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 — and how to incorporate space that tells a story about the subject. We will discuss ways to make your subject feel comfortable and relaxed so that the images will illuminate their personality and feel more intimate. Students are encouraged to use available light, but basic lighting setups using portable LED lights will be discussed. A history of the environmental portrait as well as a selection of contemporary photographers will be presented.
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.