and Panoramics: The Dynamics of Multiples

Dates: Mondays, Apr 1–May 13, 2024
Time: 6–8pm (ET)
Sessions: 6 (No class on April 22)
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $405
Sold Out
This class is sold out — but email us to join the wait list and we’ll let you know of any openings.

In this class we learn ways to explore themes, tell stories, and present a visually cohesive narrative across multiple photographs using the deceptively simple technique of grouping the photos together in diptychs, triptychs, and multi-photo panoramics. Building on the language inherited from historical religious art, the contemporary artist can create symbolic relationships in their work that are not possible in a single photograph.

Kai will share technical tips and tricks for the camera set-up, how to integrate them into your projects that also include single images, as well as the post-production workflow. Through weekly exercises, you’ll be making compelling sets of photographs. Beyond the visual impact, creating these images can be a playful and experimental process. Students will enjoy exploring unexpected connections, contrasts, or serendipitous relationships between the images, fostering a sense of creative play.

 
Today, sadly, is the last of Kai’s B&W class — it has been great and he’s an excellent teacher. I rejuvenated some of my Photoshop skills which have been dormant and learned a lot.
—Lisa (New York)
I would like to thank you for a great course! It’s really going to help me move my way forward, although I'm not ready yet to be able to publish a whole book. What made this great was the amount of effort, time and thought you put into it, especially given the short duration. I have enjoyed and learnt a lot from the two courses I have taken with you and I will keep my eye open on Studelmedia for other courses you may be giving.
—Brendan (Mexico City)


Kai McBride
Kai McBride

Kai McBride is a photographer, musician, teacher, and avid cyclist who recently uprooted from Brooklyn to sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico. He spent the last ten years teaching photography and managing the photo facilities at Columbia University, his alma mater, where he received an MFA in 2008.

Born on the island of Kauai in 1972, by his 18th birthday Kai had lived in California, Oregon, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Texas, Oahu, North Carolina, and Massachusetts. He sharpened his powers of observation while adjusting to life between suburban ranch-style homes, cabins with no running water, and a 20-foot teepee in the field of a commune.

His photographs have been exhibited in museum and gallery exhibitions, and are held in public and private collections. His first monograph, About Face: Picturing Tampa, was published by SPQR Editions in Fall 2016.

Kai teaches black and white photography, photobooks, and more for StrudelmediaLive.

 
AI and Photography, Part 1: Beginnings
© Stefan Frank, generated by AI/Midjourney
Mini-Workshop
 

AI and Photography, Part 1: Beginnings

Dates: Thursday, Apr 11, 2024
Time: 2–3pm (ET)
Sessions: 1
Fee: $39
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Get a deep introduction to AI as it relates to photography in this three-part Mini-workshopregister for all three or just take an individual section.

In Part 1, we’ll explore the technical and historical foundations of AI in photography by unraveling the algorithms, tracing its evolution, and learning how it got to where it is today.

Many of us have been hearing about Artificial Intelligence and what its use might mean — whether it’s simply a plagiarism machine, or a miracle for mankind, the end of human life, or something in between. Through this series of three Mini-workshops you’ll gain a better understanding of AI’s impact on photography and our creativity, and engage in lively discussion on its role in the future of artistic expression. Also in this series: Part 2: Practical Applications and Part 3: Implications and What Lies Ahead.

Mini-Workshops last about an hour and may have higher enrollment than our other classes.
 
Thank you for this interesting course — Stefan certainly gave us a lot of information and a lot to think about. I wish the course was even longer!
—Suzette (New York)
Loved Stefan’s class! I really appreciate the mix of hands-on work — a.k.a. making photos — and his more conceptual lectures. For me that is the ideal combination.
—Cristina (Chicago)


Stefan Frank
Stefan Frank

Stefan Frank is a photographer living in Heidelberg, Germany. After completing degrees in philosophy and mathematics, he studied photography at Ostkreuzschule in Berlin, and at Atelier Smedsby in Paris. His work has been exhibited throughout Germany, and he has created a variety of different photography series on extensive travels across Asia. In his current project “Deutschlandreise,” he focuses on Germany’s complicated history, his own family, and memories.

Stefan teaches the poetics of space, nighttime photography, and much more — including presenting The Photobook Show — for StrudelmediaLive.

 
Make Your Own Handmade, Hardcover Photobook
© Elizabeth Castaldo
ONLINE COURSE
 

Make Your Own Handmade, Hardcover Photobook

Dates: Saturdays, Apr 13–Jun 1, 2024
Time: 11am–1pm (ET)
Sessions: 6 (No class on April 27 and May 18)
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $405
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If you’re thinking about creating a photobook, making the physical book by hand can be super-satisfying and can add another level of creativity to your project. In this class, you’ll learn how to make three types of hardcover bindings that are suitable for both short and longer photo projects — a hardcover pamphlet, a flat-backed case binding, and a hardcover concertina album. If you don’t know what these are, don’t worry, you’ll find out in this hands-on class!

We’ll discuss how images work in a book, as well as strategies for including content that is both printed directly onto the page or tipped onto the page after binding. There will be homework prompts and group feedback and we’ll also look at examples of photobooks using these different structures.

Please note: When you register, we’ll send you a list of the materials and tools you’ll need (papers, exacto knife, etc.) to create your books.
 
This class was spectacular. Liz is spectacular. She is such an organized and patient teacher. I’m so excited to practice and experiment with the techniques she introduced us to.
—Kirsten (Canada)
Thank you for a great class — this is a great thing to be able to do now and I know it’s something I’m going to continue doing.
—David (Westchester)


Elizabeth Castaldo
Elizabeth Castaldo

Elizabeth Castaldo is an artist, printmaker, and bookbinder based in Peekskill, NY and New York City. She has completed residencies at the Center for Book Arts (New York City) and Printmaker’s Open Forum (Oxford, PA). Castaldo received her MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta where she was a Dean’s Fellow in Printmaking, and her BFA from the School of Visual Arts. In November 2020, her solo exhibition, Proximate Magic, was presented at Saint Joseph’s College in Patchogue, NY. Her work was included in the traveling exhibition, Freed Formats: The Book Reconsidered and she organized the exchange portfolio Earth/Mother for the SGCI 2020 conference “Puertografico.” She teaches printmaking and book arts at Parsons School of Design, Nassau Community College, and the Center for Book Arts. Her work is held in many private and institutional collections including SCAD, Yale University, The University of Alberta, and Carnegie Melon University.

Elizabeth teaches hand-made books   for StrudelmediaLive.

 
Photographing Strangers: Practical Tools and Ethical Questions
ONLINE COURSE
 

Photographing Strangers: Practical Tools and Ethical Questions

Dates: Wednesdays, Apr 17–May 22, 2024
Time: 12–2pm (ET)
Sessions: 6
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $405
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Only 2 spots left

For many photographers, one of the biggest challenges in taking street portraits or working on a documentary project is how to approach strangers. In this class, we’ll examine practical tools you can use to overcome your fears and confront the ethical questions that are an inherent part of this practice. We’ll discuss how to make pictures that represent people fairly and why that is necessary to consider. We’ll ask ourselves important questions, including: who is the community and why are you the right person to take these pictures? and what guides you in making these photographs?

We’ll look at the work of artists, photographers, and filmmakers — including Baldwin Lee, Judith Joy Ross, and Gianfranco Rosi — to assess the past and present of documentary work and what the future may look like. With weekly assignments, you’ll learn to face your fears through real-world practice. Gain a better understanding of how to navigate the anxiety-inducing act of approaching and photographing strangers, as well as the necessary mindset and tools to do it with a good conscience.

 


Scott Rossi
Scott Rossi

Scott Rossi is a photographer based in New York who is originally from Canada. His work captures the poetic nuances of daily life and the complex relationship between people and their environment. Rossi is a Documentary Practices and Visual Journalism program graduate from the International Center of Photography (ICP) and holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Victoria. Following his move to New York City in 2020, he began his project, Common Place, a visual meditation on Central Park, resulting in his first monograph. His work has been featured in or commissioned by The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Vogue, and the British Journal of Photography, among others. He has exhibited internationally at the Rotterdam Photo Festival, The International Center of Photography, and Photo 2022 in Melbourne.

Scott teaches photographing strangers for StrudelmediaLive.

 
Create Your Own Zine or Photobook with InDesign
© Edward Ratliff (books/zines by previous students)
ONLINE COURSE
 

Create Your Own Zine or Photobook with InDesign

Dates: Tuesdays, Apr 23–Jun 18, 2024
Time: 1–3pm (ET)
Sessions: 6 (This class has 5 group sessions plus a private 1-on-1 session and meets Tuesdays every other week: April 23; May 7, 21; June 4, 18)
Limited enrollment: 6 students
Fee: $495
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Only 2 spots left

Adobe’s InDesign is the most flexible and powerful application to layout and design a photobook or zine. This 6-session class is for students who are new to it or who’d like a refresher to work on a project. We’ll discuss developing a visual concept to fit your specific story, and cover step-by-step instructions on workflow, how to best plan and setup a project, how to use the most important InDesign tools, and how to prepare, import and resize photos. We’ll discuss working with text, fonts, and typography, and you’ll learn to speak the language of printers and designers. You’ll also get recommendations for where to print your particular project. We’ll look at a variety of zines and photobooks for design inspiration and discuss different design ideas. Students will work on their projects throughout the course, so that by the end (depending on the scope of the project), you’ll have a layout ready to print. This class is limited to only 6 students. We’ll meet as a group for 5 sessions every other week, followed by a private 1-on-1 session to work together on your specific book or zine.

Please note: No prior knowledge of InDesign is required. Students should have a group of images ready to develop into a book or zine. Adobe's InDesign is available by a monthly subscription that can be stopped and started as you like.
 
Thank you both very much for a great course. I loved watching the movie clips and seeing students' interpretation through your talented guidance. See you again soon!
—Ilene (New York City)
Anja and Edward did a great job creating this class. I especially enjoyed the Hong Kong films featured in the class — they were new to me. I must say that the class made me think of films in a different way. It was strange to me that I reacted to the assignments as real challenges that made me quite nervous — a sure sign that the class was a true growth experience. I hope I can take another course with you someday down the road.
—Mike (California)


Edward Ratliff
photo by Anja Hitzenberger
Edward Ratliff

Edward Ratliff is a composer, filmmaker, designer, and multi-disciplinary artist.

As a composer and performer, he has led bands in Europe and Asia and throughout New York City and has received numerous commissions and grants for dance and theater scores. His music has been heard in shows on HBO, Netflix, Nickelodeon, Hulu, the Discovery Channel, PBS, and more — everything from a biography of Dostoyevsky to Real Sex Xtra. He “is best known for making richly cinematic music that captures New York City’s momentum and diversity…” (The Wall Street Journal).

Edward is a designer who works in both print and digital — developing websites and designing books and other printed material for clients ranging from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to individual artists. His film and video work has been exhibited in festivals internationally, and he has studied film devotedly for decades.

Edward teaches movies as inspiration and using InDesign to create zines and books   for StrudelmediaLive.

 
The Performative Self Portrait: Developing Your Contemporary Identity
© Zuzana Pustaiová
ONLINE COURSE
 

The Performative Self Portrait: Developing Your Contemporary Identity

Dates: Mondays, May 6–Jun 24, 2024
Time: 12–2pm (ET)
Sessions: 6 (No class on May 20 and May 27 — class meets May 6, 13; June 3, 10, 17, 24)
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $405
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Who are you in contemporary society? Join Zuzana Pustaiová for this intriguing journey of discovery and expression through the performative self portrait. In this class, you’ll learn to use self-portrayal as a powerful language to address a variety of ideas and topics, as well helping you examine your self-identity in the contemporary world. Experiment with different performative approaches including using tools from documentary photography, creating a staged environment, building simple props, or playing with stop motion and video stills. You’ll be introduced to the work of contemporary photographers who use self-portraiture in their artistic practice and we’ll analyze and discuss readings of dramaturgical sociology by Erving Goffman, author of the The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. Through assignments and discussion, you’ll develop a new angle on self portraiture, whether you’ve worked in this form before or not. The aim is that by the end of this class, you’ll understand how to work with yourself in your artistic practice as never before. 

 
I wanted to thank you for the class and for pushing me toward this new way (at least for me) of working on my personal story/project. I’m really excited to literally dive into it. Thank you for your time and support, your advice has been super helpful.
—Lara (France)
Zuzana’s class was one of the best content classes I’ve taken. It showed me a new approach to self portraits (which I’ve enjoyed making for a long time). Her critiques helped to validate my thoughts to move beyond including myself in all of my “self portrait” photos.
—Don (Ohio)


Zuzana Pustaiová
photo by Boris Nemeth
Zuzana Pustaiová

Zuzana Pustaiová's interest in visual arts began with painting but soon switched to photography, which she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava (Slovakia) where she completed her Ph.D in 2022. Her artwork uses role-playing as a principal tool to explore and reveal the relationships between family members, relatives, friends, and other social groups. With a sense of wit, humor and irony, she uncovers the cultural stereotypes related to gender, age, tradition, and social inclusion. In 2022, her book One Day Every Day was shortlisted for the Paris Photo – Aperture Photobook Award. She has received numerous awards in contemporary photography — including the Grand Prix at the Rovinj Photodays 2021 and Finalist for the 2017 Lucie Foundation Scholarship in Los Angeles. In 2018 she was named Slovak Photographer of the Year. She has exhibited internationally in Europe and Canada and lives and works in Levice and Bratislava.

Zuzana teaches new approaches to photographing family stories and self-portraiture   for StrudelmediaLive.

 
Stretch Your Creative Muscles!
© Anja Hitzenberger
Online class Co-presented by C/O Berlin and StrudelmediaLive
 

Stretch Your Creative Muscles!

Dates: Thursdays, May 16–Jun 20, 2024
Time: 12–2pm (ET)
Sessions: 5 (No class on May 30. The date and time of the live, online gallery tour of the Tyler Mitchell exhibition at C/O Berlin will be announced.)
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $360
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Feeling a little stiff in your photography practice? Need a push to try something new? Let’s stretch our creative muscles together!

Unique weekly exercises will challenge you to experiment with new techniques and ways of taking pictures, and creative approaches to storytelling — no matter if you’re a beginner or are years into your photographic practice. Through group critique, we’ll analyze composition and we’ll also seek inspiration by examining the work of a variety of photographers. At the end of the class, students will be energized and inspired to expand their photographic vision.

A special highlight of the course will be a live, online guided tour through the exhibition “Tyler Mitchell” at C/O Berlin (date/time TBA).

In Zusammenarbeit mit / in collaboration with

 
We just returned from a week away and found my zine waiting for me! I love it! Many thanks to you both and especially Edward for your time, expertise and patience as I began to learn InDesign. I am grateful and appreciative!
—Lisa (New York)
Thank you for all your guidance and patience with my project. There were some terrific students/talent in the class and you did a great job getting everyone to participate!
—Gerald (Minneapolis)


Anja Hitzenberger
Anja Hitzenberger

Anja Hitzenberger is a photographer, filmmaker, private photography consultant, and educator. She is the founder of StrudelmediaLive online classes. Anja studied at the International Center of Photography (ICP General Studies full-time program) in New York, where she is now on the faculty. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows, in film festivals, and on theater stages throughout Europe, the United States, South America and Asia, and published internationally in magazines and books. She has received numerous grants, including “Swing Space” from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), and has completed residencies in Rome, Paris, Warsaw and Beijing. Anja enjoys teaching students from different nationalities, and has several years of experience in teaching live online photography classes, as well as in-person workshops in New York, Europe, and China. Originally from Salzburg, Austria, she divides her time between New York and Vienna.

Anja teaches visual storytelling, environmental portraits, critique groups, and how movies can inspire your photography for StrudelmediaLive.

 
Learn to Work with Color in Adobe Lightroom Classic’s Develop Module
© Néstor Pérez-Molière
Mini-Workshop
 

Learn to Work with Color in Adobe Lightroom Classic’s Develop Module

Dates: Sunday, May 19, 2024
Time: 1–2pm (ET)
Sessions: 1
Fee: $39
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In this mini-workshop, you’ll expand your understanding of color editing and manipulation in Lightroom’s Develop Module. We’ll look at how to use tone curve, the color mixer, color grading, and the all-important and sometimes befuddling histogram. We’ll also look at how to use these color controls when your image is black and white. 

Mini-Workshops last about an hour and may have higher enrollment than our other classes.
 
I really enjoyed Nester’s class! He is great at giving us focus and direction.
—Ellen (New York City)
Néstor’s class was amazing. His presentations thoroughly captured the range of styles of still life photography and I think he was incredibly thoughtful with his critiques. I really enjoyed the class and am inspired to keep going!
—Jyoti (California)


Néstor Pérez-Molière
Néstor Pérez-Molière

Néstor Pérez-Molière was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently resides in The Bronx. His practice takes place mainly in the realm of photography, but also incorporates performance, drawing, video, installation, and intaglio techniques. All of these are used in unison as he turns his camera on himself and delves into self-portraiture, exploring his relationship with his body, body image ideals, and food relationships as subject matter.

Nestor has an MFA from Hunter College and holds a BSc in botany. He was part of the Artist in the Marketplace and Creative Capital’s Taller mentorship programs, and was part of The Bronx Museum of the Art’s Fourth Biennial. He has exhibited at the Museo de las Américas, the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, Longwood Gallery, and the Liga de Artes de San Juan. He currently teaches digital and darkroom photography at the International Center of Photography and The Point CDC.

Néstor teaches lighting for still life and more   for StrudelmediaLive.

 
Finding an Audience and Getting Your Work out into the World
© Kat Shannon
ONLINE COURSE
 

Finding an Audience and Getting Your Work out into the World

Dates: Thursdays, May 23–Jun 27, 2024
Time: 12–2pm (ET)
Sessions: 5 (No class on May 30)
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $360
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Once you’ve taken the pictures, finished the edit, and worked on the sequence, it’s time to move on to the next — and often most difficult — phase of a project: getting your work out into the world. How can you find your audience, share your photographs, and take the next steps in pursuing your practice?

We’ll discuss these challenges and turn them into achievable goals. Topics will include creating an artist statement, applying for residencies or exhibition open calls, preparing for portfolio reviews, budgeting (for printing, framing, and related production costs), finding your voice as an artist, and how to present yourself and your work both in public and online. Personalized tips and tricks will be shared based on each student’s specific project, unique skill set, and photographic ambitions. Students can expect to walk away from the class with increased confidence in their work and a newfound awareness of navigating the art and photography world.

Please note: Students should have a project to present, although it's not required.
 
Kat Shannon did a superb job. She is an excellent photography instructor. She is thoroughly prepared and is creative in her content and assignments/prompts. She has considerable depth in her photography knowledge and is articulate and stimulating. She is kind. I will definitely consider another class with Kat.
—June (New Jersey)
I thoroughly enjoyed Kat’s class. I think she’s very personable and a good teacher. Her lessons were always interesting, and the readings and information about various photographers opened up a new area for me re: “pilgrimaging” with my camera. And her critiques were always helpful. Very glad I took the class and I’ve signed up for her next class.
—Susan (New York City)


Kat Shannon
Kat Shannon

Kat Shannon is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and educator working in photography, text, and video, currently based between São Paulo, Brazil, and Orlando, Florida. Her work examines notions of intimacy, human connection, gender, community, and culture. She holds degrees in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design (BFA) as well as Bard College (MFA).

Kat has held teaching positions at Yeshiva University, Brookdale College, Stetson University, Middlesex College, and ICP, and previously worked for three years as the head curator at an art consultancy in New York. In 2017 Kat co-founded the collaborative artist collective Memory Foam through which she curates exhibitions, publishes and collects artists' books and zines, and produces an artist interview series called “Artists Eat Ice Cream.”

Kat teaches Ways of Seeing, Photography as Pilgrimage, and other personal vision classes   for StrudelmediaLive.

 
AI and Photography, Part 2: Practical Applications
© Stefan Frank, generated by AI/Midjourney
Mini-Workshop
 

AI and Photography, Part 2: Practical Applications

Dates: Thursday, May 23, 2024
Time: 2–3pm (ET)
Sessions: 1
Fee: $39
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Over the past year, many of us have been hearing about Artificial Intelligence and what its use might mean — whether it’s simply a plagiarism machine, or a miracle for mankind, the end of human life, or something in between. Get a deep introduction to what AI is about as it relates to photography in this 3-part Mini-Workshop.

Part 2 will focus on practical applications in Lightroom and Photoshop and emerging platforms including Midjourney. Learn how you can enhance your images and streamline workflows with AI.

Through this series of three Mini-Workshops you’ll gain a better understanding of AI’s impact on photography and our creativity, and engage in lively discussion on its role in the future of artistic expression. Register for all three Mini-workshops or just an individual section. Also in this series: Part 1: Beginnings and Part 3: Implications and What Lies Ahead.

Mini-Workshops last about an hour and may have higher enrollment than our other classes.
 
Thank you for this interesting course — Stefan certainly gave us a lot of information and a lot to think about. I wish the course was even longer!
—Suzette (New York)
Loved Stefan’s class! I really appreciate the mix of hands-on work — a.k.a. making photos — and his more conceptual lectures. For me that is the ideal combination.
—Cristina (Chicago)


Stefan Frank
Stefan Frank

Stefan Frank is a photographer living in Heidelberg, Germany. After completing degrees in philosophy and mathematics, he studied photography at Ostkreuzschule in Berlin, and at Atelier Smedsby in Paris. His work has been exhibited throughout Germany, and he has created a variety of different photography series on extensive travels across Asia. In his current project “Deutschlandreise,” he focuses on Germany’s complicated history, his own family, and memories.

Stefan teaches the poetics of space, nighttime photography, and much more — including presenting The Photobook Show — for StrudelmediaLive.

 
Push the Boundaries of Your Color Photography: Analysis, Technique, and Exercises
© Shala Miller
ONLINE COURSE
 

Push the Boundaries of Your Color Photography: Analysis, Technique, and Exercises

Dates: Tuesdays, May 28–Jun 25, 2024
Time: 1–3pm (ET)
Sessions: 5
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $360
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Challenge yourself with an exploration of the interplay of color and light in photography in this class that mixes the creative with the technical. Through weekly assignments, we’ll dive into a study of understanding light and color temperature, fundamental color theory, and the psychology of color. The aim is not merely to understand the technical aspects but also to unravel the motivations behind creative choices. We’ll explore advanced camera techniques and Lightroom skills, so that you’ll progress beyond basic color image processing, gaining proficiency in exercising precise control over color and light to evoke specific emotions. Push the boundaries of your images as you learn about creative curves for color enhancement, dodging and burning, manipulating texture, and more.

 
As a black-and-white photographer without any art education beyond crayons, I knew I needed to learn color someday. Shala taught me how to think and see in color, so I now seamlessly switch between color and black-and-white based on the emotions I’m trying to convey. She excelled at facilitating our group’s discussions and had terrific links to things we needed to read and look at to help us expand our vision. I am forever grateful for her mentoring and guidance.
—Kevin (New Jersey)


Shala Miller
Shala Miller

Shala Miller’s work in photography and film meditates on the intersection of desire, mourning, pain, and pleasure. Taking up skin as a site of history and intimacy with the self and across generations, they hold space for the body’s vulnerabilities and maladies.

She has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and teaches at Parsons, Pratt, and ICP. Her book, Tender Noted, was voted best photo book of 2022 by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and her art work is in the collections of MoMA, the Hessel Museum, and The Lumber Room among others.

Also known as Freddie June when she sings, Shala was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, by two southerners named Al and Ruby. At around the age of 10 or 11, Miller discovered quietude, the kind you’re sort of pushed into, and then was fooled into thinking that this is where she should stay put. Since then, she has been trying to find her way out, and find her way into an understanding of herself and her history, using photography, video, writing, and singing as an aid in this process.

Shala teaches color photography for StrudelmediaLive.

 
Cameraless Photography: Creating Magic with Alternative Processes
© Daura Campos
ONLINE COURSE
 

Cameraless Photography: Creating Magic with Alternative Processes

Dates: Wednesdays, Jun 5–Jul 10, 2024
Time: 12–2pm (ET)
Sessions: 5 (No class on July 3)
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $360
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In this class, you’ll explore alternative processes that redefine the boundaries of traditional photography through creativity and sustainability. Simplicity takes center stage as you’re guided through cameraless and analog techniques that can be quickly mastered with easy-to-obtain materials. You’ll learn to create photographic art from home — chemigrams, lumen prints, phytograms, and film soup — without the need for an analog camera or darkroom access. Discover low-cost alternatives that not only make these methods accessible but also encourage sustainable practices through the use of reusable and recycled materials. Through lecture, demonstration, and group discussion, students will produce a diverse array of prints. The culmination of your efforts will lead to the creation of either a final standout piece or a compelling small series, which you’ll present during the final class session.

Students will receive a list of easy-to-obtain materials that you’ll need for the class when you register.

 


Daura Campos
Daura Campos

Daura Campos is a visual artist based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Her process with 35mm film — using destruction and care — she creates photographic works where each piece is a testament to its resilience. She explores brokenness and healing, creating photographic work that pushes against assumptions of representation and is free to express itself through abstraction.

She has exhibited at Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich), Museum of Art of Pereira (Colombia), Rotterdam Photo (Rotterdam), Experimental Photo Festival (Barcelona), Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool), Gallery 44 (Toronto), and Gallery Kannski (Reykjavík), among others. Her selected awards include a high commendation from the JUST Art Award, a special mention from the Art Vue Foundation Yearly Prize, and a FORGE Fellowship.

Daura teaches alternative processes for StrudelmediaLive.

Samanta Ortega
Samanta Ortega

Samanta Ortega is a laboratory scientist, photographer, and art educator based in São Paulo, Brazil. Integrating the past, present, and future of the history of photographic processes, she is dedicated to exploring and sharing research on plant-based photographic developers in an experimental approach to film manipulation and studies within photochemistry. By valuing analog photography that is based on the reuse of materials and simplification of processes, she addresses accessible alternatives in spaces with different infrastructures and audiences of a wide age range and levels of knowledge. She has taught at institutions including SESC (Brazil), Pinacoteca de São Bernardo do Campo, and at analog photography festivals and independent cultural spaces focused on film photography throughout Brazil.

Samanta teaches alternative processes for StrudelmediaLive.

 
AI and Photography, Part 3: Implications and What Lies Ahead
© Stefan Frank, generated by AI/Midjourney
Mini-Workshop
 

AI and Photography, Part 3: Implications and What Lies Ahead

Dates: Thursday, Jun 13, 2024
Time: 2–3pm (ET)
Sessions: 1
Fee: $39
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Get a deep introduction to AI as it relates to photography in this three-part Mini-workshopregister for all three or just take an individual section.

Part 3 looks at the broader implications of AI on the photographic community. We’ll delve into ethical considerations, discuss concerns around creative control, and explore how AI is reshaping the industry.

Many of us have been hearing about Artificial Intelligence and what its use might mean — whether it’s simply a plagiarism machine, or a miracle for mankind, the end of human life, or something in between. Through this series of three Mini-workshops you’ll gain a better understanding of AI’s impact on photography and our creativity, and engage in lively discussion on its role in the future of artistic expression. Also in this series: Part 1: Beginnings and Part 2: Practical Applications.

Mini-Workshops last about an hour and may have higher enrollment than our other classes.
 
Thank you for this interesting course — Stefan certainly gave us a lot of information and a lot to think about. I wish the course was even longer!
—Suzette (New York)
Loved Stefan’s class! I really appreciate the mix of hands-on work — a.k.a. making photos — and his more conceptual lectures. For me that is the ideal combination.
—Cristina (Chicago)


Stefan Frank
Stefan Frank

Stefan Frank is a photographer living in Heidelberg, Germany. After completing degrees in philosophy and mathematics, he studied photography at Ostkreuzschule in Berlin, and at Atelier Smedsby in Paris. His work has been exhibited throughout Germany, and he has created a variety of different photography series on extensive travels across Asia. In his current project “Deutschlandreise,” he focuses on Germany’s complicated history, his own family, and memories.

Stefan teaches the poetics of space, nighttime photography, and much more — including presenting The Photobook Show — for StrudelmediaLive.

 
Understanding the Advanced Tools of Adobe Lightroom Classic’s Develop Module
© Néstor Pérez-Molière
Mini-Workshop
 

Understanding the Advanced Tools of Adobe Lightroom Classic’s Develop Module

Dates: Sunday, Jun 23, 2024
Time: 1–2pm (ET)
Sessions: 1
Fee: $39
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Do you have a good grasp of the basic tools in Lightroom but want to go deeper? In this Mini-workshop, we’ll dive into the Develop Module’s more advanced tools, including detail, lens correction, transform, lens blur, effects, and calibration. Expand your control of the way your images look!

Mini-Workshops last about an hour and may have higher enrollment than our other classes.
 
I really enjoyed Nester’s class! He is great at giving us focus and direction.
—Ellen (New York City)
Néstor’s class was amazing. His presentations thoroughly captured the range of styles of still life photography and I think he was incredibly thoughtful with his critiques. I really enjoyed the class and am inspired to keep going!
—Jyoti (California)


Néstor Pérez-Molière
Néstor Pérez-Molière

Néstor Pérez-Molière was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently resides in The Bronx. His practice takes place mainly in the realm of photography, but also incorporates performance, drawing, video, installation, and intaglio techniques. All of these are used in unison as he turns his camera on himself and delves into self-portraiture, exploring his relationship with his body, body image ideals, and food relationships as subject matter.

Nestor has an MFA from Hunter College and holds a BSc in botany. He was part of the Artist in the Marketplace and Creative Capital’s Taller mentorship programs, and was part of The Bronx Museum of the Art’s Fourth Biennial. He has exhibited at the Museo de las Américas, the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, Longwood Gallery, and the Liga de Artes de San Juan. He currently teaches digital and darkroom photography at the International Center of Photography and The Point CDC.

Néstor teaches lighting for still life and more   for StrudelmediaLive.

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A Better Tool for Black and White? Meet Silver Efex Pro

This mini-workshop is an introduction to Nik Collection’s Silver Efex Pro — a plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom designed particularly for black-and-white photographers.… [read more]
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A Photographer’s Guide to the Expressive Richness of Light

Light is foundational to photography and one of the medium’s most playful forces — somber in some moments and joyful in others. We’ll learn… [read more]
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A Photographic Exploration of the Psychogeography of Your City

The city has always been the stage where the most urgent conflicts of the times are discussed and negotiated. In this class, following a different… [read more]
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Adventures in Still Life

This class will help develop your still life practice into a body of work that’s cohesive and expressive — whether you’re… [read more]
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An Interior View

In this class focusing on architectural interiors, we’ll discuss lighting, equipment, and camera settings, but also the challenge of how to translate and… [read more]
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Architecture and Narrative: A Sense of Place

How can we use the genre of architectural photography to tell a more personal story of place? This course invites you to engage with architecture… [read more]
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Assignment Workflow from a Pro: Plan, Shoot, Deliver — Repeat!

Photographer Marco Bello (Reuters, Bloomberg, Getty Images, and others) will share an in-depth look at his workflow for a variety of assignments — from editorial… [read more]
Interested in this class? Email us and we'll notify you next time it runs.
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Assignment: Monochrome! Analysis, Technique, and Exercises in B&W

Black and White photography is utterly fluid — it can appear as a soft-toned airbrush drawing or as a dense and gritty pen-and-ink scratching,… [read more]
Interested in this class? Email us and we'll notify you next time it runs.
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Beyond Documentation: New Approaches to Exploring Family Stories

Explore new ways that go beyond photographing every-day life to delve into your family’s personal stories. These different methods of storytelling can include… [read more]
Interested in this class? Email us and we'll notify you next time it runs.
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Bi‑Weekly Feedback Group for Your Photo Project

This group, limited to 6 students only, meets every other week and is for photographers and media artists who are looking for support and continuity while… [read more]
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Black and White Photography Refined

Have you admired the lyrical black and white work of other photographers and wondered how you could bring those dramatic qualities to your own images?… [read more]
Interested in this class? Email us and we'll notify you next time it runs.
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Bringing Depth to Your Longterm Project

No matter the scope, working on a longterm project isn’t just about picture-taking. Learn how to plan, collect, research, and identify the materials… [read more]
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Capturing the Beauty and Feeling of Interior Spaces

If architectural interiors — intimate or grand — have a special resonance for you, this workshop will be a catalyst for your work as we… [read more]
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Collaboration as an Ethical Documentary Practice

What would an ethical way to practice documentary photography look like? This class suggests that collaboration between the image-maker and the people or communities who… [read more]
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Congratulations, You’ve Finished Your Photography Project! Now What?

Understanding how to present your particular project in the most compelling way is as important as taking good pictures. In this class, you’ll… [read more]
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Creating a Video Diary: Intro to Multimedia Storytelling

Some stories are best told using a variety of components in addition to photographs — like video, audio, and text — to add a deeper dimension. In… [read more]
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Creating Environmental Portraits That Tell Powerful Stories

Learn how to tell stories about people by photographing them in their own environments — their neighborhoods or homes, indoors or outdoors — and how… [read more]
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Creating Multimedia Portraits: Building Memories

Learn to create deep and expressive video portraits using personal stories and memories — and discover the power of blending archival material, like photographs, with… [read more]
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Creative Visual Storytelling: An Exploration

Would you like to bring your photography to the next level by telling richer stories with your images? In this class we’ll explore… [read more]
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Delicious Photography

Do you have a passion for both the culinary arts and photography? Bring both together in a single practice and discover how food photography can… [read more]
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Discovering the Poetry in Nighttime Photography

Nighttime can be magical — cityscapes buzz with electricity, and in nature, trees and meadows are glazed with moonlight. The scarcity of light creates… [read more]
Interested in this class? Email us and we'll notify you next time it runs.
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Diving Deep: A Monthly Mentoring Group: Fall

This intimate mentoring group meets once per month and is for photographers and media artists who are looking for long-term support and continuity while working… [read more]
Interested in this class? Email us and we'll notify you next time it runs.
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Do‑It‑Yourself Lighting at Home

Look closely at how to manipulate the lighting in your photography in a do-it-yourself environment utilizing common household items. Through demonstrations and weekly assignments,… [read more]
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Documentary Photography: Reality as Subject

Award-winning photojournalist Marco Bello will share his experience and skills on how to create powerful documentary stories. Students will learn different techniques to develop a… [read more]
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Documentary Storytelling: Explore New Tools and Ideas

Strengthen and refine your skills in telling documentary stories and discover ways to get them out to an audience. We’ll discuss how to… [read more]
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Dynamic Composition for Visual Storytellers

In this live online photography course, you’ll refine your composition skills and improve your photographic seeing to help you tell stronger stories with your… [read more]
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Editing and Sequencing for Your Website or Portfolio

This online course is for photographers who already have an existing body of work they want to edit, sequence, and finalize for a website or… [read more]
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Enrich Your Photographic Vision: Seeing Through the Eyes of Others

Do you ever wonder how the world looks through another person's eyes? How would a familiar street look to you if you were walking… [read more]
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Experimenting in the Visual Laboratory: Let’s Play!

Jump-start your creativity this summer by exploring the immense possibilities that photography offers. Get out of your comfort zone and produce images that will surprise… [read more]
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Explore Your Surroundings — Wherever You Are

Every place has a story to tell, but sometimes it's hard to see what's right in front of you. Explore your immediate surroundings… [read more]
Interested in this class? Email us and we'll notify you next time it runs.
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Fall Photo Shake Up!

Shake Up! returns, with all new prompts! This class will have you saying, “I never would have made photographs like these, and… [read more]
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Feedback Group: Your Long‑term Project

Are you in need of feedback on your current project? Or are you ready to start a new one but aren't sure how to… [read more]
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Finding Photos Where You Find Yourself

Pictures are everywhere — it doesn't matter if you live in the city, a suburb, or a quiet rural country. Even the most common… [read more]
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Finding Your Voice as a Photographer

Have you been taking pictures for a while but feel your images could be improved with more focus and meaning? Do you have difficulty… [read more]
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Flexing Your Camera Controls

Are you a photographer who isn’t totally comfortable using your camera in manual mode? Do you feel your images could be better if… [read more]
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For Writers and Journalists: Improve Your Photography

Do you write and photograph for online publications, blogs, social media or local newspapers, but feel your photos could be stronger? Join us for this… [read more]
Interested in this class? Email us and we'll notify you next time it runs.
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How to Archive, Organize, and Care for Your Digital and Analog Photographs

Get your photo work organized! Are you overwhelmed with all the digital files, prints, and negatives that you’ve accumulated over the years? Keeping… [read more]
Interested in this class? Email us and we'll notify you next time it runs.
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How to Build a Still Life: A Series of Experiments

Immerse yourself in the foundations of still life — whether you’re experienced with the practice or are brand new to it. In … [read more]
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How to Light Environmental Portraits

Do you struggle with lighting? Learn on-location lighting using the least amount of equipment possible. We will concentrate on environmental portraits in a variety of… [read more]
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Image and Text: Extending Your Message

If words can paint a picture, and a picture is worth a thousand words, what happens when we combine the two? This course invites you… [read more]
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In‑Person Weekend Workshop NYC: Explore Broadway, NYC’s Longest Street

Broadway is New York City’s longest street — running the full length of Manhattan up to the Bronx — passing through and connecting… [read more]
Interested in this class? Email us and we'll notify you next time it runs.
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In‑Person Weekend Workshop NYC: Queens along the 7 Train

New York City’s 7 subway line — a mostly elevated train with great views — runs from Hudson Yards in Manhattan out to Flushing,… [read more]
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In‑Person Weekend Workshop: Photographing New York City Islands

Join us for this special in-person weekend workshop in New York City to photograph some of the lesser-known parts of three different islands that lie… [read more]
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InDesign for Photobooks and Zines

Learn InDesign so that you can layout and design your own photobook or zine. This class is for students who are new to InDesign or… [read more]
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InDesign Project Group: Develop Your Photobook or Zine

This new project-based group meets every other week and is for people who want to move forward on a photobook or zine using InDesign. We'… [read more]
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InDesign: Beyond the Basics for Photobooks and Zines

This class is for students who know the basics of InDesign and want to dive deeper and develop their understanding of layout options, typography, fonts,… [read more]
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Introduction to Handmade Books

Dive into the world of handmade books and learn how to create a unique and tangible object for your photographs. This introductory workshop will cover… [read more]
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Introduction to Multimedia Storytelling: Combining Stills, Audio, and Video

Are you ready to make your photographs come alive by adding audio and video to a story? This class is for students who would like… [read more]
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Learn to Make Short Films with Still Photographs Using Premiere Pro

A great way to show your work and bring new life to a project is to make a short video with your still photographs. In… [read more]
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Let Movies Inspire Your Photography, Part 2

This continuation of our popular class on the movies is for all photographers, whether you took Part 1 or not — examining the work of filmmakers… [read more]
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Let Movies Inspire Your Photography: Part I

Examining the work of filmmakers can be eye-opening for photographers. This class will help you improve your compositional skills and deepen your work through a… [read more]
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Let Movies Inspire Your Photography: Part I

Examining the work of filmmakers can be eye-opening for photographers. This class will help you improve your compositional skills and deepen your work through a… [read more]
Interested in this class? Email us and we'll notify you next time it runs.
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Lighting Your Still‑Life Using Household Lamps

In this do-it-yourself lighting mini-workshop, Néstor Pérez-Molière will demonstrate ideas on how to light your still life utilizing… [read more]
Interested in this class? Email us and we'll notify you next time it runs.
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Looking Inward: Photographing Family

In this one-hour mini-workshop, we will explore the contemporary history of photographing those closest to us and examine strategies — both technical and conceptual — for making… [read more]
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Make a Photobook with One Sheet of Paper

Join book artist Elizabeth Castaldo for a mini-workshop to learn about “artist’s books” —  an artwork in the shape of… [read more]
Interested in this class? Email us and we'll notify you next time it runs.
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Make Your Own Handmade, Hardcover Photobook

If you're thinking about creating a photobook, making the physical book by hand can be super-satisfying and can add another level of creativity to… [read more]
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Make Your Own Zine

Want to share your photo project with people in a way they’ll remember? Zines are a great way to present your work as… [read more]
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Mastering Color in Your Images

Color can be a complex topic, but it’s so important to creating visually satisfying images. In this course we’ll uncover… [read more]
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Mastering Lightroom Essentials

Have you been using Adobe Lightroom Classic for a while but still find yourself confused by some of the concepts? In this class, Lightroom enthusiast… [read more]
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Multimedia Love Letter

Are you craving connection with others? When was the last time you felt seen and heard or expressed your feelings and gratitude towards your loved… [read more]
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Our Ever‑Changing Landscapes

In this class we’ll look at different approaches photographers have used to depict their surroundings — whether that’s a vast natural… [read more]
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Parks and Pictures: Paths to New Ways of Seeing

Parks and green spaces are places of singular importance — they offer refuge and relaxation, a stage for social interaction, and are an effective antidote… [read more]
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Photo Workshop in German: Reportage ‑ Fotografie

Live online class in German co-presented with Forum Journalismus und Medien Wien (fjum) in Vienna, Austria. This class will be presented entirely in German. In… [read more]
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Photo Workshop in German: So entstehen dynamische Bilder

Live online class in German co-presented with Forum Journalismus und Medien Wien (fjum) in Vienna, Austria. This class will be presented entirely in German. Dieser… [read more]
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Photobook Intensive: Structure and Meaning

Would you like to make a photobook, but you struggle trying to shape your individual images into a cohesive form? How do you get your… [read more]
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Photographing Domestic Life: Pleasure and Chaos

This course is for students who would like to photographically explore the joys, sorrow, expectations, and demands of domestic life including the intimacy of… [read more]
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Photographing People, Telling Powerful Stories

Learn how to tell stories about people by photographing them in their own environment — their home, workplace or on the street in their neighborhood … [read more]
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Photography and Storytelling: Explore New Tools and Ideas

How can we take advantage of the current at-home time many of us are experiencing to further develop a project? If you can’t… [read more]
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Photography as a Pilgrimage

In this course, you'll examine the role of walking as a personal practice and a means for generating photographic artwork. With the idea of… [read more]
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Photography Meets Writing: Finding New Ways to Speak about Your Work

Why is it easier to talk about somebody else’s photographs than about your own? As photographers, what happens if we look to writing… [read more]
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Poems and Pictures: A Shared Vision

In Mary Oliver’s poem “Sometimes,” she writes: “Instructions for living a life: / Pay attention. / Be astonished. / Tell about it.” Her words are… [read more]
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Poetics of Space: Explore the Vast Universe of Your Home

Gain a new perception of the place closest to you: your home. In this timely visual inquiry, we’ll “deconstruct” the materials… [read more]
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Poetics of Space: The Place We Call Home

Developed in conversation with Stefan Frank (instructor, Poetics of Space: Explore the Vast Universe of Your Home), this class invites you to explore… [read more]
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Questionable Pictures

Inspired by the book Photo No-Nos: Meditations on What Not to Photograph (Jason Fulford, Aperture, 2021), we'll explore different ideas about aesthetic and… [read more]
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Recent Histories: A Survey of Photography from 2000–2020

The last twenty years have brought enormous change to the medium of photography. From large-scale color documentary work that prevailed through the early 200… [read more]
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Reflecting Blue: Cyanotypes on Glass

Cyanotype is a photographic process that uses iron compounds, sunlight, and water to create uniquely blue images. This course will focus on both traditional and… [read more]
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Seeing in Black and White for Digital Photographers

Have you experimented with shooting in black and white but were not quite happy with the results? Do you love the depiction of the world… [read more]
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Seeing Ourselves in the Street: Identifying with the Other

Street photography is an improvisation, performed in long hours of wandering alone on foot, guided by the scent of human character and fragility, poetic… [read more]
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Sending Your Photobook or Zine to Print: An Overview of the Process

Holding your own printed photobook or zine in your hands can be really satisfying — but how do you get there? Jump into this broad… [read more]
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Sequencing Techniques for Photographs: Concepts and Workflow

Placing our photographs in pairs and sequences, whether displayed on a wall or in a book, is a powerful way to suggest connections and provide… [read more]
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Still Life and the “Do‑It‑Yourself” Home Studio

From the poetic paintings of the Dutch Masters to commercial products in catalogs, the still life is ubiquitous in art and photography. How can we… [read more]
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Storytelling with Photo Embroidery and Mixed Media

Most of our pictures exist on either a digital display or as a mostly two-dimensional print. In this class, you’ll take your photos… [read more]
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Street Portraits: How to Approach Strangers

Do you want to make street portraits but have a fear of approaching strangers? In this 90-minute Mini-Workshop, learn some of the ins and outs… [read more]
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Stretch Your Creative Muscles!

Feeling a little stiff in your photographic practice? Need a little push to try something new? Stretch your creativity muscles with this new class! Unique… [read more]
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Stretch Your Creative Muscles!

Feeling a little stiff in your photography practice? Need a push to try something new? Let’s stretch our creative muscles together in this… [read more]
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Sun Printing with Shadows: Experimental Approaches to Cyanotype

Cyanotype is a photographic process that uses iron compounds, sunlight, and water to create uniquely blue images. This course will focus on both traditional and… [read more]
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Telling Powerful Stories through Environmental Portraits: Monthly Group

A new, monthly group for students who work with environmental portraits and are looking for long-term support and continuity while developing a project. As in… [read more]
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Telling Summer Stories through a Visual Diary

Presented by the International Center of Photography (ICP). This class delves into creative ways to capture your immediate surroundings — no matter where you are … [read more]
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The Art of Street Photography: Capturing the Unexpected

The streets are a complex and often chaotic dance of people, light, weather, architecture, and objects. Street photographers need to see and feel it all… [read more]
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The Artful Still Life

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Still lifes — artful compositions of objects and light — are one of the most enduring forms of imagery.… [read more]
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The Expanded Self‑portrait: Exploring Traditional and Alternative Methods of Personal Expression

While every image we create contains an element of the self, only the self-portrait holds the photographer’s distinct personal perspective at its center.… [read more]
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The Life You’re In: The Joy and Pathos of Autobiography

This course will help students step back from their own unfolding stories and create work about their life, whether based on memories or the current… [read more]
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The Life You’re In: The Joy and Pathos of Autobiography

This course will help students step back from their own unfolding stories and create work about their life, whether based on memories or the current… [read more]
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The Performative Self Portrait: Developing Your Contemporary Identity

Who are you in contemporary society? Join Zuzana Pustaiová for this intriguing journey of discovery and expression through the performative self portrait. In this… [read more]
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The Photobook: Structure and Meaning

Would you like to make a photobook, but struggle trying to shape your individual images into a cohesive form? How do you get your audience… [read more]
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